Pigment & Color Science Forum 2016 Agenda

Oct. 4 | Evening Reception

Pre-Conference Networking Reception

  1. Pre-Conference Offsite Networking Reception

    Come early and join your colleagues in kicking off this year's conference at our offsite networking reception

Oct. 5 | Day 1

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Michael Hochschwender, CEO & President, The Smithers Group

Session I: State of the TiO2 and Pigments Industry

A joint session of the TiO2 World Summit and Pigments & Color Science Forum: In this session, delegates will hear the latest industry developments with overviews in the pigment and TiO2 end use segments as well as ideas for thinking outside the box when it comes to process management.

  1. Ensuring Sustainability in the Global Supply Chain

    Paul Malichky | Director of Raw materials Purchasing of PPG

    PPG has made a strong commitment on sustainability to ensure the success and lasting presence of our company for the benefit of our customers, our employees, our shareholders, our neighbors and our suppliers. This vision and actions will ensure the longevity and resilience of our environment, our economies and our society. Goals, policies have been established and results have been achieved in all areas. In this presentation, we will share our best practices and learnings in expanding our influence in the Supply Chain globally.  We will explain how we reach out to our suppliers and our continuous path for improvement.  

  2. Use of TiO2 & Pigments in Plastics

    Gary A. Miller | Chief Operating Officer of A. Schulman

    Strategic TiO2 and pigments suppliers play a critical role in the plastics supply chain. Global material manufacturers, such as A. Schulman, are committed to their customer’s success and providing them with standardized solutions to address the needs of their high-end markets. Brand owners and OEM’s expect the materials manufacturers to deliver the exact same materials all over the world. Mr. Gary Miller, A. Schulman’s Chief Operating Officer, will discuss the importance of the strategic partnerships in the plastics supply chain and how the mutual understanding of objectives will help to drive growth opportunities for all parties. 

  3. The “M” Word – Marketing to the Next Generation

    Alissa Kolarik | Digital Marketing Analyst of RPM International

    You want your products to continue to be the brand of choice for purchasers for years to come – but what happens when the person who has made those decisions retires or leaves the company? What is your back up plan? You need to think beyond the current gatekeeper and reach out to the next generation of those who will be making those big purchasing decisions – the “M” word – Millennials. 


    Millennials are the next decision makers in the business world – how do you reach them & stay top of mind when they get to a position where their opinions are no longer just opinions, but deciding factors in a purchasing decision? How do you go from pamphlets and brochures to an overarching digital strategy that catches their attention and keeps your brand in their memory bank for years to come? The time to reach them is now – how can your marketing strategy can be altered to reach those you need to reach now, while also targeting those you need to reach 5 years down the line? It’s not just social media, but SEO and several other components that make up a good digital marketing mix. Find out how to tell engaging stories with your products through digital platforms that will catch the attention of those who matter most to your business strategy in this session. 

  4. Networking Break

  5. Pigment Surface Treatment and Color Science for Make-up Applications

    Romain Adcock | R&D Manager- Color of Sensient Cosmetic Technologies

    The outcome of this study is to generate further results for a better understanding of the behavior of surface treated pigments based upon surface energy considerations. At this stage these additional results along with density, specific surface, and particle size data help further characterize our pigments in order to propose to customer formulators a mapping of our offer and therefore better chose the adapted surface treatment according to the nature of the medium (polarity) they work with in application.

  6. Color and Optical Effects in Cosmetics: Evaluation Challenges

    Dr. Silvia Morim Santos | Lab manager/ Color and light: make-up applications of L'Oréal

    The decision making process of the performance of a cosmetic raw material is commonly made through a series of evaluation steps, which progressively become more time-consuming and expensive further down the evaluation research & innovation process. The limitation of this approach is that its efficiency depends largely on the translation of consumer needs into measurable properties. The aim of this talk is to describe the specificity of cosmetic films and to provide an overview of our the evaluation process and its current challenges in the field of color & optical effects. It will also be an opportunity to exemplify how multi-scale and multi-parametric evaluations can help identify mechanisms that increase cosmetic product performance.

  7. Panel: Bringing Color Innovation into the Market

    Moderator: Paul Czornij, Technical Manager - Color Excellence Group, BASF, USA

    How are we managing the production process? Is the most effective way? Are we losing our creativity in order to become more efficient? Where are ways that the industry can work together to create the best products, in the most efficient way?


