Enabling Custom Color and Design for Flooring and Furniture
High-quality titanium dioxide (TiO₂) adds indispensable value to materials used in the manufacture of laminate flooring and furniture, particularly for customers who produce high- and low-pressure decor papers, decorative foils, and print-based applications.
Decor paper producers that sell to laminate producers require:
- TiO₂ efficiency and quality consistency for optimal performance
- UV light stability and excellent formation
- Low basis weight paper to maximize paper strength and evenness
- Good retention that facilitates high levels of paper runnability and maximizes production time and throughput
- A blue-white undertone to create a wider range of vibrant colors
Laminate manufactures need papers, foils, and print-based applications that ensure end-use products feature:
- Good opacity and hiding power
- Light stability and color retention
- Post-forming abilities (shaping laminate products into a curved edge)
- Color uniformity and evenness
Ti-Pure™ High-Quality TiO₂ in Production
Inconsistent TiO₂ yields uneven retention, resulting in color unevenness and clumped deposits. Even when producers add more TiO₂ to compensate, paper strength and runnability decrease. Décor paper makers know that Ti-Pure™ TiO₂ is manufactured to meet all quality and consistency targets, delivering:
Reel-to-reel color consistency
The number-one reason that paper mills lose production time and profitability is a lack of reel-to-reel color consistency. Using the right TiO₂ achieves this color consistency, which reduces production time and increases profit.
Appearance and light stability
TiO₂ pigments help printers achieve the best results by ensuring blue-white undertones that create a wider range of vibrant colors while keeping the image and pattern intact. TiO₂ also enables laminate products to maintain their vibrancy and resist the discoloration caused by light exposure.
Paper impregnators or printers need consistent quality to avoid breaks that slow production. High-quality TiO₂ allows printer to use of a lower base weight paper to achieve more square meters per ton, leading to higher profit margins.
Applications within Laminate Manufacturing
Low and high pressure décor papers include uni-color and printing base paper. Both require high performance and quality consistency, especially as a variety of applications use printing base paper later in the laminate production process.
Another category—decorative foils—are intermediate-range, used for glue-on application and with 1-2 bar pressure only.
Maximized TiO₂ Efficiency with Ti-Pure™ R-796+
This laminate-grade TiO₂ enhances opacity and color retention. Its surface treatment also makes Ti-Pure™ R-796+ compatible with a wide range of water chemistries. Learn more.