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Ciba Specialty Chemicals Presents New Technologies for Adhesion & Color Matching at LabelExpo Americas 2004

Published on 2004-07-26. Author : SpecialChem

Ciba will present two new solutions for the label industry at LabelExpo Americas 2004 from September 13 to 16, at stand no. 6323 in Hall F, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. The first durable surface modification technology for plastics, Ciba® Prime IT™ improves adhesion, printing and coating. Ciba® COLIBRI™ QuickMatch Pro is an easy-to-use, accurate electronic color matching system for printing inks.

"Prime IT really makes it stick," says Hermann Angerer, Global Head of Ciba' Coating Effects Segment. "Conventional treatments to improve wettability and therefore adhesion are not stable and surface modification is uneven, resulting in unsatisfactory adhesion. Prime IT durably modifies the physical properties of the plastic surface, allowing chemical bonding. This new technology ensures improved adhesion on a wide variety of plastic substrates, including OPP, PVC, PET, PE and PA."

Prime IT technology offers customers total solutions: it includes products, equipment and expert technical service; furthermore, in-line systems allow treating and printing on the same machine for cost-effective, reliable, efficient processing. The products can be applied on a standard engraved flexo or gravure roll. Other suitable application methods include spraying. Following carrier removal, the substrate can be further processed without any additional surface treatment - labels, for example, can be applied immediately - or it can be stored.

At LabelExpo, Ciba will be running live demonstrations every day, on a four-color E-Combat flexo press equipped with IST UV lamps, supplied by Italian press manufacturer Gidue SpA. A Super Combi 2000 1300-mm-width converting machine supplied by Nordmeccanica and fitted with IST UV lamps will be presented on video at the Ciba stand. Both machines will be used for Prime IT development activities in Ciba laboratories.

Ciba® COLIBRI ™ QuickMatch Pro is a new color-matching solution for efficient and accurate recipe formulation of printing inks.

"COLIBRI QuickMatch Pro allows matching of conventional as well as metallic colors and shades for inks to be printed on metallic surfaces," says Hermann Angerer. "COLIBRI QuickMatch systems enable our customers to move into new application areas and to add value in existing ones."

Tailored to industry needs, COLIBRI QuickMatch Pro is exceptionally easy to use and highly productive. The system is suitable for all types of printing, including flexo, screen, UV and offset. It is compatible with virtually all spectrophotometers and can match metallic and opalescent colors without the use of a multi-angle spectrophotometer.

Ciba® Color Services offers extensive associated services for all COLIBRI systems, including expertise on pigment preparation and color measurement.

Ciba (SWX: CIBN, NYSE: CSB) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers, offering them innovative products and one-stop expert service. We create effects that improve the quality of life - adding performance, protection, color and strength to textiles, plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products and much more. Ciba is active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2003, the Company generated sales of 6.6 billion Swiss francs and invested 281 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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