    Dr. Christopher Seubert, Research Engineer, Ford Research and Innovation Center

    Dr. Severine Jeulin, High Throughput Experimentation – Lab Head, L'Oréal

    Sally Erickson Wilson, Chair of the Graduate Program in Color and Materials Design, College for Creative Studies

  8. Networking Lunch

    Breakout Sessions to Follow in the Afternoon

Pigments Session II: Automotive Pigments and Innovation

Innovation in Color Science, as it relates specifically to automotive coatings, but also learning how design perspectives and tastes impact the entire pigments supply chain.

  1. Omnidirectional Structural Color Pigments for Automotive Application

    Dr. Debasish Banerjee | Manager - Functional Materials Group of Toyota Research Institute of North America

    Brilliancy and vivid appearance of structural colors seen in nature (e.g. fishes, insects and birds etc.) is attributed to higher reflectivity at narrow spectral bandwidths originated from combination optical interference and scattering of light through complicated structures. Significant research has been conducted to understand mechanism of these color generation in nature. Several groups’ also explored routes to replication such colors in the laboratory in the form of periodic multilayer stacks, regular array of spheres, and disordered media over several decades. In this talk we will discuss optical design strategies based on multilayer stack of thin -films to maintain brilliancy as well as omnidirectional characteristics of structural colors.  We will also propose production methods towards large scale applications such as automotive market. This work paves the way to access of durable naturally brilliant and high chroma colors to automotive and other markets.

  2. New Applications for Polychromatic Effect Pigments

    Dr. Frank J. Maile | Director BU Coatings & Plastics of Schlenk

    This paper provides an insight into the recently discovered new applications of polychromatic effect pigments. As these pigments contain diffractive elements in their pigment design, they allow the creation of surfaces which exhibit polychromatic light sparks under directed lighting in various coating, printing or cosmetic applications.

    When used in interior architecture, eg in coil or powder coatings, different surface textures and interference color effects can be perceived when exposed to different spectra of light, ie to create semi- smart surfaces [2].

    The presentation will cover the characterization of the gonio-apparent properties of polychromatic effect pigments and their optical behavior under different lighting conditions.

  3. Pigment Innovation for Future Automotive Coatings

    Dr. Claudia Sierakowski | Senior Industry Manager for Automotive Pigments of BASF

    Vehicle color and appearance is a key consumer buying factor in selecting a vehicle.  Therefore automotive OEMs rely upon coating and pigment manufacturers to differentiate their brands with unique colors and effects that have excellent appearance.  Beyond aesthetics pigments must also meet stringent application, durability, and cost efficiency expectations.  This presentation will provide insights on pigment innovation targeted at meeting current and future automotive expectations.  

  4. Networking Break

Pigments Session III: Green Chemistry and Sustainability

Taking a look at how the industry is making steps toward “going green” while still “making green”.

  1. Reducing Material Toxicity – Moving Ahead of Legislation

    Bill Eibon | Director - Global Color Technology Platform of PPG Industries

    Sustainability has become an integral part of long term political and corporate strategic planning.   The outcome is changing criteria for legislation, product development and capital funding.  The efforts to implement and document legislative compliant processes are becoming more burdensome and costly than the elimination of toxic components in many instances. 

    Consumer acceptance has shifted to a preference of sustainable goods and services.  End users in diverse markets are requesting concepts and funding projects to reduce and remove toxic components from their products and environments.  Is your organization prepared to move ahead of the legislative curve?

  2. The Future of Carbon Black Pigments is Green

    Chris Twigg | CTO of Black Bear Carbon BV

    Will address how BlackBear’s green carbon black pigments are highly attractive technical substitutes for some conventional furnace and gas carbon blacks used in coatings:

    • Introducing new innovative “green” coatings grades of carbon black  –among others NEPtune C80 & NEPtune C60
    • Performance in terms of color strength and hyper-dispersibility in both water- and solvent-borne systems
    • Ultra-low PAH products
    • How these grades will drastically reduce the carbon footprint of coatings and contribute to preserving our planet
  3. As Red as Iron Oxide Red Can Be!

    Gary T. Balint, Technical Service Manager for Inorganic Pigments & Head of North America – Competence Center for Paints and Coatings, LANXESS Corporation

    From early 2016, LANXESS will set a new standard for the production of bright, yellow-shade red iron oxides using an advanced Penniman process that will be known as the Ningbo process. Using unique methods for the treatment of all potentially toxic environmental waste streams and waste gases this novel process will also include downstream catalytic conversion of laughing gas. LANXESS has proven that the conventional Penniman reaction process gives rise to the formation of significant amounts of laughing gas and have developed a process by which a reduction of over 70% CO2 equivalents can be achieved, relative to conventional Penniman red producers.

