Pigment & Colour Science Forum 2019 Agenda

Day one-1 Oct

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK (Joint with TiO2 World Summit)

Chaired by Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol and Bill Eibon | Founder, Chief Scientist of Adawe Material Science LTD

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

    Sponsored by Yibin Tianyuan Group

  2. Chairs' opening remarks

  3. Global overview of the TiO2 & coloured pigment industries

    Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol

    • The macroeconomic background, industrial growth & trade
    • Rising influence of other factors: climate change, sustainable development, health & safety
    • Importance of pigments
    • Trends in pigment end-use applications
    • Recent events in the pigment & allied industries
    • Impact of legislation
    • Innovations & technological advances
    • The world of TiO2 & coloured pigments in 2030
  4. Industry snapshot from the perspective of a leading pigment manufacturer

    Stefan Suetterlin | Vice President Business Management of BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Amidst many global challenges, such as a deteriorating economical climate, increasing trade barriers and general inter-regional tensions, profitability pressure has an ever stronger effect on the entire colour value chain. As a consequence, the coloured and effect pigment industry landscape is changing. In this presentation, one of the leading pigment manufacturers will share its thoughts on the background for these changes and how challenges will develop during this transformation process and what implications might result.  

  5. A view on pigments from Wall Street

    Frank J. Mitsch | Senior Managing Director of Fermium Research

    After a horrific 2018, the pigment suppliers’ equities have rebounded year-to-date with Tronox’s acquisition of Cristal (finally) yet to fully play out in the industry.  Furthermore, uncertainties over demand,  market stabilization pricing, Chinese supply, etc. have weighed on the sector.  Higher level, chemical equities as a whole have been mixed and materially impacted by geopolitical issues, commodity pricing, weather, etc. 

    • Review historical swings in results and equity performance for pigments, downstream coatings companies and the chemicals industry 
    • Detail the changing landscape and the associated shift in producers’ approach to more rational pricing behaviour
    • Explain the interplay of feedstocks for producers and highlight the benefits of vertical integration
    • Examine company specific factors that have weighed on/propelled equity prices
    • State the current views from Wall Street and expectations for future share price performance
  6. Networking break

  7. What could the classification of TiO2 mean for your business?

    David Lockley | Product Defence and Toxicology Manager of Venator Materials Plc. and of Chair of TDMA Scientific Committee

    The proposed classification by the European Commission has been the most discussed classification file ever and despite significant concerns raised by many Member States, the Commission seems determined to move forward. The classification of TiO2 as a potential carcinogen could impact many downstream applications and severely effect the recyclability of many products preventing the Commission from meeting its own circular economy targets. The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) have complete confidence in the safety of TiO2 and the group is investing Euro 14 Million to address any uncertainties that the Commission may have. This presentation shares where we are to date with the classification proposal and potential timeline and explores possible downstream implications should the proposal move ahead.

  8. Today’s sustainability and ethical considerations for colour

    Jodi J. Francis | Buyer-Colours of LUSH

  9. Networking lunch


Chaired by Dr. Andrew E. Smith | Technical Director of Chroma Color Corporation and Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

  1. Colour Engineering: from nature to pigment applications

    Dr. Silvia Vignolini | University Reader in Chemistry and Biomaterials, Department of Chemistry of University of Cambridge

    The most brilliant colours in nature are obtained by structuring transparent materials on the scale of the wavelength of visible light. In this seminar, I will introduce some striking example of natural photonic structures in nature and review our recent advances to fabricate bio-mimetic pigments using the same material as nature: Cellulose. The control of cellulose-based architectures enables us to fabricate novel photonic pigments using low-cost materials in ambient conditions.

    • Photonic Pigments
    • Natural Materials
    • Iridescent Pigment Biomimetics
  2. Recent developments in the field of pearlescent pigments

    Carsten Plüg | Global Head Innovation & Application, Performance Materials – Surface Solutions of Merck KGaA

    Pearleascent effect pigments are the dominating innovation driver in automotive colors.  There is still need for pigments with unique effects allowing to create new looks. Apart from only decorative requirements, technical requirements like interaction with radiation, compatibility in thin layers and particle orientation differences in various paint systems haves gained increasing importance.

    This paper provides an overview of recent developments of pearl pigments addressing market need, particularly in automotive paints and related areas.   

  3. Looking into the red/orange colour space-a new inorganic pigment class to fill the gap

    Alexander Belkin | Product Manager/Business Development of Heubach GmbH

    While organic pigments are well-known for its brilliance and tinting strength, inorganic pigments are considered to be very stable and hiding, but featuring a lower chroma. 
    Especially in the orange/red area there is a remarkable gap in the colour space in between organic and inorganic single pigment solutions as well as the toxic Molybdate Reds. Some efforts have been done in recent years to close this gap, e.g. more chromatic iron oxide grades or TinZincRutile Pigments (PO 82 / PY 216), however the gap is still there.

