GRAFE Design Center presents the trend colors for 2018 with an interactive story
“The Pursuit of Colors” with GRAFE. That is the motto of this year’s presentation of the 2018 trend colors by the GRAFE Design Center. Always a creative highlight, the orchestration of this year’s color preview features the well-known Thuringian poetry slammer AIDA. He has created an exciting adventure story in twelve chapters that will take the reader month for month on a journey around the world.
GRAFE at the VDI Mannheim as the only color masterbatch manufacturer and developer certified in accordance with ISO / TS 16949
Innovative ideas for efficient and high-quality plastic applications in cars presented by the plastics specialist GRAFE from 29th to 30th March 2017 at the international VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”. The automotive competence of the Thuringian company is particularly in focus since the GRAFE Color Batch GmbH is the only German company that is certified in accordance with ISO / TS 16949 for the manufacture as well as development of color masterbatches.
GRAFE receives ISO 50001:2011 certification
The GRAFE Group, with headquarters in Blankenhain, has been certified according to EN ISO 50001:2011, an international standard for energy management systems. With this step, the company wants to achieve continual optimization of its energy performance and an appropriate balance between energy consumption and finished products.
Making colors come alive in exceptionally sensual creations – this is what the specialists of the GRAFE-Design-Center of the GRAFE-Group in Blankenhain, Germany is known for within the plastics industry and beyond. Through a collaboration between GRAFE and Eckart, a manufacturer of metal and effect pigments, six fantastic colors in six PET bottles that are embedded in an imaginative story have emerged. With an exceptional shine and a fascinating feel, the metallic tones are charming and temp a person into the world of Fantastic Colors.
New Additive Improves Polymer Melt
The plastics processing industry is about reducing cycle times and thus decreasing production costs and energy consumption, and therefore the injection molding machine or the periphery is mostly targeted. In this process, the polymer itself has potential, if it succeeds in optimizing the processing without negatively influencing the mechanical properties. The GRAFE-Group, Blankenhain carries an additive masterbatch for polyalkenes that meets these requirements.
GRAFE gives colors taste
Making colors audible – the trend experts of the GRAFE-Group have already demonstrated these skills. Now, they have gone one step further and provided the colors with taste. In the new project "Tasty Colors", the company's own color creations are presented in a color book. The highlight of this new book is that the ingredients are given for the mixed drinks which are illustrated, so that you can make them on your own.
The GRAFE group has developed a matting agent for the representation of various surface effects in a single step
The trend towards matte surfaces is still continuing. For a few years now, new vehicle models with an extremely matt surface have been becoming more common on the market, standing out clearly from the previous cars that had a metallic finish. This trend is however also noticeable in the consumer goods sector and is desired by many consumers when it comes to elegant, exclusive surfaces. In addition to the requirements of a modern, matte appearance, though, demands on a resistant, scratch-resistant surface are also increasing at the same time. So far, however, this impression has only been possible by means of an expensive reworking or treatment by painting, sandblasting or the use of soft paint or IML films.
From pearl shimmer to rainbow colors and the illusion of depth
The GRAFE-Group from Blankenhain, Germany has collaborated with Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH from Roth, Germany to create a unique development project in which light reflections in all the colors of the rainbow shimmer impressively on a plastic surface and create a hologram effect. Subsequently, in collaboration with the responsible for design and production at Koziol GmbH, based in Lauterbach, Germany, this project was successfully implemented for the first time. Koziol is a leading manufacturer of plastic design articles for the home and office. The manufactured product is a beautiful stand with shelves. Advantages of this designer piece are its different surfaces, since they show the effect of the pigment on glossy and matt structures.
The GRAFE GROUP has developed halogen-free, flame-retardant polypropylene compounds
The plastics experts at GRAFE are introducing a halogen flame retardant PP compound, which can be colored as desired. "Our goal was to develop a material that offers halogen-free, flame-retardant and good mechanical properties along with good flowability and the possibility of free coloration," explains Dr. Jan Stadermann, Technical Assistant at GRAFE.
GRAFE looked to the future
The GRAFE Group ventured a look beyond tomorrow on their „Future Day“ from 6th – 7th September 2016 in Blankenhain. Under the motto “Perspectives for Plastics”, futurologists and trend researchers offered fascinating insights into how the dynamic transformation processes of today’s Zeitgeist are changing society, the consumer world and its markets, and how businesses can develop strategies to effectively utilize this. Speakers from renowned companies in the plastics industry elaborated on these ideas and shed light on future trends of relevance to the business.