Pigment & Colour Science Forum 2017 Agenda

Pre-Conference Workshop | 3 OCT

Workshop on Colour Science & Applications – Exploring Upcoming Projects

  1. Arrival at University of Alicante Optics Building

  2. EU BiRD project

    Joaquin Campos | Researcher of Instituto de Optica (IO-CSIC)

    The project “Bidirectional reflectance definitions” (BiRD) of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR), focuses on the pre-normative work required to clarify how measurements on standard materials and surfaces exhibiting goniochromatism, gloss and sparkle visual effects should be carried out. This will enable a reliable comparison of results provided by different measurement devices and better control of the visual effects of products.

  3. UA spin-off company based on auto-healing resin

    Prof. Dr. Jose Miguel Martin-Martinez | Professor of University of Alicante

    Smart materials are gaining attention because of their potential in solving several strategic technological needs.

    Self-healing property is critical in the performance of adhesive joints and coatings.

    Adhesion and Adhesives Laboratory of University of Alicante (Spain) have developed several polyurethane elastomers able to self-heal substantially in few seconds after being cut by the middle. Self-healing is produced under open air and in polar liquids, and it can be produced as many times as necessary without losing effectiveness. Complete self-healing is produced in 24 hours after re-joining. Furthermore, the new polyurethane elastomers show shape memory and they are transparent.

    Although the novel polyurethane elastomers with self-healing property have a great potential, specific applications need to be developed. The forum of the pre-conference will be an excellent opportunity for sharing potential applications and find potential partnership.  

  4. Lunch

  5. BBI EU program description

    Alfonso Jiménez | Professor of University of Alicante

    BARBARA, a European project aimed at developing new bio-based materials from food waste with applications in the building and automotive sectors

  6. EU BARBARA project

    María Carmen Garrigós | Professor of University of Alicante

    BARBARA, a European project aimed at developing new bio-based materials from food waste with applications in the building and automotive sectors

  7. Pro-active management of visual appearance of products: from the automotive sector to other industries

    Francisco M. Martinez-Verdú | Associate Professor, Department of Optics, University Institute of Physics Applied to Sciences & Technologies (IUFACyT) of University of Alicante

    The project “MSc in Colour Technology for the Automotive Sector” (ColTAS) of the University of Alicante proposes to the interested companies an opportunity to capture or promote internally new well-trained engineers in visual appearance of materials, using the increasing and complex knowledge on new colour developments (pigments, advanced instrumental techniques, visual and instrumental correlation methods, etc.) to implement new color & texture quality controls successfully applied on the automotive sector to other industrial sectors as ceramics, coatings, cosmetics, imaging, plastics, printing, etc.

  8. Tour of Colour Group Laboratories

  9. Closing Remarks & Departure

Day One | 4 OCT

Pigment Industry Update (Plenary Session)

  1. Registration & Morning Coffee

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

    Bill Eibon | Director of PPG and Reg Adams | CEO of Artikol

  3. A Global Pigment Industry Overview

    Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol

    Assessing the hazy outlook for the world of colours & achromatics

    Macroeconomic growth & international trade

    Risks & benefits for health, safety & the environment

    Public image & perceptions

    Thrifting & substitution

    Pricing, profitability & investment

    Mergers & demergers

    Innovation: current themes in research & development

  4. Consolidation Key note – Moving Forward

    Jean-François Turgeon | Executive Vice President of Tronox

    Explaining the advantages of combining Tronox TiO2 business with the Cristal TiO2 business. Covering the synergies identified by this acquisition and the benefits to the industry and TiO2 customers. Describing how the new Tronox TiO2 business will look and what the priorities will be.

  5. Paints & Coatings: Identifying Market Drivers

    Bill Eibon | Director - Global Color Technology Platform of PPG

  6. Morning Refreshments

Colour Trends & Perceptions - From Market to Consumer

Chaired by Bill Eibon | Director of PPG and Frank J. Maile | Director BU Coatings & Plastics of Schlenk

  1. Challenges in the Colour-Emotion Space

    Dr Trevor S B Sayer | Managing Director of Expertas Global

    A profound understanding of the interaction between colour, human perception and emotional response, calls for a multi-disciplinary approach. This talk describes what scientific knowledge we have to date and the challenges facing scientists, wishing to quantify what determines human colour preference.

  2. Ten things you should know about perception

    Roland W. Fleming | Kurt Koffka Professor of Experimental Psychology of University of Giessen

    Human visual perception is incredibly complex, but powerful

    Any industry dealing with visual appearance necessarily confronts aspects of human vision

    Many existing challenges can be formulated as specific perceptual research questions

  3. The Evolution of Red Styling

    Javier Morcillo Ruiz | Coatings Industry Manager of BASF

    The desire to create eye catching and novel red colors have posed a variety of technical and coloristic challenges.  Reds have traditionally posed hiding and durability challenges for paint manufacturers.  Meanwhile designers seek new levels of saturation and novel effects in modern thin film paint systems. 

