Innovation@K

Milliken Europe B.V.B.A.

Ham 18-24 , 9000 Gent
Belgium

Telephone +32 9 2651100
Fax +32 9 2651195
eurochem@milliken.com

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 6 / A27
 Interactive Plan

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K 2016 hall map (Hall 6): stand A27

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K 2016 fairground map: Hall 6

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.004  Additive concentrates

Additive concentrates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.016  Antioxidants
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.047  Color Masterbatches

Color Masterbatches

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.048  Colourants
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.067  Nucleating agent (see 1.10.81 Nucleating agents)

Nucleating agent (see 1.10.81 Nucleating agents)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.071  Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)

Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.081  Nucleating agents
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.115  UV stabilizer
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.11  Fillers
  • 01.11.030  Mineral fillers

Mineral fillers

Our products

Innovation@K
New Materials:
Additives & Fillers for Rubbers & Plastics

Product category: Additives, other

Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifying agent for polypropylene

Millad NX 8000, which makes PP UltraClear and is known in the market as NX UltraClear PP, allows for material replacement in a wide range of processes. For example, using NX UltraClear PP, converters can create lightweight, microwaveable and recyclable PP thermoformed food trays with the attractive clarity normally associated with PET packaging. In injection molding, NX UltraClear PP provides an attractive alternative to polycarbonate (PC) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) in transparent consumer goods, appliances and other packaging applications. In blow molding, the high-clarity of NX UltraClear PP make this material an innovative replacement for PC in babybottles and an attractive alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in personal care bottles and detergent bottles. NX UltraClear PP makes it is possible to integrate handles, soft-touch and create complex, eye-catching designs in a blow-molded bottle that is also easier and faster to empty than other solutions.
Around 80% of clear PP parts and applications available today are clarified with Millad® NX™ 8000. The clarifier is at the forefront in improving the transparency of PP, with Milliken supporting the high demand from customers with a major capacity expansion at its plant. The new capacity for Millad NX 8000 is set to be available by the end of 2016.

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Product category: Nucleating agents

Hyperform® HPN nucleating agent for polypropylene

Hyperform® HPN nucleators for polypropylene provide an excellent balance of physical properties, making it possible to maximize PP performance to achieve improved end-product performance, and faster, trouble-free production. They also override the nucleating effect of pigments meaning that high part quality is possible regardless of the color used. Hyperform HPN allows for stronger, lighter parts by achieving an improvement in stiffness of around 10% when compared to conventionally nucleated PP, while still retaining the same impact behavior as a non-nucleated resin. Hyperform HPN improves the stiffness of non-nucleated PP by 25-30%. The unique isotropic shrinkage behavior of each Hyperform HPN nucleator allows dimensionally stable, non-warping tailor made PP solutions to be developed for use even in demanding injection molding applications like caps & closures, and in the elevated temperature environments like in some automotive and appliances applications. With Hyperform HPN, dimensional stability is maintained at temperatures up to 25ºC higher than when used with a non-nucleated resin and up to 10ºC higher than a conventional nucleated resin. Hyperform HPN nucleators require low loading and have no reported health and safety issues, supporting the development of more sustainable applications.

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Product category: Nucleating agents

Hyperform® HPN nucleating agent for polyethylene

Hyperform® HPN nucleating agent for polyethylene (PE) create unique lamellar orientations that expand the performance window of HDPE and LLDPE. Developing applications include packaging films with improved barrier as well as unique tear and toughness properties; caps & closures with consistent shrinkage across all pigments; and injection molded parts with faster cycle times, reduced warpage along with stiffness and thermal properties that approach impact copolymer polypropylene (PP).

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Product category: Additives, other

ClearTint® colorants for polypropylene

ClearTint® colorants combined with Millad NX 8000 makes the production of polypropylene parts possible with bright colors that are still highly transparent.

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Product category: Colourants

Reactint® polymeric colorants for polyurethane

Reactint® colorants for polyurethane are a unique technology for coloring PU and other thermoset resins. They allow the color to react into the PU polymer matrix. Their pure liquid nature make it possible to blend in-line or on-the-fly when producing PU foams and resins.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Milliguard™ AOX antioxidant for polyurethane

Milliguard™ AOX antioxidant for polyurethane protects PU foams against oxidation degradation. It reacts into the system resulting in significantly lower emissions. Its unique characteristics make it especially suitable for scorch protection of natural oil-based polyols, inherently more sensitive to degradation. Its innovative performance was recognized by the Europur: European Flexible PU Foam Awards 2016, with Milliguard AOX receiving the 2016 Innovation Award.

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Product category: UV stabilizer

Clearshield® UV absorber for PET

Clearshield® UV absorber for PET bottles and containers effectively protects UV-sensitive packed contents from degradation blocks harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays up to 390 nm while maintaining the transparency of PET. A homogeneous, non-settling liquid polymer designed specifically for PET applications, ClearShield allows manufacturers to quickly and easily mold containers that keep UV-sensitive products safe.

