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Titanium dioxide Overview Transcript
Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium it’s typically called by it’s chemical formula which is TiO2. When used as a pigment it is called Titanium White or Pigment White 6.
TiO2 is mainly used as a white powder pigment because of its brightness and high refractive index. It is used in paints and coatings and also glazes and enamels, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
TiO2 is also resistant to discolouration under ultra violet light and is used in plastics and sun screens
Another growing outlet is as a photocatalyst where it is used in applications such as light emitting diodes, liquid crystal displays, and electrodes for plasma displays.
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Titanium dioxide: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
The Huntsman-Sachtleben merger will concentrate TiO2 sulphate grade production into fewer hands, which could make it easier for producers to achieve price increases. Henan Billions’ acquisition of Huntsman’s TR52 ink grade facilities is expected to allow the company greater penetration of the European market. Demand is expected to be sluggish in Q4 for seasonal reasons.
North American TiO2 prices will face downward pressure during Q4, from seasonal demand weakness and lower-priced imports of sulfate-route material, which has been growing in popularity for several years, especially for use in primers. Market participants, however, warned that lower pricing would be counterproductive, and most anticipated flat pricing, with potential gains early next year.
In Asia, prices after November are expected to be stable-to-soft, owing to seasonal low demand and competitive pricing from suppliers looking for sales outlets due to ample supply. Economic uncertainties and expectations of slower growth in China for the rest of 2014, as well as 2015, affect most of the industrial output and demand for TiO2.
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Titanium Dioxide Methodology
About Titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) occurs as odourless, colourless to white crystalline powder in two forms, anatase and rutile. Titanium dioxide is not flammable, explosive and gives no reason to fire risks.
The main use of TiO2 is as a white powder pigment used in products such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, food and cosmetics. Titanium dioxide also has good ultraviolet (UV) light resistance properties and is seeing growing demand in photocatalysts.
It is used in products such as paints and coatings, including glazes and enamels, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In particular, high performance grades of TiO2 are finding a growing market in the cosmetics sector and most toothpastes use TiO2.
Titanium dioxide is produced from either ilmenite, rutile or titanium slag. Titanium pigment is extracted by using either sulphuric acid (sulphate process) or chlorine (chloride route). The sulphate process employs simpler technology while the chloride route produces a purer product.