Chrysler color pigment back in production
May 10th, 2011 • by Bill Cawthon
The Japanese Nikkei news service reports that Xirallic, the pigment used in a wide range of Chrysler paint colors, is back in production at the Merck KGaA plant in Oanhama, Japan. Merck is also going to begin producing Xirallic at another plant in Germany to avoid future disruptions.
Xirallic, which uses coated glass flakes, is used to produce auto paint with a pearlescent effect. Merck’s inability to supply the pigment forced Chrysler to restrict orders for vehicles painted in the following colors: Brilliant Black, Blackberry, Deep Cherry Red, Redline, Inferno Red, Bronze Star, Rugged Brown, Hunter Green, Ivory and Billet Metallic.
“Our top priority is to ensure as soon as possible an uninterrupted supply of Xirallic pigments to our customers around the world,” said Peter Halas, Head of the Pigments and Cosmetics unit at Merck.
The Merck plant, located 36 miles south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and had to be evacuated following the the accidents at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors. Work on repairs began April 4 and production resumed Sunday, ahead of the June first date previously expected. Merck now says full production will resume by June.
The company says it is following all guidelines for radiation monitoring to ensure employee safety and will test products to ensure they meet all standards and regulations.