This year sees the third ALTANA Innovation Conference has been held. The highpoint of the international event is the official recognition of the Group’s best innovation for the year with the “ALTANA Innovation Award”. As CTO Dr. Georg F.L. Wiessmeier says of the Award, “Candidacy for the ALTANA Innovation Award is tied to a whole series of key features and other criteria. Hence, only innovations that are already achieving significant market sales are considered. The proposals must be based on an innovative concept, represent an economic benefit for ALTANA and involve advantages for the environment.”
The winning team this year is from the ECKART division:
Dr. Guenter Kaupp, Dr. Dirk Schumacher, Jens Depner, Michael Gruener and Dr. Ulrich Schmidt.
Movie: Innovation Award 2010
Length: 2:22 min. Size: 64,8 MB
Their innovation is based on a new generation of patented calcium sodium borosilicate pigments, which are marketed today as MIRAGE effect pigments for cosmetics. They differ from conventional pigments based on natural mica through their extraordinary sparkle and luster. The extremely smooth coating on the calcium sodium borosilicate creates a very high level of transparency and intense interference colors. MIRAGE effect pigments are suitable for any type of color cosmetics and body care applications such as nail varnish, powders, wax-based systems, emulsions and gels, etc. The new generation of effect pigments also includes LUXAN Glass Pearls for Industrial Applications. Their high transparency enables them to be combined with any color shade, without impairing the character of the color. Low quantities of LUXAN, for example, can make an “eye-catcher” out of a simple black – in many cases without generating flow lines. This has the advantage that rolled out products, whose color is often a recognition feature, can be easily upgraded. Normally there is no need to modify the injection mold.
The winning team (from left): Jens Depner, Michael Grüner, Dr. Dirk Schumacher, Dr. Ulrich Schmidt and Dr. Günter Kaupp
(all ECKART Effect Pigments).
Find more about the ALTANA Innovation Conference 2010.