10 February 1998 09:01 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (CNI)--Japan's Ishihara Industries said Tuesday it has pioneered production of lamina-form titanium oxide.
Ishihara developed the material with Japan's Science and Technology Agency and the Institute of Mineral Substances. The company added it is test-producing samples of the material and will shortly begin market research.
Lamina-form titanium oxide is obtained by chemically breaking down titanium oxide. Unlike conventional titanium oxide - which is in spherical particles - lamina-form titanium oxide is an ointment with superior adhesive qualities and expandability.
Titanium oxide is used as a catalyst in producing cosmetics, pigments and some chemicals for the electronics industry. It also serves as an environmental purifier.
Ishihara expects the cosmetics industry to be its initial market for lamina-form titanium oxide, and will explore other applications in its market research.
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