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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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Updated to Q1 2015
Asian TiO2 prices were softer in the quarter ended March, slipping by $25/tonne from average prices of $2,600/tonne in December, amid slower-than-expected demand after the year-end lull.
Overall sentiment was weak as buying appetite was hit by the weakening euro, as well as major Asian currencies against the dollar. In addition the Chinese growth for 2015 was projected to slow down.
Producers were expecting most discussions to result in rollovers from the fourth quarter, given their manageable inventories, although larger buyers were exerting downward pressure in expectation of inventory pressures among sellers.
Domestic Chinese market sellers were looking for price hikes of around CNY300/tonne since early March in an attempt to recoup losses. Further, their inventories were described as balanced-to-tight on the back of overall lower operating rates since in the year-end-to-February period, which included the Lunar New Year holiday.
Updated to Q1 2015
European titanium dioxide (tiO2) contract prices fell in the first quarter of 2015, on the back of weak demand and good availability. Prices declined by €0.07-0.08/kilograms (kg) on average in the first quarter, taking values to €2.16-2.35/kg free delivered (FD) northwest Europe (NWE). Rollovers, along with lower and larger reductions were also heard, but they were not widely confirmed.
Availability in the European market was more than plentiful. Demand was subdued at the start of 2015 due to low season in the main downstream coatings sector and fragile economy in Europe. However, as the quarter progressed, producers said that demand in Europe was solid and seasonally improving in Europe, although buying and reselling sources said that demand was flat and they were yet to see any seasonal pick-up. There was a mixed import/export picture. Export demand to Russia had been impacted at the start of 2015 by rouble weakness and market uncertainty. However, strength of the US dollar against the euro meant that imports, particularly from Asia had lost competitiveness in Europe and there was talk of less being imported from Asia into Europe as a result. Exports to north America in particular were attractive, buoy
Updated to Q1 2015
North American TiO2 contract prices dropped steeply during the first quarter of 2015, on oversupply, cheap imports and seasonally low demand.
Prices dropped 10-15 cents/lb ($220-331/tonne) in Q1, although some buyers reported part of that decline in the fourth quarter of 2014.
TiO2 material was readily available in the domestic market, enough that no impact to the market was heard from temporary logistical disruptions during a harsher than normal winter.
The historic decline of the euro against the US dollar encouraged low-priced imports to the US as the two currencies reached near parity in mid-March.
Low-priced material from Asia also continued to be available, despite a labour dispute at west coast ports causing gridlock through most of the quarter.
The early days of the seasonal demand uptick from architectural coatings began in the final weeks of Q1, but sources said it is too early to determine the strength of the season.
TiO2 buyers expect US prices to decline in the second quarter due to continuing soft fundamentals and oversupply.
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