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Monday, 02.09.2013

Additives

 

Laser marking of plastics

Sharp contrast

 

The GRAFE Group provides its customers with the best possible solutions for laser marking along with a complete range of services. Unlike other marking processes, laser marking is resistant to chemicals and abrasion. This makes it durable and allows for a clean, accurate and precise marking of components with no need for preliminary surface treatment. Applications are found, for example, in the automotive and electrical industries.

 

Our developers continually face new challenges. They are continually developing the best possible formulations to meet the high requirements of the different materials to be marked in terms of contrast, edge definition and marking speed. Three options are available: dark, light and colored.

UV masterbatch for PC twin-wall sheets

Sunglasses for plastics

 

Ultraviolet light is vital for maintaining nature – it enables growth and preserves the biological equilibrium. Ultraviolet light is a relatively high-energy radiation and this presents an ongoing challenge for the producers of masterbatches.

 

Ultraviolet radiation causes plastics and colors to age. The durability of plastic parts is thus greatly reduced. UV-absorbers are therefore added to plastics to make them more resistant.

 

Twin-wall sheets are normally polycarbonate based. Unlike PMMA or polyolefine, polycarbonate does not stand up well against high-energy radiation. Over time it suffers a loss of mechanical strength and yellows noticeably.

 

In general, manufacturers of PC compounds add approximately 5 to 6 percent UV absorbers. These compounds are used primarily in coextrusion processes. The thickness of the layer and therefore the concentration of the UV absorbers on the surface, determine the guarantee and durability of the twin-wall sheets in outdoor applications.

 

GRAFE’s newly developed UV masterbatches for PC twin-wall sheets offer the advantage of highly concentrated additive masterbatches and contain 50 percent of the active ingredient in addition to optical brighteners and a color improver. The masterbatch is dosed at 10 to 12 percent with pure PC and coextruded on to the twin-walled sheets.

Additive masterbatch Flow Improver

A crystal clear flow

 

Top quality at a lower price can begin in the production process. Flow Improver, the innovation from GRAFE, measurably influences the processability of plastics. The additive modifies crystallization properties of materials while at the same time drastically reducing temperature and cycle time.

 

Lowering the machine temperature by 30 percent reduces both energy costs and waste heat. This means better working conditions around the machine. It also means that the machine has a quicker start-up following stand still or set-up times. The accelerated crystallization causes the components to cool down faster and leads to an optimization of cycle time.

 

The additive masterbatch can be used in all common machines and for injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. It is dosed at 3 to 5 percent during the process. GRAFE’s Flow-Improver can be combined with colors in a masterbatch.

Protection against counterfeiting

Originals only

 

The GRAFE Group is presenting an innovative type of additive masterbatch. It is a new combination of chemical substances for product marking. This marking can be detected both qualitatively and quantitatively in the end product by means of x-ray fluorescence analysis.

 

The additive masterbatch has been developed for applications with synthetic yarns and fibers, as well as for commodities and PP-, PA- and PET-based specialties. The active ingredients in the marker masterbatch can be used in many other plastics. They cannot be destroyed in the normal processing of thermoplastics and are resistant to solvents, scrubbing solutions, dye baths and spinning oils.

 

It is also possible to combine colors in the masterbatch – a complete solution for higher demands.

 

We provide our customers with technical support and assistance in evaluating marker masterbatches with our own in-house XRF analysis and with initial validation in production.

Spectrafoil Optical Lightener – Masterbatch for greenhouse films

For an abundant harvest

 

Our Spectrafoil Optical Lightener is a masterbatch for greenhouse films which transforms UV light into visible light. This increases the photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) and results in early harvests, improved yields and higher product quality.

 

The material has already been used successfully in the cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes, basil and cut flowers. Depending on the type of plant, yields can be increased by up to 30 percent. Plants branch out more and grow faster and more continuously. The amount of dry substrate in the fruits is also increased.

 

We recommend the use of this masterbatch in the regions of central and eastern Europe, especially in spring and autumn when the sun‘s radiation is weaker. It can also be combined with other additives.

Spectrafoil NIR Cooling Masterbatch

Dried out stalks are a thing of the past with GRAFE

 

Our Spectrafoil NIR Cooling Masterbatch reduces heat development in green houses because it absorbs and reflects the sun’s radiation in the near infrared range (NIR). Yet at the same time, it allows photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) to enter. Foils treated with this masterbatch have a cooling effect without limiting plant photosynthesis.

 

This product is especially suitable for warmer climate zones. Successful tests have been conducted in Spain and Cyprus on tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Yields increased by 15 percent and leaves had less tendency to dry out. The production facilities where the foils were used lost less heat over night and required less water. They also needed less energy for additional cooling systems due to the cooling effect of the foils.

 

Spectrafoil antifungi masterbatch

No trace of spores

 

Particularly in the production of food crops, keeping plant disease in check is of central importance. GRAFE is solving this problem with its masterbatch Spectrafoil Antifungi. Greenhouse foils that have been treated with this masterbatch modify the sun’s radiation as it passes through and prevent fungal spores from multiplying. This significantly reduces the amount of fungicide which is needed.

 

Spectrafoil Antifungi not only prevents crop failures, it improves crop yields. Eliminating the use of chemical agents in agriculture leads to healthier food.

New High Performance Antistatic Masterbatch

Keeping the sparks from flying

 

The exclusive high performance antistatic agent from GRAFE has a resistivity value in the range of 106 to 109 ohm-meters. This high antistatic protection helps to prevent sudden discharge of technical devices, reduces dust attraction on surfaces and minimizes the danger of sudden explosions. It offers special protection to sensitive electronic devices.

 

The long-term effect of our antistatic masterbatch is documented by over three years of research. Protection begins as soon as the end product is produced. The high performance antistatic masterbatch can be combined with color masterbatches or fillers. Our customers save costs through low dosaging without compromising on design and production flexibility.

 

Applications for the new GRAFE high performance antistatic masterbatch include:

 

  • Injection molding

  • Blow molding

  • Staple fibers

  • Non-woven fabrics

  • Deep-drawn parts

  • PVC products

  • Transparent and colorless articles in the non-food segment

 

 

 

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Monday, 02.09.2013

Compounds

 

Compounds

Well-padded

 

Any packaging that is unable to meet transport requirements cannot protect the product that it is meant to. Additives from traditional transport film can settle on the surface of the packaged materials and soil them.

