Color & Pigments 2012 kicks off in Miami

By Katie Nichol

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Estée Lauder, BASF and Merck are just some of the big name companies participating in the Color & Pigments 2012 conference event, which is taking place in Miami, Florida from October 24-26.

The three-day event is organized by Smithers Rapra and features two intertwined conferences - Color Cosmetics Summit and Future of Pigments - with 37 sessions scheduled in total.

"This year, the color and pigment industry has had several new groundbreaking findings that are affecting consumer use to a greater degree,”​ said conference director Andrew Smaha.“This conference will be a hot-spot for industry professionals to breakdown these innovations and collaborate on what will be in store for the future."

Collaborative competition and fundamentals of pigment processing

The event kicks off with two pre-conference sessions that will run concurrently. One of these is an interactive workshop looking at collaborative competition in the pigment industry. It aims to discuss how, by competing less with itself and collaborating more, the pigments industry can become more competitive.

The other pre-conference session is entitled ‘Color, Color Science and the Processing of Colorants Effectively & Efficiently’. It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of pigment processing and color cosmetics, looking at different grinding methods and which of these are best suited to particular color cosmetic systems.

Presentations from BASF, Estee Lauder and Merck

Day two of the event sees a variety of conference sessions on the agenda. In the Future of Pigments cycle, BASF is presenting a session entitled ‘Testing Standardization and Open Source R&D for the Mutual Benefit of the Industry’.

Meanwhile, the Color Cosmetics Summit cycle features two presentations from Estée Lauder: ‘The Art of Effective Shade Matching’ and ‘Global Market Specific Demands and how it relates to the Multiple Definitions of “Beauty”’.

During day three of Color & Pigments 2012, Merck will present ‘Pearl Pigments for Powder Coating Application Yielding Unique Brightness and Matting Effect’, while Lubrizol will look at the latest advancements in pigment dispersion.

In the Color Cosmetics Summit cycle, Ashland Specialty Ingredients will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Polymers with Multiple Consumer Benefits in Color Cosmetics’.

The third day of the event rounds off with an industry panel entitled ‘What’s Next for Pigments and Cosmetic Applications’, a group dialogue centered on disruptive innovation and the need to create value in pigments. BASF, Estée Lauder and Johnson & Johnson are among the companies participating in the panel.

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