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Titanium dioxide: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
The government’s decision to impose an environmentally friendly approach to manufacturing looks set to remain in place, with further waves of environmental inspections to come. As a result, the supply of Chinese titanium doixide (TiO2) exports is likely to remain curtailed in Q3. International supply outside of China is likely to remain ample.
The curtailed supply of Chinese material is likely to be off-set by weak demand. Downstream margins for titanium dioxide (TiO2) buyers have become increasingly squeezed, with many unable to pass on higher feedstock costs to end-users. Demand in China is likely to be driven mainly by exports, with domestic buying expected to remain tepid.
Some buyers and resellers expect availability to improve further in Q3, provided that imports remain available along with the ongoing ramp-up of Venator's Pori plant in Finland for specialty grades. Expectations of a slowdown in activity during the summer months is also likely to provide some further supply relief, according to some sources. In contrast, producers recently talked of continued tight supply this year on the back of healthy demand.
Buyers and resellers suggest that demand is likely to slow during the summer holidays. This cautious sentiment and expectations that the market is changing direction is likely to limit buying activity. Producers, in contrast, recently said the demand outlook for 2018 is positive. In its Q1 earnings call, Chemours' CEO Mark Vergnano said the company expects its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment demand to grow modestly more than GDP this year.
North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) market supply fundamentals are not expected to improve significantly during Q3, following peak 2Q seasonal demand for architectural coatings. However, slowing demand will moderately ease some of the chronic pigment shortage that has typified the market during the past two years.
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Titanium Dioxide Methodology
About Titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) occurs as odourless, colourless to white crystalline powder in two forms, anatase and rutile. Titanium dioxide is not flammable, explosive and gives no reason to fire risks.
The main use of TiO2 is as a white powder pigment used in products such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, food and cosmetics. Titanium dioxide also has good ultraviolet (UV) light resistance properties and is seeing growing demand in photocatalysts.
It is used in products such as paints and coatings, including glazes and enamels, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In particular, high performance grades of TiO2 are finding a growing market in the cosmetics sector and most toothpastes use TiO2.
Titanium dioxide is produced from either ilmenite, rutile or titanium slag. Titanium pigment is extracted by using either sulphuric acid (sulphate process) or chlorine (chloride route). The sulphate process employs simpler technology while the chloride route produces a purer product.