Innovation@K

Palsgaard A/S

Palsgaardvej 10 , 7130 Juelsminde
Denmark [incl. Greenland]

Telephone +45 76827682
Fax +45 76827683
direct@palsgaard.dk

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  • Hall 7, level 2 / G03
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K 2016 hall map (Hall 7, level 2): stand G03

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K 2016 fairground map: Hall 7, level 2

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.002  Additives, other
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.019  Antistatic agents
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.038  Dispersing agents
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.043  Emulsifiers
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.057  Lubricants
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.113  Release agents

Our products

Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Additives, other, Antistatic agents, Dispersing agents, Emulsifiers, Lubricants, Release agents

R&D in sustainable additives

Vegetable oils from palm fruits and sunflower or rape seed are the source of a variety of highly useful lipids and acids, which can be transformed into safe, sustainable ingredients and functional agents given the right mindset and the tenacity needed in long, deliberate research efforts.

We know this better than most here at Palsgaard - for more than a century we have explored the boundless possibilities of these naturally occuring oils in the development of emulsifiers and other functional ingredients for the global food industry. The same knowledge and open-minded approach to R&D are also the key drivers in our development of vegetable-based functional agents for the polymer industry; a range of products we market under the name Einar®.

Market-driven, scientific development
The R&D effort at Palsgaard is normally a collaboration between hard market intelligence and pure scientific endeavour.

We have decades of experience in dealing with the polymer industry, and just by listening to our customers and partners we are often capable of pinpointing the need for a specific solution to problems that have beset the industry for years.

Sometimes we enter into a development programme with our customers to discover solutions for new applications, but more often than not we are simply driven by curiosity. Here, our unique ownership status comes as a fantastic benefit to us.

We have the financial and corporate stability to think in long-term solutions and to develop answers to questions few have yet begun to ask - financial gain here and now is all well and good, but market leadership in the long run is far more desirable to us.

Often, our research shows us new possibilities which we explore and develop into viable solutions to problems facing the industry. Such basic research regularly leads us in entirely new directions - and to new products, all based on the inexhaustible wealth of natural ingredients. 

A history of innovation
For decades, Palsgaard’s food-grade emulsifiers and stabilizers have contributed to better and safe products for the food industry. With the general trend towards sustainable and safe products across industries, this technology platform offers plenty of opportunities also for other industries.

The replacement of polymer additives of concern, like amides and amines, by bio-based and food-grade functional agents for the polymer industry is just one example. Also in other areas where sustainability, functionality, product safety and cost-performance matter, this chemistry makes its contribution, for instance as bio-based functional and process additives for materials, formulations and dispersions.

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Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Additives, other, Emulsifiers

Anti-fogging agents

A clear view on food packaging
Clear and highly transparent packaging is an important quality parameter. Products in cold storage are much more appealing to the customer when they present a visually attractive appearance without water condensation on the inside of the packaging.

Palsgaard offers a range of antifog agents for packaging applications, all based entirely on vegetable oils. No more worries about food contact!

Why use antifogging agents?
Fogging appears when fresh packaged product is placed in refrigerated storage. To overcome this problem antifogs are used to control water condenzation in the packaging.

An antifog will lower the surface tension on the film surface and make sure water droplets are not formed which not only guarantees high transparency, but also assures that water is not collecting inside the packaging which otherwise could deteriorate the product and shorten shelf life.

Antifog agents are also used in agricultural and greenhouse film, where they prevent water droplet formation and ensure better light transmission resulting in higher crop yield.

How they work
Antifogs will migrate to the polymer surface and lower the surface tension with the result that water no longer condensate as small discrete droplets but as a continuous water film. This will provide full transparency of the packaging and also help to prevent collection of moisture in the packaging that could lead to a loss of product quality and shortened shelf life.

How we can help you
Our dedicated development laboratory can assist you in your efforts to develop new solutions. We offer full technical support and all our experience in our collaboration with customers.

Contact our polymer specialists today and find out how to make the most of our vegetable-based, sustainable antifogging agents.

