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Clare Goldsberry

October 20, 2016

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ID Additives launches liquid color and additives business

ID Additives Inc. (Lagrange, IL), a supplier of additives including foaming agents, UV stabilizers, purging compounds and other products to the plastics industry, announced the opening of a new division in Flint, TX, iD LiquiD Systems, devoted to the production of liquid colorants and additives.        

ID LiquiD Systems is run by Brian Chchran, Technical Manager at iD Additives. He joined the company in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the plastics industry that include positions as President, Senior Plastics Engineer and Consultant at Britec Solutions Inc.; President and founder of Polytech Color and Compounding Inc.; and Sales/Technical Manager for Marco Color Laboratory. His areas of expertise include product development, plastics engineering, color appearance and technology, dispersion practices and performance improvement, and thermoplastic compound formulation.

“Expanding into liquid colors made sense for our company at this time,” said Nick Sotos, President of iD Additives. “We see it as a real growth area, and having an industry expert like Brian has already helped us make great strides toward creating products our customers want and need.”

Explaining the benefits of liquid color over pellets or powder, iD LiquiD Systems noted that liquid color can be metered and dosed much more effectively into the plastic melt stream, allowing for better dispersion of the color and better quality finished parts. Caps and closures, toys, cutlery, bottles, packaging, housewares and other products are all candidates for this technology, said iD Liquid Systems.

In addition, the company announced the launch of a new high-temperature foaming agent designed to work with engineering resins in lightweighting applications. The new iD High Temperature Foam features a let-down ratio of less than 2% and is non-hydroscopic, so no material drying is required. It improves the material flow and dimensional stability for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic applications, said iD Additives.

Ron Bishop, Technical Manager at iD Additives, describes the new foaming agent as “very user friendly.” Primarily used for injection molding applications but also in sheet extrusion, iD High Temperature Foam performs well with materials such as nylon (filled or unfilled), PC/ABS and PC. It allows for low pressure molding and also has endothermic reaction for faster molding cycles.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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