PennWhite Add Permitted Usage Rates To Data Sheets

Across Europe regulations governing the use of chemical process aids are becoming evermore complex. While Brussels’ tries to impose Europe-wide standards, many nations are introducing their own rules. The result is confusion within the market and increasing uncertainty over “approved” usage levels for many everyday chemical solutions.

So, PennWhite are trying to make things a little simpler for our clients. Our experienced laboratory team is reviewing the various standards, regulations and guidelines to determine the maximum permitted usage rates for our product and process additives (where applicable).

Technical Director Dr Mark Humphries explained, “As scientists we want to ensure that our formulations satisfy both the demands of our clients and regulatory bodies. The end result of this project will only be a line of text on our Technical Data Sheets, but we feel the effort is worth it to give our clients extra peace of mind.” Maximum permitted usage rates will start to appear on PennWhite’s data sheets over the next few months.

PennWhite Support Organic Vegetable Processing

The recent horse-meat “scandal” has shone a light on the food supply chain, making consumers concerned about the provenance of their food and reluctant to accept food labelling at face value. Now more than ever, suppliers must be able to back up claims such as “100% beef” or “100% organic”.

PennWhite can help suppliers of organic fruits, vegetables and salads maintain the organic integrity of their produce when it is washed during processing. Washing produce creates excessive foam that reduces process efficiency, the washing water is usually treated with an anti-foam to prevent this. Unfortunately most foam control agents will break the “organic chain”, causing unsuspecting producers to sell an organic product that is not truly organic.

The solution is PennWhite’s Foamdoctor F2914 (formerly known as ST914), an organic anti-foam that reduces unwanted process foam without undermining the produce’s organic credentials. This specialist anti-foam was developed by PennWhite in line with the Soil Association Organic Standards for Food and Drink. Using Foamdoctor F2914 will help fresh organic products stand up to the scrutiny of even the most sceptical consumer.

Foamdoctor F2914 / ST914

PennWhite Introduce New "CLP" Product Labels

PennWhite will shortly introduce new Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) compliant labels for use on its IBCs and 200Kg drums. The label will feature CLP hazard symbols (when appropriate), as well as full emergency contact numbers and individual product details. A QR Code link to the PennWhite website will provide quick access to downloadable Technical Data Sheets and other useful product and safety information.

CLP is a legislative measure instigated by the EU to align its existing standards on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) established by the United Nations. All chemical "mixtures" must be CLP compliant by June 2015, PennWhite's new labels will ensure the organisation achieves full CLP compliance by Spring 2013.

PennWhite Launch Social Media Feeds.

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PennWhite And The RNLI To The Rescue!

A PennWhite product is helping the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) saves lives around the UK coast.

Founded in 1824, the RNLI is a vital fourth emergency service whose fleet of over 330 lifeboats respond to maritime emergencies whatever the weather. The RNLI is supported solely by charitable donation and receives no public funding. It has saved around 140,000 lives since the turn of the century and launches boats 24 times a day on average.

Many of the RNLI’s lifeboats launch from slipways and a smooth entry in to the water is critical. To minimise the friction between hull and slipway, the RNLI use PennWhite Cable Lubricant on their steel slips. Originally developed to make the installation of broadband fibre optic cable in underground ducts easier, the microspheres in our formulation help the RNLI’s vessels get into the water quickly and safely so that they can reach victims as soon as possible.

PennWhite are proud to donate our products to this heroic organisation.


PennWhite Help Easy Sliders In Andorra.

With temperatures in the UK below freezing for the last few weeks and snow falling on many parts of the country, sliding, even when you don’t mean to, has not been a problem! But for visitors to an indoor ski slope in the principality of Andorra on the French and Spanish border, sliding has been much more difficult than you’d imagine.

The problem is caused by the nature of the artificial snow itself, namely that it is man-made. Snow cannons fire droplets of super cooled water into the frigid air inside the facility that then fall as snow. Unfortunately artificial snow tends to be much “wetter” than natural snow and this prevents skis and snowboards from sliding over the surface efficiently and smoothly.

Until that is, one of PennWhite’s specialist Silicone Emulsions is added to the mix. Our formulation lubricates the artificial snow and overcomes the friction created by its high moisture content. As a result skis and boards glide over the artificial snow as if it was natural snow, delivering a real downhill experience indoors.

PennWhite Print Solutions Launch Finasil LWP

Lightweight papers are becoming increasingly popular in the heat-set offset printing sector, unfortunately paper cockling or fluting of the signatures is a common issue when using both coated and uncoated lightweight stock.

Typically, varying the rotational speed or direction of the lower silicone/water applicator will reduce cockling to acceptable levels. However, this can reduce production efficiency and increase the chances of folder marking on the finished job.

To overcome this PennWhite Print Solutions have developed Finasil LWP. This high performance silicone emulsion helps eliminate staining and matt spots on lightweight papers while maintaining full production speeds. Finasil LWP has been tested on some of Europe’s largest and fastest machines and has proved to be both effective and efficient. Commercial Director Karl Mallard praised the laboratory and production teams for their work on the new product, “They are incredibly good at creating silicone emulsions in line with the constantly evolving challenges faced by the offset printer. It maybe an old fashioned outlook, but we think if something’s worth doing it’s worth doing properly.It’s a philosophy that's helped make us the UK's leading supplier of silicone emulsions to the heat-set printing sector in just eight months."

PennWhite Increase Manufacturing Capacity.

A new 7,000 litre vessel has been installed at PennWhite’s Middlewich factory. The vessel is dedicated to the production of printing emulsions and was purchased in response to the success of recently launched PennWhite Print Solutions Ltd. Its Commercial Director Karl Mallard believes that “having a vessel dedicated to printing formulations will enable us to deliver even better products and service to the industry”.

PennWhite’s technical team are being supplemented by the addition of an experienced Development Chemist. Joining the business next month, our new chemist will play a key role in creating products tailored to specific customer needs. Two new production operatives, both with a wealth of industry experience, will also join PennWhite next month.

 Group Managing Director John Whitehead believes the growth of the business is down to the dedication of PennWhite’s staff to “getting the job done right, first time, every time. These additional resources represent our on going commitment to that objective”.

PennWhite Selected For The London Olympics

In just a few weeks, the focus of the world will be on London as it hosts the games of the 30th Olympiad. For journalists, competitors, spectators and TV viewers across the globe, a key source of information will be the Official London 2012 Olympic Magazine. This once in a lifetime publication must reflect the talent and expertise of the British printing industry. It will also be seen as an indicator of the professionalism and quality of the London games as a whole.

Wyndeham Herron, based in Essex have been tasked with printing 1.8 million copies of this official Olympic magazine. Shortly after being awarded the contract, Wyndeham Herron asked PennWhite to develop a silicone emulsion that would both protect the Olympic paper stock and deliver the high quality finish required for such a prestigious job. After a fast track development and test program, an optimal formulation was agreed.

Over the last weekend in June, PennWhite manufactured 3,000 kg of this unique silicone emulsion for delivery to Wyndeham Herron. We are thrilled to be playing a small but important part in the success of London 2012, and wish Team GB every success!