  4. Networking break

  5. New series of high-performance silver dollar pigments (UTPs)

    Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

    A novel series of silver dollar effect pigments deliver outstanding gloss properties combined with superior hiding power and flop. Combination of these pigments delivers unlimited texture designs. The new pigments also interact perfectly with the ultra-thin, aluminum-based pearl pigments (UTMs®): Fine graduation of color shades between silver and the corresponding metal based pearlescent pigment can be achieved without any disruptive change of color saturation. Champagne and beige color tones can be formulated with impressive flop and chroma. A new milling technology (UTM® Ultra Treated Metallics) is the basis for the unique performance of these pigments. Particle size distribution, thickness, and scattering are carefully controlled.  The new silver dollar pigments are available in balanced particle sizes to cover most important applications i.e. rim wheel coatings, consumer electronics, household appliances, and automotive interior.

  6. Quantitative characterisation of coatings using optical coherence tomography

    Prof. Yaochun Shen | Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics of University of Liverpool

    The purpose of applying paint coating to automotive bodies is not only corrosion protection but also aesthetic enhancement. The majority of modern automotive paint systems consist of four layers: electro-coat, primer coat, base coat and clear coat. The base coat layer consists of a mixture of primary colouring pigment and metallic or mica flakes which are compressed into a base coat binder formulated either of acrylic or polyester polymers. The number, size and orientation of small metallic flakes in the base coat of the paint has a significant effect on the appearance of automotive bodies. In this talk, I will present our preliminary work on non-destructive analysis of automotive paints by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) together with three-dimensional segmentation algorithms.   


Chaired by Dr. Andrew E. Smith | Technical Director of Chroma Color Corporation and Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

  1. Strategic choices within the pigments supply chain - managing supply chain disruption in the new ‘normal’ environment

    Milan Krumbe | General Manager of Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd.

    A significant change in the supply chain in the organic pigment industry started in 2018. Site closures in China lead to limited availabilities, price explosions for raw materials and a significant change in the supply chain pattern. Trade wars and protectionism created new market barriers and higher tariffs. This changing environment has a significant impact on cost, profitability and result. The Chinese government continues to foster the movement towards a service and innovative oriented society and implemented higher environmental requirements in chemical parks. Strategic choices will be discussed and provided to secure supply, to control cost and to maintain competitiveness.

  2. Chair's closing remarks

    Chaired by Dr. Andrew E. Smith | Technical Director of Chroma Color Corporation and Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

  3. Networking drinks reception

Day two-2 Oct


Chaired By Alison Norris | Senior Group Leader of PPG

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

    Sponsored by Schlenk Metallic Pigments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

  3. New colour sensor technology revolutionizes coatings market

    Eric Kirchner | Senior Color Scientist of AkzoNobel

    Color is a key selling point in many industries, the coatings market being a prime example of this. Therefore color is an important quality aspect in design, production and sales processes. In the past decade, several instruments for measuring color entered the market at prices 10 - 100 times lower than ever before. I will show why these low-cost instruments became technically possible only now, and discuss their accuracy. What customers and which processes can be supported with these instruments, and what will be their effect on the coatings market?

  4. Characterization of interference pigments

    Werner Rudolph Cramer | Researcher and journalist of Independent

    Interference pigments belong to a popular group of pigments. And they are used in many applications. Since they have a different property profile than colour pigments, their characterization and identification does not seem easy. Interference pigments are individualists, i.e. each interference pigment has unique optical properties that set it apart from others. A particular feature of colourful interference pigments is the shift of the reflection maximum to shorter wavelengths when they are illuminated flatter. At the same time the reflection increases. White interference pigments and aluminium pigments do not show this shift, their reflection also increases when they are illuminated flatter. A colourful interference pigment can be best described by its interference and aspecular line: The interference line is formed from a*b* values for steep, classic and flat illumination at the same difference angle of gloss (aspecular). Due to the aforementioned reflection shift, the interference line always points in the direction of flat illumination counterclockwise. The aspecular line is formed from the a*b* values resulting from measurements at fixed illumination angle. Here, the difference angle (aspecular) is changed off gloss. The anchor shape resulting from both lines is characteristic of each interference pigment. Close to the gloss, interference pigments are best characterized. Even in blends with colour pigments, they maintain their optical properties close to the gloss. Based on this, the idea arose to place a coordinate system in 45°/as15° for further characterization. Furthermore, the sub-arms, the ratio of their lengths and the angles give a precise definition of each interference pigment. A total of six parameters characterize an interference pigment or aluminium pigment. This method has been successfully tested on databases with many patterns. Firstly, a query of a chosen pigment was started. From the previously calculated parameters, a range of values was formed, and then conversely six queries were performed. The hit rates were very high. By examples, this new method will be presented.

