The Center opened on July 5, 2018.
Together with the Global Competence Centers for Colorants (Reinach, Switzerland) and for Surface & Coating Technology (Bradford, UK), the new Global Competence Center for Whiteness in Prat forms a network of experts dedicated to developing innovative product packages to support its customer production process with integrated system solutions.
Whiteness and brightness solutions for paper can be achieved with optical brightening agents complemented with shading dyes and pigments. The new Global Competence Center for Whiteness is located where Archroma has major OBA (Optical Brightening Agent) and colorant manufacturing plants, recently extended with additional tetrasulfonated OBA production.
During the last few years, Archroma has launched several eco-advanced innovations in the area of whiteness, such as LeucophorMT liquid, a REACH-registered, urea-free, modified tetrasulfonated OBA. More recently – in the North American market – Archroma launched LeucophorACK liquid, a patented ultra-concentrated, urea-free disulfonated OBA.
“At Archroma, we continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable,” said Andrew Jackson, product manager OBAs, Archroma Packaging & Paper Specialties. “As the paper market has been re-morphing and transforming in the past years, we see a growing demand for chemical solutions that support sustainability. And as consumers are increasingly looking for safer and eco-friendlier options, Archroma is committed to help its customers answer the call, and that clearly includes making sure whiteness solutions are designed accordingly.”