TiO2 World Summit 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

TiO2 Session II: TiO2 Suppliers’ Outlook & Demand

This session will take a deep dive into TiO2 markets and investments from Analysts & Consultants. 

  1. The TiO2 Tidal Ebb & Flow: Downstream to Upstream & Back

    Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol

    1) Macroeconomic background

    2) Trends in paint, plastics & other pigment end-use sectors

    3) Trends in catalysts, cosmetics & other non-pigment sectors

    4) Trends in titanium metal

    5) Supply/demand & ramifications for TiO2 feedstocks

  2. Perspectives on Current & Future TiO2 markets

    Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director of TiPMC Solutions

    • Current markets for Mineral Sands and TiO2 products: potential for growth and resulting TiO2 growth

    • Expanding profitability through alternative markets: Promise and Barriers

    • Potential new markets throughout the value chain

    • Opportunities to overcome barriers and expand into new markets.

  3. Wall Street Reflections on the TiO2 Markets

    Bob Koort | Global Investment Research of Goldman Sachs

    Over the last several years, the volatile TiO2 markets have taken equity investors on a wild ride.  Earnings and stock prices have gone from rewarding peaks to troubling lows.  The industry may be on the cusp of exiting the trough.  In this presentation we take a look at industry dynamics and what investors are focusing on when it comes to stocks with TiO2 exposure.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

TiO2 Session III: TiO2 Pigment and Feedstock Supplier Overviews

News and noteworthy projects under development from the suppliers; and opportunities and lessons learned along the path to commercialization.

  1. CHEMOURS Perspective on TiO2

    Peter O'Sullivan | Global Sales Leader of Chemours Titanium Technologies

    Pete will reflect on Chemours first year as a new company, and will discuss their view of critical success factors for the years to come

  2. Data Helps TiO2 Market Monitoring - Revolution of Market Research

    Wu Zhonghui | Founder and Managing Director of Kcomber

    The application of big data technology in industry research has become a reality from concept. By integrating industry insights and big data technology, CCM has successfully developed a “TiO2 Monitoring Platform.”

    The project will show clients online about how CCM grasps, screens, stores, aggregate and calculates the TiO2 related data, converting them from from raw data to business intelligence of the TiO2 market in forms trend analysis, updated news and prices monitoring. Also, the project will include the TiO2 market prosperous index using big data through CMM’s Model. 

  3. The Next Generation of TiO2 Pigments

    Andriy Gonchar | Head of R&D and QA of RD Titan Group Innovative TiO2

    The paper examines the antagonism between the key titanium dioxide pigments properties, such as Durability, Hiding Power, Dispersibility, Initial Gloss. The paper contains a brief history overview of TiO2 pigments, designed for applications where High and Superior Durability is needed. In the context of some projects, developed by RD Titan Group, TOV company the expected characteristics of the next generation Titanium Dioxide Grades are presented; key characteristic of the next generation TiO2 grades are combination of antagonistic properties: Superior+ Durability, High Hiding Power, Excellent Dispersibility and High Initial Gloss. Also the paper considers some problems of industrial implementation of the new generation pigments, related both to the development of appropriate technologies, and economic aspects of the commercialization of these technologies.

  4. Evening Networking Reception

Oct. 6 | Day 2

TiO2 Session IV: TiO2 Pigment and Feedstock Supplier Overviews

News and noteworthy projects under development from the suppliers; and opportunities and lessons learned along the path to commercialization.

  1. Chinese Titanium Dioxide Industry Market Trends

    George Chen | CEO of G&J Resources Inc. International Sales Office of Yunnan Xinli

    Chinese titanium dioxide industry research and construction began in 1955, the total TiO2 production capacity was 2,320,000 MT in 2015 in China. The Chinese government has begun to enforce very strict environmental regulations, which has forced some of the smaller-sized TiO2 manufacturers to shut down, and many other manufacturers have to invest heavily in environmentally friendly upgrades.

    There are 42 TiO2 manufacturers in China, of which, only four can make chloride process TiO2. Yunnan Xinli is the leading chloride process TiO2 manufacturer in China.

    Yunnan Xinli owns five mining rights, four exploration rights, and a resources reserve of about 400 million tons in China. Yunnan Xinli has also purchased titanium and zircon ore deposits in Mozambique containing over 100 million tons of ore. Yunnan Xinli is the only fully integrated titanium product manufacturer in China. We are planning to expand our chloride TiO2 production capacity to 300,000MT by 2020 and may build our new facility outside China to utilize our resources in Mozambique.   

  2. Beyond Pigment, The Growing Benefits of Titanium Dioxide for Our Society

    Jean-François Pasquier | Director, Head of Business of Cristal

    For several decades, specialty titanium dioxide and titanium chemicals have been developed and  have demonstrated their efficiency in applications such as catalysts, cosmetics or  emissions control. Among other functionalities, the most recent development of the ultrafine TiO2 technology is now bringing a viable option to combat ambient air pollution.  The lecture will focus on the existing applications of specialty titanium dioxide and chemicals, and also on some of the latest developments. New generations of materials under multiple forms are now beginning to help our society meet its challenges in terms of air quality, water treatment, and energy production and storage.

