Cornelius responds to TiO2 shortage with extender solutions

Cornelius responds to TiO2 shortage with extender solutions

(Posted on 22/06/17)

Cornelius Group, an independent European distributor of high quality and innovative raw materials and chemicals, has collaborated to deliver two extender product solutions to market in the wake of the Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) shortage.

The company has partnered with VB Technochemicals SA to offer VB White, which is suitable for the masterbatch market, and Huber Engineered Materials to provide Zeolex® 330 to the paint and coatings market.

TiO2 is a white pigment and key ingredient used in the manufacture of paints, adhesives, sealants, coatings, inks, rubber and plastic products to enhance performance and quality. However, reduced production capacities in Asia and a major fire at one of the largest TiO2 manufacturer’s sites in Europe in January 2017 has led to a severe supply shortage and significant raw material price increases.

Tony Bruce, Business Development Manager for Cornelius Industrial, said: “TiO2 has been used widely within industry as it is known to provide protection from UV light, stability and durability of colours, whiteness, opacity and brightness, as well as improving the texture of products.

“Cornelius has been working with its partners to deliver two extender products that reduce the amount of TiO2 required within a product. The extenders do not affect vinyl properties and, in fact, improve the quality and brightness of a product to a higher standard than TiO2.

“In the past, the cost of these extender products has been relatively high compared to TiO2, however the current price of TiO2 means they are now comparable. We are able to deliver a solution to customers that will minimise the impact of the TiO2 shortage on their business.”

VB White, from VB Technochemicals SA, is a unique hydrophobic coated barium sulphate that is specifically designed for white and coloured masterbatch, compound and composite. The cost-effective solution can support customers increase productivity whilst improving product quality.

Huber Engineered Materials’ Zeolex 330 is an amorphous sodium aluminosilicate powder for paint and coatings applications. It also acts as a gloss sheen control agent and provides high levels of opacity, whiteness and brightness as well as outstanding flatting and scrub-resistance for interior architectural formulations.

Mr Bruce added: “These two extenders deliver outstanding results for customers. Up until now, TiO2 has been viewed by the industry as the crucial ingredient to deliver quality and performance. Working with our partners, Cornelius can now deliver viable extender solutions that tick all the boxes in terms of cost, functionality and quality and will reduce industry’s reliance on a product where serious supply shortages are expected throughout 2017.”

Cornelius is committed to working with supply partners that only use high quality raw materials which comply with European and National regulations ensuring that the company can offer continuous, high quality supply of goods and services.  

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