    This presentation will touch upon historic pigment innovations and current tools to meet the various aesthetic and technical challenges within the red color space. 

  4. Lunch

Advances in Colour Science

Chaired by Andrew Smith | Product Engineering Manager of Uniform Color Company and Frank J. Maile | Director BU Coatings & Plastics of Schlenk

  1. Living sparkle – physics and perception

    Kirsten Fritsche | Director Technology Application Network of Merck

    The present talk starts with the demonstration of sparkling textures as obtained by different effect pigments based on alumina (“Xirallic®”). Here we have a certain range of static parameters as apparent number, size, color and intensity of sparkling points, which can be properly estimated from paint and pigment properties. This is proofed by a 3D flake simulation and its comparison to real samples.

    Further studies on the appearance of video sequences is analyzed, which are taken from the samples under moving direct illumination. Thereby the goal is to document and quantify the dynamic behavior of the sparkle points as “apparent movement (living sparkle)” and find out the applicability of the Korte’s rules in terms of pigment and paint properties as well as observation conditions.

  2. Infusion of dyes in polymeric beads for cosmetic colors

    Aurélie Creuzé-Morel | Senior R&D Manager of Sensient Cosmetic Technologies

    Today, the production of innovative cosmetic colors registers a high customer demand in a fast-moving market. The impregnation process of polymeric beads with dye using supercritical carbon dioxide constitutes one attractive answer.

    The technical challenge lies here in the achievement of non-deformed beads, while displaying non-bleeding properties in various liquid media. The infusion of dye into a commonly used polymer system such as a partially crosslinked polymethyl methacrylate beads fulfills these success criteria. New bio-sourced polymeric bead alternatives are also examined.

  3. Spectrofotocolorimetry - How lighting affects colorimetry and how it is really measured

    Alfredo Blasco Navarro | CEO of LED Y SPA. and Fernando Barrachina Vázquez | Industrial Engineer of AsenseTEK

    Throughout the presentation, we will assess the spectrophotometry experiment parameters applied in the industry, going into the science of pigmentation of colours and the influence of light on them.

    We will analyse the fundamental parameters that characterize the spectrophotometry: CRI, TLCI, GAI, SDCM, CIE1931, CIE1976, Check Colour, Transmittance, reflexion, Smart Filter etc.

    Practically we will assess the behaviours of spectrum, optics, filters, phosphors that affect the perception of colours.



    Alfredo Blasco Navarro, CEO, LED Y SPA.

    Fernando Barrachina Vázquez, Industrual Engineer, AsenseTEK

  4. Afternoon Refreshments

Exploring Innovations across Applications

Chaired by Andrew Smith | Product Engineering Manager of Uniform Color Company and Frank J. Maile | Director BU Coatings & Plastics of Schlenk

  1. Identifying Market Drivers for Innovation in Color Technology Development

    Lisa Clapp | Vice President of Colors Technology of Sun Chemical

    Across all markets requiring color, there is a demand for product differentiation as well as continued drive to improve efficiencies.  Additionally, there is renewed drive to achieve sustainable solutions to meet highest level of compliance requirements.  Each end use application, from automotive coatings to printing inks to cosmetics, requires innovative approaches that address each of these requirements while maintaining the critical-to-quality factors for each individual application.   Planning the innovation program to account for brand owner needs, design desires, and technical requirements is the key to successful product development of new color technologies.

  2. Green carbon black pigments for coatings and tires

    Ad van Oorschot | International Sales Manager Specialties of Black Bear Carbon

    Discusses the properties of recovered carbon black from end-of-life tyres 

    The presentation will also describe the positive environmental impacts of using Black Bear products compared to furnace and gas blacks.

    Will look into the benefits that recovered carbon black can provide for these segments over virgin carbon black. 

  3. Tinctures craftsmanship of the European tapestry and carpet masters from the renaissance to modern a

    Nathalie Roy | Colour, Material & Finishes Design Consultant of BlackBerry (former)

    The renaissance marked a creative chapter in Europe with the discovery of a new continent, the invention of printing and the flowering of art and culture. New pigments were now available to artisans and craftspeople, redefining the aesthetic of textiles, rugs and tapestry. Weavers and dyers from trading centers in Italy, Spain, Flanders and France developed secret color formulas, competing on a large scale and creating a wealth that changed the face of commerce.

  4. Chair's closing remarks and close of conference day one

  5. Networking drinks reception

    Join your peers for drinks at the beautiful Volvo Ocean Race Club by Qlinaria for some post-conference networking

Day Two | 5 OCT

Pigment Properties - Process Revolutions for Enhanced Performance

Chaired by Trevor S B Sayer | Managing Director of Expertas Global

  1. Registration & Morning Coffee

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

  3. Modern wet grinding and dispersing technologies

    Norbert Kern | Head of Product Management & Process Engineering of Bühler AG

    Quality expectations for printing inks and functional coatings are constantly increasing.

