the market for dyes and pigments


1.1 Market definition and structure

Dyes and pigments are two different substances that can be used in a variety of industries: food, cosmetics, textiles or purely industrial. These substances are used to bring a new colour.

A distinction must be made between dyestuffs pigments. These first ones are soluble and will have to be meticulously ground. They will be able to be fixed by chemical bonding either immediately or after pre-treatment. It is possible to find them in:

  • The food,
  • Chemistry,
  • Plastics processing,
  • Cosmetics,
  • The leather,
  • Textile.

The pigments as for them are insoluble . They will be crushed and dispersed and placed on the surface of the material to be stained. It will be possible to find them in:

  • Cosmetics and cosmetics
  • The inks
  • The painting
  • Plastics processing
  • The coatings
  • The glass factory
  • The concrete
  • Ceramics.

Colourings and pigments have been present in the lives of Men since prehistoric times. Indeed, coloured murals could be painted in different caves such as Lascaux. These colours come from chalk or ochre and are therefore of mineral origin. The first pigments were born.

During Antiquity, dyes appeared in order to colour the fabrics. They are of plant and animal origin. The 19th century marked a turning point in the production of dyes and pigments. In 1856, Perkin discovered mauvein following a chemical synthesis. The revolution in synthetic production has begun.

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