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Titanum dioxide Asia, Europe & US Transcript
The titanium dioxide (TIO2) report is a global report with prices from Europe, the Americas and Asia. Weekly price assessments are given for delivered northwest Europe (NWE) in Euro per kilogram and then converted into US cents per pound. Delivered North American and cost and freight (CFR) Asia prices are in Dollars per tonne and cents per pound conversions.
Price movements in the report are based on weekly consultations with a cross-section of market participants including producers, distributors and consumers, in particular those in the paints, plastics and paper industries.
The report predominantly covers Rutile grade which forms the basis for price quotations. Anatase grade which is generally cheaper is covered in the text where appropriate.
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In Asia, prices fell from an average of $2,800/tonne CFR (cost & freight) Asia early in the quarter to $2,750/tonne CFR Asia by the end of the quarter.
This was despite expectations of seasonal pick up at the end of the quarter, owing to ample supply and slower economic growth in Asia.
Several major producers tried to recover margins with price hikes of $100-150/tonne in the third quarter, but faced strong resistance from large buyers in the coating and plastic sectors amid competitive pricing from suppliers with inventory pressure.
Major Chinese producers, on the other hand, hiked up their prices about six times since April amid lower inventory levels with improved export sales, although domestic consumption remained lower than expected.
The uncertainty in the economic outlook for countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India because of political developments also led to cautious buyers, despite expectations of improved demand after the festive or monsoon season.
Moving forward, typical slow demand in the fourth quarter and ample supply would likely dampen the price outlook for the Asia TiO2 market.
Updated to Q3 2014
Updated to Q3 2014
Quarterly prices in the European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market increased slightly at the beginning of July due to strong negotiating pressure from producers in an attempt to improve margins.
While a large number of buyers achieved rollovers in their negotiations due to fairly balanced conditions, a significant minority also had small increases. As a result, ICIS prices were adjusted upwards by €0.02/kg to €2.27-2.47/kg free delivered (FD) northwest Europe (NWE).
Demand is currently weak in the market as a result of the ongoing geopolitical situation involving
The European Commission recently approved Huntsman’s acquisition of Rockwood’s TiO2 assets, with conclusion of the merger formally announced in October.
As a condition of this approval, Huntsman will sell its TR52 ink grade business to Chinese company Henan Billions Chemicals Co. Market participants expect that this will allow Henan to improve its penetration of the European market.
Negotiations for the fourth quarter are ongoing, with general market sentiment tending towards stable-to-soft pricing.
North American TiO2 contract prices remained steady during the third quarter of 2014, as most market sources had anticipated. But strong potential for weaker pricing persisted despite third-quarter initiatives of 6-8 cents/lb ($132-176/tonne).
Those efforts withered during the quarter, but sources were increasingly apprehensive about the typically slower fourth quarter ahead. Domestic material was steady in a range of $1.50-1.65/lb, although imported material - most of it sulphate-route material – was heard at much lower price levels, exerting downward price pressure on domestic pricing.
Upstream ilmenite ore was said unlikely to be bringing margin pressure either. Most sources say imports and flat to slightly improved year-over-year demand has not been strong enough to counterbalance ample supply. Sources said inventories still appeared to be in a range of six to eight weeks’ supply.
While some economic indices were still reading positive, some market players remained sceptical, saying the fourth-quarter slowdown was imminent if not already under way.
Updated to Q3 2014
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