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OCCA Manchester Section Spring Half Day Seminar – A World of Colour

Date: March 2, 2015 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Salford Innovation Forum, Salford University


  • The Manchester Section of the Oil & Colour Chemists Association will hold their 15th Annual half day seminar on Monday 2nd March 2015 at the Salford Innovation Forum on the Salford University complex, plenty of parking and only a 5 minute walk from Salford Crescent station. This year the event will start with registration and a buffet lunch at 12.00, kindly sponsored by KRONOS, with the presentations commencing at 1.00pm and finish around 4.30 / 5.00pm.

    The theme this year will be “colour”, how to measure it, how it impacts on our lives and an introduction to some of the latest effects and pigments. We have a diverse array of presentations all of which promise a fascinating insight in to our world of colour. Please see the Speakers tab for more details.

    For further information on the technical programme, contact Jim Bury (Tel. 01254 275084; Email. Or for registration assistance, contact the Manchester OCCA website:



  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Jim Guthrie of the University of Leeds
    Professor Jim Guthrie PhD, FRSC, FSTC, C.Chem of the University of Leeds will give the keynote address. We are honoured that Jim has agreed to join us having been instrumental in the Department of Colour & Polymer Chemistry being recognised as one of those throughout Europe that is at the forefront in the area of scientific research involving surface coatings.

    Speaker 1: Richard Gray of XRite will present “Advances in Measurement Technology for the Digital Age”
    Bio: Richard Gray is an Applications Manager for X-Rite Pantone. Richard is a qualified Chemist who has spent 20 years within the Chemical & Ink Coating Industries in various technical roles. Before joining X-Rite Richard worked as Technical Manager for Flint Group within the Paper and Board division with responsibility for Colour Management.

    This discussion will focus on the new measurement devices for accurate colour prediction in a variety of industries, from non-contact instrumentation for the measurement of wet product in a laboratory or production situation to calibrated cards for colour picking using mobile phones.

    Speaker 2: Jemma Saunders of Crown Paints will present “The Role of Colour in Buildings – The Equality Act and Dementia”
    Bio: Colour Specialist. Jemma graduated with a BA (Hons) Art from the University of Leeds and now works in the Colour Service department for Crown Trade. She has been involved in projects for education, healthcare and housing and is on the Crown Paints trends panel.

    Jemma will present a brief review of how we perceive colour in our everyday lives and this will lead on to how colour and design can help those with disabilities and particularly those suffering from dementia.

    Speaker 3: Thomas Siegmund of BASF will present “A New generation of unique effect pigments for coatings”
    Bio: Thomas was born in 1958 in Mannheim Germany and started at BASF in the year 1975 as an apprentice. In 1992 he overtook the powder coatings lab in Stuttgart and moved it to Ludwigshafen after the site was closed by end of the year. Since then he was responsible for the powder lab until he changed in 2005 to technical marketing for coatings. He is now responsible for classic pigments as well as effect pigments for powder coatings producers in Europe.

    BASF effect pigments are used to create unique and innovative styling possibilities for differentiation and individualization in all industry areas. More importantly, from the end user’s perspective, they can enhance appearance of consumer goods by creating novel coloristic, or desirable metallic, pearlescent and sparkling effects.

    Paliocrom® Brilliant, for instance, offer the combination of high chroma, extensive brilliance, high opacity and durability in one effect pigment.

    To fulfill the highest coloristic demands, the Lumina® Royal series provide the highest intensity, brightness, luster and color purity.

    Glacier™ effect pigments represent the latest generation of pearls, based on synthetic mica flakes coated with titanium dioxide. For clean, fine or sparkling, brilliant whites and modern grays or blacks, Glacier™ pigments are the right choice.

    If soft, noble to elegant matt effects need to be in focus, than our latest Firemist® Velvet series can be used. In combination with pearlescent, metallic and classical transparent pigments they create the unique character of patented metal surface finishes.

    Speaker 4:  Jonathon Hare of Typocolor will describe the history of colour representation up to the modern day.
    Bio: Jonathan learned the trade while still a student from his father, who helped start the business 40 years ago. He joined the business in 1986 and rose to Commercial Director in 1992. Along with his brother-in-law Andrew, he bought out the company in 2007, he is currently Managing Director. He has four children 26, 24, 7 & 6! So with little free time, he enjoys technical design, walking peacefully, and watching Liverpool football club driving themselves back to levels of past success.

    Jonathon will explain the three methods of creating colour selection tools for a product and user. Jonathon will outline the uniqueness in the UK and one of only a few worldwide offering specialization in forming an opaque film for each individual colour field to create true colour representation and repeatability. Meeting customer needs, the constant compromise required to balance cost, design, colour accuracy and market goals will all be discussed.

    Speaker 5: Peter Rulten of Sun Chemicals will present “Elastomer Black – a new pigment from recycled tyres”
    Bio: Peter has over 45 years experience working in the Pigments and Coatings industries in various Technical, Marketing and Manufacturing roles. 1966 until 1993: Berger Paints/Herberts – Technical roles in Decorative Paints, Long Term Research Manager, 1983 until 1993 Technical manager Vehicle Refinishes. 1993 until 1998: Johnson Matthey – Technical Manager Dispersions; 1995 until 1998 held joint positions of Technical Director Pigments and Dispersions and Operation Director Dispersions. 1998 until present time: Sun Chemical – Technical Account Manager for Coatings.

    Recent coatings market trends are driving the development of new pigments that offer expanded color space, unique finishes, and enable environmentally friendly coatings.  A new development in process technology that converts post-consumer rubber into a new pigmentary material offers the formulator a colorant with both high performance and environmental benefits.  The colorant has shown to be useful in many types of coatings with unique performance properties.  This new pigmentary product has excellent rheological properties, has a low resin demand, and is ideal for thin film coatings that have a smooth and textured finishes.  The unique performance properties, preliminary weathering data and formulation guidelines will be discussed.

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