    Many manufacturers want to increase the productivity of their plants or structure their processes more efficiently.

    The use of a pre-dispersion step can increase efficiency of fine grinding up to 50%.

    In addition, the use of micro-grinding beads leads to improved grinding of pigments, which allows better quality to be achieved.

  4. Effect coatings appearance acquisition and analysis

    Jiri Filip | Research Fellow of UTIA - Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the CAS

    Photorealistic effect coatings appearance capture and visualization

     Particle orientation analysis and quality assessment using reflectance and texture information

     Development of novel effect coatings appearance measurement approaches

  5. New Ultra-thin Effect Pigments

    Adalbert Huber | Vice President R&D of Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH

    Pearlescent effect pigments play an important role when it comes to high end decoration. But especially in the yellow and red color range there is still a need for pigments with good hiding power which can be used safely. Based on a novel technology using an ultra-thin substrate it is possible for the first time to produce pigments with outstanding hiding power and no safety risks. The possible color range goes from yellow to red.

  6. Morning Refreshments

Novel Opportunities across the Value Chain

Chaired by Trevor S B Sayer | Managing Director of Expertas Global

  1. Natural pigments in lipsticks

    Clara Le Berre | Senior Technology Chemist, Colour Cosmetics of Oriflame

    In recent years, consumers’ demands are shifting the markets toward more natural option as alternatives to synthetic colorants. When it comes to lipstick, long-wear and shade are the key focus and main challenge for the formulation with natural ingredients. The aim of this talk is to describe what the options and limitations on the market for natural pigments in lipstick are.

  2. Tinting systems beyond the conventional paint markets

    Ron van der Leeuw | Sales Manager Thermosets - EMEA of Chromaflo

    Chromaflo is a market leader in tinting systems for the decorative and industrial coatings industry. This is a matured market as these tinting systems are nowadays state of the art in almost every DIY shop.

    As a consequence, Chromaflo explores opportunities for implementing these systems in adjacent markets.

    Based on several case studies, the opportunities and challenges of using a tinting system in these new markets will be described.

  3. Effect of physical characteristics of aluminum pigments on color and appearance

    Jason Kuhla | Manager, Technical Service and Product Applications of Silberline

    Multiple parts on an automobile can be sprayed using various application methods.  Color achieved in a metallic coating is highly dependent on the orientation of the metallic flakes. 

    Orientation of the aluminum flakes will be different depending on the application method…therefore, difficulties arise when trying to achieve color harmony with metallic colors.

    This presentation will investigate critical factors of aluminum pigments and review their effect of Color (L Value/Sparkle/Graininess) when trying to match air spray and Bell Bell applications.

  4. Lunch

Conference Recap (Joint Session)

  1. TiO2 World Summit Recap

  2. Pigment & Colour Science Forum Recap

End Market Innovations (Joint Session)

Chaired by Bill Eibon | Director of PPG and Reg Adams | CEO of Artikol

  1. Building a bridge between FMCG and pigments producers to ensure the purity of Danone's products

    Philippe Reutenauer | Additives, Colorants, Barriers & Differentiation Manager of Danone

    Collaborating across the value chain by exchanging info

    Fighting NIAS

    Preserving the promise of purity

  2. Pigments & regulatory dynamic in masterbatch

    Magnus Thörnqvist | Strategic Evaluation Specialist CPC EMEA and James Barrell | Product Line Manager of A. Schulman, Inc

    Value creation from pigment to masterbatch. Coloristic complexity in the flow of increasing awareness in requirement of property and regulatory.

    The idea is to highlight the complexity and the value bringing of masterbatch. Combining different pigments to reach the right shade, in combination with additives and pigments limitation to be used in different polymer systems. In combination with this, we would like to highlight the further limitation we have when we also bring in the factor of regulatory demands and REACH.



    Magnus Thörnqvist, Strategic Evaluation Specialist CPC EMEA, A. Schulman, Inc

    James Barrell, Product Line Manager, A. Schulman, Inc

  3. Afternoon Refreshments

End Market Innovations (Joint Session)

  1. Natural pigments in cosmetics

    Colin Godefroy | International Raw Material Manager of L’Oréal Research and Innovation

    Cosmetic industry is at the forefront of B2C consumer trends; besides the digital revolution leading to absolute changes in the market, the other megatrend of the XXIst century is the quest for harmless, sustainable and natural products. Both risk and opportunities are quite high for color cosmetic formulae’s ingredients.

    We will see how L’Oréal as the market leader addresses this challenge, and see how the pigment industry could shape the future, for higher value and better social and environmental impact.

  2. Consumer awareness & safety of organic pigments

    Pierfrancesco Fois | Deputy Executive Director of ETAD

    Do consumers generally have concerns on the safety of colored products? Is the level of concern different up the value chain?

    What do manufacturers do for the safety of pigments, in particular in case of sensitive applications?

    What is the general eco/toxicological profile of organic pigments? How safe are they?

  3. Chair's closing remarks and end of conference