Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Americhem, Vi-Chem Partnership Solves Customers Toughest Challenges

Americhem was surprised and honored when we learned that our acquisition of Vi-Chem was one of the 20 most popular stories in Plastics News so far in 2016. It certainly was big news for the Americhem Group of companies, but we’re pleased to know that this news was popular with the plastics community in general.

The acquisition of Vi-Chem was a very strategic one for our company. Each firm shares the automotive industry as one of the core pillars of our business. Since Vi-Chem makes compounds based on PVC and elastomers, we felt that their product line was both complementary and supplementary to Americhem’s color and additive masterbatch products. One of the big factors that convinced us that Vi-Chem was the right fit was the shared core values and principles. We continue to marvel at the similarities between employees of both companies. Both are very customer focused problem solvers that thrive on creating solutions to our customers’ toughest challenges.

Our two companies have achieved a lot in the five months since we joined together. We’ve gone through cultural and leadership assimilation programs and we’ve set goals and objectives for 2017. We’ve started to achieve many of the synergies between the companies that we envisioned back in March when the acquisition was made. These are things like purchasing power, research and development teamwork and the opening of new markets shared by Americhem and Vi-Chem.

Vi-Chem personnel have worked with Americhem’s international team to bring their products to new markets. We’ve held meetings with all of our customers and suppliers since the acquisition and they all have been very positive. We’ve also explored the possibility of creating unique product offerings to customers outside of the automotive industry.

This has been an exciting year for Americhem and Vi-Chem, and we’re looking forward to all the possibilities that our future together might bring. The people of both companies share a similar dedication, open mindedness and competitive spirit. And, when combined with our other sister company, Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds, the Americhem Group of companies offers a special collection of products and services for the global polymer industry. Stay tuned as we continue to grow together to help solve your toughest challenges.

Scott Blanchard
Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Monthly Color Inspirations - Heather

As summer begins to blend into fall, we take time to reflect on our August color inspiration: Heather.

Heather is a blend of neutral creams and greys with soft pinks and purples. Reminiscent of classic mauve, Heather is perfect for the transition of seasons.

Bright, but delicate, Heather compliments traditional neutrals, sharp black and white, and bold tones like burgundy. Much like August is a bridge between hot summer days and cool fall afternoons, Heather is a bridge between classic and contemporary colors.  With more depth than lilacs and pale pinks, Heather provides an intensity without intimidation.

Looking to get expand you color knowledge? Register for an Americhem U session today!                                                                                                                                            

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Monthly Color Inspiration - Boisterous

July brings a flurry of summer activity and Boisterous is a wonderful representation of that!

The perfect inspiration for bright summer days and warm celebrations, Boisterous is in our family of yellows and was originally introduced at Americhem’s 2016-2017 Color Trends presentation as part of the “Welcome Distraction” palette.

Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence with optimism. It’s the color of happiness, enlightenment and creativity. The sentiment behind yellow is based on where it is found in nature, in the natural world yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils. A neon, lemon hue, Boisterous is a rambunctious and rowdy tone compared to some tamer yellows.  Ready for anything, it’s about letting off steam and enjoying life.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, yellow is uplifting and illuminating. A simple color that offers hope, cheerfulness and fun. Boisterous takes those characteristics to a new height with its bright tone.

Looking to get professional insight into color? Register for an Americhem U session today!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monthly Color Inspiration - Cool Mint

As we leave the month of June, we can take time to reflect on this month’s color inspiration: Cool Mint.

Cool Mint is in our family of greens and is perfect as we transition to the hottest days of the year.

Generally, green shades can be taken to represent life itself and the essence of every living thing on earth. It can be jealously or envy, but it also denotes growth and renewal. Green is frequently associated with springtime and the re-birth that happens to our earth every year. As summer begins, we can fully appreciate the scope of this rebirth in our own communities. Cool Mint is fresh and healthy, and can represent a new beginning. When combined with a wide variety of other colors, green can take on a life of its own.

Plant a seed in peoples’ mind that will surely grow with the power of green. Let Americhem help put Cool Mint to work for you.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Americhem Visits the International Builders' Show 2016

Las Vegas was booming with the Design and Construction Week taking place a few weeks ago. This monstrous event includes the International Builders’ Show (IBS), The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and The International Surface Event all taking place at the same time.

IBS, was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 19 to 21, by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It is a great opportunity for our architecture team to make their yearly trip to visit our customer’s displays and to see the latest products, materials and technologies for building and construction. We were pleased to see our customers were displaying products with Americhem technology.

© Oscar Einzig Photography
This was my first visit to the show and I was astonished by the wide array of businesses represented, from deck boards and fence rails to 3D printing and online database registrations. It was great to see what people are bringing into the building and construction market, and it didn’t hurt that there was also fresh baked cookies, coffee and other fun treats!

