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CamoTek concentrates to debut at NPE2018 produce camouflage colors for packaging containers, coolers, benches and other plastic products without the usual requirement of special equipment.

PlasticsToday Staff

March 20, 2018

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Teknor Apex colorants yield camo-colored containers and products

Even in plastics and packaging as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. While hunters and others don camo clothing while out in the fields and woods specifically because they don’t want to be seen, a new line of CamoTek concentrates from Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, RI) is intended to do the exact opposite in stores: make containers and products stand out on shelf.

The concentrates for polyolefins enable injection and blow molders to impart variegated colors that add shelf appeal to consumer goods or have practical functions for products used both indoors and outdoors. The products will be introduced at NPE2018 in Booth S22045.

The concentrates contain proprietary formulations that yield mottled, swirled, streaked, or other variegated effects in products molded on standard equipment, requiring only an adjustment to process parameters. Any combination of colors is possible, depending on the desired effect. The concentrates can be used to impart intriguing patterns that enhance the shelf appeal of consumer goods like containers, lunch boxes or coolers, or can provide a “camouflage” look for products like kayaks or fishing tackle boxes.  

EastPack 2018 held June 12-14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City features the latest in manufacturing and automation, a dedicated 3D Printing Zone, hundreds of exhibitors and a jam-packed 3-day packaging conference. For more information, visit the EastPack website.

In the past, variegated effects were easy to achieve, but this is no longer possible with today’s modern processing equipment, according to John Wood, Teknor Apex technical manager. “Improvements in screw design and mixing have defeated old methods of achieving these effects. CamoTek concentrates, combined with appropriate changes to process parameters, make such colors possible again.”

There has been a renewal of interest by processors in variegated effects, notes Edwin Tam, the company’s director of marketing and business development. “Special effects often involve limited-run colors that take up a small portion of a molder’s overall volume. By eliminating the need for equipment modification, our new concentrates add a new dimension of flexibility for molders seeking to add consumer value to their products.”

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