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The 2023 program will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out the 2022 program, which featured speakers from Jaguar Land Rover Design, IKEA of Sweden, TDMA Scientific Committee, Largo, Advanced Materials-JTJ, TiPMC Solutions LLC, LB Group, Tronox, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, and more!
Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Opening plenary: Market outlook
Session Description
Joint session with Pigment & Colour Science Forum
Pigments in perspective
  • The economic backdrop: industrial growth, trade & monetary inflation
  • Challenges: energy supplies, logistics & the post-pandemic 'new normal'
  • Rising importance of: climate change, sustainability, health & safety
  • Pigments, as the vital ingredients
  • Trends in pigment end-use applications
  • Recent events in the pigment & allied industries
  • Impact of legislation & prospective changes
  • Innovations & technological advances
  • The world of TiO2 & coloured pigments in 2030

Reg Adams | Chief Executive, Artikol
FIRESIDE CHAT: Colour as business (title TBC)
with Dr Frank J Maile, Global Technical Director, SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH
Francois Farion | Design Director, Color & Trim, Renault
TiO2: Panoramic view from Wall Street
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. 

Frank Mitsch, Senior Managing Director, Fermium Research
Networking break sponsored by Schlenk
TiO2 in the European Green Deal
This will cover some of the recent regulatory changes around TiO2 including classification, EFSA Opinion and its impact on food, pharma, cosmetics and toys as well as how the industry is position itself in light of the EU Green Deal with all of the new regulations coming in over the next year or two.
David Lockley | Chair, TDMA Scientific Committee
Networking lunch sponsored by Schlenk
Session 1: Supply and demand
Overview of new TiO2 feedstock supply
New feedstock supply comes from two sources: extensions, including reclassification of reserves, at existing operations or development of new deposits.
While the former usually profits from an existing skilled work force, equipment and infrastructure, relations with local stakeholders, the latter more often needs to train new talent, invest in new machines, upgrade or connect to infrastructure and start from zero to build up interactions with the local community and obtain the license to operate and permits.
This presentation will give an overview of new supply that is planned, and the timelines that can be expected.
Dr. Karin Tynelius | Director, Market Intelligence, MINERAL MARKETS
Structural changes to the TiO2 market impacting demand for high-grade feedstocks
The ever-changing landscape of the TiO2 value chain
Titanium Dioxide demand saw a dramatic increase in 2021, yet year end inventories throughout the value chain were at unsustainably low levels. The first half of 2022 is seeing little improvement, despite inflationary headwinds and the Chinese economy continually struggling with COVID-19 lockdowns. TiPMC explores the reasons behind the unusual state of the industry, and its impact on the upstream and downstream industry. The presentation explores the strategic shift among Multi-National producers, and the impact on suppliers, consumers, and investors throughout the TiO2 value chain.
  • Large demand growth/little to no investment outside China
  • The impact of value and margin stabilization is being felt by all producers
  • The feedstock industry is struggling with delayed projects while demand increases and depletion accelerates
Cash generated by Producers throughout the value chain is being invested outside the value chain
Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director, TiPMC Solutions LLC
Networking break sponsored by Schlenk
Session 2: Technical advances
A new approach to assess knowledge, information, and data readiness levels (KaRLs) for risk governance: tested on (nano)TiO2
The H2020 project NANORIGO has elaborated a 9-level stepwise categorization and guidance system entitled Knowledge, Information, and Data Readiness Levels (KaRLs) to assess the type, extent, and usability of the available data, information, and knowledge, as well as the participation of interested parties in risk governance. The approach is analogous to the NASA Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). The KaRL is progressing from the lowest (data) to the highest (interest of stakeholders) levels of the KaRL as well as the other way around. The aim of KaRL is a transparent and open discourse to provide input for decision making. The novelty of the new KaRL categorization approach is in its ability to integrate the different components involved in safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) and risk governance, such as data, information, and knowledge and the participation of interested parties, among other factors. Moreover, the different KaRLs do not emphasize the role of only one particular element, such as professional (scientific, technical) discourse, but put all involved elements into a well-balanced position with each other depending on the nature of a particular risk category (simple, complex, uncertain, or ambiguous). The basic idea behind the KaRL system is to communicate and share all available and relevant elements on nano-related risks in a user-friendly, flexible, and holistic way and so stimulate reflection, communication, and a deeper understanding that ultimately enables the discursive process we need for the sustainable risk governance new-, advanced-, hybrid materials. An example of application of KaRL system for regulation of (nano)TiO2 is presented.
Damjana Drobne | Head of Nanobiology and Nanotoxicology, Biotechnical Faculty’, University of Ljubljana
TiO2 Photocatalytic Coatings - Air Depollution System for Smart Cities
Smart Cities start with clean air, clean water, clean look, pleasant environment and energy savings. Photocatalytic technology (i.e. FN NANO®) is a convenient, energy and cost efficient solution to the pollution problem. This is a solution towards sustainable and green future. Daylight energy activated photocatalytic surfaces show a strong electron deficiency of 3.2eV (1), and have enough power to break down molecules of polluting compounds such as nitrogen oxides (2), ozone, organic volatile compounds, benzo-a-pyrene etc., UV + TiO2 → TiO2 (h + e−) 3,2eV (1) NO (hv,TiO2)→ (NO2)ads. + H2O → HNO3 or NO3 −. (2) Lab studies carried out over the past 15 years determine that fifteen square meters of facades painted with FN NANO® coating can easily compensate for emissions from the operation of one passenger car. These lab data were confirmed by our latest long-term filed study in real conditions of the polluted city of Prague (CR). Pic 1. Photocatalytic abatment of NOx on a photocatalytic surface in real conditions of polluted city quarter Prague 2 Initially, there was a question if the street mixture of pollutants will degrade on the photocatalytic surface with the same efficiency as the individual compounds in the lab. Our study shows that photocatalytic degradation of pollutants in the real environment is even more efficient than the ISO 22197-1 based lab measurements. The highest efficiency we could measure was 80% elimination of NOx from the air and the long-term average (6 months) indicates 39% DeNOx efficiency. This study clearly demonstrates that photocatalysis can be used as an inexpensive coating technology to improve the quality of air in the polluted cities. Photocatalytic surface not only cleans the air, but at the same time, these facades are protected from the UV radiation and remain clean due to the self-cleaning properties. Photocatalytic coating prolongs their life and save money on their maintenance. In addition, the coating has a significant “cool roof” effect, potentially cooling the heat islands (cities) and reducing the energy bill for air conditioning. These effects are efficient, inexhaustible and long lasting [1]. Step by step, photocatalytic coatings FN NANO® create a new standard in the urbanistic architecture, environmental planning and construction business. References [1] R. Zouzelka, J. Rathousky, Photocatalytic abatement of NOx pollutants in the air using commercial functional coating with porous morphology, Appl. Catal. B Environ. 217 (2017) 466–476.
Jan Prochazka Ph.D | President, Advanced Materials-JTJ
Chair's closing remarks
Coach to Amstel Boathouse for Network Drinks Reception
Networking Drinks Reception at Amstel Boathouse
Joint with Pigment & Colour Science Forum
Ends at 20:00
Chair's opening remarks
Session 3: Sustainability and ESG
Practical ESG requirements
The current and upcoming legal and contractual frameworks relating to who owns minerals, where minerals come from, and how they are mined, refined and transported, will have significant revenue impacts on supply chains in the future. We will discuss some of these issues.  
Rebecca Major | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Session 4: New projects and developments
Delivering new TiO2 pigment capacity in China for the global market
LB Group is one of the world’s top 3 producers of TiO2 pigment and No. 1 in Asia.  With over 1100ktpa TiO2 pigment manufacturing capacity and partially integrated, both vertically and horizontally, LB Group continues to invest significantly and plans to grow further to create an expansive portfolio of high-performance chloride and sulfate-process TiO2 pigments for the global market.

