Ulterion® is a line of highly sustainable functional and barrier coatings from Jain Chem, Ltd.,  a specialty chemical technology company focused on the development and sale of value added functional polymer products. Paper and paperboard coated with Ulterion® is fully repulpable, recyclable and compostable.

Ulterion® brand products excel in a number of end-use applications such as paper cups, paper straws, water repellent board for frozen and chilled foods, baking release, moisture and grease resistant coatings for take-out food packaging, improved processing for paper making and a number of other specialized needs for paper.  The Ulterion® brand also offers several products used in the processing of denim, other garment and textile products.

The Ulterion® range is noted as much for what it contains as well as what it avoids.  Utilizing as much as 95% recycled and renewable raw materials, Ulterion® coatings use upcycled waste PET as a primary raw material which helps to eliminate new petro-based plastic production and also eliminates millions of pounds of plastic waste from the landfill.  Ulterion® coatings replace Fluorochemicals, Polyethylene, Wax, Acrylic, Styrene and all other chemicals of concern.  All Ulterion® coatings are FDA approved, BfR listed and Prop 65 compliant for all food contact applications.

Purpose

Ulterion® fosters a circular economy by providing innovative and sustainable solutions that keep plastics and paper out of the waste stream.  Our innovative coatings upcycle existing waste PET water bottles, thus eliminating plastic waste and reducing the required production of virgin plastics. Our coatings do not contain any chemicals of concern and ensure full recyclability, repulpability and compostability of paper, as well as more sustainable production of textiles.

Vision

We envision a thriving, sustainable planet where green chemistries provide necessary and innovative solutions to reduce human waste and improve the quality of life for all beings.

Values

Ulterion®, a product line of Jain Chem, Ltd. is committed to:

Provide sustainability and grow profitably in the paper, packaging, textile and specialty markets by:

  1. Listening and responding to customer needs and desires.
  2. Developing innovative, differentiated, environmentally friendly, value-added products for our customers, so that our customers become more profitable.
  3. Becoming the leader in technology, technical service and marketing know-how for committed customers.

Ulterion® is also committed to providing a quality environment for its employees by:

  1. Maintaining a safe and friendly working environment.
  2. Listening to employee needs and suggestions for continuous improvement.
  3. Training employees in job functions and customer responsiveness.

Through its Ulterion® brand, Jain Chem, Ltd. is committed to working diligently to continuously improve the quality of relationships and financial rewards for all stakeholders including, customers, employees, shareholders and suppliers.

Testing & Manufacturing

Coefficient of Friction Testing

Slide Angle Friction is a measurement of a sheet like substrate such as paper, corrugated, plastic film or paperboard that determines the angle of inclination at which one substrate affixed to a sled will begin to slide/slip against another substrate of a similar material.

 

During a test, an inclined plane is increased at a rate of 1.5 ± 0.5º per second by an electric motor until the test block begins to slide. The initial movement of the sled is the Slide Angle or Coefficient of Static Friction of the material. When the test block just begins to slide a photo-optical sensor automatically stops the inclined plane and the operator can read the slide angle result.

A variety of factors can affect the Slide Angle measurements including abrasion, coating, varnishes, printing and most importantly humidity.

Trial Assistance

Trials are a critical step in the success of any project and Jain Chem’s philosophy is to work intimately with customers to assure that all variables are considered before a trial investment is made. Our team of chemist’s and engineers are trained to understand how Ulterion® brand products respond to different process conditions and work with customers to develop trial plans that meet performance objectives. Our goal is to help our customers in every way possible to make every trial a success.

Air Permeability Testing

Jain Chem uses Gurley Densometers that are the accepted standard for measuring the porosity of materials such as papers, textiles, plastics and membranes. All Densometers measure the time required for a given volume and of air (25cc to 400cc) to flow through a standard area of material being tested under light uniform pressure. Conform to TAPPI T-460, ASTM D-726-58 & APPITA/AS 1301-420, BS 5926, CPPA D-14, ISO 5636/5, D-202-77, SCAN P-19 & P-53.

High Pressure Densometers are the accepted standard for measuring the porosity, air-permeability or air-resistance of materials having low permeability. Typical materials include coated papers, plastics and membranes. High Pressure units are recommended whenever a standard unit would yield excessive measurement times. Conform to TAPPI T-536-88 and ASTM D-726-58, Method B.

Cobb Testing

Water absorptiveness of paperboard or other materials is a function of various characteristics such as sizing, porosity, etc. The Gurley-Cobb sizing test can be used to test absorption or resistance of water, oil and other liquids.

Laboratory Evaluations

Jain Chem provides laboratory services to help customers choose the optimum product for a particular need or application. It all starts with developing a project profile so that all aspects of our customer’s application are considered. It is important that substrates, final properties, the process used and cost targets are all considered before an evaluation can proceed. Jain Chem continues to invest in resources to help our customers make the best selection possible for their particular application.

Trained Jain Chem technicians take pride in carefully considering all product options to meet customer objectives. After thorough laboratory evaluations our laboratory staff will review all data and develop detailed reports and trial options for our customers to consider.

Product Development & Modification

From time to time an existing product may require some adjustment in property to meet a performance standard or adapt to a process. Jain Chem researchers work diligently when necessary to find a formulation adjustment to make a product perform successfully. Many of our products are 2nd or 3rd generation developments that have allowed customers to move forward with success.

Plant Operations

Jain Chem utilizes a number of plant operating techniques to produce its products and make improvements when necessary. Operations used in the manufacture of Ulterion®brand products are:

  • Hot Oil Reactor
  • Mix Tanks
  • Hammer Mill Grinders
  • Emulsifiers
  • Ribbon Blenders
  • Weigh Scale
  • Storage Tank Farm
  • Quality Control

Management Team

Mark Jones

Sales Manager

Mark joined JainChem in 2014 after a career in development of bio-polymers for adhesives and coatings.  In over 30 years of sales, Mark has traveled to over 97 countries and has seen first-hand the effects of packaging waste as a global issue.

Gil Sherman

Sales Manager

Gil joined JainChem in 2018 as Sales Manager and has 8 years’ experience in the sales and marketing of sustainable coatings for packaging applications.  Gil came into the industry after 30 years in senior roles in a broad-based consulting practice, as well as in firms that manufacture products which support clean energy production.

Clint Varnadore

Vice President-Technology

Clint joined Ulterion® in 2004 as the Technical Manager responsible for polymer research and development. Clint has 22 plus years in polymer development, project management, and sales support in paper, textile/garment, plastic additives, and other industrial applications. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS in Chemistry and post graduate studies in business administration at Georgia State University.