Industrial Applications

Pearl effect pigments consist of laminar crystals with aspect ratio unlike general ones. The interferecen colors come from the refraction ratio difference between laminar crystal and intervention material give us effects such as iridescent and metallic gloss.



  • Reflex™ Natural
  • Reflex™
  • Reflex™ Color
  • Reflex™ Natural Color
  • Tonos™
  • Axion®
  • Axion® Color
  • Chaos®
  • Ferrius®
  • Kromax™
  • Adamas®
  • Multiorora®
  • Multiorora Axion®
Reflex™ Natural

The REFLEX™ Natural pearl series is based on a natural-mica-based substrate. This series is coated with titanium dioxide, iron oxide or a combination of both, and provides high luster, high chroma, opacity and excellent batch consistency. This series includes various products and particle sizes for general purpose applications.

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Reflex™

The REFLEX™ pearl pigment series is based on a synthetic-mica substrate. This series is coated with titanium dioxide, iron oxide, or a combination of both, and provides higher luster, higher chroma, increased brightness, and a strong sparkling effect over REFLEX Natural. The increased whiteness of the white grades and clean, intense appearance of the interference and metallic shades are available in the largest number, and broadest range of particle size distributions.

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Reflex™ Color

The REFLEX™ Color pigments provide a two-color effect, by evenly coating products from the ReflexTM line with chemically bound pre-dispersed absorption colorants (organic or inorganic) on the pigment surface. A wide variety of colors can be produced by changing the combination of interference and absorption colorant. Unlike standard interference pigments, this form of effect pigment can distinctly display both absorption and interference color based on the angle of view.

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Reflex™ Natural Color

The Reflex™ Natural Color products are the standard Reflex TM Natural pearlescent pigments coated with absorption pigments (organic and inorganic) such as pigment Red 254, Graphite, or Black Iron Oxide. These products exhibit both interference and absorption colors with one pigment, offering the ability to formulate shades without adding additional dispersed pigments, streamlining the production process.

Applications for the Reflex series Include:

  • General Industrial Decorative Coatings (Solvent or Water)
  • Energy cure coatings
  • Powder coatings
  • Aerosols
  • Ink
  • Plastic Masterbatch & Concentrate
  • Adhesives & Sealants
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Tonos™

Tonos™ pearlescent pigments are composed of a synthetic mica substrate, coated with various metal oxides. They allow for the creation of whiter whites’, and more chromatic interference colors compared to existing natural mica versions. Being synthetic mica based, there are no concerns of being sourced from mica mines which utilize child labor, and in general, have a lower heavy metal content compared to natural mica equivalents. Being very economically priced, they can lend exceptional luster, and intense interference color, to any product in which they are used.
Applications Include:

  • Overprint Varnishes
  • Plastics
  • Toys
  • Printing Inks
  • Decorative Coatings
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Axion®

AXION® is a series of colors developed using platy borosilicate (glass) fakes in place of mica as the substrate. These pigments provide exceptional clarity, sparkle, and sense of depth, to any products in which they are incorporated or applied.

The AXION® series includes various thicknesses and colors.

Applications for the Axion series include:

  • Tile & low fired ceramics
  • Toys
  • Plastic packaging
  • Printing inks
  • Interior or exterior paint
  • Engineered surfaces
  • Graphics
  • Aerospace Coatings
  • Hobby & Craft
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Axion® Color

The Axion® Color series products are coated with absorption pigments similar to the ReflexTM and Reflex Natural TM Color series above, but are composed of a borosilicate glass substrate in place of mica. These products exhibit a stronger, more saturated interference color along with the absorption color, but with greater level of sparkle vs. luster as seen in the Reflex Color or Reflex Natural Color series.

Applications for the Axion Color series include:

  • Epoxy flooring
  • Plastics
  • Decorative coatings
  • Screen inks
  • Hobby & Craft
  • Graphic Arts
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Chaos®

The CHAOS® series are new synthetic mica-based pearlescent pigments that utilize a patented high density coating technology, resulting in higher chroma colors, with the benefit of added opacity, and high luster compared to the Reflex and Reflex Natural series. Unlike standard interference colors, this line of effect pigments, produce a never-before-seen intense and sophisticated effect.

Applications include:

  • Injection, blow molded, or extruded plastics
  • Printing Inks (over print varnishes, gravure, flexographic, screen)
  • Elastomeric Coatings
  • Decorative Metal Finishing
  • Graphics & Films
  • Textiles
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Ferrius®

The Ferrius® line is created using CQV’s patented multilayer technology using Fe2O3 on synthetic mica in place of TiO2 as in the case of the Chaos line. Ferrius create a realistic metallic effect without the use of actual metals. The double layer technology produces shades of incredible depth of color, with high levels of luster, which cannot be achieved using standard metal based pigments. Their non-metallic natural makes them highly suitable for use in waterborne coatings & inks, where actual metals have a tendency to generate explosive H2 gas.

Applications include:

  • Appliance Coatings
  • Printing inks
  • Plastics
  • Powder coatings
  • Houseware
  • Hobby & Craft
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Kromax™

The KROMAX™ series is a synthetic-mica-based pigment using both, an improved grinding, classification, and coating technology, which allows for the generation of colors and effects superior to any of the other interference color product lines. The benefit of the combination of new technologies can be seen under a light microscope, where the color of each individual particle is more uniform, allowing for the highest level of color saturation possible, without sacrificing a high level of luster or opacity.

Applications include:

  • Pre-Coated metal
  • Printing inks
  • Plastics
  • Decorative Coatings
  • Packaging
  • Wall paper
  • Graphic Arts
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Adamas®

The Adamas® series is developed on a high purity platy alumina (Al2O3) substrate, produced by CQV’s own patented technology. The alumina substrate allows for a significantly more uniform particle thickness as well as smoothness compared to existing pigments based on natural mica, synthetic mica, or glass-flake. This series provides not only a greater sense of depth and high chroma, but also a different level of sparkle that can be seen throughout all angles of viewing. Thus, eliminating the “horizontal vs. vertical” appearance differences seen with other effect materials. Such an effect is unique to platy alumina.

Applications include:

  • Faux architectural finishes
  • Printing inks
  • Plastics
  • Graphic Arts
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Packaging
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Multiorora®

The MULTIORORA® product has different colors depending on the angle of the incident light. It has a different index of refraction with the speed of light as it passes through the high and low refraction layers. Since this causes long and short waves, it shows a different color.

In order to have the most qualified saturation color, the best effect of reflection, and prevent the total reflection of light, each thickness layer is controlled.

Applications include:

  • Injection or blow molding and industrial processing
  • Printing inks
  • Plastic, leather, wood and industrial coatings
  • Dispersion paints
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Multiorora Axion®

The MULTIORORA Axion® series, similar to the Multiorora (OVP), utilizes a borosilicate glass-flake-based substrate in place of synthetic mica. The same multilayer technology is used as with Multiorora, but due to the glass flake substrate, a greater sense of depth and cleaner, more intense color travel effects, can be observed. This series has the added benefit of a more sparkling eye-catching appearance.

Applications include:

  • Paperboard packaging
  • Screen Inks
  • Plastics
  • Artificial leather
  • Graphics
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