Special Effect Coatings

LCR Hallcrest produce Thermochromic, Hydrochromic, Photochromic, Flash Reflective and Liquid Crystal Inks, Coatings and finished items that change colour.

At the forefront of specialist ink technology since 1969 and achieving many awards in the process, our Group are global leaders in the manufacture and development of these interactive materials.

Our experience and ability allows us to help at each stage of a project involving colour change, from ideation sessions with clients and their marketing agencies to discussions with designers to ensure that the materials are used to their full capabilities and finally with printers to ensure that the best reactions are achieved. We work with print management companies to fulfil a brief or, we can produce final product. Wherever Colour Change technology is required, we can help to realise your specific goals.


An extensive range of UK manufactured colour changing inks for flexo, gravure, offset litho, screen and spraying. For many substrates including paper, board, plastics, textiles, metal, glass and ceramics.


A wide range of Thermochromic and Photochromic masterbatches, in stock or made to order, for moulding and extrusion.