After graduating in Chemistry & Economics from Birmingham University, Reg Adams began his career at Amalgamated Metal and was later seconded to English China Clays (now Imerys), where he wrote his MBA thesis on company growth. At British Sulphur (now CRU) during the 1970s, he edited a range of publications on industrial chemicals and fertiliser raw materials. His first book Titanium & Titanium Dioxide (ISBN 0903199793) was published by Financial Times Business Books in May 1984. His seventh and most recent book Titanium Minerals: Global Industry, Market & Outlook (ISBN 9781910922088) was published by Roskill in August 2016. Reg Adams has also been retained as an expert witness in matters of commercial litigation or investment scrutiny and he has been commissioned as a speaker at more than 60 international conferences, including each of the TiO2 conferences hosted by Smithers (and predecessor companies) since 1992. He has also chaired a number of conference sessions. His company - Artikol (founded in 1977) - specialises in market intelligence and publishing on mining and chemicals. Drawing on Artikol’s extensive information database, Reg Adams compiles and edits the monthly bulletin Focus on Pigments and the quarterly TiO2 Worldwide Update. For further details, see http://www.artikol.com.
Gerry Colamarino is currently the Managing Director of TiPMC Solutions LLC, which he founded in 2014.. He has over 30 years of international experience within the chemical, mining, and energy industries, having had multiple professional and leadership positions within the former DuPont Titanium Technologies (Chemours), Iluka Resources, and Bloom Energy.
TiPMC is a recognized thought leader and independent resource for all subjects pertaining to the TiO2 value chain, with a strong focus on TiO2 pigments and Mineral Sands. TiPMC employs a unique network of industry and functional experts, providing boutique consulting and advisory services, industry publications, and data services to financial institutions and industry participants world-wide.
Gerry is a graduate of Rutgers University, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He currently resides with his family in Nashville, TN.
I am a collaborative leader with business intelligence, forecasting, merger and acquisition, and financial reporting and analysis expertise. I am highly skilled in interpreting market and business data to provide actionable forecasts on monthly, annual, and long term basis. I have several years of experience at facilitating monthly, quarterly and annual closing activities, including preparation of financial statements.
Dr. Seubert received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his M.S./Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in Materials Science and Engineering. He is a Research Engineer working in the Paint Research Group at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center. He has worked at Ford for the last 17 years and has explored a range of topics including UV/EB cure, scratch and mar, weathering and durability, and most recently, the measurement and modeling of paint colors.
Andre Bendo is a Technical Industry Manager, Senior Expert for Automotive Coatings with Sun Chemical. Based in Philadelphia, he has over 28 years of experience related to pigments and coating applications. Andre has gained an interesting perspective on pigments through a variety of positions in Research & Development, Quality, Production, Marketing, Business Development and Technical Service. Currently focused on pigments for automotive, he actively supports new industry developments including autonomous vehicles. Andre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware (USA).
Brad Neufarth joined P&G full time in 2005 within the Fabric Care R&D Packaging organization. Brad has remained in R&D Packaging across the 18 years at P&G, particularly with a technical depth and focus role in Rigid Packaging.
This role has comprised many new 3D Packaging developments across a range of technical development applications. Brad has worked in nearly all of the P&G businesses which utilize Rigid Packaging, including Fabric & Home Care, Beauty Care, Oral Care, and Personal Healthcare. These product launches have been across the globe providing experience in both regions/cultures and business segments.
Brad's current role is within the Hair Care R&D Packaging organization. A key responsibility which has developed in this role is CMF (Color | Material | Finish) Innovation, particularly as a CMF Integrator, to drive Innovation and Sustainability within the Beauty Care Packaging space. CMF is a key passion area for Brad and he greatly enjoys this fusion of Creative and Technical objectives.
• 1996 - PhD in organic chemistry
• Joined ECKART in 1996
• 6 years development UV- and offset printing inks
• 8 years Global Head of Sales – plastic industries
• 4 years CTO
• Since 2014 until today: Global Head of Marketing and Technical Service
Doreen Becker is Ampacet’s Global Director of Sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience in the coloration of plastics and color insight trending.
Doreen holds a Bachelors of Science in Analytical Chemistry from King’s College and a Masters in Fine Arts from New School University- Parsons in New York City. She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers all over the world.
She is formerly the Chair of SPE’s Color & Appearance Division and has served on their board for more than 12 years. She has also presented numerous presentations at SPE and other international plastic conferences over the years.
Doreen was recently elected to the Society of Plastic Engineer’s executive foundation board and chairs the Plastivan committee and also serves as the secretary of the Endowment Committee.
She directs Ampacet’s sustainability initiatives globally, driving the development and execution of sustainability strategy for the company across all regions. Serving as Ampacet’s “Sustainability Ambassador”, an active member of major organizations involved in recycling/circular economy and green initiatives/sustainability, with a particular focus on the packaging industry. Doreen also represents Ampacet’s contributions to the plastics industry and corporate sustainability efforts to customers, prospects and other external parties, and bringing ideas for product/service innovations and/or enhanced business practices back to the company.