    Furthermore, the innovative new LANXESS Ningbo process is able to produce red iron oxide pigments with the highest chromacity ever. This is achieved by targeting the maximum possible percentage of uniform particles within a tightly controlled particle size distribution.  A downstream milling process increases the number of primary particles significantly and further improves the dispersibility of the product. The resulting pigments exhibit almost Newtonian flow characteristics even in highly loaded pigment concentrates which makes them of particular interest to producers of liquid colorants

  4. Evening Networking Reception

Oct. 6 | Day 2

Pigments Session IV: Measurement and Science

Learn how new research is changing how we understand material properties, and what emerging theories must be taken into account when determining industrial applications.

  1. Simulation of Paint Films Containing Effect Pigments

    Avery Musbach, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

    A software system has been developed that facilitates the modeling and simulation of metallic or pearlescent automotive paint.  Simulating the appearance of the surface coating is accomplished in three stages.  The first stage uses wave based optics to determine the BRDF with subsequent ray tracing.  The second and third stages of the pipeline determine the reflectance properties of the surface coating and display the resulting color appearance on a three dimensional object.  These steps are performed in near real time and are accomplished, respectively, at the microscale and the macroscale.

    The system has been used to determine the appearance of representative types of automotive paint including traditional metallic, tri-coat systems, and paints containing pearlescent, interference, and diffraction pigments. Parameters that control the paint appearance can be adjusted, including flake orientation, flake density, and flake material. 

  2. Material Appearance Measurement: The Road to Reality

    Marc Ellens | Senior Research Scientist of X-Rite/Pantone

    Material appearance is more than color; it isolates the characteristics of the material that an observer uses to identify, categorize and ultimately use the material for its intended purpose. The wide range of materials has often posed a challenge for virtualization, as many characteristics of material representation need to be handcrafted. Measured material appearance provides a direct construction of these appearance characteristics, shortening product lifecycles and delivering more physically accurate and realistic visualizations. We will address such questions as: what is material appearance, what characteristics of geometry contribute to the appearance, how can it be captured with today’s and tomorrow’s technology, what methods we can use to communicate this appearance, and what are the challenges as we move forward.

  3. Influencing the Visual Effect of Metallic Effect Pigments

    Thomas E. Hughes | Head of Key Automotive Coatings and Account Management of ECKART America

    The particle size distribution (PSD) of Metallic Effect Pigments is often overly trusted in the selection and approval of effect pigments. While this is an important property in terms of their final specifications and manufacturing requirements, the unique measurement procedure used by the pigment manufacture is usually overlooked when making an initial pigment selection for a specific application. This presentation will review the impact of the PSD measurement method used and the importance of the application when comparing and selecting metallic effect pigments.

  4. Networking Break

Pigment Session V: Innovation & New Technologies

Areas where companies are finding new ways to create new products, as well as discover new colors and effects. 

  1. Red Effects – The influence of effect pigments formulated in a red color space

    Wei Liu | Technical Manager of EMD Performance Materials Corp

    With the advancement of pigment technology, effect pigments have played ever growing and important roles in various types of coating systems. However, the multi‐facet properties of the pigments present

    challenges to formulators and color stylists in selecting the right pigments for their desired color and effects.

    This article investigates the impacts of effect pigments on a red color space in terms of color, chroma, luster and texture etc. A wide range of effect pigments of various metal oxide coatings, substrates and particle sizes are included in the study and their variable levels of influences in the red color space will be discussed in detail. This paper aims to provide insights into formulation strategies in using effect pigments in the red color space and help facilitating color matches and color stylings to achieve unique effects.

  2. Pushing the Boundaries: Violet, Magenta, Orange, and Red Pigments

    Andrew E. Smith, Ph.D | Product Engineering Manager of Uniform Color Company

    Modern inorganic pigments are no longer just colorants for visual appeal; rather, they are functional colored materials exhibiting a wide range of properties. This distinction is important as pigments continue to provide specific physical and chemical advantages in addition to bright colors. It is therefore important to understand the fundamental correlations between crystal structure and physical properties when designing new pigments.  Despite difficulties in predicting color, new research pushes the boundaries of traditional metal oxide pigments by utilizing unusual host lattices, new elemental combinations, and unique synthetic methods. This paper will establish the basic considerations of modern pigment design, introduce color origins for some oxide materials, and discuss the recent advancement in new chemistries including the hexagonal YInO3 family of pigments.

