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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.
The commentary covers the developments impacting on supply/demand balances, price movements, production information where applicable, import/export trends and evolution of upstream and downstream markets.
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Updated to Q3 2016
Asia titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices rose for a second consecutive quarter amid tight supply in Q3. Producers pushed through higher prices in a bid to recoup lost margins following price erosions over the past two years.
Overall supply levels in Q3 remain tight. Chinese producers were operating plants at reduced run rates due to the Chinese government intensifying efforts to enforce stricter environmental laws and crack down on polluters in the country.
Buyers who turned to non-Chinese producers in search of cargoes reported that requests for additional volumes were turned down. Spot availability for non-Chinese cargoes was similarly tight in the quarter due to production issues in other regions.
Buyers lamented the firmer prices amid weak downstream demand. Most struggled to pass the increased prices further downstream amid poor macroeconomic conditions in Asia.
Updated to Q3 2016
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices mostly firmed during Q3, driven by restricted supply and producers’ underlying need to restore lost profitability. The latter followed price erosion from the end of 2014 until early 2016, but this saw a sharp reversal in Q3 when prices jumped €100-150/tonne across various sectors. This took prices to €1.96-2.25/kg in Q3. While a similar level was noted for both sulphate and chloride-based TiO2, there was some feeling that price rises were slightly higher for chloride-based product when compared to sulphate-based TiO2. Some sources suggested that this was because chloride-based TiO2 was on the tighter side. While the general price sentiment was up by at least three digits for Q3, a few rollovers or lower increases of €50-80/tonne were also heard. However, the latter were seen to be exception rather than the rule.
Updated to Q3 2016
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices were assessed higher during the third quarter of 2016 on steady summer demand. Depending on typical volumes purchased by individual customers, recent increases varied but fell short of separately proposed increases of 7-10 cents/lb.
Peak demand during the US spring paint and coatings season had diminished, but year-on-year demand levels continued to be somewhat improved compared with the same period a year earlier.
One producer said its spring and summer TiO2 global sales volumes were up by 4% year on year, and that its inventory days were in the mid-40s. A market analyst had estimated TiO2 inventories at similar levels versus 90 days’ supply two years earlier.
Many customers have said fourth-quarter 7 cents/lb price-hike efforts separately proposed by most of the US producers will not likely succeed during the seasonally weakest demand period of the year. Sources said inventories were already beginning to grow because of seasonally waning pigment demand.
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