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May 2021 Newsletter: See the Difference We Make

Check out this month’s issue to learn about the following:

  • 7751: PY.151 with the Best Weatherfastness
  • Bismuth Vanadate Pigments for High-Temperature Plastics or Powder Coatings
  • ERP Update: New Order Confirmation Document
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Update

7751: Newest PY.151 with Best Weatherfastness

7751 is a high-performance green shade yellow pigment, designed to have improved weatherfastness and higher tint strength than pre-existing Pigment Yellow 151 grades.

It is recommended for applications such as industrial, powder, and solvent-based architectural coatings.

It has good gloss retention, tinctorial strength and enhanced outdoor durability.

It is considered a coloristic match that offers better weather resistance and the highest chroma compared to competitive grade(s) seen in the market.

Want to learn more? Check out our Product Video on YouTube!


Bismuth Vanadate Pigments for High-Temperature Plastics or Powder Coatings


Bismuth Vanadate (BV) pigments (C.I. Pigment Yellow 184) have increased in importance since their initial development in the 1980’s, for use in the paints, coatings and plastics markets. These bright yellow, highly saturated pigments are characterized by their outstanding opacity/hiding power, chemical resistance, excellent weathering, durability, and heat stability.

What is Thermostability?

Thermostability of pigments in general and especially of BV pigment is typically described as “a change in color when processing at elevated temperatures and in the presence of organic materials.” These high temperature processes include extrusion, injection molding, coil coating and powder coating all of which involve the coloration of organic resins. However, from a physical and chemical point of view, the description “thermostability” for BV is incorrect.

BV is an inorganic compound which can remain, as a powder, in an oven at temperatures up to 400°C (750 Fahrenheit) for several days without changing color. As BV is also a potential oxidant, it can chemically oxidize organic materials that come into direct contact with the pigment and therefore itself be reduced. This reduction of vanadium (+5) to lower oxidation states results in the color change to dirty green falsely described as thermostability. This can be simply illustrated by the oxidation stages of the vanadium in aqueous solution, as shown in Image 1.

Image 1. Oxidation States of Vanadium in Aqueous Solutions (Left to right +5 à +4 à +3 à +2)

Whilst BV’s taken as powder pigment are stable up to temperatures of 400°C (750 Fahrenheit), when incorporated into an organic matrix (a polymer resin) at elevated temperatures (200°C to 320°C) a redox reaction can take place between the vanadium in BV and the organic material. Vanadium is reduced from a valency of +5 (yellow) to valency’s of +4 (blue) à +3 (green) à +2 (violet). This results in a color shift from chromatic lemon yellow to a dull green color which is interpreted as reduced heat stability.

This only can happen, if the polymer resin can come into direct contact with the BV pigment crystals. A proven method to prevent BV to react with the polymer is to encapsulate with a dense layer of silicon dioxide, which acts as a spacer between the resin and pigment (See Image 2). Image 2 shows a transmission electron microscope picture. The dark area is the pigment surrounded with a thin gray area, which is the encapsulation.

Because BV pigments change color due to a redox reaction, not thermal decomposition, this explains why BV changes color at higher or lower temperatures depending on the resin it is coloring. Polyolefins are not easy to oxidize and therefore BV exhibits excellent heat stability in them, whereas polymers like polyamide are easier to oxidize and the same BV grade shows lower heat stability. Residual catalysts / intermediates in the polymers (mainly polyolefins) may also have a negative impact on the redox behavior and therefore discoloration of BV.

Image 2. Transmission electron microscope picture of an encapsulated BV crystal. The dark core is the pigment and the gray colored shell a dense layer of silicon dioxide.

Heat Stability of our Pigments

DCL has thermostable BV pigments available with heat stability in the range of 260-300°C, for use in polyolefins, and >320°C for polyamides (as shown in Image 3.)

Image 3 clearly shows that DCL 2GTM and DCL 2GTI display far better heat resistance than either Competitor A or Competitor B, in polyamide.

Image 3. Heat stability in Polyamide (full shade@1%)

Interested in BV Pigments with high heat stability? Here are some of our recommended grades, based on the specific application.


Product Code

Main Features & Benefits

Heat Stability



“Go to” product for PO’s




Reddest shade, high strength & good hiding. Slightly greener than organic PY.138




Higher heat stability for PO – similar color strength when compared to 2GLMA (marginally stronger)




Excellent dispersibility for a BV


Polyamide/ Engineering polymers


Made specifically for EPL. Does not contain Boric acid

 >320°C in PA

Polyamide/ Engineering polymers


Made specifically for EPL. Contains Boric Acid

 >320°C in PA

Contact us if you have any other questions!

ERP Update: New Order Confirmation Document

Last month we introduced the launch of our new ERP computer system. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the Order Confirmation document which will be sent with each received order.  The purpose of this document is to confirm order receipt and many important order details so that our customers are confident of clear communications and expectations. The new order confirmation document will be provided when we roll out our new ERP to US customers in a few months and by Q1 2022 for the remainder of our customers. On the accompanying “Sample” Order Confirmation document that we created, key information fields are highlighted and numbered for discussion.

  • Customer AddressesNumbers 2, 3 & 4.  The Order Confirmation will show three addresses for the customer.  The customers Mailing Address (2), Physical Address where this delivery is to be made (3) and the address where the invoice is mailed (4). 
  • DatesNumbers 1 & 7.  The Order Date (1) we received the customer’s order and the expected Delivery Date (7) are clearly indicated on this document.  Our new ERP has a sophisticated logistics module which calculates shipping times between the warehouse of the ordered product and the customer to time shipment releases.  Our plan is to confirm an expected delivery date at the time an order is placed.
  • Order & Product details – On the order confirmation we will include the Customer Order Number (5), which is standard practice, as well as the Customer’s Code (6) for our product.  Many of our customers have established their own internal raw material codes corresponding to our branded product.  In our new system, we will store customer aliases for our products and print them on the order confirmation as another step to improve communication in the order fulfillment process, especially with our customers outside of the US where this feature has not been available.
  • Charges – An estimate of any applicable charges (8) is summarized on the Order Confirmation with detail by order line in the body of the document.  For customers in regions where VAT or HST is collected these charges will be shown in detail.

It is our expectation that our new Order Confirmation document will improve communication during the order fulfillment process and provide greater confidence for our customers.

Cybersecurity Awareness: What to Know

 With the recent increase in phishing and other cybersecurity attacks against infrastructure and manufacturing sector here are some items to look out for:


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About DCL Corporation
DCL Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of pigments for our customers in the coatings, plastics, printing ink and paper industries worldwide. Our extensive range of pigments is backed by technical expertise, our commitment to service excellence, continuous improvement, environmental, health, safety and social responsibility. Please visit for more information on our product range.