 

Packaging films produced by the GRAFE Group, however, are able to meet all mechanical, climatic and chemical requirements. Whether it used for the transport, storage or handling of your goods, our disposable or reusable bubble wrap and pillow packs protect sensitive surfaces and electronic components.

 

All materials meet with automobile industry standards so that the films can safely be used for the overseas transport of automotive components.

 

The GRAFE Group provides two efficient packaging solutions that meet even the highest requirements:

 

  • A blue, non-migratory, permanently antistatic, transparent packaging film with a surface resistivity of 109 ohm.
  • A black, conductive packaging film with a surface resistivity of 104 ohm.

 

Both films are available as masterbatch and compound.

Low Emission PP Compound

Low emissions – High impact

 

Polypropylene (PP) is an essential plastic for use in today’s automotive industry. This has led to an equally high demand for innovative PP materials which can be used to equip car interiors. With our odorless and low emission PP compounds, GRAFE has developed products to fulfill these needs.

 

Our low emission PP compound for blow molded and injection molded applications in cars are heat-aging resistant, low-emission, odorless and ensure process-reliability.

 

Its heat-aging stability in accordance with VW 44045 has been proven in a series of tests. The process-optimized formulation helps our customers to ensure best possible processability and production cycle times while further lowering emissions.

Electrically conductive, shielding and permanently antistatic compounds

Powerful and sustainable

 

Ecology and sustainability are of key importance in every industry today. This goes hand in hand with an ever growing interest in the area of electric mobility. The modern electric mobile should be greener, lighter and use fewer resources. This is where the heightened use of plastics comes into play. Plastics are increasingly replacing heavier materials such as metal and glass.

 

In particular, electrically conductive, shielding or permanently antistatic plastics are of major importance for electrically powered vehicles. The GRAFE Group is able to customize plastics in order to meet the highest demands of varying materials with regard to mechanics, aging and process safety.

ABS with short glass fibers

Tough on the outside – safe on the inside

 

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a compound which is used mainly in the automotive and computer industries in order to endow plastics with greater mechanical resistance.

 

An innovation exclusively from the GRAFE Group’s research and development department is a special ABS with short glass fibers for self-coloring: COMPALEN ABS GF. This high-tech material is characterized by the neutrality of its own color, the ease with which it can be colored and excellent mechanical properties. It is able to satisfy the highest practical and aesthetic requirements of our customers.

 

The glass fiber content of our COMPALEN ABS GF is variable and can be adapted to the requirements of individual designs. The formulation can be colored in our facilities upon request.

Permanently antistatic PP-compounds for safety helmets

Helmets can save lives

 

Another new product from the GRAFE Group: a permanently antistatic compound for the manufacture of safety helmets.

 

Health and safety are always among the top development priorities at GRAFE. But we still leave ample room for creativity. We have developed a material for safety helmets that meets the requirements of DIN EN 397. It protects against the dangers of impact or blows to the head and is resistant against thermal, chemical and climatic influences.

 

Up until now, permanently conductive materials have only been available in standard black. Safety helmets in other colors were not electrically conductive because they could not be made antistatic. The special feature of GRAFE’s newly developed permanently antistatic PP compound is its availability in a range of colors. It is a helmet that is conductive and colored at the same time. Using the vibrant colors from GRAFE’s Colorstat® series, the safety helmet can be colored blue, yellow, white, red and brown. The PP material has been especially developed for lightweight designs. Using 2K injection molding, additional design elements can be added. These may include, for example, plastic elements that light up in the dark without requiring additional light sources.

 

 

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Monday, 02.09.2013

Masterbatches

 

New high performance antistatic masterbatch

To keep the sparks from flying


The exclusive high performance antistatic agent from GRAFE has a resistivity value in the range of 106 to 109 ohm-meters. This high antistatic protection helps to prevent sudden discharge of technical devices, reduces dust attraction on surfaces and minimizes the danger of sudden explosions. It offers special protection to sensitive electronic devices.

 

The long-term effect of our antistatic masterbatch is documented by over three years of research. Protection begins as soon as the end product is produced. The high performance antistatic masterbatch can be combined with color masterbatches or fillers. Our customers save costs through low dosaging without compromising on design and production flexibility.

 

Applications for the new GRAFE high performance antistatic masterbatch include:

 

  • Injection molding

  • Blow molding

  • Staple fibers

  • Non-woven fabrics

  • Deep-drawn parts

  • PVC products

  • Transparent and colorless articles in the non-food segment

Glossy and metallic masterbatch

Unlimited design options with the Effect Masterbatch from GRAFE

 

The polypropylene film composite creates vibrant, streak-free color effects on any surface. The resulting innovative glossy and metallic effects reveal a whole new range of design options for our customers.

 

Plastic components in cars should be cost-efficient, high quality and light. However, in addition to these features, the “feel” of the plastics and the mechanical properties are also very important. Effect surfaces are often challenging for manufacturers when flow lines appear on the end product at material build-up points and joint lines. Up until now, the only option has been to refinish the faulty parts in a costly post-processing step.

 

The GRAFE Group supplies the innovation for new designs without any post-processing or compromise on quality. Our polypropylene film composite creates vibrant, streak-free color effects on every grained surface. Simplest process control combined with greatest variability guarantees maximum cost-efficiency.

 

The polyolefin film is colored with a specially developed masterbatch and has a wall thickness of less than 400 µm. Because the film and the component carrier are both made of polypropylene, optimal bonding is guaranteed in the injection molding process with no pretreatment required.

 

Combinations are also possible: Base and cover film can be produced as transparent or translucent. The cover film is then equipped with the desired transparent metallic effect. In this combination, it is also possible to illuminate the composite. Vehicle interiors can be designed to appeal to customers on an emotional level by combining the right colors in an attractive arrangement of the components.

 

The appeal of the vehicle’s exterior finish can also be carried over to the plastics applications in the interior. The glossy and metallic effects in the PP film composite make it possible to have different grains on the component. Flexibility is greatly increased simply by changing the film.

 

The composite of PP film and PP material means that recycling the end product is simpler because it is made from only one type of material.

UV masterbatch for PC twin-wall sheets

Sunglasses for plastics

 

Ultraviolet light is vital for maintaining nature – it enables growth and preserves the biological equilibrium. Ultraviolet light is a relatively high-energy radiation and this presents an ongoing challenge for the producers of masterbatches.

 

Ultraviolet radiation causes plastics and colors to age. The durability of plastic parts is thus greatly reduced. UV-absorbers are therefore added to plastics to make them more resistant.

