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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, most buyers achieved a rollover in prices for January-March titanium oxide (TiO2) shipments. The prices averaged at $2,800/tonne CFR (cost & freight) Asia at the end of the first quarter, according to ICIS pricing.
General sentiment was stable-to-weak, despite several price hike announcements, as the slower-than-expected demand from key China market after the Lunar New Year celebrations from end-January to early February weighed down on prices.
The slower demand was attributed to economy slowdown in China, leading to weaker Chinese yuan against the US dollar.
International producers maintained or reduced slightly their transaction prices in order to keep market shares as Chinese domestic producers reduced prices aggressively in a bid to move cargoes amid high inventory and weak demand.
Additionally, uncertainty in economic outlooks for countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India because of general elections led to a cautious TiO2 outlook for the first half of 2014 in Asia.
Hence, buyers expect prices to be rolled over for April contracts or increments of less than $100/tonne in view of a seasonal demand pick-up from major application in coating sectors.
Updated to mid-April 2014
Prices of titanium dioxide (TiO2) rolled over at €2.25-2.45/lb FD NWE in Q2 on the back of a stable market with steady demand.
Throughout the quarter, demand has been average to good, with respectable sales in downstream industries including coatings, paper and plastic.
Availability on the market is considered more than balanced, and good quantities of material are also available from China at low prices, although much of it in lower grades.
Producers have announced triple-digit price increases for Q3, claiming healthy demand and anticipating some reduction in availability from China due to factory closures.
Buyers have expressed scepticism about these increases, stating that availability in the market is high and that downstream demand, while reasonable, is not huge.
Updated to Q2 2014
North American TiO2 contract prices remained steady during the second quarter of 2014. Throughout the quarter, most buyers anticipated weaker prices because harsh winter conditions in some US regions had broadly delayed typical spring demand from the primary architectural coatings market.
Momentum began to build during the latter part of the quarter, stabilising prices despite ample inventory and overall soft demand. However, housing statistics and other economic data have been mixed over the past few months.
A buyer in the plastics compounding market said it had not seen Q2 prices fall, but neither had it seen inventories shrinking. The customer also noted ongoing trucking issues, which means moving product is difficult. A buyer in the architectural coatings market described the paint season as dismal, albeit better year on year.
Three of the major producers are seeking gains of 6-8 cents/lb ($132-176/tonne) for Q3. No price-hike initiatives for Q3 had been confirmed by the two other major pigment producers.
Updated to Q2 2014
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