LEATHERHEAD, UK - The Shepherd Color Co., Asian Paints, Dow and BASF are some of the companies that will be featured at Smithers Rapra Pigment and Colour Science Forum conference 2013, taking place at the Crowne Plaza Rome - St Peters Hotel & Spa, October 1-3, 2013.

The program for the event has now been released and is set to bring over 30 speakers presenting the latest industry news to unite the pigment industry behind color science and design.

Smithers Rapra has over 25 years of experience delivering high-profile conferences across the industrial pigments and colorants sector. This new forum has combined the well-established Future of Pigments and Colour Cosmetics Summit.

Over 30 industry experts are scheduled to present at the conference, including: Bill Eibon, Director, PPG Industries; Antonio Doménech-Carbó, University of Valencia; Dr. Mas Subramanian, Oregon State University Materials Institute; Marianne Peltier, Sensient Colors LLC; Dr. Andrew Trapani, The Dow Chemical Co.; John E. Book, JDSU; and Paul Czornij, Color Excellence Group, BASF.

The Forum will start with foundational research in color science, learning how design perspectives and tastes impact the pigments supply chain. Presentations will give attendees an overview of inorganic pigments and emerging intellectual property and patent-related issues. The very latest industry trends will be presented in the “Players, Plays and Issues in the Global Pigments Industry” session.

The Pigment and Colour conference will feature a presentation by Dr. Mosongo Moukwa of Asian Paints. Topics to be covered include: the industry connection with academic studies, research and development, performance engineering and industry, and the tools used in the pigment industry that can help quantify data more efficiently and uniformly. After a deep dive into nanotechnology particle space, new pigment developments, and links into composites, the final day of the forum will offer presentations for the industry’s major buyers, addressing pigment market opportunities and new advances in plastics, cosmetics, coatings, multifunctional pigments, industrial design, paper and printing inks, consumer electronics, and automotive applications.

For more information and to view the full agenda, visit www.pigmentmarkets.com.