TiO2 World Summit 2018 Agenda

Workshop & Tour | October 3

Pre-Conference Workshop at MIT Computer Sciences & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)

  1. Bus Will Depart from the Boston Marriott Copley Place for MIT Campus

  2. Workshop at MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)

    Ted Adelson | Professor of MIT CSAIL

    MIT CSAIL Alliances and Professor Ted Adelson will host a demo session for up to 50 attendees at MIT’s Ray and Maria Stata Center on October 3rd. The session will include research from Professor Ted Adelson, Associate Professor Wojciech Matusik and Assistant Professor Stefanie Mueller.  Demos will include the GelSight, ColorMod, and fabrication of fine-art replicas projects.

    MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is committed to doing groundbreaking work in computing. CSAIL researchers have played key roles in developing innovations like the World Wide Web, RSA encryption, Ethernet, parallel computing and much of the technology underlying the ARPANet and the Internet.

  3. Bus Will Depart MIT Campus to Return to the Boston Marriott Copley Place

Thursday | October 4

Registration & Welcome | Breakfast

  1. Registration Opens | Breakfast Available

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session I: State of the Pigments and TiO2 Industry (Plenary Session)

A joint session of the Pigment & Color Science Forum & TiO2 World Summit

In this session, delegates will hear the latest industry developments with overviews in the pigment and pigment intermediates market, and an update on recent acquisitions


Moderator:  Reg Adams | Chief Executive | Artikol Ltd., UK 

  1. Shining the Spotlight on White, Black & Coloured Pigments

    Reg Adams | Chief Executive of Artikol

    • World economic outlook
    • Role of pigments in the modern industrial world
    • Major recent events in the TiO2 & pigment industries
    • Drivers of demand
    • Industry features
    • Public health & environmental considerations
    • Projected technological & consumption trends
  2. Design Strategies for Sustainable Pigmented Plastics

    Doreen Becker | Global Insight & Innovation Senior Manager of Ampacet

    Doreen Becker, Global Insight and Innovation Senior Manager at Ampacet, has more than 20 years of experience in the technical application of color in plastics and insight development for brand owners and their products.  Becker holds a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from King’s College and an M.F.A. from New School University- Parsons in New York.  She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers globally.

    Becker has written her first book entitled, “Color Trends & Selection for Product Design” published by Elsevier in June 2016.

  3. Keynote Address

    Dr. Alexander Haunschild | Managing Director & Senior VP Global Pigments of BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

  4. Networking Break & Coffee

Session II: Cross Sector Developments (Plenary Session)

A joint session of the Pigments & Color Science Forum & TiO2 World Summit

This session will explore innovative process developments, an update from end use applications, and a discussion on sustainability


Moderator:  Ken Walker | Senior Staff Scientist | Sherwin-Williams Company

  1. Transparency is the End Game, Where To Start?

    Tara Ocenar | Product Development & Innovation Manager at the Canadian Innovation Center of The Estee Lauder Companies

    • Consumer expectancy of transparency in the beauty industry
    • Lessons learned from the fashion industry
    • How the food industry tells a story of sourcing
    • Building transparency stories internally right now
  2. Color Perception and Color Quality of White LED Light Sources

    Sebastian Babilon, M.Sc. | M. Sc. of Laboratory of Lighting Technology, Technical University of Darmstadt

    For many lighting applications (e.g., home and office lighting, museum lighting, in the shopping and retail industry,…), the goal of achieving a high user acceptability and visual appreciation should be in first place when developing new state-of-the-art lighting solutions. However, such a real life optimization problem can only be solved satisfyingly when suitable tools and algorithms are available for developers and manufacturers that are capable of adequately modeling the visual perception of human beings. Besides giving an overview of the latest LED technology including the proper application of coating materials for high-quality white light emission, the main focus of the current talk should therefore be on the scientific innovations of assessing the color quality of such light sources. In addition to the latest fidelity-based color quality metrics such as  or TM 30-15 intended to replace the outdated but still widely used CIE  metric, the best overall performance when it comes to the more subjective aspects of color perception can be observed for color quality metrics that are based on internal references such as preferred or memory colors, especially in lighting applications where the achievement of high observer preference is more important than color fidelity. Based on recent scientific findings, a selection of such metrics will be presented with their predictive performances being validated on experimental data in order to finally come up with a recommendation for the optimization of white LED light sources and luminaires in terms of visual appreciation and observer preference.

