DIA33 explores new horizons with extended preservatives and pigments portfolio

DIA33 explores new horizons with extended preservatives and pigments portfolio
Published: 19 August 2019 - 9 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
DIA33 is a solution provider of specialty chemicals throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Far East and Pacific. The company seek to utilise pioneering solutions and logistics and have become a preferred partner for its customers and suppliers. DIA33’s goal is to work alongside customers and solve their challenges with efficiency and quality products.

Incorporated in January 2011, DIA33 had a modest beginning with an ambitious vision. Today, the company has more than 14 subsidiaries and associate firms, focusing on specialty chemicals for paints, coatings, construction, plastics, personal care, inks, adhesives, etc.

DIA33 operates throughout the world, providing innovative solutions to its customers. Whether one needs custom chemical blends, bulk chemical products, or chemical storage and packaging, the company offers quality chemicals and chemical distribution services to over 280 customers across 26 countries.

Significance of preservation
The topic of preservation is always of importance to formulators and finished goods marketers. Globally, manufacturers invest a lot of time and money to ensure that their products are properly formulated. But hard work can quickly go to waste if formulators neglect, or overlook to add the key ingredient that secures a lasting shelf life known as preservatives.

These antimicrobial additives, or biocides are necessary for controlling the growth of unwanted micro-organisms in various products. In products like aqueous coatings, polymers, slurries, adhesives, latex and resin emulsions, inks, plastics, rubber, and process waters, biocidal preservatives are must to add. These can prevent microbial growth that could lead to product spoilage and contamination.

Formulators are aware of the necessity to adequately preserve their products in order to ensure product safety and be in compliance with legislation. This task is made much more difficult when marketing requirements are added to the factors influencing the preservative choice. Demands such as global approval, soft preservation, etc. have limited the number of acceptable preservatives.

Microorganisms can grow on almost every substance existing in nature and are often able to attack, or even decompose them. The biological degradation has to be stopped for a certain period. A preservative must be added, but for environmental reasons, the preservative should be biodegradable, too. This is no conflict; for example, a concentration of ethanol between 50% and 90 % is a good disinfectant; between 13% and 50 %, it acts as preservative; but below 13 %, ethanol will be biologically degraded to acetic acid.

Global phenoxyethanol preservative market is predicted to be driven by home and personal care products such as cosmetics, detergents, perfumes and ointments by 2024. The prevalent trend of paraben-free compounds usage will further propel the market in the coming years. The cosmetics segment is expected to have gains up to 6.9% CAGR in the forecast period.

[[{"fid":"19247","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":680,"width":815,"class":"media-element file-default"},"link_text":null}]]

Koel Colours received the Innovation Award under the category of best ingredients for its Altered Black, at the HPCI India Exhibition on 15 March 2019. Altered Black boasts of an advanced technology providing non-nano, water dispersible and dust-free carbon black for cosmetic and personal care applications.

Product innovations and personal hygiene
The increased consumer spending on product innovations and personal hygiene has fostered the demand of liquid detergents. The price reduction owing to the augmented competition has also intensified the demand for liquid detergents. Advanced technologies and augmented applications in the chemical industry is likely to propel the phenoxyethanol preservatives market.

However, the product market might witness several factors hindering its growth in the near future. The product is likely to cause dermatitis, allergic reactions and skin irritation. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared warnings regarding the toxicity associated with the product ingestion by infants. The protocols in European Union and Japan allow product concentration of 1% w/w for use in cosmetics.

International regulatory bodies like Cosmetic Toiletry Fragrance Association-USA, European Economic Community, British Pharmacopoeia and US Pharmacopoeia, and Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare have recognised phenoxyethanol as an operative preservative. Yet, due to the severe government regulations, the process of approval involved in the phenoxyethanol preservatives can otherwise be expensive and time-consuming. Moreover, the natural preservatives such as tea tree oil, neem seed oil, grapefruit seed extract and others act as substantial alternatives to the product market.

Laboratorios Argenol and Chemipol have decades of experience in preservatives and biocides to enhance product shelf life, and also to prevent many dreadful diseases and offer environmentally friendly solution.

Novelty about silver
Since 1939, Laboratorios Argenol manufactures and markets silver-based products, antimicrobial properties of which are widely used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, plastic, construction, paint, coating, ceramic, porcelain and adhesive markets.

Silver is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, which has a selective toxicity, efficacy of which has been proven against the microorganisms that surround us today such as E. coli, Legionella, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, S. Aureus, and A. Niger, among others.

