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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 Q3 2016
There is a firmer price sentiment the European titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract market for the third quarter, with three digit price rises being talked. There is some feeling among buyers and resellers said these sizeable price rises are proposed on a take-it-or leave it basis amid a strongly bullish producer stance, because supply is restricted and they have no option but to accept in order to secure the volumes. There is also an underlying need to recoup lost profitability, following successive price erosion over the past year, with the exception of the second quarter when the sentiment started to change. Supply has been restricted in Europe with longer lead times being implemented, which buyers and resellers said producers attribute to a higher demand than expected in the first six months of the year for the most part, along with possible stricter inventory controls or production adjustments.
Asia TiO2 prices in Q3 are also expected to rise, as producers' seem to be firm on pushing through higher offers, citing a relatively tight supply and improved demand in the region as motivations behind the proposed price increase. Producers have been practising tight inventory control and are not under any significant pressures to off-load cargoes moving into Q3. Chinese producers are similarly expected to push for price hikes in Q3 amid healthy domestic demand. Buyers of export materials from China were heard to be considering reducing their consumption of Chinese-origin cargoes in Q3, which is gradually losing its price competitiveness to non-Chinese produced TiO2.
North American TiO2 contract prices are expected higher in Q3 on tighter supply stemming from some US capacity rationalization within the past year and a Q2 seasonal peak in coatings demand. The market is expected to continue stronger year on year but steady this summer, which sellers hope will help them achieve some margin growth on Q3 initiatives of 7-10 cents/lb ($154-220/tonne). Q2 brought the first market price gains in more than four years.
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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.