 

Twin-wall sheets are normally polycarbonate based. Unlike PMMA or polyolefine, polycarbonate does not stand up well against high-energy radiation. Over time it suffers a loss of mechanical strength and yellows noticeably.

 

In general, manufacturers of PC compounds add approximately 5 to 6 percent UV absorbers. These compounds are used primarily in coextrusion processes. The thickness of the layer and therefore the concentration of the UV absorbers on the surface, determine the guarantee and durability of the twin-wall sheets in outdoor applications.

 

GRAFE’s newly developed UV masterbatches for PC twin-wall sheets offer the advantage of highly concentrated additive masterbatches and contain 50 percent of the active ingredient in addition to optical brighteners and a color improver. The masterbatch is dosed at 10 to 12 percent with pure PC and coextruded on to the twin-walled sheets.

 

GRAFE’s flexible production technology allows the use of any type of UV absorber to meet customer demands in terms of both technology and price. It allows savings of up to 30% in comparison with traditional products. Additional savings are achieved through quick transport, simple storage and the fact that customers need one tenth less of the masterbatch than is normally required.

Cool Black applications in synthetic fibers

Simply cool

 

Cool Black is a masterbatch for dark or black colors that prevents dark surfaces made of PA and PET yarns from heating up as a result of thermal absorption. Cool Black significantly reduces thermal absorption in contrast to the behavior of carbon pigments.

 

Cool Black guarantees that thermal radiation (in the near infrared or NIR area) can only be absorbed above 700nm. The lower thermal absorption means that the product’s surface is perceived as much cooler and more pleasant to touch.

 

Thanks to the chemical compatibility of the colorants used in PA and PET, an alternative formulation with the same effect for PP is also available.

Protection against counterfeiting

Originals only

 

The GRAFE Group is presenting an innovative type of additive masterbatch. It is a new combination of chemical substances for product marking. This marking can be detected both qualitatively and quantitatively in the end product by means of x-ray fluorescence analysis.

 

The additive masterbatch has been developed for applications with synthetic yarns and fibers, as well as for commodities and PP-, PA- and PET-based specialties. The active ingredients in the marker masterbatch can be used in many other plastics. They cannot be destroyed in the normal processing of thermoplastics and are resistant to solvents, scrubbing solutions, dye baths and spinning oils.

 

It is also possible to combine colors in the masterbatch – a complete solution for higher demands.

 

We provide our customers with technical support and assistance in evaluating marker masterbatches with our own in-house XRF analysis and with initial validation in production.

Masterbatches for luminescent plastics

A light in the darkness

 

Plastics that glow in the dark are especially popular in the toy industry and in the production of fashion articles and promotional items. Luminescent pigments are also important for brand authentication and document security.

 

In the past, products could only be made luminescent using a green-gray color. With the new innovative masterbatches from GRAFE, products can now glow in vibrant red, green, yellow or blue. The colors remain stable in the daylight allowing designers a whole new range of options.

 

Masterbatches for film applications

Brilliant shine

 

The GRAFE Group provides masterbatches and compounds for numerous application areas. In the area of film application, we are offering an absolute novelty in plastics production.

 

The ability of coloring films – especially very thin films – requires a formulation with high dipersibility. The real challenge lies in the inclusion of the metallic particles. These have a structure which is relatively large in relation to the film thickness making it difficult to process. Our research department has, however, found a solution.

 

For example, we have developed the exterior case design for a complete luggage series from the manufacturer Samsonite. Our high-quality film for the surface of the case features a special design with metallic effects and a carbon look. This masterbatch has good processability and high color brilliance combined with a metallic gloss.

 

Biocolen ¬– biologically degradable masterbatches

Ecologically compatible colors

 

Ecology and sustainability are two topics that are gaining importance not only in industry but also in our society. New standards and stricter regulations have led to a change of thinking in the production of plastics.

 

Under the brand name Biocolen, the GRAFE Group offers its customers masterbatches for coloring biologically degradable plastics. Plastics on the basis of sustainable raw materials are leading the way to a closed reutilization cycle which saves crude oil.

 

A revolution: Masterbatches that are not only biologically degradable but that are also available in the same vibrant colors and with the same technical properties as classic masterbatches.

 

In the development of our biodegradable masterbatches, we have tested our products for compostability, strength, resistance to light, weather and aging. These tests have shown that the films completely degrade and are no longer detectable after only two. The Biocolen therefore comply with Euro-Norm EN 13432.

 

Products made of bioplastics with inorganic mineral pigments or organic synthetic colorants are limited in their compostability.

 

Biocolen masterbatches are produced on the basis of plant colorants and are completely biologically degradable.

 

Spectrafoil Optical Lightener – Masterbatch for greenhouse films

For an abundant harvest

 

Our Spectrafoil Optical Lightener is a masterbatch for greenhouse films which transforms UV light into visible light. This increases the photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) and results in early harvests, improved yields and higher product quality.

 

The material has already been used successfully in the cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes, basil and cut flowers. Depending on the type of plant, yields can be increased by up to 30 percent. Plants branch out more and grow faster and more continuously. The amount of dry substrate in the fruits is also increased.

 

We recommend the use of this masterbatch in the regions of central and eastern Europe, especially in spring and autumn when the sun‘s radiation is weaker. It can also be combined with other additives.

Spectrafoil NIR Cooling Masterbatch

Dried out stalks are a thing of the past with GRAFE

 

Our Spectrafoil NIR Cooling Masterbatch reduces heat development in green houses because it absorbs and reflects the sun’s radiation in the near infrared range (NIR). Yet at the same time, it allows photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) to enter. Foils treated with this masterbatch have a cooling effect without limiting plant photosynthesis.

 

This product is especially suitable for warmer climate zones. Successful tests have been conducted in Spain and Cyprus on tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Yields increased by 15 percent and leaves had less tendency to dry out. The production facilities where the foils were used lost less heat over night and required less water. They also needed less energy for additional cooling systems due to the cooling effect of the foils.

Spectrafoil Antifungi masterbatch

No trace of spores

 

Particularly in the production of food crops, keeping plant disease in check is of central importance. GRAFE is solving this problem with its masterbatch Spectrafoil Antifungi. Greenhouse foils that have been treated with this masterbatch modify the sun’s radiation as it passes through and prevent fungal spores from multiplying. This significantly reduces the amount of fungicide which is needed.

 

Spectrafoil Antifungi not only prevents crop failures, it improves crop yields. Eliminating the use of chemical agents in agriculture leads to healthier food.