  5. Review of computer generated imaging for materials containing flake effect pigments

    Tobias Rausch | Global Product Manager Appearance Capture of X-Rite

  6. Networking break


Chaired by Lisa Clapp | Vice President of Colors Technology of Sun Chemical and Dr Trevor Sayer | Senior Managing Consultant of Expertas Global 

  1. IR-reflecting high performance pigments: adding functionality to colour

    Tom Mestdag | International Sales Manager EMEA of The Shepherd Color Company

    • Special Applications: Signal Management & use in plastics recycling
    • Complex Inorganic Color pigments: typical production process & properties
    • Arctic IR reflecting pigments: How it works, how to use & opportunities
  2. Pearlescent effect pigments from a different viewing angle

    Tom Landuydt | Head of Industry Management Automotive Coatings of BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Usually pigment manufacturers tend to highlight the unique visual properties of their new effect pigments. However, there is more to it than just ‘colours and effects’. This presentation attempts to change the viewing angle and highlight the ethical and ecological sustainability considerations for the use of natural and synthetic mica based pigments. Moreover, with the development of new technologies such as autonomous driving, a shift from a purely colouristic view towards a more functional profile for pearlescent effect pigments, might become necessary.    

  3. Natural coloured lipstick: A technology limitation has been overcome

    Véronique Guyot-Ferréol | R&D Manager Senior of Sensient Cosmetic Technologies

    The current consumer trends in the colour cosmetics industry are mainly focused on clean label, traceability and transparency, environmental and societal sustainability. Consumers consider natural ingredients healthier. Now naturality is not yet a trend, it becomes a fundamental requirement. Since many years, cosmetic industry moved successfully on this trend for a wide range of cosmetic products except for lipstick applications. Many issues appear as low coverage, difficult processing, weak stability, a narrow shade range … Thanks to a new generation of natural extracts in powder form, based on vegetable juices, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies allows to create lipsticks which comply.

  4. Sustainable pigment dispersions and ink technology for packaging printing inks

    Mihaela Madaras, PhD | R&D Manager Performance, Pigments Division of Sun Chemical

    Sustainability has become one of the most significant market drivers with nearly every major brand owner having aggressive targets over the next 1-5 years that must be delivered at cost neutrality to current products. For packaging, focus on biorenewability, compostability, and recyclability are all key to meeting these goals.  Developing new packaging inks around these themes requires identifying new materials and formulating from the ground up to provide high performance products that are printable and meet the performance criteria for the package.  The presentation will highlight the progress in sustainable dispersion and ink technology for printing inks.

  5. Networking lunch


Chaired by Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol and Bill Eibon | Founder, Chief Scientist of Adawe Material Science LTD

  1. Chairs' opening remarks

  2. Fireside chat: The science of paintings: lighting, pigments and perception

    Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfaff | Professor for Inorganic Chemistry and Expert in Pigment Research of Technical University of Darmstadt and Merck KGaA and Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH

    Thanks to sophisticated scientific characterization techniques for materials of all kind, it is nowadays also possible to identify exactly the components of ancient and contemporary paintings including the pigments used. Another aspect is the investigation and consideration of paintings under varying illumination, which was further enhanced by the development of modern light sources.

    Besides selected aspects of analytical methods and material science with regard to pigments and paintings, the dialogue will cover further related subjects, such as the illumination of paintings using modern LEDs and its impact on the perception of paintings.

  3. Future paint trends and how they impact on the pigment sector

    Dr Stefan C. Wieditz | R&D Director, Strategic Color Initiatives of The Sherwin-Williams Company

    The paint and coatings industry with its products adds a finishing touch to almost all man-made objects with protective, decorative, beautifying and signaling surface treatments. The protective aspect is a major sustainability factor in itself; substantially extending lifecycles of those objects. A major challenge for the industry is to make paint and coatings products more sustainable and recyclable. Pigments play a major role in their performance as to protect surfaces from the elements, reduce corrosion and provide functional properties. Sustainability aspects thus translate into pigment choices and design. The decorative aspect faces ever more discriminating customers with choices to fit their individual desires. Special effects entered markets that did not see those options several years ago. They also open unprecedented choices to customize consumer products to express one’s personality. Although the gap in purchasing power between countries narrow, it still offers opportunities to tap into those vast, still developing markets in e.g., Asia and Latin America. Providers who are able catering to those market conditions with lower cost, yet attractive options will establish footholds for the decades to come. In the same context, making products locally and adapt to simpler infrastructure and capabilities will offer opportunities in those markets. Dispersing pigments to their optimum degree is one of the core competencies of the paint and coatings industry. Making this process easier by offering self- or easier to disperse pigments has been a focus for some time and will continue to back integrate this competency into pigment manufacturing. The coatings of the future are expected to offer more functionality like, e.g., conductivity, thermal properties, energy management with pigments or “functional particles” expected to play an important role in realizing those. Alternatives to generating color with other means than light reflection and absorption of chemicals like surface iridescence is researched on.

  4. How should the industry respond and move forward from here?

    Members of the Advisory Board

    Members of the Advisory Board from both conferences discuss how the information that has been shared over the last two days should influence your everyday business activities from today.

  5. Chairs' closing remarks and close of Pigment and Colour Science Forum