Masterbatch manufacturer Silvergate Plastics has launched a batch-to-batch colour matching service for customers using recycled raw materials.
The Wrexham-based company said that the ‘highly responsive’ colour match service overcomes variation in the base colour of recycled feedstock.
“The colour of recyclates can vary significantly and many processors believe the myth that recycled plastics are limited by colour when compared to virgin polymers,” said Paul Kitson, business development manager.
“At Silvergate, thanks to our strict colour management policies and processes, we are not only able to achieve the desired colour from the outset, but we will always adjust the formulation so any variants in feedstock colour will be accommodated within our colour management strategy.”
In addition, the company said it would be possible to incorporate additives that combat heat degradation and processing inconsistencies.
The new service has been introduced to support manufacturers seeking to implement green solutions, as the UK government tightens its regulations surrounding the use of recyclates in packaging.
Subject to consultations, the UK’s waste management strategy will apply a tax on plastic packaging that does not meet the minimum of 30% recycled content as of 2022.