Antimicrobial properties of light-colored synthetic yarns and fibers

No chance for germs

 

The spread of germs remains a great challenge particularly in medical environments. The GRAFE Group has recognized this problem and acted. For over 10 years our scientists have been researching methods for the antimicrobial and antibacterial treatment of plastics.

 

The latest results are synthetic staple fibers for operational use. Unlike traditional products, these fibers can be dyed to lighter colors. The new development is based on substances supplied by the company AMISTec in Kössen, Tirol.

 

The material features strong and long-lasting antimicrobial effectiveness, a wide spectrum of activity and no induction of resistance. It is also effective against multi-resistant pathogens, contains no nanoparticles and is not inactivated by sweat or proteins.

 

Tuesday, 27.08.2013

Color Preview 2014

 

In the GRAFE DESIGN CENTER, Dr. Coloris, the color psychologist, is using the most advanced scientific methods to his search for the colors of the future.

 

And after he leaves his office at the end of the day, Dr. Coloris becomes:

 

COLORAKEL

 

Come along with COLORAKEL on his adventurous search for inspiration and take a look through his special glasses at the colors of 2014.



His work provides the stimulus for the GRAFE DESIGN CENTER as he focuses on fresh, new color impressions – some of which can only be found in people’s imagination.

 

Click here to follow the episodes of his exciting search.

 

1. Transparent-Purple





During the day, the much-respected color psychologist Dr. Coloris conducts research with highly sophisticated methods in the laboratories of the GRAFE DESIGN CENTER. However, at the end of his working day, he is transformed into the courageous hero, COLORAKEL. Come along and join him on eighteen of his breath-taking adventures and have a look through his special glasses at the colors for 2014. The adventure begins right NOW.

Our hero’s first story begins not by saving the world or with any other typical super-hero story. No, it begins in a practice. Not just in any practice, but in a psychologist’s practice. We see a ghost lying on the couch and talking about his life, describing his fears towards others and the feelings they evoke. “I always feel like people can see right through me“, says the ghost. As COLORAKEL listens attentively, he discovers a subtle purple shimmer in the ghost’s otherwise transparent gown. It’s such a subtle shimmer that he drifts off into dreamland. Yet almost immediately, COLORAKEL returns to his senses and answers the enchanting patient.

„Dear ghost, upon first glance, your appearance does seem transparent but upon closer observation, there appears to be a purple glow hidden in the depths of your being. You are truly an inspiration for my Color Preview 2014 and I shall call this color TRANSPARENT-PURPLE. The whole world will see you now through different eyes and be amazed, for you are indeed something very special.”

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

2. Rapunzel-Silver


 

In his first adventure, our super hero COLORAKEL succeeds in breathing new life into a transparent ghost as he enables the ghost to see himself in a new light. In the next fascinating episode, COLORAKEL, equipped with his special glasses, finds himself standing in front of a broken-down, dilapidated tower which appears, at first glance, to be isolated and abandoned. But come along and see for yourself – the adventure begins right NOW.

In the middle of the forest, standing in a large, overgrown clearing, is a tower. The tiles on the roof are broken and the stones are crumbling down from the walls. The giant tower appears to be uninhabited and abandoned. ´Has anybody ever lived here?´, COLORAKEL asks himself. No door, only a single window allows him a glimpse inside the tower. Undaunted and fearless, our super hero embarks on his mission and discovers a woman, who seems to have lived for many years in the tower. It’s Rapunzel, with her long hair reaching down to the floor. But isn’t her hair supposed to be golden? „Yes, it was golden, but I’ve been waiting now for over fifty years for someone to come and rescue me“, she says. However, our super hero COLORAKEL is only listening with half an ear. For upon closer observation, he notices that her silver glittering hair has a metallic luster that makes it seem almost like chrome. Unable to take his eyes off this remarkable effect, he speaks to the enchanted lady.

„Dear Rapunzel, I am on a quest to find the colors of the coming season and am fascinated by the color of your shining silver hair. I shall call it RAPUNZEL-SILVER. All the world shall know this color and you will never ever be forgotten again”.

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

3. Fairy-Dust


 

In the last episode, our superhero COLORAKEL was able to save Rapunzel, whose hair had acquired a silver luster over the years in captivity. His journey led COLORAKEL out of a dense and overgrown forest into the land of fairies and sorcerers. This is where his next adventure awaits him. Get ready for a few surprises as this adventure begins right NOW.

In a strange and far-away place, there is a land of enchanted beings. It is the land of fairies and sorcerers: a magical land where the impossible suddenly becomes possible and dreams become true. Filled with excitement and curiosity about his new adventure, and eager to hopefully be inspired by a glimpse of new colors, our superhero COLORAKEL rushes off to the land of hopes and dreams. He approaches the border to this magical land with great anticipation, for even a superhero has dreams and aspirations. It doesn’t take long before he encounters one of the enchanted inhabitants, who looks him in the eyes and with a wave of her magic wand … Oh no, what’s happened? COLORAKEL is left standing in his birthday suit with only his cap and special glasses! Giggling, the fairy explains: „Sorry, but I thought you said you wanted something a bit more funky and fresh.”

„Dear fairy, you were right about my wish. But I must admit that I feel much better in my colortex-inspiration suit with trendy knee and elbow patches, with which I am certainly better-equipped in my search for the latest color inspirations. I beg you from the bottom of my heart to conjure up and return my superhero outfit. Without it, I just don’t have the courage to venture out into the world and no one will ever hear about the unique purple color of your fairy dress. I’m completely spellbound by its captivating metallic sheen. I shall call this inspiration FAIRY-DUST. This shade of purple will capture the world and spirit it away to a far-off land.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

4. Arctic-Snow


 

In his quest to discover color inspirations for the coming season, our superhero COLORAKEL embarks on exciting adventures and encounters all sorts of people, animals and fantasy creatures. On his last journey, COLORAKEL met a fairy who rendered him speechless by immediately fulfilling his wish without wasting a word. For his fourth adventure, our superhero ventures out onto the cold ice with his special suit and glasses. Bundle up to stay warm -the adventure begins right NOW.

In the freezing cold and icy wind, COLORAKEL sets out on journey against a backdrop of craggy mountains, glaciers, pack ice and crystal-clear water. On a sheet of floating ice, out in the Arctic Ocean, between gigantic table ice bergs inhabited by the most unusual animals, he encounters a grumpy old polar bear. COLORAKEL immediately senses a chance to discover a new color inspiration first hand and asks the polar bear what he thinks will be the next trend color. „The next trend color? Well, at least for the past 5,000 years, it’s been snow.” COLORAKEL is amazed as he looks around and realizes that the old polar bear no longer appreciates the beauty of his surroundings.

