“Lots of companies can manufacture masterbatch,” admitted Alexander Schleberger, Managing Director, “but our customer focus is truly special.” He wasn’t just referring to his company, colorplastischechemie Albert Schleberger GmbH (cpc) in Remscheid, Germany, which exclusively manufactures tailored products for its customers, even in quantities as small as 25 kg if required. Together with his colleague from the Executive Board, Achim Henkel, and Sales Head Marc Joppe, he was also alluding to the Colormobile, Color Lounge and Digital Cloud.
“Everything here is custom made”, emphasized Marc Joppe, naming one of the reasons why their more than 600 returning customers remain so loyal, at their Remscheid location. Here, they get almost everything their hearts desire – other than PVC and high-temperature polymers. cpc uses around 60 various base plastics for their color masterbatches, but around 80% of those are PE or PP based. Typical products from their Remscheid facility are combination masterbatches that enfuses color and function, such as red with UV stabilization. “We were one of the first companies to manufacture these types of combinations”, said Achim Henkel, who has already been working for cpc for 43 years and who remembers well the company’s beginnings with 15 jack-of-all-trades employees in Wuppertal, Germany. “It has always been really important to us that our work is legitimate – no gimmicks”, Henkel added. For cpc, this means on one hand, looking for alternatives for customers with special requests that can’t be realized, and on the other, even refusing an order. This masterbatcher takes its responsibilities to humanity and the environment very serious, by removing and replacing additives from its recipes early on when ingredients are designated as harmful due to new legal requirements or limit values.
Documented NIR Detectability
cpc’s production spectrum consists of about 20,000 different formulations and so does their customer base, comprising from nearly every industry. “We deliver our masterbatches to the automotive, construction, household and cosmetics industries, just as we do to the packaging industry”, noted Sales Head Marc Joppe. For just over a year, cpc has been the first color masterbatch manufacturer to offer a brand-new service to the packaging industry. Schleberger explained: “Our customers receive a data sheet from us indicating the NIR detectability for every product.” NIR detectability is very important, especially for dark to black packaging so that they can be detected in the recycling stream and classified as a type of polymer which then can be recycled. This is particularly appealing when considered against the backdrop of new packaging regulations and higher legal recycling quotas. To certify the NIR detectability, cpc has expanded its laboratory capacities with the necessary equipment. “Our lab and R&D department stand out in our company, as small as we are, for their rather large size. In the masterbatches we produce, we place a lot of importance upon product safety, purity, color accuracy, and/or lightfastness. We want to be able to guarantee our customers the same”, Henkel emphasized.