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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 2016
North American TiO2 contract prices are expected to settle broadly flat for the fourth quarter of 2016 on the typical seasonal fall-off in year-end demand. Separate price initiatives averaging 7 cents/lb were said likely to carry over into the first quarter of 2017, when sources anticipate more balanced supply and demand – and pressure on upstream ilmenite ore – may give sellers more pricing power going forward.
In Europe there were early indications of firmer contract prices for the fourth quarter on margin recovery, limited supply flexibility and some signs of better-than-expected demand. Consumption from the plastics sector has held up well in parts of northwest Europe, but is expected to slow during the quarter. Demand from the larger paints and coatings sectors is reasonable, but some say it is quieter than usual, despite favourable weather.
In Asia, fourth-quarter TiO2 prices are expected mostly stable to moderately higher amid mostly balanced market conditions. Producers have proposed increases, citing relatively tight supply – especially Chinese cargoes, because producers there are operating at lower run rates due to stricter environmental regulations.
Buyer resistance has been stronger on weakening year-end demand trends.
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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.