Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)

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Titanium dioxide pigment (TiO2) is a substance as old as the earth itself, that has been used for around 100 years in a vast number of products.

It is an inorganic white, opaque, naturally-occurring mineral found in two main forms: rutile and anatase. Then TiO2 is chemically processed and all impurities are removed, what remains is a pure white pigment, or fine powder. This pigment is the brightest and whitest pigment available today and is used to create whiteness and opacity in products such as paint, toothpaste, sunscreen and many foods. TiO2 can also improve the durability of coatings, paper and plastic products. It is also appreciated for its reflective qualities. It can also both scatter and absorb UV rays. Its ultra-white colour, highly-refractive and UV-resistant properties make TiO2 enormously popular with both industrial and consumer sectors,

It is expected that TiO2 consumption will grow from 6.2M tons/year in 2016 to 8.8 M tonnes/year in 2025, representing a 40% growth over this 10-year period (Source: 2017 TiO2 World Summit).

Paintings represents more than 50% of the TiO2 pigment market (based on company and industry sources of 2015). In addition to paints, TiO2 pigments are used in catalytic coatings, plastics, paper, pharmaceuticals and sunscreen, packaging, commercial printing inks, toothpastes, and food.

 

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