North American October TiO2 exports up by 50% year over year

12 December 2013 22:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) export volume in October increased by more than 50% over the same month one year ago as domestic producers continued to aggressively seek out overseas customers during a period of seasonally softer domestic demand, sources said on Thursday.

North American October exports totalled 51,570 tonnes versus 34,352 tonnes in October 2012, with about 33%, or 17,047 tonnes, of that total going to Belgium, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released this week. Year over year, Belgium nearly quadrupled its purchase of US-based material.

October import volumes rose by about 29% year over year to 12,037 tonnes from 9,331 tonnes one year ago. However, month-on-month import volumes fell more than 10% from 13,424 tonnes.

North American TiO2 producers include DuPont, Cristal, Kronos, Tronox and Huntsman.

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Source: US International Trade Commission

By: Larry Terry
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