The NIRSort project is based on the successful previous work of the Luxus subsidiary Colour Tone to develop NIR reflective and transparent alternatives to carbon black for colouring plastics. The project aims to bring market readiness to a new range of colourants for polymers. The colourants will enable the current NIR sorting operations to segregate black and coloured plastics from streams, where none have been able to before. The sorting can potentially be done to a purity that the sorted plastics will be usable in high value recycled engineering polymers.

‘Back to black’

‘Back to black’ – Tony Gaukroger, Director, Colour Tone Masterbatch explains why brand owners are making the switch to recyclable black plastics Black plastics have

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