Book your ticket


View the Agenda for the Pigment and Color Science Forum & TiO2 World Summit!
Registration Opens & Welcoming Remarks
Registration Table Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Session I: State of the Pigments and TiO2 Industry
<Session Description>
In this session, delegates will hear the latest industry developments with overviews in the pigment and tio2 intermediates market, and an update on recent acquisitions as well as the impact of COVID19 on the supply chain.
Pigment Highlights in the Covid & Post-Covid Era
  • Assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic & estimated timing of economic recovery
  • Rising influence of other factors: climate change, sustainable development, health & safety
  • Importance of pigmentsTrends in pigment end-use applications
  • Innovations & technological advances
  • The world of TiO2 & coloured pigments in 2030
  • Recent events in the pigment & allied industries
  • Impact of legislation

Reg Adams | Chief Executive, Artikol
Wall Street Overview for TiO2
From the perspective of the equity market, we will provide an overview of our industry detailing some of the macro factors that impact our coverage. We'll dive into the TiO2 landscape discussion to explain the financials and characteristics of the key players. We'll close with our expectations of market dynamics factoring feedstock and TiO2 supply/demand.
Aziza Gazieva | Vice President, Fermium Research
The Opportunities and Threats to the Global TiO2 Value Chain
As the global recovery from the pandemic continues, TiO2 and its associated feedstock industry are both experiencing its most favorable supply/demand dynamics in nearly a decade.  How is this upturn different than previous upturns?  How is it similar? TiPMC Consulting explores the current industry dynamics, and what they are indicating for the foreseeable future.  TiPMC views the forces impacting the value chain, both positives and negatively, and how these forces, along with the response of industry participants, can impact participants, customers, and investors.
Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director, TiPMC Solutions LLC
Networking Break and Coffee
Session II: Adapting for Sustainability and Industry Resilience
<Session Description>
This session will address how companies have reacted during the COVID19 crisis in supply chain communication…strategy…community action etc…
Ensuring Raw Material Traceability & Purity in Consumer Products Through Supplier Collaborations
Procter & Gamble has always been focused on ensuring that the products we manufacture and sell meet the demanding needs of our consumers and are manufactured with the highest quality raw materials and processes available today.  With the increasing need for product ingredient transparency coupled with advances in analytical techniques, consumer advocacy groups and NGO’s have the tools available to them today that enable detection of impurities down to the part per trillion level.  We will highlight some collaborations made with our raw material suppliers in our Baby Care business to ensure we continue to meet or exceed these standards for printed goods and demonstrate how P&G is addressing these concerns going forward.
Nicholas Vetter | Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble Baby Care
Innovations In Colorant Design For Their Suitability in High Performance Coatings
Innovation is the driving force of paint and coating industry. Coatings of today are required to provide high performance attributes and are graded based on functionality. Some of the features of today’s coatings are enhanced durability, unique surface characteristics such as hydrophobicity, stain and dirt pick up resistance and temperature control ability. These traits are combined with low VOC requirements and increasing sustainability demands with renewed interest in multiple shade offerings. Colorants are an important intermediate that impact coatings’ functionality and performance. In this paper, we delve deep to understand the innovations in colorant design for their suitability in high performance coatings.
Kamakshi Christopher | Head of R&D, Soujanya Color
Sustainability: NIR - Detectable Colours in Plastics
Beyond Sustainability and Forward-Thinking, Contributor of needed key elements from a colorant supplier standpoint. 
  • Pre-certified NIR colorants for industrial proven recycling programs.
  • What if plastic could talk? Track it, trace it and validate your own product electronically, bulletproof, still invisibly.
  • Gabriel-Chemie made great steps forward to contribute for a better world with valuable plastic, since we brought NIR-Black very early into the market, multiple versions for everyone’s fit are available.
  • Black and colored plastics, however, places the biggest challenge on the separation and sorting in plastics recycling. With the widespread NIR sensor technology, the near-infrared spectrum reflected by the plastic is evaluated. Each type of plastic has a characteristic spectrum and can thus be identified, sorted and finally recycled. Based on sorting techniques we adapted our masterbatch to unite with this technology.
  • Since April 2021, Gabriel-Chemie has been offering, a near-infrared inspection system and COTREP certification of all Masterbatches for customers, saving time and money. Due to the current demand from various markets, this test is more and more desired for all colors. Already existing products or masterbatch can be tested as well. If NIR detection is not possible, Gabriel-Chemie has a sustainable solution on hand.

