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January 2019 Newsletter • Your Idea. Our Solution.™


We hope that everyone has started off the New Year right!


Highlights from this issue:

  • ECS 2019: 5 Reasons you need to Visit our Booth (9-351)
  • SPE ANTEC 2019: Sneak Peak at The History of Colour in Plastics
  • 5 Ways Plastics Improves our Lives
  • Top Trending Colours in 2019
  • Have you downloaded the latest NPIRI Raw Materials Handbook?




5 Resons you NEED to Visit our Booth (9-351)


144 presentations in 24 sessions, 10 short courses and countless networking possibilities!

Over the course of just two-and-a-half days, the ECS Conference offers everything you need to thrive in the fiercely contested coatings market: current developments in raw materials, the latest results from scientific institutes and universities, and contact with leading international experts in person. Join us at booth 9-351 as we have several exciting promotions that we want to make sure you take advantage of!


1. On-site Colour Matching
Our Technical Service Manager, Harry Hamers, will be available throughout the conference to do a colour match for you! Bring your panels to ECS 2019 and we can do it on the spot!

2. Have your portrait done!
Always wanted to have a caricature portrait of yourself? Now you can! Local artist, Georg Zitzmann, will be on site for one day – March 19th (9:00 – 6:00pm). He will be doing all portraits in colour, to show off our wide array of pigment colours! To see samples of his work, check out his website.

3. Learn about the World’s Strongest Bismuth Vanadate
DCC Yellow RMXS was designed to have the highest colour strength of any Bismuth Vanadate pigment in the market with outstanding hiding power. Because of these key features, this pigment offers maximum value in use requiring less pigment in formulations and providing a lower impact on the environment. Dr. Bruce Howie will be presenting this at ECS (Date & Time TBA).

4. Happy Hour!
Make sure to join us on March 20th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm for a drink!

5. Visit our Photobooth!
Visit our photobooth to take photos of you & your colleagues! Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media & tag us! @DCCLANSCO





If you have any questions, please contact




The annual SPE ANTEC Conference is running simultaneously to the ECS. It is being held on March 18 – 21 in Detroit! Check out this sneak peak at Lucy Gibbons’ presentation on the History of Colour in Plastics (Monday, March 18th, time TBA).


Lucy Gibbons (Field Chemist) and Helen Skelton (R&D Manager), DCC LANSCO, Toronto, Canada

Colour is essential to human experience. From pre-history, through ancient civilization into the modern era, cultures have strived to create colour in the objects around them. Early peoples exploited natural resources to create images from their surroundings, such as red earth, black soot and white chalk. With time people developed more sophisticated techniques to refine minerals to generate a wider palette with blue, green, bright red and yellow. Often toxic in nature, these early inorganic pigments formed the skeleton of the pigment manufacturing industry. With the discovery of coal tar in the 1800s, and the ensuing rapid industrialization of synthetic chemistry, an explosion of colour transpired, leading to the modern chemical industry.

The historic generation of plastics followed a parallel path, beginning with use of natural materials such as ivory and tortoiseshell. Progression to processing of natural materials such as rubber, cellulose and shellac to generate more functional plastics, evolved to a place where coal tar chemistry provided a natural next step. This culminated in the discovery of Bakelite, the first fully synthetic plastic in 1907, which ignited the imagination for plastic materials, and the widespread production of consumer and industrial items accelerated. Colour and plastic developments went hand in hand, as by the 1950s the desire for brightly coloured, functional items skyrocketed. Pigment chemistries were re-imagined with this new era in mind and from this point colour effects were generated specifically for plastic functionality. Textile fibers, automotive parts, plastic bottles, packaging and film; all un-thinkable now, without the effect of colour.

To see the full SPE ANTEC 2019 agenda, click here!



5 Ways Plastics Improves our Lives


Plastic is all around us. Sitting at your desk either at work or home, I’m sure you can spot at least three items you use in your daily life that are made, in part, of plastic. There has been a lot of heat on the plastics industry lately, and rightfully so given the amount of plastic that is being found in the ocean and harming wildlife. However, it is important to remember that plastic has also improved our lives in so many ways.

1. Transportation – Plastic is an ideal material for the manufacturing of cars, trucks, boats, planes and more. It is lightweight and helps to improve fuel efficiency. In fact, every pound of weight that is eliminated translates to approximately 25 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions are saved over a car’s lifespan.1 The implications of using plastic on a larger scale in planes or trains is even more robust.

2. Food packaging – Food is preserved longer because of plastic food packaging, which reduces the amount of food waste world wide. It also helps to reduce contamination and spread of germs.

3. Sports – Sports are popular worldwide. In fact, the last Olympics had a viewership of almost 20 billion people per night. Sports would not be possible without plastics – everything is made of different types of plastics, from the actual gear (soccer ball, shoes, tennis racquets, etc.), to the protective equipment (Helmets, mouth guards, protective padding, etc.) needed to play sports.

4. Electronics – Household electronics all require plastic to some degree, whether this is your TV, blow dryer, toaster, cables or mobile phone. Plastics have made these light weights for our convenience.

5. Health care – Last but not least, plastic has revolutionized healthcare.2 Plastic allows for enhanced sterility & safety (ie. disposable plastic syringes & medical bags) to reduce disease transmission. Physicians are now able to save lives by inserting plastic heart valves and knee/hip joints, while prosthetics have improved the quality of live of people who have lost a limb. Even simple things like contact lenses and eye glasses are made out of plastic and are necessary to see properly. These are only a few of many ways that plastics are used and have helped improve our health care system in recent years.

Regardless of who you are, plastics has impacted your life in a positive way at some point.

  • Lessons learned from the first ten TSCA risk evaluations (PV29)
  • TSCA prioritization process and pigment candidates (PR52, PY65, PY83)
  • TSCA regulatory timelines, industry requirements and fees


The following pigments are recommended for the respective aforementioned applications:
1. DCC Blue A3R used with Pigment Black 17 to increase the jetness, 2. DCC Yellow 1462F, the only the FDA compliant PY.62 worldwide, 3. LANSCO 2150 is used extensively as the yellow of choice for turf colouration, 4. Aluminum pigments used to provide metallic effects in conjunction with coloured pigments, 5. Ultramarine Blue used to colour saline bags, tubes, etc.

We have a wide range of pigments for plastics applications. If you would like to browse our vast product portfolio, please click here.


Top Colours in 2019

Colours are all around us and there are millions of them! Colours represent our ‘cultural moment’ – the time we are living in.3 Decades ago the most popular colours were more subdued. Given the technological era we are living in, it is no surprise that these three colours – UFO Green, Plastic Pink, and Proton Purple, are trending worldwide. Regionally there are significant differences as well. To see the most popular colours by region, click here!




The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association partnered with the National Printing Ink Research Institute to update the Pigments Raw Materials Data Handbook (Volume 4). This is the only comprehensive reference source, extensively reviewed by industry technical experts, that offers in depth technical data and information on organic and inorganic pigments used in printing inks and coatings.

The latest RMDH 3rd Edition includes:

  • Up-to-date environmental, health and safety regulatory information
  • High-resolution UV spectral graphics, chemical structures and technical data
  • Updated list of pigment suppliers


Pre-Order Your Discounted Copy Today! Click here to learn more.

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