Global Product Stewardship Director, Tronox, UK; Chair, Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA)
BSc Biochemistry; MSc Biotechnology; PhD in Biochemical Engineering
Product safety and regulatory compliance experience gained over 25 years with two FMCG companies; Unilever and British American Tobacco (BAT) and a global contract research organisation (CRO). Deep knowledge and experience of chemical safety assessments and chemical regulations e.g EU REACH Regulation, Food Contact Regulations, EU Green Deal and Chemicals Strategy of Sustainability (CSS).
Joined Tronox in April 2020, responsible for product stewardship of Tronox’s product portfolio. Intimately involved in the EU classification of TiO2 as a Cat2 carcinogen at industry level, including dialogue with regulators. Nominated Vice Chair of the TDMA Science Committee in 2021, and Chair of the TMDA in 2022.
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Markus Mahn is Director Global Marketing Coatings for Specialty Carbon Black at Orion Engineered Carbons. He focuses on the global strategic orientation of the coatings segment and considering new industry trends, pain points, challenges and demands. A key element of his responsibility -- complementing his role in new market development and addressing evolving trends -- is to initiate the development of products that best fit the coatings industry’s needs.
Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Mahn joined Orion Engineered Carbons in 2017 from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, where he was Global Marketing Manager Coatings and project leader. Prior to joining Merck, he was at Clariant in Frankfurt, first as Application Manager for new business development of functional coatings, and later promoted to Global Technical Marketing Manager for organic pigments in automotive coatings.
Mahn earned his M.Sc. in chemical engineering with specialization in colors and coatings at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.
Aziza Gazieva is a Vice President at Fermium Research, having co-founded the company in 2018 following 6 years at Wells Fargo Securities. In early 2016, Aziza transitioned from corporate banking to chemicals equity research as an Associate Analyst on Frank Mitsch's team and was a key contributor to help the team rank in the 2017 and 2018 Institutional Investor's All-America Research Surveys. Ms. Gazieva is a graduate of New York University with a major in Economics.
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Eldon has been with PPG since 1999 and currently is a Senior Research Associate in the Optical Physics Group at the Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, USA. Some of the areas in which he has worked at PPG include: Andaro® nano-pigment dispersions, leading to commercialization of highly chromatic and transparent solventborne, waterborne, powder, and electro-deposition coatings; more efficient use of TiO2 through computational and experimental studies; solar heat management coatings; structural color pigments; and coatings to enable proper function of advanced driver-assistance systems, including lidar and radar compatible color technologies.
Eldon received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physics from Brigham Young University, where he did research in characterizing fullerene materials at high pressures. He also received a Master of Science degree in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he researched the wetting characteristics of heterogeneous surfaces. Previous to starting at PPG, Eldon conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh, where he analyzed pattern formation in anisotropic fluid flow.
Dr. Jiri Filip earned his PhD in cybernetics from the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2006. Since 2002, he has been a researcher at the Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) at the Czech Academy of Sciences. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a research fellow at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His work involves the integration of methods from image processing, computer graphics, and visual psychophysics. In 2017, he co-founded SightTex, a company specializing in custom measurement and analysis services for material appearance.
Short Speaker Biography: Paul joined FP-Pigments Oy in 2010, as their Group Technical Director with a global responsibility for introducing their new patented Opacity Pigment to the Coatings and Plastics markets. A Graduate in Chemistry from the University of Teesside and a Fellow in the Technology of Surface Coatings, in his current role Paul is responsible for providing the technical lead for FP-Pigments and for the technical service support for FP-Pigments customers across the globe. Prior to joining FP-Pigments, Paul worked for 2 years for Imerys Minerals ltd as their coatings Technical Service Manager and for 23 years for Venator Pigments (Huntsman Tioxide) in various roles including R&D Scientist and Technical Service Manager.
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Strategic Sourcing Manager, Chemicals at Lincoln Electric
Amanda began her career as a geologist in environmental consulting after receiving her B.S. in Geology from the University of Akron in Ohio. She then moved to New Mexico to pursue her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economic Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech). Amanda has 15+ years in the mining sector with experience in both production and exploration for copper, gold, molybdenum and iron ore in the southwestern United States and Australia, until moving back to Ohio and starting with Lincoln Electric. Amanda has been with Lincoln for 5+ years, starting as the Corporate Geologist/Mining Specialist in the Consumables Supply Management group, where her extensive mining experience was applied to sourcing raw materials. She then became Strategic Sourcing Manager and is responsible for leading the Chemicals team in aligning purchasing/sourcing strategies with Lincoln Electric’s corporate initiatives.
Mr. Folmer is Sierra Rutile’s General Manager Marketing. He has over 25 years of commercial experience in the mineral sands sector, with previous positions including General Manager Sales and Marketing Rutile and Zircon at Rio Tinto as well as, more recently, Vice President TiO2 Sales (Americas and Europe) at Iluka Resources. Over his career Mr. Folmer has had the good fortune to experience being based in Montreal, Shanghai, and now London. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, both from McGill University. He is a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers.
Ink Invent BV is an Effect Pigment Manufacturer based in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. We developed RheoLight™: the first member of a new class of Effect Pigments of Crystal Glass Pigments.