LANGELSHEIM, Germany - Heubach is expanding its capacity to produce complex inorganic color pigments (CICPs), marketed under the brand name HEUCODUR®, at its site in Germany. Following the installation and successful establishment of the first production line of a newly developed and fully automated calcination technology in Germany in 2013, the second line will be put into operation at the end of October.

With the demand for end products with improved service life and of superior quality, standards for the durability of the coloration of paints and varnishes, plastics, construction materials, and ceramic products are rising. At the same time, standards are also rising for the pigments used. The CICPs, manufactured in a high-temperature calcination process (above 1500 °F), meet these rising quality standards while taking ecological issues into account. They fulfill the highest requirements for weathering resistance as well as chemical and temperature stability. On top of this, these products combine excellent opacity with outstanding dispersibility, meaning they can also be used for the preparation of lead-free formulations. Uses for the products include high-quality industrial paints, such as coil and powder coatings, as well as for decorative coating materials, plastics, construction materials, plasters and ceramic products.

By expanding its production capacity, Heubach is reacting to the fast-growing global need for quality high-performance pigments for use in paints and plastics. This technology ensures that Heubach will always be able to meet the ever-increasing requirements of its clients in terms of quality and availability.