- New regulations for titanium dioxide powder as of autumn 2021
- Highly concentrated, liquid products based on TiO2 as an alternative
- Luconyl®, Luconyl® NG & Dispers® for various application areas
Titanium dioxide powder is frequently used as a pigment in the production of colours and paints. Last year, the EU Commission classified it as suspected to be carcinogenic when inhaled. Therefore, new regulations apply as of October 2021. Daniel Müller, Senior Business Development Manager at BASF Colors & Effects explains in the interview how the classification of TiO2 affects the manufacturers of colours and paints and which alternatives there are.
What do the new regulations for titanium dioxide entail for manufacturers of colours and paints?
The new regulations have completely changed our starting position. Products with certain amounts of titanium dioxide then need to have warning notices or be labelled as potentially carcinogenic. Of course, manufacturers would like to avoid this. But stricter rules will also apply in production starting in autumn. Therefore, suitable protective measures need to be taken to prevent the inhalation of the material.
Which alternatives to titanium dioxide powder are available?
Titanium dioxide is used as a white pigment in powder form in order to achieve a hiding power of colours and paints. There is no other equivalent pigment. However, manufacturers can compensate the hiding power with other titanium dioxide-based products, as we do with our liquid pigment preparations Luconyl®, Luconyl® NG and Dispers®. There are no labelling requirements for these alternative products and they are easier to handle in production.
Which benefits do the liquid products offer in production?
Firstly in regard to safety: customers who have been using titanium dioxide know very well that the dust formation leads to a contamination of surfaces and production systems time and again. With these liquid products, there is no danger of inhaling particles. Secondly, liquid products are generally easier to handle in production than those in powder form. The reason for this is simple: They do not cause dust, which in turn reduces the cleaning effort, and they are also easy to dose.
Which liquid pigment preparations are particularly well suited for white pigmentations?
Our products Luconyl®, Luconyl® NG and Dispers® White, which we developed at BASF Colors & Effects and now offer to our customers together with BTC. They are each suitable for different industries and application areas.
In future, products with titanium dioxide and the substance itself need to be labelled with a warning notice. Labelling is different for the substance itself and the various products:
- New compulsory warning no-tice for liquid and solid mix-tures containing more than 1% of titanium dioxide.
- New hazard label for titanium dioxide in powder form and mixtures in powder form containing more than 1% of titanium dioxide and with an aerodynamic diameter < 10 micrometres.
Can the titanium dioxide-based white pigments compete with titanium dioxide in terms of coverage?
Certainly. Manufacturers also benefit from a high reproducibility, as they receive a product that is ready for use and optimally adjusted with the liquid white pigments. After all, titanium dioxide can have different properties depending on the supplier or even have an inherent colouration which can negatively affect the reproducibility. With our liquid pigment preparation, we offer highly specified products which ensure the consistent quality of the end product.
How can manufacturers integrate the liquid alternatives into their products?
There is no general answer to this question as the manufacturers use different formulations and powders cannot be replaced 1:1 with liquid products. Our Color Competence Center will gladly assist with calculations if necessary. You also have the option of registering via the Pigment Finder (https://www.colors-effects.com) and downloading additional product data.
Are there alternatives to titanium dioxide powder for applications in which no liquid components are possible?
Finding alternatives to titanium dioxide powder is more difficult here, but we are currently developing new solutions which remain under the limit values and are therefore not subject to labelling. These products could be used in dry colours for example. They are also an alternative for manufacturers who wish to maintain their usual production process without switching from dry to liquid components.
|Luconyl® White 022||Luconyl® NG White 0025||Dispers® White 0022|
|Colour Index||P.W. 6 77891|
|Chemical Class||Titanium dioxide, rutile|
|Physical Form||freely flowing paste|
|Special Features||Particular suited for colder regions |
as it contains glycol, making
it less susceptible to forst.
|Meets narrow specifications and istailored |
to the use in dosing machines (POS) and IPT.
It also meets the requirements of nearly all common
|Primarily developed for engineered wood |
such as MDF panels, but can also be used
for textile coatings and the abrasives industry.
Daniel Müller has worked in chemical product sales for 26 years. After positions at Ecolab, Merck and BTC Europe, the graduated Sales Consultant has worked in the Pigment Preparation department at BASF Colors & Effects since 2011. As Senior Business Development Manager, he is responsible for the sale of advanced pigment preparations in compliance with the recognized eco labels, Directives and biocide regulations. “My goal is to create long-term and sustainable relations with our customers. Safe, easy and honest.”