US-based paints and coatings major PPG Industries said
Tuesday it has undertaken a strategic initiative with multiple
global suppliers to secure and enhance its supply of titanium
dioxide (TiO2), as well as add to the global supply of the raw
Escalating and volatile pricing for titanium dioxide
has been an important issue for PPG, said chief technology officer Charles F. Kahle
PPG possesses intellectual property and expertise in the
production and finishing of titanium dioxide pigment, and we
intend to leverage this and engage with potential partners to
develop innovative supply solutions.
According to Kahle, PPG previously manufactured chloride
titanium dioxide at its Natrium, W.Va., chemicals plant.
He said that PPG anticipates the initiative may include
technical collaborations, joint ventures, licensing, technical
assistance opportunities or other strategic commercial
Titanium dioxide is a raw material widely used in the paint
and coatings industry as pigment for its hiding, durability and
However, TiO2 prices have soared in recent years amid
dwindling supply, causing concern for many in the industry.