  3. Responsible Sourcing of TiO2

    Nic Bilham | Research Associate of Satarla Ltd.

    • What do we mean by “responsible sourcing” of raw materials?
    • A reminder of where TiO2 comes from mineralogically and how it is mined and processed.
    • What does responsible sourcing mean for TiO2 and pigments?
  4. Networking Lunch

Session III: Market Overview of TiO2

This session will take a deep dive into TiO2 markets and investments from Analysts & Consultants.


Moderator:  Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director | TiPMC

  1. Perspectives on Current & Future TiO2 markets

    Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director of TiPMC Solutions

    • Current markets for Mineral Sands and TiO2 products: potential for growth and resulting TiO2 growth
    • Expanding profitability through alternative markets: Promise and Barriers
    • Potential new markets throughout the value chain
    • Opportunities to overcome barriers and expand into new markets.
  2. Panoramic View from Wall Street

    Frank J. Mitsch | Senior Managing Director of Fermium Research

    Exploring the Tio2 market.

Session IV: Market Overview of TiO2 (continued)

This session will take a deep dive into TiO2 markets and investments from Analysts & Consultants.


Moderator:  Gerry Colamarino | Managing Director | TiPMC

  1. Cost Analysis of Tio2 Pigment

    William Clarke | Reporter of Industrial Minerals

    Discussion of the titanium dioxide market over last two years, covering spot market titanium dioxide pricing trends in China, Europe, and United States, plus discussion of price increases by larger western producers.

    The changing shape of the market: consolidation trends in China and the West; the rise of Lomon Billions and the Tronox/Cristal merger; The outcome of the Tronox FTC court case; Chinese environmental regulation trends.

    Feedstock trends: rising ilmenite prices; the squeeze on high grade material; natural rutile shortages and 2018 disruptions to chloride slag supply.

    I will potentially discuss freight trends, particularly their effect on feedstock prices for major producers.

    Future trends: I will discuss the ongoing movement toward chloride production in China, and prospects for feedstock production

  2. The TiO2 value chain is characterized by strongly cyclical prices and profitability

    Dr. Karin Tynelius | Market Analyst of Industry Consultant

    This presentation looks into the different steps of the production chain, from mine to end user.  It will use historic data to give an overview of the time it takes for a project to reach the stage of production for each type of operation, and also how the supply of titanium feedstock has accompanied TiO2 pigment plant capacity.  The structural differences between the investment environments the different actors face will also be highlighted.

  3. Networking Break

    Delegates are invited to visit the exhibit area at this time.

Session V: Developments in Tio2 Feedstock Projects & Production

Industry leading Tio2 producers and feestalk providers give updates on market growth and advancements in processes


Moderator:  Ken Walker | Senior Staff Scientist | Sherwin-Williams Company

  1. Lomon Billions: Integration and Growth

    Bruce Griffin | Senior Vice President Strategic Development of Lomon Billions

    Lomon Billions is the largest Chinese TiO2 pigment producer and exporter formed from the merger of Sichuan Lomon and Henan Billions in October 2016. It is currently expanding its chloride pigment capacity by 200% and is increasingly integrated backwards into sulfate and chloride feedstocks.

    In this presentation, I will cover:

    • Update on the current chloride pigment expansion
    • Future development plans
    • China policy and market developments
  2. Recent Industry Developments

    Robert Gibney | General Manager - Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales of Iluka

    Robert Gibney, General Manager of TiO2 Sales at Iluka Resources, will share recent developments taking place within the titanium dioxide supply chain.

Session VI: Transportation and Operational Updates

This session will provide overviews on advancements and challenges in transportation of Tio2


Moderator:  Max Lewis | President | Cymax LLC

  1. Challenges & Solutions for the Transport of Mineral Sands with Trace Radionuclides

    Louis Gallois | Business Development Manager of Orano TN

    In beach sand and alluvial deposits, titanium, rare earths and zirconium minerals often occur in association with radioactive uranium and thorium isotopes. After processing the ore, these isotopes may then show up as trace constituents in the heavy mineral concentrates or final products (ilmenite, leucoxene, rutile and zircon), which need to be transported to the customer by road, rail or sea, and most often crossing borders.

