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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 Q2 2016
Prices of TiO2 in Asia are expected to firm in the second quarter, as producers' attempts at increasing offers show early signs of gaining traction. Producers have been pushing for a $100-150/tonne increase for Q2 prices, while downstream buyers are hoping to cap the increase to $50/tonne or to negotiate a gradual increase in prices over a period of months. Market players anticipate tighter supply in the second quarter, following prolonged shutdowns of several TiO2 plants in China in the first quarter. Demand is expected to remain lukewarm amid weak macroeconomic fundamentals in the region.
European TiO2 Q2 contract prices are being talked firmer amid a firmer producer stance resulting from an underlying lack of profitability. Demand is largely flat, but it should pick up from the main downstream paints and coatings sectors during the second quarter. The market is not as long in early Q2 as it has been, because of talk of output cuts and idled capacity over the past year in Europe and beyond, which has helped to remove some of the excess supply in global market. There has been recent talk of supply restrictions and longer lead times in Europe for a few suppliers for undisclosed reasons, but nevertheless, buyers and resellers said supply remains manageable in early Q2.
North America TiO2 contract prices in Q2 are likely to experience stronger upward pressure from an expected seasonal uptick in demand this spring and from sentiment stemming from a preponderance of individual Q3 price-hike initiatives of 8-10 cents/lb ($176-220/tonne) that surfaced from producers at the end of Q1. One buyer suggested that the newest efforts are partly intended to shore up Q2 initiatives averaging 7 cents/lb. The outcome of Q2 negotiations will not begin to be evident until later in the quarter, sources said.
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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.