The novelty about silver is the fact that it does not only act as a preservative, but also as an anti-pathogenic substance, for a wide range of pathogens. Silver containing substances are inhibitors of nucleic acid synthesis. Thus, it interferes with DNA replication in target cells, thereby stopping the propagation of pathogens at low dosage levels. The silver additives manufactured by Laboratorios Argenol prevent the growth of bacteria, moulds and fungi, and of other microorganisms.

BactiBlock series based on silver organobentonite to counter against food borne, or disease causing bacteria, viruses, germs and goes in products like polymeric materials, paints, plastics and latex products, whereas ArgiBlock series are based on silver and zinc pyrithione to target growth of seaweeds, moulds, fungi and of all bacterium that cause bad smells, discolouration, stains and deterioration, or corrosion in the application areas like manufacture of polymers, paintings, cements, grouts and construction materials, and made in plastic, or latex articles.

The experience of the technical department of such anti-microbials solutions in manufacturing these silver derivatives has enabled to develop different presentations of high-quality and effective silver, obtaining certificates such as COSMOS standard and ECOCERT. Therefore, colloidal, metallic, or ionic silver is used in a number of cosmetic applications to prevent infections, and as preservative, thus avoiding the use of parabens.

The pharmacodynamics of silver in many trials of different formulations have proven that there are no dermatological effects from irritation, itching, rashes, scaly skin, etc. Also, the pharmacokinetics of silver reveal that from absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, it is very good and safe. Thus, silver possess little, or no threat in the human system at prescribed concentrations.

Broad range of applications
Laboratorios Argenol manufacture gold and platinum ingredients as well for markets where luxury is a must. Its 24K gold and colloidal gold are trendy products nowadays.

Today, a large and ever-increasing number of companies are discovering the broad range of applications that the products offer in many fields. Talking about fuel and diesel, microorganisms may cause the following problems: (i) attack on diesel and additives, directly reducing the performance of diesel; (ii) production of organic acids that will oxidise the facility structures; and (iii) lime production that will block the pipes, filters, injectors and pumps. These problems have a significant effect on the diesel consumption, performance and cost of operational fleets.

Biocide kills microbes in diesel fuel. The dramatically reduced sulphur content in today’s cleaner burning fuels has created ideal opportunities for microbes to grow in fuel tanks. The first indication of microbial contamination is mucous-like accumulations on fuel-filters and increased requirements for fuel-filter replacement. The only way to get rid of microbial contamination is to kill the microbes with a biocide.

Biopol and Fungipol from Chemipol is based on CMIT/MIT, combining BIT, MIT, Bronopol, and formaldehyde free, VOC-free biocides for various applications. The most sought-after properties of Chemipol Biocide preservatives are: broad spectrum of activity (bacteria and fungi); effective over a wide pH range; easy to use and handle; compatible in raw material and formulation; cost effective at low concentrations; practically free from odour and colour; extremely low toxicity to humans; environmentally acceptable; and approved for use by many regulatory bodies world-wide.

Desired colour and characteristics
Pigment manufacturers like Koel Colours and Aum Farbenchem (India) have established their strong presence in industry segments like personal care, pharmaceuticals, etc. with a healthy portfolio of reputed clients, both MNCs and local. The companies also export to Europe, Middle East, US and Asian countries.

Organic and inorganic colourants with necessary treatments give cosmetic products the desired colour and characteristics. Surface treatment of pigments and powders boost the aesthetic and functional attributes of product formulations. One of many reasons behind the surface treatment of cosmetic pigments is the ability to enhance the pigment’s dispersion attribute.

Cosmetic products are used on hair, nails, and skin. These products are applied using fingertips, brushes, sticks, or other tools. Cosmetic product users want the application process to be convenient. Surface treated cosmetic pigments simplify this process and help to make it user-friendly.

Recent trends in cosmetic dyes and pigments that are pushing the industry’s growth such as emerging Asian countries as preferred pigment manufacturers by cosmetic formulators and manufacturers. To survive in a competitive market, cosmetic manufacturers have to ensure that their innovative colour cosmetics are safe and comply with regulatory standards. So, cosmetic colour manufacturers offer product and application development services through their specialised laboratories. Cosmetic manufacturers continue to look for pigment colours that can help them to create long-lasting products.

Some really intriguing and unique trends followed globally by formulators in 2019 are PANTONE 16-1546 TCX Living Coral, Black Bite, Smoky Eyes, Metallic, Red Lip Shine and 90s Brown.

For the latest refining and petrochemical industry related videos, subscribe to our YouTube page.

Click here to add your comment

Please add your comment below
Your email address will not be published