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Merck, Polyone to Develop in-Mold 3D Technology for Packaging Applications

Merck has partnered with PolyOne to develop in-mold 3D (IM3D) technology, which can be used in packaging and consumer electronics applications.

IM3D decoration technology can be integrated into standard injection molding machine production lines.

Merck will combine its expertise in development of pigments with the color concentrate formulation expertise of PolyOne to create new technology.

The IM3D technology will allow manufacturers to create surfaces, which appear to have depth and structure even though they are flat.

Earlier, various processing steps were necessary to generate this effect in a polymer surface. Currently, the 3D impression can be created in a single step during the injection molding process.

The striking effect is said to turn packaging components such as covers and wrappers, in addition to polymer housings into distinctive eye-catchers.

PolyOne EMEA and India color & additives general manager and vice president Christoph Palm said: “With the IM3D technology from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, brand owners and manufacturers have an outstanding enhancement option that can set their premium products apart from the competition.”

Merck KGaA pigments and functional materials business unit head Michael Heckmeier said: “IM3D is just the beginning of our strategic collaboration with PolyOne. Our objective in the coming years is to jointly launch additional innovative plastics technologies with pearlescent pigments.”

With revenues of around $3.4bn in 2015, PolyOne provides specialized polymer materials, services and solutions.

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