Our product offerings
Palsgaard offers different antifog solutions for PE and PP film products such as monolayer and coextruded multilayer film as well as laminated film structures. 

Your direct benefits

Attractive packaging throughout food shelf life
World wide approved for food contact use
Robust antifog chemistry ensuring consistent performance in both cold and hot fog applications
Excellent processability of additives with low volatility and a controlled migration profile
A sustainable solution based entirely on vegetable oils

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Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Emulsifiers, Additives, other, Lubricants, Release agents, Antistatic agents

Antistatic agents

Einar® antistatic agents from Palsgaard are 100% based on vegetable oils such as RSPO-certified palm oil and rapeseed oil. They offer superb antistatic capabilities to a very wide range of extruded and injection-moulded products and remove once and for all the worries about food safety that come with the use of conventional antistatic agents.

Why use antistatic agents?
A dust free and clean appearance of packaged products is essential to consumer appeal. Efficient antistatic agents can dissipate charge from a polymer surface and prevent a static charge build-up. Dust and other fine particles will not be drawn to the packaging surface and it will maintain a clean and attractive appearance.

How they work 
Antistatic agents work by migrating to the polymer surface where they interact with ambient moisture, thereby creating a conductive layer that can disspate charge. This will eliminate the build-up of static charges and avoid dust attraction.

How we can help you
Our dedicated development laboratory can assist you in your efforts to develop new solutions. We offer full technical support and all our experience in our collaboration with customers.

Contact our polymer specialists today and find out how to make the most of our vegetable-based, sustainable anti-static agents.

Our product offerings
Palsgaard offers several different types of antistatic agents. Our Einar® range covers a broad range of chemistries within glycerol esters and enables our customers to cover all basic needs for antistatic protection in a broad range of packaging applications:

Your direct benefits
Efficient short and long term performance
Approved world wide for food contact use
Excellent processability of additives with low volatility and a controlled migration profile
High heat and processing stability
Based on vegetable oils

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Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Dispersing agents, Additives, other, Emulsifiers

Dispersing aids

Optimise your masterbatch with Einar® dispersing aids
The use of pigments in masterbatches can be a costly affair - pigments are expensive and must be used as sparingly as possible to retain a sound cost-in-use. 

At the same time, it is vital to obtain a uniform distribution of the pigment to obtain unblemished colours in the final product. 

Einar® 101 and Einar® 103 from Palsgaard are vegetable-based dispersing agents designed to deliver outstanding dispersing performance for pigments in polyolefine products - so outstanding, in fact, that the amount of pigment needed can be lowered significantly.  

How they work
Einar® 101 and Einar® 103 work by coating individual grains of pigment and suspending them uniformly throughout the polymer.

Dispersion of pigments, additives or fillers is a process in four individual steps:

Wetting of the pigment - a process in which the dispersing agent breaks down small clusters of the pigment
Dispersive mixing (splitting of the agglomerates)
Distributive mixing (distributing the pigment, additive or filler in the melt)
Stabilisation (preventing the pigment, filler or additive from forming agglomerates)

Tested to perfection
Independent tests of the performance of Einar® 101 and Einar® 103 have shown the superior performance of this dispersing agents when measured against industry-standard waxes. One test demonstrated a 100% colour yield at 40% blue 15:3 when using 10% Einar® 101 - the market-standard PP copoloymer wax delivered 83% colour yield at the same concentration level. In general, colour strength can be increased from 10% to 30% without the need of additional pigment - a major improvement of cost-in-use.

How we can help you
At Palsgaard, we are dedicated to finding the right solution for every single project. We realise that generic tests only give an indication of the final outcome - real-life testing is needed, and in collaboration with you we can devise tests to show the efficiency of our dispersing agents in your masterbatch. We are also capable of tailoring solutions to new projects and new products - visit our product specialists today and learn more. 