The presentation will include:
  • An update on recently completed expansion projects
  • LB Group’s plans for the future
  • Current situation in China

Julie Reid | Marketing Director, LB Group
New TiO2 process: The Mount Peake project
TNG Ltd., a listed Australian resource company (ASX: TNG), has developed its own TIVAN™ process: an innovative hydrometallurgical process designed to recover high quality titanium dioxide, vanadium pentoxide and iron ore from titanomagnetite extracted from its own mine. Fully integrated, TNG will use the by-product from its TIVAN® process as feedstock (different from rutile or ilmenite ore) to make high durability TiO2 pigment. Thus, this new TiO2 process is designed to be environmentally sustainable and produce high recoveries at low cost with minimal waste. The expected annual production of TNG's nameplate is expected to be: - 100,000 mt TiO2 high-durable pigment (offtake agreement in place) - 6,000 mt V2O5 (offtake agreement in place) - 500,000 mt iron oxide (offtake agreement in place)
The presentation includes detailed information on:
  • The beneficiation plant producing Titanomagnetite TIVAN™ process flow sheet
  • TiO2 new process flow sheet
The presentation includes detailed comparison on:
  • TiO2 feedstocks (ilmenite, rutile and TNG)
  • TiO2 processes (ilmenite, rutile and TNG)
  • TiO2 properties vs processes (CP, SP and TNG)

Philippe Guillemaille | General Manager, Sales & Marketing, TNG Limited
Networking break sponsored by Iluka Resources

New long-term rutile producer underway in Europe
Norway hosts one of the largest and richest deposits of natural rutile in a rare combination with almandine garnet. Combining location and local topography with Norway’s hydropower, the project will produce minerals with record low climate footprint.
Ivar S. Fossum | CEO, Nordic Mining ASA
High purity titanium dioxide materials for applications in electroceramics
Venator is a leading chemical company with more than a century of experience, focusing on the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide (TiO2) materials and performance additives. As a global company, we operate from over 20 locations worldwide, employ approximately 3,500 associates and sell our products in more than 110 countries. Our comprehensive capabilities in developing and producing inorganic chemicals closely reflects the individual needs of our customers and helps improve the quality of life of consumers everywhere. We offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry and have built up a leading position in specialty titanium dioxide materials. 
Our high purity titanium dioxide products coupled with the knowledge of our experts have successfully helped solve market challenges in the pharmaceutical, catalysis, cosmetic, and (electro) ceramic markets. To assure short development cycles up to market launch our skilled team of world class experts provide dedicated advice and technical expertise to support our customer’s challenging demands. Our specialty innovation team who manage our research and development laboratories and pilot plant facilities at our specialty site in Duisburg, Germany support close customer and market interaction.
We have recently developed a new high purity (electro) ceramic titanium dioxide material based on readily available raw materials ensuring a sustainable supply in this rapidly increasing market. In this evolving environment, our high purity TiO2 can be applied in Multi Layered Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC), Positive Thermal Coefficient resistors (PTC), and battery materials. In addition to these applications, our high purity material can be used in the ceramic membrane separation and high-performance ceramic cutting solutions. 
Venators’ new high purity TiO2 fulfills challenging requirements such as a highly consistent quality profile coupled with a low level of impurities demanded by these high-performance applications.  Our advances in the evolving (electro) ceramic and battery market support the global green energy transition as well as our customers and Venator’s sustainability strategies.
Klaas Van Gorp | Global Business Director Active Materials, Venator
Largo, Brazil - project update
Networking lunch sponsored by Iluka Resources
Closing plenary: The future for Pigments & TiO2
Session description
Joint session with Pigment & Colour Science Forum
New oscillations
Amy Frascella, Materiality Director, Jaguar Land Rover Design and Stephen Carter, JLR Exterior Paint Programmes Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Design
Design challenges and performance limitations of currently available colorats
Paul Choiniere, Director Polymer Engineering, Apple and Akshay Pawar, Color, Material & Finish Engineer Industrial Design, Apple
PANEL: Navigating today's challenges to find successful ways forward
From supply chain disruption to changes in consumer expectations around sustainability, how do we move forward from where we are today?

Panellists will include members from both Advisory Boards
Chair's closing remarks
End of conference