LEATHERHEAD, UK - Combining more than 25 years of experience in working with the titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply chain and the industrial pigments and colorants sectors, Smithers Rapra announced the dates and location for the Pigment and Colour Science Forum 2015 and the TiO2 World Summit 2015.  The 2015 editions of these events and their joint exhibition will take place October 8-9, 2015 at the Hilton Prague, Czech Republic.

“In 2014, for the first time ever, we co-located the Pigment and Colour Science Forum together with the TiO2 World Summit, bringing together key members of the pigments supply chain to discuss the latest applications, technologies and processes. This allowed attendees the opportunity to hear from experts in both topic areas and to meet with more potential clients and customers at the networking events. Our sponsors and exhibitors were able to reach both audiences in our combined exhibition hall,” said Andrew Smaha, Conference Director for Smithers Rapra. 

“By all measures, this co-location was a success. We look forward to building on the synergies between the TiO2 and pigment industries again this coming fall. Business executives, R&D leaders, academics, government policy makers, stakeholders and investors that make up the key audience for both events will have more opportunities than ever in Prague to build strategic relationships and access the most current research and information.”

More than 350 members of the pigment and TiO2 industries, as well as those invested in end-use buyer dynamics, are anticipated to attend the 2015 combined events. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available; for complete information about both events, visit www.pigmentmarkets.com.

Industry professionals who are helping Smithers Rapra shape the 2015 program for the Pigment and Colour Science Forum include:  Paul Czornij, Technical Manager - Color Excellence Group, BASF (Co-chair); Bill Eibon, Director - Global Color Technology Platform, PPG Industries (Co-chair); Dr. Parfait Jean Marie Likibi, Director, Global New Market Development at Henkel Adhesive Technologies; Dr. Frank J. Maile, Director BU Coatings & Plastics, Schlenk, Germany; and Dr. Trevor Sayer, Managing Director, Expertas Ltd.

Pigment and Colour Science Forum 2015 will cover market trends, intellectual property matters and new advances in plastics, cosmetics, paint and coatings, multifunctional pigments, industrial design, paper and printing inks, consumer electronics, and automotive applications. 

Reg Adams, Chief Executive, Artikol Ltd., UK, and Dr. Jan Prochazka, President, Advanced Materials-JTJ, Czech Republic, will chair the 15th edition of the TiO2 World Summit. Advisory support will be offered by the following individuals:  Frank J. Mitsch, Managing Director and Senior Analysts, Wells Fargo Securities; Peter O’Sullivan, Global Sales Leader, DuPont Titanium Technologies; Jean-Francois Turgeon, Executive Vice President, Tronox Limited; Laurence Wang, China Manager, Tinox Chemical LLC; and Wu Zhonghui, Founder and Managing Director, CCM and Kcomber Inc., China.

TiO2 2015 will cover the state of the global TiO2 industry including the investment environment, minerals and feedstocks, updates from China, new applications, supplier perspectives, projects and production and end user designs.