Our little hero decides to make the beauty and elegance of this world visible to him again and replies: „My dear polar bear, why do you look so grim? You are a wonderful animal and your magnificent fur is radiant in the arctic sun. Now just look around and see how this unique arctic world sparkles and glitters. I have never before seen a place of such cool and elegant beauty. This blue luster is not simply ICE. No, it is a color inspiration for me that I shall call ARCTIC-SNOW. There is no name more fantastic than this to capture the breathtaking landscape of the eternal ice”.

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

5. Pearly-White



Our superhero COLORAKEL is ready for the most exciting adventures; be they on land, sea or even in the depths of the ocean. No journey is too far in his search for the latest color inspirations. Not even the freezing cold can deter him as we saw in his last adventure to the arctic, where he was able to restore the stubborn polar bear’s sense of wonder for the beauty surrounding him. He is even willing to part with his superhero boots in this next chapter. We’re eager to see what happens in the latest episode that begins right NOW!

 

Still feeling a tiny bit frozen from the Arctic Ocean, COLORAKEL’s next journey leads him to the South Seas. Fascinated by the many islands and people that he meets, our hero embarks on a ship that carries him far out to sea. A spectacular world is revealed to him. No, not out on the ocean, but deep under the ocean where he discovers gigantic coral reefs and many strange and wonderful animals. Never before has he seen anything like it. But to be honest, our superhero is on a search for someone in particular, his Pearly. He finally discovers her after searching for ages through the reefs and the many schools of fish. Pearly, the sea shell, had already heard that COLORAKEL was searching for her and was anxious to finally meet him. As soon as she laid eyes on him she said: „Of course, I can produce those for your company but I want my own aquarium and a seafood-free cantine!“ Happy to have finally contacted the lady, COLORAKEL replied:

„My dearest Pearly, I am overjoyed to have finally found you after searching the endless seas for so long. You and your unique treasure are even more beautiful than I could ever have imagined in my wildest dreams. I can’t take my eyes off of you. This mother-of-pearl with just a touch of red is so silky, I feel as if it could just slip through my fingers. I’m taking you back to the GRAFE Design Center where you will serve as my color inspiration PEARLY-WHITE, and I promise you the largest and most spectacular aquarium to match your beauty”.

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

6. Lady-Like


 

COLORAKEL, a very special kind of superhero, always on the lookout for new color inspirations for the GRAFE Design Center, is ready for another breathtaking adventure. In his last episode, on his search for PEARLY, he slipped into his special diving suit and persuaded the elegant sea-shell to come back with him to his company to create the most beautiful pearl colors. Now he is off to the land of the giants to seek out new color inspirations. Get ready to come along on his latest adventure that begins right NOW!

COLORAKEL is on a new mission to track down a huge warrior by the name of Goliath. On his search for the giant he comes across a green valley winding its way between two rocks and curving along past a beautiful meadow. There, in front of a stone wall, COLORAKEL recognizes a massive figure. But who is it, our superhero asks himself: „Goliath in pumps?” The creature’s big, strong hands are wrapped around a tree trunk where branches poke out like little nails. “Boom, boom, boom,” it echoes as the creature approaches COLORAKEL. Bits of rock crumble off and tumble down the slope while the branches on the trees around him snap and break as the giant pushes them aside. Then the giant speaks: „What do you mean by „Goliath in pumps?!“ Of course I am a lady!“ Somewhat confused and frightened, COLORAKEL responds:

„My dearest lady, I first caught a glimpse of the magnificent shimmer of your dress which resembles my own from far off in the distance. But it was only after you emerged from between the two high oak trees, that I have been able to fully recognize your true beauty. Your skin is superb, it looks so tender as it radiates softly in the light of the sun. Never before, have I laid eyes on such an elegant color – I’d like to name it LADY-LIKE. I am COLORAKEL out on a mission to discover the color inspirations for 2014. Please don’t harm me. I want to carry your color out into the world so that everyone can see your true beauty.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

7. Mermaid-Cream


 

In his last adventure our superhero made his way to the land of the giants, where size really did matter. His next expedition will lead COLORAKEL out of the green valley, far away from the rocks, out on to the open sea to do some fishing. But what does our superhero really want to catch? Certainly not fish. Let’s take a journey on his latest adventure that begins right NOW!

Behind him lies a land filled with huge creatures, who can touch their noses to the tree tops without even standing on their tip toes – the land of the giants. Still feeling somewhat stunned, COLORAKEL wants to relax a bit while fishing and has just reached into his superhero suitcase to unpack his special fishing rod. The desire to linger a bit longer becomes stronger as he listens to the sound of the sea in his ear and gazes out over the vast expanse of water. But he is, of course, still our superhero COLORAKEL out on a mission to discover the color inspirations for the GRAFE Design Center and to capture these with his special glasses. However, his thoughts keep drifting off as he closes his eyes and enjoys a tremendous feeling of calm and well-being. But what’s that? Suddenly he sees a beautiful woman in the water in front of him. It’s a mermaid. Above her head, dangles a hook with a worm basking in the warmth of the sun. COLORAKEL jumps with fright as the mermaid speaks to him in her soothing voice: „If you want to hook up with me, you’ll have to come up with something more creative!“ Calm and collected, the little man answers:

„My dear mermaid, I am superhero COLORAKEL and my last adventure was very exciting. I wanted to take it easy now and rest a bit here in this calm and heavenly place. I wasn’t expecting to meet a single sole here, and certainly nothing as beautiful as yourself. The delicate green you are wearing is so light and creamy - as if a light breeze has just glided through cream. You are truly an inspiration for a new color that I shall call MERMAID-CREAM. The whole world will fall in love with you and your beauty.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

8. Intergalactic-Power


 

What would a superhero be without feelings? Probably not a superhero. For a real superhero has a heart for everything under the sun, be it earthling, nature or our planet. In his last adventure, COLORAKEL with his love rescued a mermaid and saved her from a terrible fate. This next episode leads COLORAKEL high up beyond the clouds up into the spheres where the air is rare. Shall we begin? The adventure begins right NOW!