Christian Straka | Sales Manager - North & South America, Gabriel-Chemie
Speaker Q&A
Networking Lunch
Session III: Application
<Session Description>
This session will feature presentations that cover trends in the paint, plastics, printing and cosmetics industries.
Titanium Dioxide Use in Cosmetics: A Global Regulatory Outlook
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been used in cosmetic and personal care products for decades. It's use as a color additive and sunscreen active ingredient has made it a critical component in a range of formulations. As a color additive, TiO2 is regulated globally with region-specific requirements for purity and specifications. US and EU specifications and test methods diverge, as well as customer specific requirements, leading to a complex market environment. Effect pigments, being regulated as mixtures of TiO2 and other cosmetic additives, represent an additional challenge. In recent years, the regulation and use of Titanium dioxide has received additional attention, particularly in the EU; with an increasing amount of influence on the cosmetic market dynamics and consumer perception. The complexities of the use of titanium dioxide in cosmetic products meet at the juncture of regulation, toxicology and marketing. During this presentation, an overview of the global regulatory outlook for Titanium dioxide will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the most current topics and industry challenges that will likely influence the continued use of Titanium dioxide in cosmetic formulations.
Dr Amy Ethier | Regulatory Affairs Manager, Colors and Effects
Coating Influence and Pigment Advancements for Autonomous Driving Applications
The continued development of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) portend a future reality of autonomous driving. To reach that goal, the technologies most often identified for autonomous driving functionality, LiDAR and Radar, must work in concert and fit within the constraints and expectations of the automotive community. One important aspect for the success of these technological advancements is the influence of coating layering and its pigment composition. Utilizing new techniques and equipment to measure angle-specific NIR reflectivity, we will explore the impact of pigment selection and coating structure on LiDAR performance as well as the benefits of NIR functional pigments. For Radar applications, we will thoroughly analyze the influence of different pigment classifications and address the resulting market challenges involving silver metallic shades. Since all vehicle detection systems need to function cohesively, we will demonstrate the effect of Radar-necessitated pigment replacement and its suitability in LiDAR systems.
Andre Bendo | Technical Industry Manager, Senior Expert for Automotive Coatings , Sun Chemical
Networking Break
Explore the “New Black” for Endless Possibilities in OEM Styling
For the past twenty years, the color black has always been on the top of the automotive vehicle color popularity list. However, it is always presented a challenge to add effect to black without shifting the shade of the color. Black sparkle is what all color designers dream for… Introducing the “new black” effect pigment, which is based on aluminum oxide platelets. This will open a door of new possibilities of intense darkness with bluish black metallic sparkles to the black OEM styling.
Wei Liu | Senior Technical Manager for Automotive Coatings, Americas, EMD Performance Materials Corp.
Automotive Digital Styling Advances in Color Rendering
Automotive Styling is an inspirational and intensely personal journey for OEM designers, which is supported by coatings manufacturers, like PPG. PPG traditionally uses informational tools like color trending, color forecasting, and color visualization through the use of physical samples to collaborate with OEM designers. With the onset of COVID-19, the traditional ways of working were no longer possible. This is the story of how PPG is utilizing technology in color rendering into a holistic experience that keeps the inspiration and personality of individual relationships in Styling, while remaining physically remote, and earning a sustainability benefit along the way.
Jeff McNaught | Color Development Chemist, PPG
Networking Reception
Registration Opens & Welcome
Registration Table Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Session IV: Developments in Tio2 Feedstock
Session Description
Industry leading Tio2 producers and feedstock providers will give updates on market growth and advancements in processes.
Engeboe Rutile and Garnet – New sustainable feedstock to Europe
Nordic Mining is undertaking a large-scale project development at Engebø on the west coast of Norway where the company has rights and permits to a substantial outcropping eclogite deposit. The deposit contains an average in-situ rutile grade of 3.5%TiO2, and an average in-situ garnet grade of 44%. The measured and indicated resources are 133 million tonnes, while inferred resources are 254 million tonnes (JORC). Nordic Mining published an updated definitive feasibility study on May 11, 2021 and has started preparations for project financing.
Ivar S. Fossum | CEO, Nordic Mining ASA
A Global Overview Of The TiO2 Feedstocks Industry
Impact of trade in crude concentrates (shipped from mines to third-party mineral separation plants, often in China).
  • Feedstocks consumption data & trends (past, present, future).
