Paint, Inks & Coatings

Paint, Inks & Coating


Paint, ink and coating formulations generally contain pigments, fillers, additives and solvents, all of which are incorporated into a binder. The solvents can be organic or water-based. Producing a consistent and homogeneous product from such a varied combination of raw materials is a challenge for the milling process. Development of both gloss and color strength are critical factors, and are often highly dependent on media selection.

In order to demonstrate the effect of the proper media selection, Saint-Gobain Zirpro has produced a video where different sizes of ZirPro premier product Zirmil® Y are tested and the effects on grind of pigment dispersion monitored. The results conclusively identify the potential for increased productivity and/or improved grind quality, if bead size selection is correct. 

A Market leading range of ceramic media

Saint-Gobain ZirPro has been supplying high-quality ceramic media to the paint, ink and coating industries for more than 40 years. This experience enables ZirPro to offer a market-leading range of media: ER120Rimax®, Zirmil® Ce,  Zirmil® Y and Zirmil® TZP, which are designed to meet the exacting demands of specific suspension types.


Three main pillars support ZirPro’s position in these industries :

  • Zirpro’s expertise and reputation for excellence in engineered zirconia ceramics used for the manufacturing of zirconia-based beads, which consistently outperform other ceramic media
  • ZirPro’s innovative bead processing technologies that guarantee homogeneous and defect-free structures, resulting in more controlled operational behavior
  • ZirPro’s beads having class-leading surface characteristics, which help increase mill efficiency and reduce heat generat

Saint Gobain ZirPro - Bead Size Optimization to Increase Pigment Color Intensity


Watch our video to learn more about Paint, Inks and Coatings applications.

Saint-Gobain ZirPro, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ceramic grinding beadsblasting and peening mediazirconium oxide powders, offers engineered, high-performing zirconia-based materials for demanding applications across the globe.