In faraway galaxies, way up high beyond the clouds COLORAKEL is setting off on a journey into the endless expanse of the universe. Surrounded by 100 billion stars: small and large ones, light and dark ones, uninhabited and inhabited ones. But where are the inhabitants of these stars? Suddenly he discovers one of the aliens up on the star named Greenicus. He looks very sad. When COLORAKEL asks him what the matter is he answers that he would love to come down to earth but that „Beaming has become too expensive since they raised electricity prices“. Unable to conceal his good mood, COLORAKEL answers:

„My dear little inhabitant from the star Greenicus, I am superhero COLORAKEL and on the lookout for the colors of the coming season. Take a closer look at the color of your skin. It is so fresh and vibrant, bursting with the joy of life. INTERGALACTIC-POWER will be the new name for your brilliant green and it will carry us to all the interesting places in the universe with its energy and imagination.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

9. Thorny-Green


 

COLORAKEL is there wherever his intellect, courage and help are needed. Fearless in his special suit and goggles, he journeys to the most out of the way places making the impossible possible. After his adventure in the distant galaxy where he provides the little green man with enough energy and imagination to journey down to earth, he now finds himself back on our planet in a place that will warm your heart - and not simply because of the high temperatures. Get ready for the adventure that begins right NOW!

COLORAKEL’s new adventure begins in an area of the world with hardly any vegetation due to the extreme dryness. In the middle of this arid landscape live the well protected and cared for cactuses. With the urgent need to satisfy his curiosity, COLORAKEL sets out to investigate the vast desert and its inhabitants. On his journey of discovery he encounters a talking cactus where the high temperatures and relentless sun have obviously gone to his head. He smiles dotingly at our superhero saying: „Come on, kiss me!“ Somewhat embarrassed, COLORAKEL responds:

„My dear cactus, thank you for what is surely a tempting offer. I would so like to do you the favor but I cannot imagine that you really want me to kiss you. Take my hat. It will protect you from the heat of the endless desert and keep your green as luscious as ever. For I have seldom come across such a strong and exhilarating green. Yes, in the light of the powerful sun it even gives off a subtle glow, making you look even more luscious. I want to take it with me into the world and call it THORNY-GREEN.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

10. Bohemian-Petrol


 

In his adventures, COLORAKEL travels to places where reality and fantasy merge into one. On his last mission, he protected a cactus suffering from sunstroke in the hot desert. For his tenth heroic deed, COLORAKEL is traveling to France. But don’t think for a moment that he’s going to save the Eifel Tower from collapse or direct the traffic around the Arc de Triomphe. No way! CORAKEL is about to encounter precious objects. Let yourself be surprised! The adventure begins right NOW.

COLORAKEL is a superhero with superb taste. He loves France and not just because of its culinary treasures. French art is breathtaking and multifaceted: rousing theater productions, intoxicating music, moving films and magnificent painters; from Cézanne through Monet to Gauguin. In a little back street behind the Louvre, our superhero COLORAKEL runs into an artist with a yellow beret and a handlebar moustache. In his smock he carries the tools of his trade: a brush and pencil. Immediately recognizing COLORAKEL as an art lover and connoisseur, he leads him up to his artist’s studio. Proudly, he presents his latest work of art created as an expression of authenticity and originality: BOHEMIAN-PETROL. „But what makes that picture really valuable: You can even hang it vertically!” exclaims the little Frenchman. Excited about this new color creation, COLORAKEL responds:

„My dear Frenchman, what an inspiration your art is for me. It is neither green nor blue and I have fallen under its spell completely. Contemporary and eloquent, it summons up an image of our modern era. I would like to include it in my color preview so that all may behold this extraordinary color composition in its captivating originality.“

Get ready for another one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

11. Noble-Blue


 

With much courage, determination and daring our superhero COLORAKEL makes his way from one mission to the next. In the previous episode he met a remarkable painter whose work he held in great esteem. His new mission leads him to a dangerous location where only real heroes can manage to keep sight of their true colors. The adventure begins right NOW.

Right in front of our superhero COLORAKEL lies a most chilling scene. A slight shiver runs down his back as he travels down a seemingly endless path. The long corridor is dark, gray and terrifying. „Where is this leading?“ Curious and fearful at the same time, COLORAKEL continues down the hall. A faint light is to be seen at the end of the gloomy corridor. Suddenly, our little hero can hear voices. „Who is there?“ he calls out bravely into the darkness. Quietly, he sneaks up closer and catches sight of a vampire mother scolding her child: „I told you not to bite noblemen! Blue stains are so much harder to wash out!“ Delighted at what he sees, COLORAKEL makes himself heard by exclaiming:

„Dear vampire mom, don’t scold your child. This blue is so vibrant and intensive. In the faint glow of the lamp’s light, it even develops a fascinating metallic luster associated only with tangible premium-quality. If I incorporate this brilliant color NOBLE-BLUE in in my color preview, it will set a trend in the coming season. There will be no need to worry about getting out the stains in next year’s laundry.“

Stay tuned for coming adventures of COLORAKEL. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

12. Mixed-Up-Violet


 

In the course of his adventures, COLORAKEL is led to places where reality and fantasy blend into one. His latest dangerous mission took COLORAKEL to a gloomy, slightly scary place, where our superhero was able to save a little vampire child from the wrath of his vampire mother. In this 12th episode, our little man makes a bet with a lovely creature. But come along and see for yourself. The adventure begins right NOW.

This latest expedition leads our superhero to Africa, where he plans to assist his old friend Prof. Samiira with some research. The animals of the scrubland need to be catalogued with their names and colors next to their photos. But suddenly COLORAKEL encounters a strange creature. Just as he is about to write down „green“ next to the photo, the animal turns first brown and then suddenly violet. COLORAKEL stands there both confused and fascinated. He asks the creature about his name and his color. Then the cheeky little fellow reveals that he is a chameleon by the name of Toppy and that his spectrum of colors contains all the colors of the earth. ´All the colors of this earth?´ our superhero asked himself – he as a color expert doesn’t even know all of them. So they make a bet that if Toppy loses, he wil have to take over the color settings in the lab at the GRAFE Design Center. COLORAKEL makes him take the color test – and then what happens? „Okay, you’ve got me!“ admits Toppy defeated.

„Dear Toppy, don‘t be sad that you can’t imitate the color of my superhero outfit. The color of your skin is fascinating. Is it violet or blue? The mere sight of you makes my mind drift off to a magical world. I’m going to call it Mixed-Up-Violet – my color inspiration No. 12“, COLORAKEL replies. And that’s how Toppy ends up for a day in the GRAFE Design Center conducting research into the latest colors. But that’s another story.

