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5. Oct 2022 | Markets & Companies

Merck: New facility for digital colour measurement of pigment products

Merck has commissioned its first fully automated unit for the digital colour measurement of its pigment products. The unit was commissioned in Gernsheim, Germany, the company’s largest pigments production site.
A photo of the digital colour measurement system.
The investment of almost EUR 10 million is part of comprehensive investments in the production site in Gernsheim.
Image source: Merck.

According to the cpmpany, Merck is improving the colour reliability of its pigment products by commissioning this unit. To date, quality control of colour pigments has mainly been manual and was highly dependent on the perception of the human eye. With the new, fully automated process, Merck will measure the colour values digitally and thus intends to generate extremely reliable colour measurement values that can be validated by customers.

"We are increasingly investing in automating and digitalising"

“We have invested tremendously in recent years to expand our pigment production capacities,” said Jeff White, Head of the Surface Solutions business unit within the Electronics business sector of Merck. “In September 2021, a second production line for effect pigments based on silicon dioxide was launched in Gernsheim – an investment of nearly EUR 28 million. We are now increasingly investing in automating and digitalising our production processes. The investment of nearly EUR 10 million in a unit for the automated and digital color measurement is only one example of how we are further advancing the digitalisation of our production processes within Surface Solutions.”

Following Gernsheim, color measurement units are to be introduced in the coming months at additional Merck pigment production sites in Onahama (Japan) and Savannah, Georgia (USA).

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