    • By end-use: pigment, metal, welding, other
    • By region
  • ​Feedstocks output data & trends (past, present, future)

David McCoy | Executive Chairman, TZMI
TiO2 Feedstock For the Future
The appetite for investment in increased supply of TiO2 (titanium dioxide) feedstock is evidently closely tied to the demand for production of TiO2 pigment, and to its growth outlook.  But in addition, new projects must take into account requirements on sustainability and ESG that have grown stronger since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This presentation will discuss key points of new regulation and frameworks that must be considered.
Dr. Karin Tynelius | Director, Market Intelligence, MINERAL MARKETS
Networking Break
Feedstocks and Zircon – Supply Challenges Ahead
This presentation will take a closer look at the supply challenges that lie ahead as mining and processing costs are impacting availability of critical minerals, including Rutile and Zircon.
Robert Gibney | General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales, Iluka Resources
Recent Updates on the Safety of TiO2 as a Food Additive
EU regulators have been paying close attention to ongoing research into the hazards of different forms of titanium dioxide for over five years. A recent opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may have serious implications on the use of the white pigment, Titanium dioxide (E 171), in food in the EU. However, in their latest 2021 opinion, EFSA could not rule out a concern for genotoxicity and some other potential adverse effects for E171 and concluded that E171 could no longer be considered safe. Following the latest EFSA opinion, the European Commission is expected to propose the removal of E171 from the additives list in the additives regulation, which will result in a EU wide ban. The ban is expected to take effect in September of 2021. Our presentation will discuss the science behind this change in position from EFSA and how this decision, and the approach used to reach it, could impact upon both the use of E171 in foods and on how other food ingredients might be assessed in the future.
Dr. Kamran Shekh | Toxicology Consultant, Yordas Group
Novel Approach to Light Scattering: Further Expanding Titanium Dioxide Optimization
In the last 40 years, many attempts have been made in the coating industry to optimize Titanium Dioxide efficiency, which includes opaque polymers, fillers, and extenders. Most of this approach is limited to flat, eggshell, or mid PVC ranges. Now, with a novel approach that has light scattering with a refractive index of above 2.2, SmartHide, is an engineered pigment designed to work for gloss, semigloss, eggshell, and satin and for Celling paints. SmartHide is with the added benefit of working with existing filler and opaque polymer. SmartHide does not replace filler in formulation, it reduces further TiO2 from currently optimized formula. Pushing the limits of white pigment reduction to up to 20% in architectural and up to 33% in roof coating formulations.
Mahesh Patel | Founder and CEO, ShayoNano
Networking Lunch
Session V: Color/Pigment Advancements
Pigments in Coating from Life Cycle Perspective
In order to design sustainable products, a life cycle assessment (resource efficiency, carbon footprint, etc.) is crucial. In this presentation, the influence of pigments in different applications will be presented and an outlook on sustainable development will be given. Therefore, the LCS Life Cycle Model approach will be introduced which enables this kind of product analysis over the complete supply chain.
Matthias Harsch (Dr.-Ing.) | Founder and Managing Director, LCS Life Cycle Simulation GmbH
Color Design Space With A Novel Orange Effect Pigment
For interference effect pigments it has always been a challenge to formulate a paint with sufficient hiding power in the orange and red color space. With the novel orange effect pigment, formulating in this color space has just become easier. Color experts will be able to formulate to formulate an opaque coating layer (or paint film) at 15µm, while allowing the full freedom to utilize highly transparent organic pigments. This pigment is classified as a non-dangerous good, available in a convenient, easy to use powder.  All of the pigment's special features make it not only hassle-free, but in formulating, can easily be used in high solids,  solvent, or waterborne systems.
Dr. Adalbert Huber | Vice President R&D, Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH
Innovative Uses of Multi-Angle Spectrophotometer Evaluation of Raw Materials for Cosmetic/Personal Care Applications
There is great interest in cosmetic products with proven anti-aging claims. One strategy is a “soft focus” formulation designed to instantly blur the appearance of wrinkles. However, few tools exist for choosing optimal ingredients. Recently an innovative test method based on multi-angle spectrophotometry has been developed and applied to both powders and a thickener used in gels and lotions. Results from this method matched formulators’ visual assessment. In another personal care example, multi-angle measurements demonstrated improved performance of effect pigments with a novel layer design. A larger color locus was obtained with patented pigments recently introduced into this industry.
Daphne Benderly, PhD | Senior Manager Technology, Presperse
Panel: New Normal - Industry Impact and Plans Post COVID and Beyond
Featuring Advisory Board Members
Farewell & Conclusion of Conference