Products for Printing Ink/Graphic Arts Products
dar-tech offers a wide variety of additives, such as dispersants, defoamers, deaerators and wetting agents, catalysts, crosslinkers and adhesion promoters, as well as functional minerals such as clays, talc, mica, ATH, Calcium Borate, Magnesium Carbonate, Barium Sulfate, Magnesium Carbonate, Wollastonite and Magnetite, as well as silica, microcrystalline silica and Nehphyline Syenite. Dar-tech also offers a wide range of pigments and testing equipment to the Printing Ink/Graphic Arts industry.
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High molecular weight polymeric dispersants, wetting and dispersing additives, defoamers & deaerators, flow & slip agents.
BORICA SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
TYTAN titanate adhesion promoters are the established standards for solvent-based ink adhesion to a wide variety of substrates. Stable versions for water-based inks are available for higher temperature cure applications.
DeCal 1000 Series associative & polymeric thickeners, DeCal 2000 Series polyacrylate dispersants, surfactants & emulsifiers. DeCal 5000 series defoamers.
Pergopak® flatting and matting agents are organic thermoset polymethyl urea resins (PMU) offering significantly different performance advantages and benefits versus typical silica and polypropylene type flatting agents. Pergopak products help formulators of industrial coatings, inks and overprint varnishes to achieve a higher performing balance of low gloss, rheology, abrasion resistance, coin-marking, water resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance and soft feel – that they are unable to achieve with silica or wax flatting agents alone.
MICRO POWDERS, Inc.
Micronized wax additives and surface modifiers provide a toolbox of solutions that can enhance durability, functionality, aesthetics, and haptics. They add block, rub and water resistance – important properties for graphic
arts applications. Micronized powders, micronized dispersions and emulsions of Synthetic, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PTFE, Amide, Carnauba and New Naturally derived waxes and wax blends.
SHORT STUFF® highly fibrillated HDPE fibers are a unique form of polyolefin fibers having properties which offer many advantages over conventional products, such as fumed silica or cellulosics, in certain applications. These fibers can be used in coatings, block fillers, stucco, adhesives, putties, mastics, grouts, caulks, sealants, casting slurries, and more.
PANGEL Sepiolite & Bentonite, CIMSIL Attapulgite products are high-purity shear-thinning additives made from different clay minerals that can be used in both water and solvent-based systems. We offer products used as thickeners, providing high stability, preventing settling and syneresis, while keeping good flow and leveling properties.
Ti-Pure™ TiO2 solutions for graphic arts and inks applications. Products with high-quality Ti-Pure™ TiO2 can boast better appearance, whiteness, durability, protection, and longevity for these applications.
The global leader in the supply of color pigments and dispersions for the coatings Industry. Organic Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue, Green, Violet pigments. Inorganic Aluminum Paste, Anticorrosive pigments, Bismuth Vanadate, Molybdate Orange & Chrome Yellow, Chromium Oxide Green pigments, Milori Blue, Ultramarine Blue & Violet, Carbon Black, Lanox Iron Oxides, Zinc Ferrite & Zinc Oxide, Special Effect
Hauthane water-based polyurethane dispersion portfolio affords formulators options for formulating high performance inks and varnished with outstanding adhesion, toughness and chemical resistance.
SYNTRAN® water-based acrylic grades based on proprietary technologies that can be used in a variety of paint & coatings and graphic arts/ink applications. In addition to conventional alkali-swellable and emulsion acrylics, ZS Interpolymer offers four unique acrylic technologies: dual self-crosslinking technology gives superior water, stain and chemical resistance compared to traditional self-crosslinking acrylics, anionic-cationic hybrid technology gives cationic properties with anionic compatibilities, such as tannin blocking, inherently matte acrylic technology is an acrylic-based liquid matting agent without the need for inorganic chemistry, acrylic-olefin grafting technology offers better stability than traditional olefin waxes.
Thermo Optic Flash Calcined clays, OPTIWHITE, OPTI-WHITE MX, and OPTIWHITE P, are specifically designed to lower TiO2 levels, control sheen for maximum matte effect, and improve tint strength, touch-up, and scrub and burnish resistance. Conventional calcined kaolin grades Iceberg and Icekap K offer standard filler performance properties.
An extensive range of cutting-edge and cost-effective functional performance mineral fillers and manufactured material solutions. MINEX functional filler in ultrafine grades made from nepheline syenite which provides unparalleled durability and resistance to abrasion, fading, cracking, and aging associated with both environmental and chemical exposures of inks and varnishes. They also provide improved through-cure in UV inks, allowing photo-initator reductions and lower costs. IMSIL microcrystalline silica fillers are produced from an inert, naturally occurring alpha quartz with a unique grape-like morphology. Finer micronized grades are useful in formulating higher gloss and non-conductive inks.
Nicron engineered microcrystalline talc products are high- purity, premium mineral pigments. Engineered talc products impart hydrophobicity, water resistance, and barrier properties, anti-corrosion performance, film
reinforcement, ease-of-dispersion, and anti-settling rheology for printing ink systems. Mistron high-brightness, high-purity talc products offer superior pigment spacing properties and flatting efficiency.
DISPERSING & WETTING ADDITIVES
Disperse and stabilize pigment dispersions
Features: Optimize pigment loading & strength
Benefits: Reduce dispersion time and raw material costs
Suppliers: AFCONA Additives, Devine Chemical & ZS Interpolymer
FLATTING & MATTING ADDITIVES
Gloss reduction and Haptics
Features: Adjust gloss & sheen, add texture & haptics
Benefits: Gloss control, scratch & abrasion resistance, soft feel
Suppliers: Huber Pergopak & Micro Powders
Physical & Performance enhancement
Features: Adhesion promotion
Benefits: Adhesion and scratch resistance
RHEOLOGY MODIFIERS & THICKENERS
Rheology control and thickening
Features: Thickening and control of rheological properties
Benefits: Viscosity stability and preventing settling & syneresis
Suppliers: Tolsa & Devine Chemical
End-Product appearance and properties
Features: Flow & leveling, defoaming & deaeration, lubricity and scratch resistance
Benefits: Product aesthetics and performance
Suppliers: AFCONA Additives, Devine Chemical, Micro Powders
PIGMENTS / COLORANTS
Impart color and aesthetics
Features: Absorb and reflect specific wavelengths of light to impart color or lack thereof and special optical effects
Benefits: Opacity, visibility, durability, and protection
Suppliers: Chemours TiO2, DCL Inorganic & Organic Pigments
FUNCTIONAL MINERAL PIGMENTS
Performance mineral fillers and pigments
Features: Naturally occurring, sustainable minerals
Benefits: Lower formulation costs, rheology control, durability &
chemical resistance, gloss control, VOC compliance
Suppliers: Burgess Pigment, Covia, Magris Talc
Protective Coating resins
Features: Water-based Acrylic & Polyurethane dispersions
Benefits: Water-based formulation options for coatings requiring gloss, transparency, water & chemical resistance
Suppliers: Hauthaway, ZS Interpolymer