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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 2015
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) producers have proposed hikes for Q2 in Europe, citing the need to restore profitability, along with good-to-seasonally improving demand. Buying and reselling sources, however, consider the proposed price hikes unrealistic amid what they consider to be flat demand and good supply. A few buying and reselling sources said that price stability to moderate rises may be likely for the second quarter. A few customers by contrast, consider that price decreases may still be possible for Q2 based on plentiful supply and competitive pressure.
In the North American TiO2 market, most buyers expect softening prices in Q2 despite the start of the spring demand season for pigments in coatings and plastics. Market players are watching for an improvement in the housing and construction industries, which could strengthen demand enough to overcome fundamental oversupply and the availability of low-priced imports.
In Asia, a number of preliminary Q2 contracts price discussions were lower by $100/tonne compared with Q1, despite suppliers’ attempts to maintain prices. The market outlook hinges on a seasonal demand recovery in the paint and coatings sector, although a still healthy supply level and slower economic growth in the key Chinese market might weigh on sentiment.
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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.