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June 26, 2008

Media Release
Clariant Masterbatches Division

Natural, Renewable Additive Masterbatches Expand Clariant’s “Green” Portfolio
Plastics product developers seeking additive masterbatches that are both biodegradable and renewable can now select several different functional ingredients in the new CESA®-natur product line from Clariant Masterbatches. CESA-natur additive masterbatches, along with RENOL®-natur color masterbatches introduced in 2007, are ideal for use with the environmentally friendly biopolymers – like polylactic acid (PLA) – which are becoming popular in “green” packaging and consumer goods applications. The natural masterbatches also can be formulated for use in conventional polymers as alternatives to non-renewable additives. The new masterbatches – including slip/antiblock agents, UV/light stabilizers, antioxidants and antistatic agents – feature not only a biopolymer carrier resin, but also naturally occurring substances that are completely renewable, biodegradable and, in most cases, compostable. These products have successfully passed strict screening procedures and are available for immediate use. Clariant Masterbatches is continuing research to expand the range of CESA-natur additive masterbatches. Development and testing is currently under way on natural impact modifiers and metal deactivators for PLA. “The companies we are working with today are looking at several different approaches to achieving environmental objectives,” explains Hendrik Kammler, Clariant Masterbatches Global Marketing Head of Additive Masterbatches. “Clariant can support them with the CESA-natur masterbatches, which can be used in both bio-based polymers like PLA or in conventional synthetic resins. Or, if they need something the natural additives cannot readily provide, we can formulate conventional ingredients in a biopolymer carrier. It is only a question of how ‘green’ you want to be.” CESA-natur slip additive masterbatches perform well in PLA film applications. This newly developed system is based on pure, naturally occurring waxes that give very good slip properties. The coefficient of friction (CoF) in PLA films obtained by using CESA-natur

which use natural antioxidants like vitamin E. are formulated from light-colored substances that are substantially more heat stable and offer UV protection comparable to conventional synthetic UV absorbers. in turn. Processing characteristics are similar to those associated with conventional masterbatches. they are based on aromatic molecules. The result of these degenerative effects is polymer chain cleavage that. Like synthetic additives.Clariant Masterbatches Division Media Release June 26. The use of CESA-natur slip appears to have only a marginal influence on transparency. the most commonly used biopolymer. 2008 Page 2 of 4 slip additive is close to the values achieved with modern synthetic waxes. which are based on petrochemicals. Strict product safety regulations and screening apply. a masterbatch based on a molecule originally developed to re-link polymer chains in degraded condensation polymers like recycled PET. In the past. has more recently been . which can be used in biopolymers or conventional resins. which take advantage of some of the same additives that are commonly used in food products. however. CESA-natur light masterbatches provide light stabilization in both conventional and biopolymers. They can also function as a UV filter to protect the contents of packaging made of bioplastics such as PLA. and CESA-natur antistatic masterbatches. results in loss of molecular weight and deterioration of rheological properties. all of which may occur during processing. Other CESA-natur masterbatches currently available include CESA-natur antioxidants. but the CESA-natur UV masterbatches use naturally occurring ingredients. the natural compounds chosen for UV protection have been colored and usually show low thermal stability at processing temperatures above 200°C. CONVENTIONAL ADDITIVES AID PROCESSING OF BIOPOLYMERS In addition to the CESA-natur additive masterbatches. CESA-extend. Clariant Masterbatches has perfected two other masterbatches – CESA-extend and HYDROCEROL® – that dramatically improve the processing and enduse performance of PLA. oxidative and hydrolytic degradation. The newest CESAnatur light masterbatches. It is highly vulnerable to thermal. despite the natural origin of the materials. Carrier resins can include any of the common biopolymers. One factor that has been limiting the acceptance of PLA is its processing instability.

Clariant has demonstrated that CESA-extend can significantly improve the melt strength of PLA.216-382-8840 Fax: +1-216-382-8850 scollins@collins-marcom. PLA is also finding application in foamed products like grocery-store meat trays. Collins Marketing Communications Phone: +1. However. Hendrik Kammler notes. fine-celled structure that end-users demand. allowing for more reliable sheet extrusion and superior bubble formation and stability in blown-film processing. 2008 Page 3 of 4 showing great promise in processing PLA and other biopolymers. OMNICOLOR® universal color masterbatches.clariant.reid@clariant.com. HYDROCEROL® chemical foaming and nucleating agents. they do make it possible to use renewable biopolymers more readily so the environmental benefits outweigh any negative effect. Clariant Masterbatches products are marketed under five global brand names: REMAFIN® masterbatches for olefins. Collins. Adding CESA-extend to the foam.masterbatches.com Scott H. Contacts: Laurie Reid.Clariant Masterbatches Division Media Release June 26. Both these additives are artificially derived. styrenics and PVC.com . in combination with HYDROCEROL. HYDROCEROL chemical foaming agent (CFA) masterbatches are being used in PLA foam extrusion and increasingly as a nucleating agent in direct-gas foaming to produce the uniform. More information on Clariant Masterbatches products is available at www. and so they do not fit the definition of a natural and renewable feedstock. where the biopolymer replaces styrene. has been shown to enhance molecular weight and melt-strength characteristics resulting in a more easily controllable process. These brand names are all registered trademarks of Clariant. including PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) and PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate). CESA® additive masterbatches. RENOL® masterbatches for engineering resins. Clariant Masterbatches Phone: +1-401-438-4080 Fax: +1-401-438-4680 laurie.

2008 Page 4 of 4 Clariant – Exactly your chemistry.000 people. Headquartered in Muttenz near Basel.5 billion in 2007. Clariant is committed to sustainable growth springing from its own innovative strength. it generated sales of CHF 8. The Company’s success is based on the know-how of its people and their ability to identify new customer needs at an early stage and to work together with customers to develop innovative. employs about 21. Strong business relationships.Clariant Masterbatches Division Media Release June 26. commitment to outstanding service and wide-ranging application know-how make Clariant a preferred partner for its customers. which is represented on five continents with over 100 group companies. Functional Chemicals. Clariant. efficient solutions. Leather & Paper Chemicals. Clariant is a global leader in the field of specialty chemicals. Switzerland. www. and Masterbatches.clariant. Pigments & Additives. Clariant’s innovative products play a key role in its customers’ manufacturing and treatment processes or else add value to their end products.com . Clariant’s businesses are organized in four divisions: Textile.