    Any material with a threshold value above 1 Becquerel per gram is classified by the UN as a Class 7 "radioactive material" subject to certain regulations on handling and shipment. The threshold value for such regulations is even lower in some jurisdictions, and there is a tendency for the regulations to become tighter still. Therefore, producers, traders, importers, shippers and customers of mineral sands (and co-products, such as xenotime and monazite) need to be well advised as to how to comply with the legal complexities during transport and in ports.

    Orano TN (formerly Areva TN, headquartered in Paris) is a global leader in nuclear logistics, with more than 50 years' experience and has long-established partnerships and a worldwide network for assuring the safe and compliant transport of Class 7 materials. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges facing the mineral sands industry and propose workable solutions.

  2. Recent Improvements in Filter Bag Technology for TiO2 Production

    Steven R. Aubuchon, Ph.D. | Product Specialist of W.L. Gore & Associates

    Filter bags are a critical component in TiO2 production, as throughput and quality can be affected by baghouse conditions. In addition, filter bags represent a significant cost component of the TiO2 production process. The ability to maintain low and steady dP and high air flow while extending bag life is critical to the overall optimization of the TiO2 production process. Gore recently introduced a new membrane filtration product which minimizes filter drag, resulting in >25% reduction in dP while maintaining high air flow. This has significant potential benefits to TiO2 producers. This paper will present results of trial installations performed in TiO2 production, with performance data.

  3. Product Packaging and Transportation of Tio2

    Reinhard Surmann | Sales Manager Specialty Chemical of HAVER & BOECKER USA

    This presentation will look at the importance of product packaging and transport within the TiO2 industry. The main topics to be covered are bag types, packing equipment, palletizing equipment and forms of further transport. The topics will be discussed by showcasing the varies type of filling and downstream technologies currently available on the market. Covering these items provides more insight into the latest industry trends from around the global. The end goal to help companies understand that they have choices and that there are many options to understand when considering the packaging of their product. 

  4. Closing Remarks from Session Moderators

  5. Evening Networking Reception

Friday | October 5

Day 2: Registration & Welcome | Breakfast

  1. Registration Opens | Breakfast Available

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session VI: Developments in Tio2 Feedstock Projects & Production

Moderator:  Bruce Griffin | Senior VP – Strategy | Lomon Billions

  1. New Innovative Sustainable Tio2 Supply Chain

    Thomas Vels | Director Marketing Core Business of Kronos Worldwide

    Development of sustainable Tio2 options for Coatings and paper industry.

  2. Engeboe Rutile and Garnet, a new supplier in Europe

    Ivar S. Fossum | CEO of Nordic Mining ASA

    The Engebø deposit is a large, outcropping high-grade garnet and rutile resource. When developed the mine is expected to produce 35 000 tonnes per annum of rutile and 260 000 tonnes per annum of garnet from a low strip ratio open pit mine and will transition to underground mining. The mine is expected to be low cost and production is currently planned to commence in 2021.

  3. Can Nano TiO2 Outperform the Traditional Pigment Market in the Near Future?

    Jan Prochazka, Ph.D. | President of Advanced Materials JTJ

    While the tonnage of nano TiO2 market is still small compared to the TiO2 pigment, the monetary share already represents a significant portion of the market.

     Despite very high prices, Nano TiO2 gradually becomes a commodity. The use of nanoparticles in construction and environmental industries is rapidly growing with commercialization of applications developed over the past decade.

     As an example, photocatalytic Functional Nano coatings (FN) for self-cleaning surfaces and depollution of air actually create a parallel market to the paints. The content of nano TiO2 in the top protective self-cleaning layer is very similar as the volume of TiO2 pigment in the paint underneath. About 70% painted surfaces can also be treated with nano coating. With implication of new emission limits in EU, the ecological part will become mandatory and more important than just an aesthetical look of painted surfaces. UV filter and self-cleaning properties provided by the photocatalytic coatings put acrylic paints back in the business especially on the External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS).

