GEOTECH is a dynamic company with a clear focus on the development, production and distribution of pearlescent pigments, aluminium pigments and glitter flakes. Quality control, product development, colour trend forecasting, formulating support and technical training create high added value for customers and partners.
GEOTECH special effect pigments are being used globally in the cosmetic, plastic and coating industry since more than 30 years to differentiate consumer products.
Step by step the industry is replacing natural mica based pearlescent pigments for synthetic mica based pearls.
By selecting pure raw materials synthetic mica flakes provide a higher transparency and the level of impurities is significant lower compared to natural mica. This enables suppliers to provide a more consistent batch to batch quality. For applications with very narrow quality specifications this gives serious advantages.
Synthetic mica powder crystals are manufactured by mixing compounds each containing potassium, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon and fluorine at a predetermined ratio, melting, crystallizing, cooling, and then mechanically pulverizing them. Synthetic mica is the base of the Geopearl® Crystal product range. These synthetic mica flakes are coated with metal oxides to create outstanding silvery pearlescent and brilliant interference effects. Because of the purity of the flakes also the lustre of Geopearl® Crystal pearlescent pigments is stronger than natural mica based pigments. Geopearl® Crystal is especially suited for cosmetic, plastic and coating applications. The clean colour of Geopearl® Crystal makes it very suitable for opaque systems.
Haarlem, The Netherlands, October 2014
The GEOTECH facilities in Holland have been awarded by SGS the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for the production of special effect pigments. This ISO 22716 standard provides guidance and tools for GEOTECH, who wants to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer's requirements and that quality is consistently improved.
To comply to the strict regulations of the GMP standard GEOTECH completely renovated their production facility and warehouses in Holland. Their special effect pigments are handled now under the same conditions as common in the pharmaceutical industry.
30 YEARS IN BUSINESS
GEOTECH SPECIAL EFFECT PIGMENTS REACHED 30 YEAR MILESTONE
GEOTECH started selling aluminium glitter flakes to the plastic industry in the early 80's. Cutted particles of aluminium foil turned out to be a solution to obtain glittering effects in plastic products such as water heaters, coffee machines, waste baskets etc.
Around 1985 GEOTECH was the first company in the cosmetic industry introducing polyester based glitter as a special effect. During those days mica based pigments were used to obtain a sparkling effect. At that time the most course mica particles available were 20 – 150 micron. By using polyester glitter it became possible to create high sparkling effects with particle sizes over 200 micron. A new market was born.
GEOTECH introduced the cosmetic colour and effect guidelines of 2015 in March this year. The colour forecast shows that one of the guidelines is already upcoming at the end of 2014. The warm golden tones of the 'Majestic Bling Bling' guideline shows that in the winter 2014 / 2015 there will be less room for 'cool silver' looks.