Founded in 1964, Penn Color has been an industry leading producer of color concentrates and pigment dispersions for plastics for nearly half a century. Each of our global facilities develops and manufactures a full line of high quality color and additive masterbatches in all thermoplastic polymers.

End Markets:

  • Primary end markets for our products include packaging, building & construction, synthetic fiber, films, compounds, and cast & extruded sheet.
  • Other typical end applications for our products include toys, marine, automotive, housewares, food service, electronics, medical and many others.

Penn Color has been there since the mid 1960's to aid the communication industry in identifying and protecting delicate communication systems from the environment and assisting the industry in the identification of the myriad of wires that are crucial to our existence.

Insulating the first copper wires, it became evident that a method of identification would be needed to insure proper connections and to identify needed repairs. Color became the ideal choice and a system was developed to provide a universal palette that could be identified globally. As PVC was the most prevalent polymer for wire and cable shielding, Penn Color was a logical choice to provide PVC colorants to the compounding industry to service this industry. Still a viable market, the vast majority of communication connections utilize hard type connections, copper or aluminum, although protective and identifying coatings have evolved into using a wide variety of polymers as well as PVC.

Penn Color sells products that find their way into food, cosmetic, consumer products, and industrial chemicals. Our colorants are used in bottles, closures, thermoformed sheet, tubes, liners, and molded containers.

  • Our PENNACLE ® product line is the best PET colorant system in the business.  For more information, click here: www.pennaclePET.com
  • Onsite single stage blow molder allows us to present color matches in PET or PP bottle form
  • Full line of UV additive concentrates for content protection
  • Extensive database of special effect pigments and pigment combinations
  • Outstanding correlation from lab scale to production orders
  • Compliance with all regulations including FDA, CONEG, EU
  • Member of the Color Marketing Group, putting us at the forefront of upcoming color trends

As the major supplier of Nitrocellulose Chip and Pastes to the nail lacquer industry, Penn Color broadens the definition of Protective Coatings. Perhaps subjected to more abuse and neglect than in any other market, nail polish is required to provide a durable, high gloss finish to a substrate that is constantly being tested.

For more information, contact us or e-mail inkandcoatinginfo@penncolor.com.

Penn Color’s 25+ years of experience in the manufacture of custom color  and additive concentrates for the building and construction industry allows us to provide value to our customers and the industries which they serve.

Penn Color services all aspects of the Building Products Market, and it is our superior service, laboratory capabilities, and extensive market knowledge that makes Penn Color the colorant and additive partner of choice.

Penn Color's Radiation Curable pigment dispersions are designed to offer the simple preparation of high quality inks and coatings, which cure by exposure to ultraviolet light or electron emitting sources. Due to the various performance requirements and curing technologies presently associated with radiation processing, Penn Color dispersions are available in a wide variety of binder systems compatible either cationic or free radical initiation systems.

Penn Color specializes in high quality, dispersed color concentrates for engineered films where poor dispersion can affect product quality.  We are also the recognized leader in dispersions for calendared & extruded PVC films in North America.

  • High sheer extruders produce fully dispersed pigment particles, eliminating:
    • Specks in the film
    • Blowouts during production
    • Surface imperfections
  • High pigment loadings allow for lower coloring cost, and/or higher opacity
  • Standard line of single pigment dispersions (SPDs) for PVC films
  • Phthalate-free PVC SPDs are also available
  • Available as pellet or powder with tightly controlled particle size distribution for accurate feeding

Solid Surface is broadly defined as solid Acrylic Castings that can be fabricated to meet a particular need. Among those needs are counter tops, partitions, tub and shower enclosures and utilitarian type furniture such as conference tables, office desktops, plaques and picture frames. While the first entries into the Solid Surface marketplace were White and Off-Whites, it became readily apparent that the general public desired and demanded more colors to choose from. This desire has spawned an industry that now offers product lines with an excess of 40 colors and patterns and the variety continues to grow. With the initial white palette the need for pigment dispersions was minimal, but a quality supplier of FDA and NSF Colorant Packages is now crucial to this industry.

Regardless of the polymer you are compounding in, Penn Color can make a color matched concentrate in any choice of carrier resin. Or, if you prefer, we can provide single pigment dispersions (SPDs) to remove raw pigment from your facility and allow you to lower your cost by matching your own colors with SPDs.

  • Products available as Single Pigment Dispersions (SPDs) or as multi-pigment color matches
  • Extremely high single pigment loadings in your choice of carrier resin will take the hassle of dusty raw pigment out of your plant, without sacrificing physical properties of your compound, and keep coloring cost increases to a minimum
  • Standard line of PVC SPDs are available
  • Available as pellet or powder with tightly controlled particle size distribution for accurate feeding

Whether you’re making heavy gauge polyolefin sheet, translucent acrylic sheet for signage or lighting, solid or foamed PVC sheet, or thin gauge PS for thermoformed applications, we have products to make your life easier.

