PPG Industries on Wednesday entered into a technology
license agreement with China-based Henan Billions Chemicals
that will provide Henan Billions the right to use PPGs technology to
produce chloride-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) on a
The agreement completes the license of PPG technology previously announced by
Terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.
We are pleased to reach this worldwide technology
license agreement with Henan Billions as it should expand the
global supply of chloride-grade titanium dioxide, as well as
provide a commercial opportunity for PPG technology, said
Charles F. Kahle II, PPG chief technology officer and vice
president, coatings research and development.
Henan Billions is currently a supplier of sulfate-grade TiO2
to PPG. In June 2012, both companies announced a memorandum of
understanding regarding PPGs licensing of certain
chloride-based technologies to Henan Billions for use at Henan
Billions titanium dioxide refinement facilities in China.
PPG previously manufactured TiO2 using the chloride process
at its chemicals facility in Natrium, W. Va., and sold titanium
dioxide pigment for coatings and other end-use
Titanium dioxide is a raw material widely used in the paint and
coatings industry as a pigment to provide hiding, durability
and whiteness characteristics.