© Oscar Einzig Photography
This year there were two full exhibition halls and an outside area full of everything you could imagine, from front doors to toilet seats and everything in between. The theme of this year’s show was Discover the Building Universe and it translated with the plethora of new products that focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency. With next generation products coming to market earlier than expected, homes that are being built now have technologies that people were expecting to see in 5-10 years. Cost saving, space saving and energy saving are the upcoming trends. Your next home will have automation platform controls that will be able to control your lights, audio, video and security systems with one simple interface.

It appears that the building and construction industry is making leaps and bounds when it comes to technology, catching up to other industries such as automotive. These technologies are coming fast and will soon change how everyone lives.

 Aubrey Barto
Marketing Assistant, Americhem

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Monthly Color Inspirations - Turquoise

The color turquoise controls emotional balance and gives a sense of stability. Turquoise is a great color to have around you, as it helps with clear thinking and decision-making.

The color turquoise will make you feel happy and relaxed because it combines the light blue of the sky with the invigorating green of the seas. With that combination of blue and a small amount of yellow, turquoise fits on the color scale between green and blue.

Global Meaning of Turquoise*
  • In western cultures, the turquoise gemstone is the symbol of friendship and brings peace to the home and good fortune to the owner.
  • Native Americans associate the color of turquoise with the blue sky and the green earth. It is seen by many as being symbolic our roots in nature.
  • Tiffany Blue has grown to represent the luxury jewelry store, Tiffany & Co. The color has even been trademarked.
We can help you convey clarity, harmony and creativity to your customers with the perfect shade of turquoise. Contact us today.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Grassroots Sustainability

The following article is excerpted from BDO Solutions, a publication of BDO USA , LLC; an accounting, tax, audit and consulting services company (formerly SS&G).


When Americhem’s manufacturing facility in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, earned the prestigious ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, it was a huge victory for a company that is already committed to conducting business with respect for the environment. But some of the company’s employees wanted to take sustainability efforts even further.

“They were very enthusiastic, and they brought up even more ideas to our quality manager at the plant,” says Scott Blanchard, corporate marketing and communications manager at the global leader in color concentrates, additive concentrates and specialty dispersions.

The ideas that came rolling in included cardboard and universal waste recycling, practices that have now been incorporated into Americhem’s daily operations.

The ISO certification is only the latest example of innovative sustainability thinking at Americhem, where a company principle is to “be a proactive steward of the environment.” While it’s not always easy, Americhem is constantly looking for ways to sustain the environment.

Finding recycling solutions
When the company tried to recycle its plastic scrap at the Cuyahoga Falls plant, just like at its other facilities, it faced a big hurdle. While the company’s other facilities used single streams of plastic, the Ohio plant had a diverse mix of polymers, making the process a bit more challenging.

“The recycling facilities want a dedicated stream of plastic because it’s an easier process, but we found one that would take our mix,” says Blanchard. It was just one more obstacle to being environmentally responsible that the company successfully overcame.

Saving water with efficient processes
Recent gains at Americhem have made as much sense economically as environmentally. For instance, one of the company’s boldest processing initiatives in sustainability involves the introduction of solution dyeing of synthetic fibers.

The traditional method is to apply liquid dyes to white yarn after the fibers are made. However, this process uses a huge amount of water that is now polluted. It’s estimated that the industry uses as much as 99 million gallons of water globally every year just to dye yarn.

In contrast, solution dyeing is a process by which colorant is added to the fiber as it’s being spun. No water is used at this stage, and very little is used in the overall process. In fact, estimates are that solution dyeing uses about 1 percent of the water used in the old process. There’s also significant energy conservation with solution dyeing, lowering production costs while saving natural resources.

Reducing electricity
Lighting improvements at several Americhem facilities were another smart business move. By replacing the metal halide lighting fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescents, the immediate result was a 56 percent reduction in electricity usage and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As a bonus, the new fixtures increased lighting levels by 40 percent for a safer workplace.

Practicing smart business
Far from being a cost burden, sustainable practices are actually turning a profit in unforeseen ways. For example, the company’s cardboard and polymer waste, which once posed a high landfill cost, has been diverted for sale to recyclers.

“We believe progressive environmental practices are good for the environment, as well as good for business,” said Americhem CEO Rick Juve in a recent company newsletter. “Ultimately, it reduces cost, increases profit through the supply chain and protects the environment for the future.”

Smart business practices are leading to smart individual practices, as well. “Our people told us that our environmental management certification made them think of all the things they could do to increase sustainability around their own homes,” says Blanchard.

Sustainability is just good business sense — and a value for generations to come.