    Many applications of nano-TiO2 are still price prohibiting.

    In this presentation, Advanced Materials will introduce a large-scale patented sulfate process that can manufacture USP grade nanoparticles in highest quality for a price of regular TiO2 pigment (10x cheaper than the existing conventional processes).

    With the environmental applications and inexpensive nano TiO2, the market for nano particles can grow bigger than the pigment in a single economic cycle.

  4. Networking Break

    Delegates are invited to visit the exhibit area at this time.

Session VII: Health and Environmental Implications of TiO2

Moderator:  Max Lewis | President | Cymax LLC

  1. Could Classification of TiO2 by the European Commission have an Impact on your Business?

    Michael H. Ober, PhD | Global Product Regulatory Leader of The Chemours Company

    • Introduction to the Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA)
    • TiO2 CLH process
    • Impact for Downstream Users
    • Broader challenges
    • Next steps
  2. A Deep Dive into Toxicology Implications of Tio2

    Robert J. McCunney, MD, MPH, MS | Practicing Physician and Research Scientist of Harvard Medical School, Chair of Scientific Advisory Group

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  3. Networking Lunch

Session VIII: Advancements in End-Use Applications (Plenary Session)

A joint session of the Pigment and Color Science Forum & TiO2 World Summit


Moderator:   Ken Walker | Senior Staff Scientist | Sherwin-Williams Company

  1. The Future of transportation mobility and its Effect on Coatings, Color, and Pigments

    Dr. Christopher Seubert | Research Engineer of Ford Research and Innovation Center

    Significant change is coming to the automotive industry due to the introduction of both autonomous vehicles (AVs) and potentially new vehicle ownership models.  Initially, AVs will be owned by companies that specialize in moving people and goods, in order to maximize the number of hours these expensive vehicles are in use. Shorter vehicle lifetimes may result from these duty cycles, which may impact coating performance requirements.  In addition, declining personal ownership may discount the value of color as more vehicles are branded for fleet use.  A decline in vehicle collisions will negatively affect the refinish coatings market.  New functionality in coatings to improve visibility to LIDAR and increase sensor robustness are opportunities for coatings and pigment suppliers.

  2. Advancements in Aerospace Coatings and Future Material Needs

    Karen Schultz | Materials Engineer of Boeing Research & Technology

    Exterior commercial airplane coating systems serve both decorative and protective functions, and therefore need to retain color and gloss, as well as corrosion and fluid resistance, when exposed to harsh operating environments. There are strong economic and environmental drivers to improve current exterior coating systems by extending their useful life from about 4 years to 10+ years. Enhanced functionality, such as reduced drag or increased dirt, bug, and ice resistance, is also desired. In order to reach the goal of superior aerospace coatings, there is a continued need for improved pigments, additives, and resin systems that will exceed current durability and performance expectations, as well as increase manufacturing and maintenance efficiency.

  3. Networking Break

Session IX: Looking Forward in the TiO2 and Pigment Industries (Plenary Session)

A joint session of the Pigment and Color Science Forum & TiO2 World Summit

This session will include conference recaps, and a look to the future of high-performance pigments, paints and coatings


Moderator:  Reg Adams | Chief Executive | Artikol Ltd., UK

  1. High-Performance Pigments, Paints and Coatings - Market Insights to 2023

    Duane Neidert | Head of Consultancy, North America of Smithers Rapra

    Combining exclusive insight from two of its most recent market studies Smithers Group will provide exclusive top-level data and analysis of technical evolution and industry trends affecting global markets for high performance pigments, paints and coatings across the 2018-2023 period.

    This presentation will outline: The impact of cutting-edge technology developments – smart coatings and nanotech; Key end-use markets – protective, automotive and decorative; Material evolution – Nano, bio-based, IR-reflecting and pure color pigments; Major geographic trends; Opportunities for the paint and pigment supply chain.

  2. Pigment and Color Science: Conference Recap from the Advisory Board

    Conference Recap and final thoughts from this year's Pigment and Color Science Forum Advisory Board.

  3. TiO2: Conference Recap from the Advisory Board

    Conference Recap and final thoughts from this year's TiO2 World Summit Advisory Board.

  4. Closing Remarks and Farewell