Stay tuned for coming adventures of COLORAKEL. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

13. Magic-Purple

 

Undaunted and armed with his special glasses, our superhero COLORAKEL plunges off on his next breathtaking adventure in his pursuit to track down the colors of the coming season for the GRAFE Design Center. COLORAKEL´s last color discovery was a cheeky little chameleon in Africa that, despite his claims, wasn’t able to produce a limitless spectrum of colors. Our superhero’s new mission appears so unreal that one could get the idea it’s magic. Or could it really be magic? Let’s see. Raise the curtain for the adventure that begins right NOW.

Can it really be magic? Right in front of COLORAKEL is a tent with many colored stripes and a beautifully decorated gate with the large and impressive figure of a magician standing before it. He enters the magician’s tent and stands facing a man with a pointed hat, prominent nose, moustache and the most amazing magician’s cloak that our superhero has ever laid eyes on. It reaches down to the floor and its color shimmers in the light. The magician asks COLORAKEL if he can help him. COLORAKEL responds with a story of his amazing adventures in his search for the trend colors of the coming season. The magician is so fascinated he fails to notice that he is pulling one rabbit after the next from his magician’s hat: violet, purple and yellow rabbits. He is really trying to pull a color out of his hat but not one is suitable for the Color Preview: „Now wait a second, I'll get you your darn trend color!“ the magician replies somewhat angrily to our superhero. However, COLORAKEL is only marginally aware of his actions since he can’t take his eyes off the unusual man’s cloak. At first glance, it appears completely black. Yet, upon closer observation he notices that it is shimmering in an otherworldly purple. COLORAKELS eyes sparkle in the violet sheen of the cloak. Never before has he seen anything like it. With a slight stutter he tells the magician:


„Dear magician, I have found the color I’ve been searching for. It’s your cloak. I will call it MAGIC-PURPLE and the whole world shall fall under its spell.“


Don’t miss the next one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

14. Gold-Happens



In his last adventure, our superhero COLORAKEL was thrilled to share in the secrets of a magician performing his magic as he discovered a purple so enchanting that he was unable to think of anything else. In his latest undertaking, he encounters a golden donkey. But come along and see for yourself. The adventure begins NOW.

The sun beats down from the sky, there’s no breeze in sight and all of nature seems paralyzed in the midday heat. Even COLORAKEL is tired and lethargic in the face of this incredible heat. A little bit in the distance, he spies a cozy little barn nestled into the dreamlike landscape. So COLORAKEL decides to take a closer look at the barn and lay down for a few minutes in the cool hay. But upon entering the barn he realizes that he doesn’t have the place for himself alone. A playful little donkey is prancing about. He has just arranged a bench for himself to sit down comfortably with a newspaper. Our little man is suddenly startled as it seems that the donkey is about to press something out of his backside. However, just as COLORAKEL begins to turn his head away in shock, a never ending number of little gold coins tumble from the bottom of our charming little beast. Completely astounded, our superhero asks the donkey just what he thinks he’s doing? In a cheerful mood, the jackass turns around and answers: “The government said to save the economy everybody needs to get their asses moving!” Finally COLORAKEL comprehends the donkey’s business and has a better look at the coins. After closer inspection he finally remarks:


„Dear donkey, you take the words of the government rather literally. The gold in these coins is quite incredible. Even though it is seems so light, it is rich and valuable, like a piece of platinum that has been coated additionally with the finest leaf gold. In view of this color inspiration, I shall call it Gold-Happens and then you will not only be helping the government, but all people will be able to indulge in this luxurious elegance.“


Don’t miss the next one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

15. Rusty-Brown



COLORAKEL discovered his last color inspiration completely unexpectedly as he was about to lie down for a little afternoon nap. A talking donkey conjured up the unique color quite incredibly from out of his backside. In his latest mission COLORAKEL arrives at a place where long forgotten things are kept but where the occasional surprise is sure to happen. Get ready for the adventure that begins right NOW!

It is a beautiful, sunny day and COLORAKEL decides to pay a visit to a place where most people would usually not like to spend their time. A garbage dump with various bits of scrap metal and junk is his destination. For COLORAKEL knows that people throw away all sorts of things and often discard items that can still be of use. And so he begins to rummage through the big piles. COLORAKEL is becoming more and more excited and enthusiastic when suddenly, hidden beneath the countless pieces of equipment, he spies something twinkling. He tries to get a hold of it but is unable to. A small digger with a lifting magnet comes to his rescue. Our superhero takes his place at the driver’s seat, activates the magnet and suddenly finds he has literally caught himself a little robot. COLORAKEL can’t believe his good luck when he recognizes what it is he has fished out from the rubbish heap. He mumbles happily to himself as he leans forward in the driver’s seat. All of a sudden he hears a somewhat mechanical yet melancholy voice in front of the digger. „Hey“, says the little robot, „Don't tell me to rust in peace! I have feelings, too!“ „And by the way“, he adds, „I even have a name, and it’s Rusty“. At first COLORAKEL is a bit confused but then he cheerfully answers:


„Dear Rusty, I would never want to hurt your feelings. You must have misunderstood me. I was so happy to have found you that what I really meant to say was ‚And now, you can rest in peace‘. It’s because I have found my latest color inspiration here, in you. You may not be aware of it, but the rusty brown of your metal gives off an incredibly luxurious and elegant shimmer. Just take a look at how it sparkles in the sun. As if your exterior has been decorated with countless sunstones. I shall name your color Rusty-Brown and it will fill the world with graceful elegance.“


Don’t miss the next one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

16. Ladybug-Love



The breathtaking adventures of our hero COLORAKEL are slowly coming to an end. There are three last color inspirations remaining on his secret list and then he will embark on his journey home to the GRAFE Design Center. On his last mission he was able to help an old robot recognize the intoxicating beauty of its color. In this latest episode, COLORAKEL discovers a secret admirer. Come along on the adventure that begins right NOW.

´Phew, finally made it´ COLORAKEL breathes a sigh of relief and sits down to rest after his latest adventure. In the corner of his eye, the little superhero notices something crawling up from his cape onto his neck. ´Well, hi there. Now who might you be?’ he asks. She introduces herself to him as Miss Ladybug and admits that she has been accompanying him from the beginning of his very first mission. `The whole time?´ COLORAKEL asks himself. In order to get a better look at Ladybug, our superhero places the little lady on a birch leaf that has just fluttered down and examines her with the special magnifying glass he keeps in his case. He admires Miss Ladybug from every angle. Her wings are a beautiful red that he has never seen before in his entire life. And they shimmer so delicately, as if the little ladybug had just flown through a golden fog. COLORAKEL is so busy that he doesn’t even hear the soft voice of the slightly blushing lady: „…I love you.“ Jumping up and down in excitement, she tries to capture his attention but to no avail. Finally she murmurs sadly in her disappointment: „You mean everything to me. But for you I’m just another trend color“.