Your direct benefits

Outperforms traditional waxes
Strong cost-in-use
More reliable and stable production keeps downtime at a minimum
Superior colour distribution
Less pigment needed to obtain true colours
100% vegetable-based
Approved for food contact
Thermal stability for optimum extrusion

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Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Lubricants, Additives, other, Antistatic agents, Emulsifiers, Release agents

Mould release agents

Mould release agents are widely used in injection moulding applications across a broad range of polymers and are essential in securing the release of high quality parts from a mould. A release agent must ensure instant and efficient lubrication of the interface between mould and polymer. This is crucial in terms of deformation-free release and in allowing production processes to run at the lowest possible cycle times.

How it works
Mould release agents need to migrate instantly during the injection moulding process in order to lubricate the interface between mould and polymer.

Migration needs to happen quickly and evenly to accomplish its primary function, but the agent must not appear on the polymer surface in excessive amounts, as this would build deposits in the mold and result in excessive downtime for cleaning.

Our product offerings
The Einar® product portfolio offers solutions for mould release applications for polyolefin resins - and specific applications for polyesters and engineering resins are also covered.

Einar® release agents are ideally suited for all food packaging applications and a range of other uses where precautions are required with respect to migration of additives from the packaging material to packaged goods.

Einar® products are produced using food quality vegetable oils and meet the highest possible safety standards.

Your direct benefits
Excellent mould release properties
Approved worldwide for food contact
High heat and processing stability

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Innovation@K
Future Perspectives & Global Challenges:
Resource Efficiency

Product category: Additives, other, Emulsifiers, Lubricants, Release agents

Slip additives

Slip additives reduce the coefficient of friction of a polyolefin film during critical production phases and help decrease the film's tendency to stick to the various working parts of the converter. Without these additives, the polyolefin film will be difficult to extrude to a finished product with the desired properties. As a result, most polyolefin producers apply different additives to improve slip.

In plastic bottles for beverages, slip additives are often used in the production of the screw-top lid to reduce friction. But normal slip additives can have a negative impact on the quality and taste of the beverage, especially in CO2-enhanced drinks.

Getting the lid off can be a challenge
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is widely applied in the food packaging industry. Besides its excellent mechanical and optical properties, it also exhibits very good barrier properties. However, one of the challenges of processing and handling PET is its strong surface adhesion.

Therefore, slip additives are required to reduce the coefficient of friction of the polymer surface during processing, handling and application. This enables better processibility and reduces the risk of surface defects.

In comparison to most other polymers, PET is processed at higher temperatures (280-320 ºC) and is sensitive towards hydrolysis. Owing to hydrogen bonding, migration of additives through the PET matrix is more demanding. This implements specific requirements for polymer additives used for PET, like high temperature and chemical stability during processing.

Reducing surface friction with Einar®
Einar® 621 is a food-grade slip additive which matches the specific requirements of PET processing. It is very stable chemically and in terms of temperature, even under demanding processing conditions. Owing to its excellent lubrication properties, PET films and injection molded items containing 1.0-2.0wt% of Einar® 621 show instantly significantly reduced surface friction. 

Einar® 621 is fully compatible with fillers, which might be used additionally as antiblocking agents. 

The main benefits of Einar® 621 are:

Chemical compatibility with PET and other polyesters
Effective reduction of surface friction without activation time
Compatibility with additional antiblocking agents
Reduced surface defects during processing, like film blowing and handling of polymer sheets
Globally approved for food-contact applications 

Please also notice our polymer additive offering for polyolefins:

Einar® 601 for antistatic polyethylene (PE) applications
Einar® 604 and Einar® 614 for antifogging polypropylene (PP) applications
Einar® 601, Einar® 614 and Einar® 211 for antifogging polyethylene (PE) applications
Einar® 207 for antistatic modification of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) foams

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Aug 10, 2016

Palsgaard introduces Einar® – a new range of 100% vegetable-based polymer additives

At this year’s K2016 in Dusseldorf, Palsgaard showcases Einar® – a new range of functional polymer additives that directly address some of the most pressing concerns for todays’ polymer business: How to produce safe, efficient and sustainable products with zero concerns over food contact.

