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The EU published a delegated regulation classifying TiO2 as a category 2 suspected carcinogen !!
02.18.20 The European Union published on Feb. 18, 2020, a delegated regulation classifying titanium ...dioxide (TiO2) as a category 2 suspected carcinogen by inhalation under EU Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures. This brings to an end a 3-year debate in which industry and several EU member states challenged the classification, arguing that harmonizing exposure limits for dust in production areas would have been a better option. It is the first time that such a dust effect is considered to fall under the EU legislation for CLP. With this decision under CLP, the industry will be legally required to make labeling amendments to every mixture that contains more than 1% TiO2. For paints and inks in liquid form, this will appear on the label in the form of a warning sentence to warn against spraying and respirable droplets. Some powder coatings will become classified mixtures, carrying a pictogram and the phrase “suspected of causing cancer by inhalation.” The reasons behind the EU Commission’s decision are not related to the chemistry of titanium dioxide, but by the simple presence of dust particles in excessive quantities in the lungs, causing chronic inflammation of the lung cells in rats. As this is an absolutely unrealistic scenario in practice (dust exposure levels in the studies are 40 times over legal limits for workers) CEPE considers the use of titanium dioxide in paints, coatings, printing inks and artists colors to be safe for consumers, professional painters, and production workers. The classification of titanium dioxide may set a precedent for many other substances with similar properties, which would burden the hazard communication with over-classification, and may result in label fatigue amongst consumers. The classification will also have an impact on downstream legislation, especially in the area of waste handling, where the impact is currently unclear and could jeopardize national recycling targets. The EU’s decision shall apply beginning on Sep. 9, 2021. CEPE calls upon the EU to establish clarity on the waste regulation for products or articles containing more than 1% TiO2 well before the entry into force. Any confusion about the applicability must be avoided to ensure a level playing field across Europe. The industry must have sufficient time to achieve compliance.
Clariant to sell Masterbatch business to PolyOne!
Muttenz, December 19, 2019 Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, has agreed... to sell its entire Masterbatches business to PolyOne. The transaction values the Masterbatches business at USD 1,560 million, representing c. 12.2 times the last twelve months reported EBITDA (ending September 2019) on a cash and debt free basis. This amount is payable at closing, which is expected by Q3 2020. “This announcement is a significant milestone on our path to focussing on businesses with above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation. After the successful divestment of Healthcare Packaging in October 2019 the agreement to sell Masterbatches is an important step in delivering on our strategy defined in 2015 to concentrate on our three core Business Areas Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources”, said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman of Clariant. “As announced, we are confident that we will execute the remaining divestment of our Pigments business in 2020 in order to build the new, more focused and stronger Clariant by 2021,” he added. As previously communicated, the proceeds from the intended divestments of Clariant’s non-core businesses will be used to invest in innovations and technological applications within the core Business Areas, to strengthen Clariant’s balance sheet and to return capital to shareholders. As a consequence of the divestment of the Masterbatches business, as well as the anticipated divestment of the Pigments business by the end of 2020, Clariant’s Board of Directors is proposing an extraordinary cash distribution of CHF 3.00 per share to the Clariant Annual General Meeting to be held on March 30, 2020. Subject to a positive vote of Clariant’s shareholders, the extraordinary distribution of approx. CHF 1 billion will be paid ....( Continue reading on link below)
PPG and Lomon Billions Extend and Expand Titanium-Dioxide Supply Relationship
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PPG (NYSE:PPG) and Lomon Billions today announced an expanded, multi-y...ear titanium-dioxide (TiO2) supply agreement. Under the agreement, Lomon Billions will supply additional quantities of chloride- and sulfate-based TiO2 to PPG from Lomon Billions’ existing manufacturing capacity. In addition, PPG has committed to purchasing additional supplies of chloride-based TiO2 from new manufacturing capacity that is currently being constructed by Lomon Billions and is expected to be on line in 2019. Lomon Billions is one of the world’s leading TiO2 suppliers. Commercial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “Over the past six years, Lomon Billions has been an excellent partner as the company has become the fourth largest global supplier of TiO2,” said Tim Knavish, PPG senior vice president, who oversees PPG’s global supply management function. “This multi-year expansion of our supply agreement is a reflection of our continued confidence in the growing capability of Lomon Billions and their commitment to make ongoing investments in additional TiO2 manufacturing capacity. We look forward to continuing our work with Lomon Billions.” “As Lomon Billions continues its growth through investing in innovative manufacturing of chloride- and sulfate-based TiO2, PPG has been one of our most important partners,” said Ruiqing Tan, Vice Chairman of Lomon Billions, who oversees the company’s supply and sales functions. “This multi-year expansion agreement will create additional value for both companies. We look forward to continuing our partnership with PPG.” TiO2 is an important raw material widely used by PPG and other paint and coatings manufacturers as a pigment to provide hiding, durability and whiteness characteristics. About Lomon Billions Lomon Billions is an established and dynamic titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing business with a strong and expanding global presence. The company manufactures high-performance TiO2 pigment using both the chloride and sulfate process. Its prominent LOMON® and BILLIONS® pigment brands are recognized worldwide. It currently has a total annual production capacity of over...(Reading continues on Link below)
 
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