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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 Q1 2015
Players anticipate a soft TiO2 market in Europe for Q1 2015 as a result of rather poor demand, which is because of the weak global economy. Seasonal usage of paints and coatings is also low during winter, and availability is good. Some early negotiations have been concluded with a mixture of rollovers and small price decreases. The weak euro will also make imported Asian material less interesting to European buyers.
Within the North American TiO2 market oversupply, competition from Asian imports and plentiful, low-priced raw material ilmenite point to flat or lower prices early in 2015. With the pigment market in the midst of its seasonally weakest period, and only one producer having announced a Q1 price-hike effort of 5 cents/lb effective 1 January, there is no momentum for near-term gains.
The Asian TiO2 market in Q1 will likely be flattish or dipping given the seasonal low demand and supply glut. Destocking activities in Q4 and a stronger US dollar against major Asian currencies weighed down buying sentiments. Cooling measures for residential properties in addition to poor performances in the polymers sector because of losses in the crude oil market further dampened sentiments for major applications in the paints/coatings and plastics sectors.
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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.