  3. Pearlescent Pigment Production and Development in China

    Paul Cao | R&D Director of Fujian Kuncai Material Technology Co., Ltd

    Currently there are more than 20 pearlescent pigment producers in China, with the total capacity of more than 20,000 tons per year. Kuncai being the largest supplier, produced and sold more than 10,000 Tons in 2015. Being innovative is Kuncai’s constant pursuant: 7 new series of products were launched lately, and more new products are scheduled to be launched at ChinaCoat in November, 2016.

  4. Networking Lunch

  5. Fluorescent Pigments

    Thomas DiPietro | Vice President of Research and Development of DayGlo Color Corporation

    Spanning the fields of dye and polymer chemistry, fluorescent pigments have a rich history of product innovation and development.  The pioneering products of our industry were invented and commercialized in Cleveland, Ohio and the latest versions of these materials continue to be manufactured here today.   The basic chemistry and construction of fluorescent pigments and the composition of commodity fluorescent products will be explained.  New fluorescent product development activities are concentrated on the creation of innovative materials that offer customers an improved product experience with better health and safety profiles.  The challenges and advantages of bringing these materials to market will be discussed.  Finally, a new class of high-performance solid-state fluorescent pigment will be presented. 

  6. Expanding Coloration for Polymer Systems

    Jim Rediske | Technical Specialist of BASF

    Use of colored plastics for 3C, industrial, and automotive applications continues to expand.  Solid color master-batched plastic applications increasingly attempt to emulate colors and effects traditionally achieved through liquid, spray applied coatings.  This presentation will provide insight on current capabilities and limitations of matching color designs which incorporate both absorption and effect pigments along with recent advances in spray able mold-in color for elastomeric skins and foam backed applications.  

  7. A New Education Program in Color Science and Technology at North Dakota State University

    Dean Webster | Professor and Chair in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials of North Dakota State University

    North Dakota State University is planning to offer a new degree program in color science and technology. The program is slated to start in fall 2017. This presentation will discuss the program objectives, curriculum and expected outcomes.

  8. Networking Break

    Attendees will return to the combined joint session

Session VI: Looking Forward in the TiO2 and Pigment Industries

A joint session of the TiO2 World Summit and Pigments & Color Science Forum: In this session, delegates will hear the future trends in color, sustainability and market areas; and it will take a look at where we go from here.

  1. Recap: What Happened in the TiO2 World Summit

    Members of the Advisory Board

  2. Recap: What Happened in the Pigment and Color Science Forum

    Members of the Advisory Board

  3. Economics of Green Chemistry: Balancing the green chemistry equation and the role of functional performance in creating market demand

    Michael Venturini | Global Marketing Manager Coatings of Sun Chemical Corporation

    Product innovation is at the heart of market growth.  This presentation will look at how innovation drives market demand in balancing the "profits=(market price-costs)/market demand" equation. 

    Real world examples beyond renewable resources will also be presented that can be applied across many manufacturing sectors do drive down costs while improving environmental footprints.  

  4. Colour Trend Forecast: The Millennial Edition

    Tara Ocenar Manager, Product Development & Innovation, Estee Lauder Group and Ji Hyun Lee, Product Development & Innovation Specialist, Estee Lauder Group

    The beauty industry is an ever changing landscape with the evolution of social media and online shopping.  There is a stronger need than ever to become a conscious observer in the borderless social media world and competitive offerings to stay on top.


  5. High-Performance Pigments, Paints and Coatings - Market Insights to 2021

    Ciaran Little | Director of Operations – Americas of Smithers Pira

    Combining exclusive insight from two of its most recent market studies Smithers Group will provide exclusive top-level data and analysis of technical evolution and industry trends affecting global markets for high performance pigments, paints and coatings across the 2016-2021 period.

     This presentation will outline: The impact of cutting-edge technology developments – smart coatings and nanotech; Key end-use markets – protective, automotive and decorative; Material evolution – Nano, bio-based, IR-reflecting and pure color pigments, Major geographic trends; Opportunities for the paint and pigment supply chain.

  6. Closing Remarks and Farewell

    Advisory Board