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The 2023 program will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out the 2022 program, which featured speakers from IKEA of Sweden, SunChemical, Jaguar Land Rover Design, SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH, FP-Pigments Oy, Sensient Beauty, PILI, and many more!
Registration & welcome refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Opening plenary: Market outlook
Session Description
Joint session with TiO2 World Summit
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
Networking break sponsored by Schlenk
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
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
Pigment & Colour Science Forum
Chair's opening remarks
A scientific light on looks and feel
Form, material properties, and the light environment are key factors for the appearance of products, and perceptual and cognitive processes determine how humans experience the looks and feel of them. I will present 5 1/2 studies showing how such relationships can be studied and applied in design, from simple canonical combinations of light environments and materials, via complex high dimensional dynamic cases, to a future outlook on bio-based and biophylic design.
Prof. Dr. Sylvia C. Pont | Perceptual Intelligence Lab, Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
Session 1: Sustainability
A regenerative economy in make-up
Founded in 2020 by Elodie Carpentier and Salem Ghezaili, Le Rouge Français was born from the desire of a hybrid brand, capable of surpassing organic standards while embracing the codes of luxury desirability. This talk will delve into the patented GreenTech processes and formulations with vegetal pigments and titanium dioxide alternatives developed by Le Rouge Français which has made them the first vegetal colour makeup brand of the market with a luxury range of organic and vegan certified make-up products made with the purest ingredients available.
Elodie Carpentier | Co-Founder, Le Rouge Français
New biobased building blocks for the production of sustainable high-performance pigments
The pigment manufacturing industry produces over 1 million tons of organic molecules every year to be formulated in paints & coatings, inks and polymers. The colour industry is 99% fossil-based and is considered to have a global impact of 220 MtCO2eq per year (dyes and pigments included). This industry is currently looking for sustainable alternatives to provide renewable and high-performance colouring agent.
Pigments production relies on a limited number of high-volume aromatic intermediates that are produced through polluting processes from fossil sources. The development of new aromatic building blocks thanks to fermentation processes could provide a way to reduce considerably the environmental impact of the colour industry. Switching from fossil-based precursors to fermentation-based intermediates allows to cut down 50 to 90% of the emissions linked to the dyes and pigments synthesis.
In light of this, PILI, a French biochemical company, develops and produces sustainable, high-performance bio-based dyestuffs and pigments to decarbonize the colour industry. PILI uses proprietary microorganisms as cellular factories to transform sugar into colours. Microorganisms can reproduce chemical reactions similar to petrochemicals with their enzymes, using less energy and no chemicals. The cell factories create new aromatic building blocks on which green chemistry is applied to obtain the same references as those on the market.
This hybrid process developed by PILI and combining fermentation and green chemistry, opens a new way for the production of high-performance compounds. This innovation allows to replace existing references of dyes and pigments by 70 to 90% biobased equivalents. The performances of the new references are equivalent to their fossil-based counterparts in terms of performance and price ranges will reach competitiveness upon scaling-up. The industrial development and commercialization of first biobased pigments on which PILI is working will be discussed.
Jeremie Blache | CEO, PILI
Networking break sponsored by Schlenk
Biodegradable glitter - development challenges
EU legislation for a restriction on intentionally added microplastics is expected this year and focus is already shifting to unintentionally released microplastics. Away from microplastics, TiO2 containing mica effect pigments are now under scrutiny. Creating sparkle is becoming increasingly difficult as raw material choices narrow.

This presentation examines the challenges involved in the development of a biodegradable alternative to conventional plastic glitter.
Andrew Thompson | Technical Director, Ronald Britton Ltd
Q&A with speakers from this session
Chair's closing remarks and end of day one
Coach to Amstel Boathouse for Network Drinks Reception
Networking Drinks Reception at Amstel Boathouse
Joint with TiO2 World Summit
Ends at 20:00
Chair's opening remarks
Session 2: Radical innovations
Introducing aternary system (ZTS) based on ultra-thin effect pigments
The unique appearance of gold attracts people's visual attention because it combines high opacity and gloss with an extreme light‐dark flop effect. This appearance can now be mimicked by effect coatings based on ultra‐thin pigment (UTP) technology. To expand the range of applications, Schlenk has transferred the ternary system of gold, silver and copper familiar from metallurgy to the field of effect pigments and introduced the Zenexo Ternary System (ZTS), allowing the creation of shades with controllable color saturation, opacity and color. Since this system can be used in liquid and powder coatings, printing inks and plastics, more effective methods for material characterization and quality control are essential. We characterize various optical properties of ZTS effect coatings with a single commercial instrument. Thanks to its goniometric design and comprehensive optical capabilities, it enables fast and convenient comparison and characterization of standard effect coating features such as color, gloss, haze, sparkle, graininess, waviness/orange peel. It also enables characterization of particle orientation, in‐plane and out‐of plane texture analysis, and interactive visualization of effect coatings in virtual environments.

Joint presentation with Dr. Jiri Filip, Sigttex
Dr. Frank J. Maile | Global Technical Director, SCHLENK Metallic Pigments GmbH
Dive into a new dimension of red - novel high chroma inorganic red pigment
The industry has continuously searched for alternatives to red lead chromate pigments, and the recent development of C. I. Pigment Red 290 of an opaque red shade that fills this gap. This pigment has higher chroma than red iron oxide, with robust performance in plastics at varying concentrations. It has excellent performance in demanding applications such as high temperature engineering plastics. The performance and outstanding durability exceed the value of lead chromates. This pigment offers a key colour point for the most critical needs.
Britta Seibel | Development Inorganic Pigments, Color Materials, SunChemical
Leveraging synthetic biology to drive the sustainable fashion (r)evolution!
By replacing chemistry dyeing with biology, Colorifix minimises the environmental impact of industrial dyeing at every step of the process, from the creation of the dyes to their fixation onto fabrics. 

Join us to learn how we are circling back to nature, finding inspiration in its diverse palette yet without harming the environment, compromising on quality, or relying on supply chain availability.
Sophie Vaud | Head of Microbial Engineering, Colorifix Ltd
Networking break sponsored by Iluka Resources
Presentation to be confirmed
Session 3: TiO2 substitution
SensiOp white optimised blends designed to replace titanium dioxide in cosmetic applications
Dr John Robinson, Innovation Director Personal Care & Specialty Markets, Sensient Colors
Maintaining colour strength when optimising/reducing TiO2 content with FP-Opacity Pigments™ in coatings and plastics
The use of FP-Opacity Pigments™ to improve the efficiency of TiO2 in coatings and plastics is well established, with reductions of 10 to 20% easily achieved when matching opacity. When used in coloured systems, the lower tint reducing power of FP-Pigments, can create several opportunities to further improve formulation costs without significant reformulation or changes to the P.O.S. colour library software. Our presentation will review three potential approaches to using FP-Opacity Pigments™ in Factory tinted and Point of Sale tint bases, to obtain equivalent colour performance.
  • Simple replacement of TiO2 with a low level of FP-Opacity Pigment™ to maintain original colour strength
  • Factory tinted (and new P.O.S.) paints
  • Using the maximum acceptable level of FP-Opacity Pigment and reducing the colorant addition to maintain colour strength
Reformulation of existing P.O.S. tint bases to reduce TiO2 and maintain colour strength.
Paul Dietz | Group Technical Director, FP-Pigments Oy
Networking lunch sponsored by Iluka Resources
Closing plenary: The future for Pigments & TiO2
Session description
Joint session with TiO2 World Summit
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