Ampacet, a global masterbatch leader, has introduced FauxFoil™ masterbatches, an innovative technology for molded thermoplastics that offers a total lower cost alternative to metallization and coating processes and mimics the gloss and shine of metal in a single step.

“Consumers can’t get enough of metallic colors, as they provide a touch of elegance and understated luxury,” says Doug Brownfield, Ampacet Global Director – Value Chain. “Ampacet’s FauxFoil masterbatches achieve that in-demand look with a simpler, faster and more cost-effective process.”

With just one step, Ampacet’s FauxFoil enhances the aesthetics and visual appeal of plastic products, delivering a rich metallic look while lowering costs. FauxFoil masterbatches eliminate the time and logistical requirements of vacuum metallization and coating/painting as well as the need for expensive compounds that take up valuable warehouse space.

Compatible with conventional molding processes, FauxFoil masterbatches do not require a machine or mold change; molded-in color can be achieved with this uniquely-formulated special effects technology.

When compared to other methods of achieving a metallic look, such as painted finishes, FauxFoil masterbatches resist scratching and peeling, do not require another production or decoration step and feature a very low (1%) LDR. FauxFoil masterbatches are also a lower cost option compared to the use of color compounds commonly used in durable goods.

Designed for a wide range of polymers, including HDPE, PP, PET, PC, ABS and PS, Ampacet’s FauxFoil provides molded-in metallic effects for PET (injection stretch blow molded) bottles, extrusion blow-molded bottles, sheet and thermoforming processes and injection-molded components. It is ideal for use in rigid structures such as energy drink bottles, caps and closures for bottles and jars, automotive aftermarket products, dinnerware, cosmetic and personal care products, consumer electronics, small appliances and any durable and nondurable goods where a premium metal-like appearance is desired.

For more information, contact Eileen Ferguson, Ampacet Corporation, 660 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591; Tel: 914.631.6600; Email: eileen.ferguson@ampacet.com