Palsgaard has a long history of delivering functional additives for the polymer industry such as antistatic and antifogging solutions all based on vegetable oils. Now Palsgaard presents a new identity and name for all its functional additives – from now on, all Palsgaard polymer products will be branded under the Einar® brand.

Bio-based polymer additives safe enough to eat
The international polymer industry is constantly searching for alternatives to traditional additives, particularly in products involving food contact. Conventional additives can have an adverse effect on food quality, and consumers are concerned about health aspects when polymer products are in direct contact with the food. But the solution already exists.

Produced entirely from vegetable oils such as sustainably sourced palm oils, the Einar® series of functional additives and processing aids can eliminate concerns over food contact – indeed, the Einar® products are safe enough to eat and can help converters deliver safe and sustainable solutions for food packaging.

“We want to show what a dedicated research effort and strong market knowledge can do in terms of solving some of the issues facing the polymer business,” says Bjarne Nielsen, business development manager for polymer products at Palsgaard. “Our bio-based polymer additives deliver excellent performance. But most of all, they allow our customers to produce what the global consumer really wants: Safe, efficient and sustainable packaging materials with outstanding properties.”

Superior antistatic and antifogging performance
The Einar® product range from Palsgaard comprises a series of products for the masterbatch and polyolefin industry such as antistatic and antifogging agents – all engineered entirely from vegetable oils. Both types of functional agents have been tested by an independent company and proven to deliver outstanding performance.

New cost-effective, vegetable-based dispersing aids for polymers
However, the use of bio-based polymer additives reaches far beyond food-contact products. Two newly developed dispersing aids for masterbatch production, also based entirely on vegetable oils, have recently been introduced to the market: Einar® 101 and Einar® 103. Dispersing aids are used for distributing colour pigment in polymers, and independent tests have shown that Einar® 101 and 103 deliver superior performance when measured against industry-standard waxes. The result: increased colour strength and yield and less use of expensive colour pigment.

A legacy of innovation
“Einar® was chosen as the brand name for our polymer additives as a tribute to the founder of Palsgaard, Einar Viggo Schou. It is his legacy of innovation and social responsibility we aim to invoke by naming all our functional agents after him,” says Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thoisen. “With the Einar® range, Palsgaard takes a decisive step in the polymer industry, where safe and sustainable functional agents are increasingly in demand.”

Further information:
The K2016 trade show takes place from the 19th to the 26th of October in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Palsgaard will be exhibiting at K2016 in hall 7, level 2 / G03.

To learn more about the Einar® range from Palsgaard, please contact:
Bjarne Nielsen, Business Development Manager
Palsgaard A/S
Juelsminde, Denmark
Tel.: +7582 7520
Mob.: +45 3056 2261
bjn@palsgaard.dk

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About us

Company details

From food to polymers
Founded more than 100 years ago, Palsgaard is a strong name in the food industry. With our invention of the industrial emulsifier in 1917, we changed the game of large-scale food production and are still at the very forefront of development and research in this field.

Decades of experience in the development of advanced ingredients has led to a series of breakthroughs in functional agents for the polymer industry, too. We realised that the benefits of plant oils in foods could be applied directly to the production of polymers – with superior results.

Palsgaard now offers a broad range of masterbatch and polymer additives under the Einar® portfolio: Anti-static agents, anti-fogging agents and dispersing aids.

Dedicated development centres
When developing new functional agents for polymer applications, meticulous testing is absolutely vital to a successful outcome. At Palsgaard, our polymer development team is able to simulate both test scenarios and production processes. We develop and test under conditions similar to those found in a real polymer or masterbatch production environment - making both development and pre-production test runs faster and more precise.

A proud legacy
We are owned by the Schou Foundation, whose charter is to support research for our chosen industries and to maintain the Palsgaard Estate on which our headquarters are to be found.

This ownership status means that we are free to take a more holistic and long-term view of our investments and activities without the need to focus on financial gain here and now – we act, think and plan with the future in mind.

Heart Working People
We take great care to act responsibly in everything we do towards our owners, customers, employees and the community that surrounds us. 

This philosophy is summed up in the words we use to describe ourselves: We are truly “heart working people”.

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