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Argex & PPG collaborate on TiO2 for coatings applications
Apr '12
Argex Mining Inc announced that it has entered into a technical collaboration agreement with PPG Industries to develop and optimize PPG's technology for Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) pigment for paints and coatings applications to be produced by Argex, intended to make Argex's TiO2 pigment compatible with various end-use applications for PPG. Terms were not disclosed.

The Agreement provides for the negotiation of a purchase and supply agreement between Argex and PPG based on the successful development of the treatment technologies. Both companies have agreed to certain terms of mutual exclusivity during the negotiation period.

PPG is the world's leading coatings and specialty Products Company, serving customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and after markets. PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the world, with sales in 2011 of US$14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

"PPG and Argex plan to combine efforts with the goal of developing a titanium dioxide product that can meet conventional standards for interior and exterior paint applications," said Charles F. Kahle II, PPG chief technology officer and vice president, research and development, coatings. "This strategic initiative offers PPG the opportunity to leverage our expertise and secure an enhanced supply of this critical raw material. Volatile pricing for titanium dioxide continues to be an important issue for the company."

Roy Bonnell, Argex president and chief executive officer, said, "PPG's decision to collaborate closely with Argex as both a technical and commercial partner is a further validation of our process and the suitability of the Argex TiO2 pigment for commercial use. PPG's involvement will assist Argex greatly in our stated goal to advance rapidly to production."

PPG previously manufactured titanium dioxide using the chloride process at its Natrium, W.Va., chemicals plant and sold titanium dioxide pigment for coatings and other end-use applications. Titanium dioxide is a raw material widely used in the paint and coatings industry as pigment for its hiding, durability and whiteness characteristics.

ARGEX MINING INC. is a near-term producer of commodities that the world needs: Titanium Dioxide, Iron and Vanadium Pentoxide.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty Products Company.

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