Masterbatches, pigment mixtures, liquid dyes and coloring pastes: for more than 65 years Finke has provided innovative color solutions and supported users from design stage to final product.
State-of-the art production lines combined with more than 65 years of experience are the key to the high quality colorants, Karl Finke GmbH, a worldwide operating family-owned company, produces in Wuppertal (Germany). Apart from granulated masterbatches and pigment powders, Finke offers liquid dyes and coloring pastes, tailored to fit almost any type of plastics application. Every year Finke’s colorists develop about 8,000 colorants in accordance with specifications of customers from industries like cosmeticsand food packaging, medical technology, automotive, furniture, electronics and toys.
For all areas of thermoplastic processing, like injection moulding and extrusion applications, FIBAPLAST masterbachtes are particularly suited. These pigment mixtures are based on a thermoplastic polymer carrier material and developed precisely to the color and material specifications of the plastics producer. Numerous possible additives such as UV protective agents, antioxidants, anti-static agents, lubricants or additives for laser printing, open up a wide range of applications. FIBAPLAST masterbatches are available in more than 200 standard colors from the RAL color system. Customized colors can be provided on short notice.
For transparent colorants Finke has developed its FIBASOL liquid dyes. Their liquid binding agent does not impair the physical or chemical properties of the material in any way and is physiologically harmless. FIBASOL dyes show a high temperature resistance, excellent light-fastness and can be combined with almost all thermoplastics. They are particularly suited for food packaging and cosmetic packaging.
FIBADUR pastes are the colorant of choice for special plastics like PVC systems, polyurethanes, epoxy resins or unsaturated polyester resins. The liquid and pasty pigment preparations mix perfectly with the respective plastic system, provide well-defined color intensity as well as high color constancy and can even color liquid polymers. For optimum fluidity, dispersion and processing Finke uses a variety of additives. This allows plastic systems with FIBADUR coloring paste to be processed in many different ways: coating, painting, casting, immersion, foaming or lamination.
The powdery WUBALEN dry pigments are among the first product innovations Finke brought into the market in the 1950ies. They have been continually improved and adapted to new requirements since then. Based either on organic or inorganic pigments, they are dry, low-dust, pourable colorants with high color intensity and good homogeneity. The WUBALEN pigment mixtures are suitable for all thermoplastic polymers and allow for various special effects by means of selected additives. Since they are physiologically harmless, they can be used in food packaging and textile applications.
In the color selection process, Finke’s colorists work in close co-operation with plastics processors. Experienced technicians counsel and support manufacturers from the design stage to the end product. For optimum results, Finke works with the customer’s original material and simulates specific production conditions, ranging from various injection moulding and extrusion methods to blow moulding, in its own laboratory.