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Southern Clay Products Announces North America Price Increase for Optiflo® Associative Thickeners

Published on 2006-07-17. Author : SpecialChem

Gonzales, TX USA -- Effective August 1, 2006 or as contracts allow, Southern Clay Products, Inc. (SCP) is increasing list and off-list prices of Optiflo® associative thickeners for coatings by 3 to 5 percent per wet pound within the NAFTA region.

Mark Zody, SCP market manager for Optiflo Technologies, explained "The continuing increase in material and logistics costs requires us to take these actions so that we can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future," he added.

Optiflo nonionic and alkali swellable associative thickeners are designed for use in waterborne paints, coatings, inks, adhesives and caulks to provide rheological properties such as mid-shear and high shear. Optiflo products impart excellent spatter control with unsurpassed syneresis and blister resistance and employ novel technology to prevent viscosity loss upon tinting. Recent additions to the Optiflo family include Optiflo HV80 HASE thickener system and patented VOC-free Optiflo VF Technology.

SCP is a subsidiary of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and a leading supplier of functional additives to several markets. The company's complete line of water- and solvent-based rheological additives includes Permont®, Garamite®, Claytone®, Tixogel®, Optiflo®, Optigel®, Bentolite®, Mineral Colloid®, Gelwhite® and Laponite® rheological additives.

About Rockwood Holdings, Inc.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ROC) is a leading global specialty chemicals and advanced materials company. Rockwood has a worldwide employee base of approximately 10,800 people and net sales of $3.1 billion in 2005. The company focuses on global niche segments of the specialty chemicals and advanced materials markets, including specialty chemicals, performance additives, titanium dioxide pigments, advanced ceramics, custom synthesis, specialty compounds and electronics.

Source: Rockwood Holdings, Inc.

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