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Product category: Additives, other

AlphaSan® antimicrobial for plastics

AlphaSan® antimicrobial for plastics: antifungal and antibacterial dispersion that protects plastics from degradation, malodors and staining caused by fungi and bacteria. What makes AlphaSan particularly appropriate in this category is its ability to process in all the resins and materials encountered in this market area. Just as important, it has been proven not to impact taste. There has been no shortage of scrutiny on food supply safety due to recent recalls and cross-contamination concerns in processing plants, so cleanliness is top-of-mind for most in this arena. AlphaSan is equipped with the necessary approval for food and drinking water contact.

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Product category: Additives, other

Zelec electro-conductive powders (ECP)

Zelec® electro-conductive powders (ECP), light colored electro-conductive pigments, provide cost-effective static dissipative performance in coatings and plastics to help compounders, molders and film extruders to meet evolving electrostatic discharge (ESD) standards.

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Aug 24, 2016

NX™ UltraClear Polypropylene – the right choice for thermoformed food packaging

When you weigh up all the benefits, there is a strong case for choosing NX™ UltraClear PP to achieve attractive and sustainable transparent thermoformed food packaging with excellent functionality.

Milliken’s pioneering Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifying agent has removed the transparency obstacle for PP (polypropylene), enabling PP to now offer an all-round solution to the European food industry’s criteria for high-quality packaging.
Considering the necessary requirements for today’s applications - lightweight; stiffness & impact strength; transparency; sealing effectiveness; hot fill, retort and microwave ability – NX UltraClear PP proves itself to be an overall attractive alternative to other glass clear materials like A-PET and PS, the market’s current preferred materials, for many sheet extruded / thermoformed applications.
NX UltraClear PP also offers obvious advantages when it comes to sustainability and recyclability.

Glass-clear transparency
The days of thermoformed PP applications with a milky appearance are gone. For thermoforming and sheet packaging, NX UltraClear PP clarified with Millad NX 8000 sets a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials and which enables PP to be made as clear as A-PET and PS. Use of Millad NX 8000 can give PP applications a glossier aspect than normally possible with standard nucleated PP.

Lightweight + productivity gains
NX UltraClear PP has a significantly lower density than other plastic material options, reducing the weight of a thermoformed part. PP’s density of 0,9kg/m³compared to PET’s density of 1,37kg/m³ simply lets converters produce more trays per kg. Consider too the potential to use less material and reduce Eco-Tax contributions, and NX UltraClear PP proves itself to be a sustainable, cost-saving alternative solution for food packaging.

Stiffness & impact strength
For NX UltraClear PP to achieve the same stiffness as A-PET, typically the PP sheet is made 15 – 20% thicker compared to the virgin A-PET sheet. However, when opting for a ribbed or improved design, often there is no need for thicker walls with NX UltraClear PP. The lower density of PP results in final UltraClear PP applications with significantly lighter weight than corresponding PET applications yet with equal stiffness.

Sealing in freshness
PP is known to be easy to seal and very robust. Importantly, standard PP sealant films still offer good sealing performance despite any residue on tray edges and exteriors caused during filling. A mono-material PP tray & PP film solution offers the advantage of a 100% recyclable system which does not require the use of an adhesive. For the best seal strength, we recommend PP trays sealed with polyolefin films.

Hot filling, retort & microwave ability
NX UltraClear PP is a great choice for any thermoformed cup or tray application where higher temperatures are concerned. Its excellent heat resistance makes it suitable for hot fill and for microwaves. These benefits, plus good cold temperature performance, fulfill the “fridge to microwave” concept for food packaging.

Recycling & sustainability
PP offers a circular economy which results in end-of-life solutions for applications. There is an existing market for recycled PP (rPP) in a wide range of products such as caps and closures, buckets, automotive applications, pipes, pallets and garden furniture. As a material, PP consumes the least amount of energy during production and produces the lowest carbon dioxide emissions. It has a lower density which means that switching to PP also reduces the absolute amount of waste. Importantly, it is widely accepted that thermoformed NX UltraClear PP applications are straightforward to recycle because it is a mono-material concept.

All-round value
With NX UltraClear PP, high clarity comes together with significant performance and sustainability benefits, plus economic advantages, to create an overall attractive alternative for many sheet extruded / thermoformed food packaging applications. This new choice for converters and brand owners is ready to be explored.

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About us

Company details

Polyolefins additives supplier Milliken greets K 2016 visitors with a full package of value-adding product innovations and services focused around the industry’s priority themes of clarity & aesthetics, productivity improvement, property optimization, and sustainability.

Sustainability is a key driver across Milliken’s portfolio: customers using Milliken additives can save material, save energy, save time and save money, all while achieving high quality end products. In addition, the assurance of reliable supply and technical support helps our customers maximize their processes and applications. Processors, designers and brand owners attending K 2016 will get a valuable insight into the exciting possibilities generated by our cutting-edge development, for applications from food storage containers and beverage cups to interior automotive components.

Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children's art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.millikenchemical.com.

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