Titanium dioxide Prices, markets & analysis
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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
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices were stable heading into the fourth quarter, with prices anticipated flat through the end of the year on seasonally weak demand and ample inventories. Price initiatives geared toward implementation during the final quarter of the year were said being mostly ignored by customers but were likely to keep prices from weakening during the period.
In Europe, price initiatives for the third quarter were implemented mostly at roll-overs with some gains heard at less-than-proposed levels. This was because supply remained ample amid stable-to-soft conditions, despite predictions that supply in the market would tighten on improved demand during the period. Fourth-quarter prices were expected to be flat to slightly stronger as soft and long market fundamentals prevailed, including the presence of less-expensive Chinese imports.
Soft Asian market conditions appeared to prompt prices downward early in the reporting period, although some third-quarter price-hike initiatives surfaced as producers sought to recoup losses from laggard TiO2 demand in previous months. Ongoing softness, however, held the quarter’s prices mostly steady. Although some producers expected some increased demand late in the year, sources continued to predict stable prices through the end of the year.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.