• A new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok® papers at an affordable price

Reinach, 10 December 2013 – Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, is pleased to offer papermakers a new opportunity to achieve cost-effective, high-brightness ColorLok® grades of office paper with the launch of Leucophor® SKH liquid. This optical brightening agent (OBA) is the latest addition to Archroma’s innovative Leucophor range.

Leucophor SKH is a urea-free, hexasulfonated OBA capable of delivering the highest levels of brightness. It sets a new benchmark of cost performance when used in combination with ColorLok technology in size-press applications. At the same time, Leucophor SKH maintains excellent performance in standard size-press applications.

Andrew Jackson, Global Head Product Management OBA at Archroma comments: “Archroma’s Paper Solutions Business constantly improves and innovates both its products and services based on market needs. Leucophor SKH is an exciting development; it brings to market a new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok papers at an affordable price. We look forward to working together with our customers to use this innovative OBA technology to bring down application costs.”

Leucophor SKH is currently available in the United States, with rollout in Canada and Latin America expected to follow shortly. It is anticipated that Leucophor SKH will be available in Europe from mid-2014.

ColorLok technology is a new standard developed by HP and International Paper that improves ink drying speed and definition on office papers, creating extra sharpness, bolder blacks and more vivid colors. ColorLok grades of paper are compatible with inkjet, laser and copier machines.

Archroma launches Leucophor® SKH liquid paper brightener for ColorLok® grades.

ColorLok® is a trademark of International Paper Company. The opinions provided herein related to ColorLok® Technology solely belong to Archroma and are not the opinions of International Paper Company. International Paper Company is not responsible for the opinions expressed herein.


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Josina van der Velden

EMG

+31 164 317 014

jvandervelden@emg-pr.com

Muriel Werlé

Archroma

+41 61 716 3375 or +41 79 536 9117

muriel.werle@archroma.com

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About Archroma

Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland. It operates with 3,000 employees over 35 countries and with 24 production sites. Its three businesses – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Packaging & Paper Specialties, and Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants – deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.

Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting the planet. The company is committed to challenging the status quo in the deep belief that it can make its industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels and cost-efficiency. Products enhanced, colors enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.

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