  3. Feedstock Market Update and Outlook from Iluka Resources

    Robert Gibney | General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales of Iluka Resources

    Robert Gibney, GM TiO2 Sales will provide an update on Iluka’s global mineral sands business and perspective on the rapidly changing feedstock and pigment market.

  4. Morning Networking Break

TiO2 Session V: Innovation & New Technologies

Ways companies are using new and innovative processes to create new products and make old ones event better.

  1. TiO2 meets Laminate Paper - Chances and Challenges along the Supply Chain

    Bernhard Geissinger | Category Manager of Munksjö Group

    Laminate paper is a highly specialized product to upgrade furniture and flooring surfaces - with Munksjö as market and quality leader. Titanium Dioxide plays an essential role to reach the high quality level demanded by the end user. In this presentation, an overview about laminate paper will be given: Product, application and market. With high quality demands especially in terms of whiteness and light-fastness, Munksjö challenges the TiO2 industry.

  2. Jet Mill Micronization: Fundamentals of Particle Size and Performance Manipulation Through Use of Fluid Energy

    Rich Robatzek | Product Manager of Micronizer product line at Sturtevant Inc

    Jet milling is prevalent throughout the pigment and cosmetics industries for its ability to reduce particle size, deagglomerate and create spherical particle shapes.  The principals behind how a jet mill performs such tasks are not always well understood and are subjected to multiple variables.  This presentation discusses all of the jet milling factors that affect final particle size distribution and morphology and how to manipulate the jet mill to produce the desired final particle characteristics.  This presentation also discusses the topics of material wear and stickiness on jet mill surfaces and general jet mill concerns, operations and good jet mill practices.  

  3. A New Process to Upgrade Low-Grade TiO2 Feeds to High-Grade Synthetic Rutile

    Dr. Fouad Kamaleddine | VP R&D of Fancamp Exploration Ltd.

    Low-grade Ilmenite occurs as massive deposits in the Quebec Province in Canada, many of which have been considered unsuitable for processing and development because of their high iron content and low grade (under 20% TiO2). Originally designed for the Magpie deposits in Eastern Quebec, a newly developed hydrometallurgical process called the Magpie process is introduced, which enables to produce high-grade synthetic rutile (over 98% TiO2) from low grade ilmenite. Naturally, if such process is applied to low-grade ore it can be applied with advantage to high grade material. The process is cost-effective with nominal environmental impacts.

    Laboratory bench and pilot tests have been conducted on various feeds ranging in grade from 20−50% TiO2, in addition to slag (waste) samples grading 27% TiO2, producing rutile products grading 98-99% TiO2. Efforts are underway to build a demo-plant in Quebec at the rate of 2-5 tons per day using various feeds including ores, tailings, and slags.

  4. Networking Lunch

  5. Advanced FTIR System to Characterize Photocatalytic Properties of Pigments, Coatings and Cosmetics

    Mirja Maja | Managing Director of Gasmet Technologies Inc.

    The Gasmet Photochemistry Monitoring System PCM enables a well-defined, repeatable procedure to characterise photocatalytic activity. The Gasmet PCM is able to monitor and analyse the entire photocatalytic reaction and degeneration process of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and determine the photocatalytic activity and/or passivity of photocatalysts and pigments such as TiO2. This presentation reviews Gasmet PCM in the evaluation of coatings and pigment materials for a wide range of industrial applications.  

  6. Potential for Flexible Alloying from a TiO2 Base Material

    Mark Tomlinson | Managing Director of Metalysis Limited

    • Relevant example applications across a range of industries
    • Potential substitution of conventional high volume materials
    • Additive manufacture and its potential growth path, ie: 3-D Printing 
  7. Benefits of Low Drag Filtration in Product Collectors

    Vijay Garikipati | Applications Engineering of WL Gore and Associates

    Leading titanium dioxide (TiO2) producers frequently run into capacity and process availability constraints in the dryer, micronizer and packaging operations. Often times the bottleneck is the bag house where the product is collected. The bottleneck is due to pressure drop across the bag house. A fast ramp up or high values in pressure drop could be either due to higher demand using the existing equipment, proprietary surface treatments of TiO2 particles, or a combination of both. Producers do not exceed a pressure set point because it shortens bag life and strains the system. Downtime and lost production due to bag change-out is a significant cost.

    This paper discusses the concept of low drag and how a low drag filter can help increase throughput and maintain a lower pressure drop thereby improving system availability. The paper concludes with a case study of a low drag membrane bag from an actual field trial.

  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 colour pigments, Major geographic trends; Opportunities for the paint and pigment supply chain.

  6. Closing Remarks and Farewell

    Advisory Board