„Dear Ladybug, please excuse my negligence. I have also grown fond of you and wish that you remain by my side as my loyal companion on my missions. For I have become fascinated by the color of your wings with their brilliant red and hint of golden fog. I would like to call it Ladybug-Love to show you how much you mean to me.“


Don’t miss the next one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

17. Everybody`s-Magenta



On his last adventure, COLORAKEL discovered a true companion. His little admirer Miss Ladybug had fallen in love with our daring superhero. His next mission will lead COLORAKEL through forests and across meadows and fields until he stops to linger in one of them. And why? Come along and find out as we join him on the adventure that begins NOW!

What a beautiful autumn day! Colorful leaves dance and swirl as they flutter down from the trees. The squirrels are busy collecting supplies for the winter. And the sun is shining through the fluffy clouds in the sky. Lighthearted and full of cheer, COLORAKEL wanders through this delightful world when suddenly he stops in complete awe in front of a pasture. A small flock of sheep have gathered in a circle around a single sheep and are nuzzling up to him. COLORAKEL can hardly believe his eyes. A fat and fleecy wool sheep is standing in the middle and glowing in the most incredible pink. This is a story that our superhero just has to investigate and so he addresses the colorful animal. He, in turn, tells COLORAKEL the whole story, about his wonderful voice and how he had tried to make it on to the TV show „Germany’s Next Super Sheep“ but never even made it to the preliminary rounds. COLORAKEL doesn’t have much experience in these things yet is quite impressed to find that the remarkable fellow’s „Baaah“ really is something special. Finally, the sheep in its desperation decided to change the color of its wool and mixed some new colors together - and with great success. Today he is the owner of a successful company for sheep wool colors and any talk of casting shows is a thing of the past. After the furry ball of wool finishes his report, he leans back, shuts his eyes for a moment and remarks: „I don’t know why the black color didn’t work out. But the new one is such a crowd-pleaser!“ COLORAKEL is thrilled and confides in him:


„My dear sheep, this color is really just as unique as you are. It is full of energy and joy. But that’s not all. It glitters delicately in the sun as if you had just danced through a cloud of fairy dust. I want to include this magnetising lightness as a color inspiration in my Color Preview 2014. I shall name it Everybody´s-Magenta and the desperation of your past shall be transformed into joy.“


Don’t miss the next one of COLORAKEL’S exciting adventures. A hero, who really does exist, with adventures to rival those of Superman.

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Tuesday, 27.08.2013

Color Preview 2015

Inspiration is what motivates our existence. Derived from the Latin „spiratio“, it is what fills our life, soul and spirit. And yet these needn’t always be spectacular moments that fill us with wonder; even the simplest things of everyday life are often a surprising source of inspiration.

 

What motivates you? Where do you draw your enthusiasm and energy from?

Let yourself be swept away by the inspiration of the GRAFE team and discover the colors of the coming season.  



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Tuesday, 27.08.2013

Grafe Automotive Colors

Stylish interiors, elegant dashboards and unique decòrs – together with OEMs from the automotive industry, we develop thermoplastic models of all vehicle interior colors. GRAFE is known for its quality and flexibility among its renowned customers in the German and international car industry. We have designed approximately 850 interior trim colors in over 30 thermoplastic types for more than 30 manufacturers of car components.

 

Every order is different and demands a specific approach. With many years of experience and extensive know-how, the staff at GRAFE is able to meet all individual requirements with precision and detail. Among its renowned customers in the German and international car industry, we are known for our quality, speed and flexibility. Nothing beats our passion for getting the job done right.

Our individualized customer support has made us a leading supplier of masterbatches and compounds for the automotive industry. The GRAFE quality management is certified under ISO/TS 16949, the special standard for automotive suppliers. Only few German companies are certified under this internationally recognized standard. That’s one more reason for the trust that our customers place in us.

 

Our customers benefit from many years of experience, fast delivery of samples and comprehensive project assistance. Providing customer support for color approval at OEMs is also part of our total customer care.

 

Monday, 01.07.2013

FAQ

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Grafe Zertifizierung, ISO/TS 16949, DIN EN ISO 9001:2008, TÜV Rheinland, Masterbatches, Compounds
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Certification

Customer proximity and quality are the main focus at the GRAFE Group.

 

That is why we place such great importance on quality management – With success. After undergoing rigorous inspection by the TÜV Rheinland, we have been certified under DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. This confirms the high quality of our development, production and sales of color and additive masterbatches and compounds for the processing of plastics.

 

The GRAFE Color Batch GmbH was also certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with ISO/TS 16949. This certification includes all current international quality standards and requirements of the automotive industry that must be met by quality management systems. It is recognized by all automotive manufacturers worldwide.

 

Energy management systems can play an important role in environmental protection. In order to generate energy for as long as possible with our existing commodities, or to use them directly as a source of energy, we must conserve resources. The ISO EN 50001 certification of our energy management system shows that our company operates in an energy-efficient manner and ensures that this will continue in the future.

 

Certified quality

 

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Grafe on Demand

No job too complicated – No order too small.

 

Customer proximity is the central focus of our corporate philosophy and our future-oriented research. For you as our customer, that means: We produce to meet your individual needs. Each order is tailor-made to your production. Our innovative products are quicker and more easily available thanks to our experience and flexibility.

 

We will also produce masterbatch and compounds for you in small quantities upon request. It goes without saying that GRAFE’s consistently high quality applies to these orders, as well. We look forward to your inquiries.

 

GRAFE’s unique support

 

We offer comprehensive support to help you deal with problems on-site. Our staff will provide assistance in setting up machines and ensuring that your product has the same high quality as the sample delivery from GRAFE.

 

For a smooth production process.

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Logistics

Perfect logistics – Direct from our plant.

 

We guarantee short delivery times of maximum 5 working days. This unusually fast order processing at GRAFE is based on perfect production logistics and a high degree of automation.

 

Our in-house engineering guarantees the shortest setup and throughput times. Outstanding service – Not only for large orders. Whether you have large orders or small projects, we work with the same high speed and level of care.

 

And another example of GRAFE’s speed: 10,000 new formulations in 365 days.

 

Speedy processing – speedy delivery.

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