MERCK KGaA Pigments & Functional Materials

Frankfurter Str. 250, 64293 Darmstadt
Telephone +49 6151 723060
Fax +49 6151 72913060


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K 2016 hall map (Hall 8a): stand E40

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K 2016 fairground map: Hall 8a

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.040  Effect pigments

Effect pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.055  Functional pigments

Functional pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.086  Pearlescent pigments

Our products

Product category: Pearlescent pigments

IM3D - 3D Effects in Plastics

Simple plastic parts suddenly have relieved impressions, becoming vivid and multi-dimensional. The resulting plastic parts have rich, evident depth, 3D contours, and a shape that boosts perception in an instant. Adding effect pigments to films casts a whole new light on surfaces and structures. Extruded films that contain pearl luster pigments are over-molded with a transparent synthetic resin.

Innovative eye catching designs for injection molded parts

Use of pearl effect pigments without any unintended flow-lines

Potential product and brand differentiation with unique 3D imaging effect

Increase of brand awareness and recognition

Wide variety of applications and markets

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Product category: Pearlescent pigments

Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26

Experience it with all its perfection in the new Iriodin® 6111 Icy white Pristine KU26.

We are always looking for the most satisfying solution in achieving brilliant results. Regarding the color white, we took the challenge in creating the perfect white. The solution is the new Iriodin® 6111 Icy White Pristine KU26. On the basis of synthetic mica substrate, this pigment rounds off the synthetic mica portfolio.

Besides its pureness in color this pigment provides an outstanding durability. The unique KU26 stabilization technology allows the pigment to stay white longer, without significant heavy metal contaminations.

In the wide range of the Iriodin® Icy white series the Iriodin® 6111 is the 6th product. It is the first with M fraction classification due to its particularly fine particle size to 1-15 m

Special features:

Exceptional KU26 stabilization

Clean silky satin effect

Outstanding hiding power

Innovative styling possibilities

Exclusive effects for high value cosmetic brands, with the possibility of matching content

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Company news




Oct 16, 2016

Merck Defines Blue-Glow Purple as the Effect Color of 2017

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced for 2017 its first effect color of the year. It is blue-glow purple. The violet shade continues the trend towards shades of reddish blue and bluish red. With effect pigments from Merck, the extraordinary color can be imparted in a variety of shades to cosmetics, printed and plastic products as well as coated surfaces.

Color interpretation of societal developments
"Fruity and fresh like plums and at the same time reminiscent of old roses and ripe fruit are attributes inspiring the trend towards reddish shades. Our versatile trend shade creates both punky and royal impressions through a calm and mysterious color, which can also appear vibrant", said Filip Roscam, Design Director for Pigments & Functional Materials within the Performance Materials business sector. The Merck effect pigments allow the trend shade to vary between a more reddish shimmer transitioning to bluish, depending on the viewing angle and properties of the surface. Applying their sharp sense of direction and keen instinct for trends, the Merck trend scouts monitor societal developments and interpret them into colors, giving rise to the annual Color Forecast for the cosmetics industry, new color-intense effect pigments, and now also the "Effect Color of the Year". They observe street scenes and exhibitions, collaborate with other trend scouts and advisors, and also probe the international terrain. Roscam, for example, is a management board member of the international Color Marketing Group.

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Oct 16, 2016

Plastics with 3D Effect: Merck and PolyOne Agree to Collaborate

Merck, a leading science and technology company, will refine and market its innovative 3D plastics technology together with PolyOne (with headquarter in Cleveland/Ohio, United States) in a strategic collaboration. PolyOne is a global leader in polymer materials, colorants and services. Together, the two companies want to develop this pioneering in-mold 3D (IM3D) technology and establish it in end-use markets including packaging and consumer electronics. A patent application has been filed for IM3D for plastics applications. Merck already has had success with similar 3D technology for printing on paper. “IM3D is just the beginning of our strategic collaboration with PolyOne. Our objective in the coming years is to jointly launch additional innovative plastics technologies with pearlescent pigments”, says Michael Heckmeier, Head of the Pigments & Functional Materials business unit at Merck.

Fascinating depth effect, smooth surface
The human eye perceives in the plastic a three-dimensional image that seems to come out of the flat surface, but the plastic itself is completely smooth and planar. Several processing steps were previously necessary to generate this depth effect in the polymer; now the 3D impression is created in just one step during the injection molding process itself using the innovative technology from Merck. The striking effect turns packaging components such as caps and closures as well as plastic housings into distinctive eye-catchers.

“With the IM3D technology from Merck, brand manufacturers have an outstanding enhancement technology at their disposal to set their premium products apart from the competition,” adds Christoph Palm, Vice President and General Manager, Color & Additives EMEA & India at PolyOne. “Leading brand owners from the packaging and consumer electronics industries will count among those very interested in this new technology.”

About PolyOne
PolyOne Corporation, with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit

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About us

Company details

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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Company data

Sales volume

20 - 100 Mill. US $

Export content

max. 75%

Number of employees

> 500



Area of business

Raw materials, auxiliaries

Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Chemical industry
  • Rubber manufacturing / processing
  • Machinery construction

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