  • Our High Sheer extruders create fully dispersed color concentrates, eliminating:
    • color shift on heavy gauge sheet
    • surface pitting on thin gauge thermoformed sheet
  • High pigment loadings for better opacity in thermoformed applications
  • High performance UV packages available as an individual concentrate, or incorporated into a color concentrate for outdoor applications
  • Extremely uniform pellet sizes for precise feeding with volumetric color feeders
  • Full knowledge of all industry standard acrylic sheet colors
  • Lab sized conical twin screw extruder can make lab sheet samples of solid and foamed PVC sheet

Penn Color specializes in providing high performance products combined with a high level of service for the very diverse solution-dyed fiber industry.  Our products are sold to manufacturers that produce products for a variety of applications.

Carpeting:

  • Automotive
  • Commercial
  • Residential

For nearly 50 years, Penn Color has been a leader in the design and manufacture of pigment dispersions and functional materials for the Ink and Coatings Industries. Core market strengths include automotive materials, digital and analog printing, Wall Covering and Flooring, durable and non-durable specialty coatings, fiber optics and industrial coatings. With nearly every type of pigment dispersion equipment at our disposal, we produce materials in resins such as Nitrocellulose, CAB, Acrylic, Polyester, Urethane, Copolymer Vinyl, Energy Curable Monomers and both Resinated and Resinless Waterborne Systems.

Much has changed in the digital printing market over the past 25 years. Penn Color has been there every step of the way, providing unique and creative coloring solutions to help our customers stay ahead of the curve.  Each year the digital printing market demands more vibrant colors that perform at higher levels in more demanding applications.  Penn Color responds to these dynamic requirements with innovative, industry-leading manufacturing and formulation techniques that raise the bar for pigment preparations.

Our new, highly-loaded ink jet essentials are designed to allow the digital ink producer broad formulation latitude, while maintaining low ink viscosities, submicron particle sizes and very narrow particle size distributions.  The end result – greater color saturation, more transparency, gloss and better overall performance.  Penn Color’s new product line provides tremendous stability and maximum flexibility for use in a variety of wide, super wide and grand format digital printing applications.

Penn Color is an international supplier of high performance pigment dispersions with unique technical, manufacturing and quality assurance systems supporting the worldwide automotive coatings industry. For more than 25 years, Penn Color dispersions have been used by automotive designers to create exterior finishes, interior stylings and functional coatings.

Penn Color supplies liquid and chip dispersions to the industrial coatings market. For everything from exterior roofing to roads and bridges to wood finishes, our products are custom formulated for our customers’ end use.

Our products are used in coatings for metal, plastic, wood and glass and can be provided in a variety of aqueous, solvent and energy available vehicles.

Penn Color is an international supplier of high performance inks and coatings for the resilient flooring market.

  • Inks and coatings experience encompasses both aqueous, solvent borne and plastisol systems.
  • Inks are custom designed to meet the performance demands of the industry and the capabilities and limitations of the printing equipment for each customer.
  • Designed for in line stand alone, in line continuous, rotary screen and enclosed doctor blade processes.
  • Proprietary chemical embossing technology – Penn Color has unique water based inhibition ink technology with very low VOC content.
  • Process and equipment diversity enable us to provide novel plant-scale solutions to customer needs. Large batch capability allows tote bin packaging, bulk container shipments and efficient quality assurance testing.
  • Penn Color’s facilities in the United States and Europe are ISO 9001 certified.
  • Aqueous systems are produced in the traditional anionic chemistries and also the much improved cationic systems.

Penn Color is an international supplier of high performance inks and coatings for the contract and residential wallcovering markets.

  • Inks and coatings encompass both aqueous (cationic and anionic) and solvent borne systems.
  • Wallcovering inks are custom designed to meet the performance demands of the industry and the capabilities and limitations of the printing equipment for each customer.
  • Print systems are designed for gravure printing, rotary screen, tip printing, ink wipe and valley printing processes.
  • Inks are developed for use in both color matched and process color printing with a wide variety of special effects.
  • Penn Color’s ink systems are designed to print on a variety of substrates including: paper, PVC, non-PVC, non woven and glass fiber.
  • Process and equipment diversity enable us to provide novel plant-scale solutions to customer needs. Large batch capability allows tote bin packaging, bulk container shipments and efficient quality assurance testing.
  • Penn Color’s facilities in the United States and Europe are ISO 9001 certified.
  • Aqueous systems are produced in the traditional anionic chemistries and also the much improved cationic systems.
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