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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 Q1 2016
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices in Asia remained at $1,900-2,100/tonne CFR (cost & freight) Asia for the first quarter of 2016. Major global producers had previously attempted to increase offers early in the year, but faced strong resistance from buyers due to weak downstream demand. Market sentiment in the downstream paint and coatings sector remained bearish for most of Q1 owing to weak macroeconomic fundamentals.Persistent oversupply in the region further hindered producers’ attempts at a price hike. In early February, several plants in China scaled down production across the Lunar New Year holidays, helping to ease high inventory pressures faced earlier. The arrival of warmer months in March typically sees an uptick in downstream demand, but 2016 saw demand remain uncharacteristically flat due to a sluggish global economy. Market participants acknowledged that prices at current levels are likely to be unsustainable in the long run, as many producers are currently operating at negative margins.
Updated to Q1 2016
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices were largely quoted lower for the first quarter of 2016, although rollovers were also agreed in some cases. This was despite a flurry of price hike announcements from several producers from 1 January amid continued profitability concerns. However, ongoing structural oversupply and low season in the downstream paints and coatings sector remained the overriding factors.
Prices slipped below €1,900/tonne FD for low-end business in the first quarter, which represents the lowest level since the ICIS quarterly contract price reference began in October 2013.
Average price reductions of €30-50/tonne were typically heard for the first quarter. However, in terms of absolute numbers, first-quarter contract prices in the mid €1,800s to mid €2,000s/tonne FD (free delivered) northwest Europe were seen to be most realistic on a gross basis and the range for the first quarter has been changed to €1.86-2.05/kg accordingly. This reflects a decrease of €50/tonne from both ends of the range from the previous quarter.
Updated to Q1 2016
North American TiO2 contract prices were assessed weaker by an average of 5 cents/lb ($110/tonne) during the first quarter of 2016 on continued soft fundamentals and more in line with ranges confirmed during the quarter. The Q1 contract price range was assessed at $1.15-1.25/lb.
Consensus, however, was difficult to ascertain, with some buyers seeing no decrease during the first three months of the year while other market participants confirmed prices had weakened amid ongoing supply overhang, competitively priced imports and slack demand.
Although early signs of a demand uptick during the peak Q2 US spring paint and coatings season were beginning to surface, conditions remained soft enough for a mixed outlook on the success of current price-hike initiatives averaging 7 cents/lb, which would be implemented in Q2, if they are successful. A couple of buyers have suggested, however, that domestic TiO2 producers will not achieve price increases until perhaps Q3.
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