Our ROPAQUE™ Hollow Sphere Pigments have been specifically designed for use in direct thermal paper and coated paper manufacturing. ROPAQUE™AF-1570 is currently only available in EMEA.
Hollow Sphere Pigments
Breaking conventions with hollow sphere pigments
ROPAQUE™ Hollow Sphere Polymeric Pigments feature a unique structure that provides benefits to the paper industry. Their insulation properties help create higher quality print images, and can also be formulated to provide a high gloss surface appearance for paper and paper packaging.
Aqueous styrene-acrylic emulsions with hollow water-filled cores. Upon drying the water evaporates leaving an air-filled void, providing opacity and excellent insulation properties. The polymeric nature of the shell means that paper coatings containing ROPAQUE™ Hollow Sphere Pigment technology are very easy to calender with low temperature and pressure resulting in a smooth surface.
Appearance and printability
Increased sheet gloss, print gloss, brightness, and opacity.
Excellent insulation for better thermal print performance and barcode readability.
High smoothness that can be tailored with calendering.
Increased holdout on paper surfaces.
Compatible with various inorganic pigments, binders, and additives.
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ROPAQUE™ TH-2000AF Hollow Sphere Pigment
Aqueous styrene-acrylic emulsion with a hollow water filled core. Upon drying the water evaporates leaving an air-filled void that provides opacity and excellent insulation properties. Suitable for application by size press, rod or blade or curtain coating, and compatible with common binder types.
ROPAQUE™ AF-1570 Hollow Sphere Pigment
Used in insulating thermal paper pre-coat and found in most types of direct thermal paper including point of sale, ticket, tag and label grades. Its low density, excellent runnability and ability to generate smooth coatings give significant performance benefits over traditional inorganic pigments.
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