The ICIS titanium dioxide (TiO2) price reports are published weekly as a global report and a CIS report. The global market intelligence gathered by our locally-based reporters, has contract prices for Europe and US and market prices for Asia.
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Titanium dioxide: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
North American TiO2 contract prices are expected to rise during Q1 2017. Sources anticipate more of a sellers’ market on more balanced supply and demand conditions stemming from the strong spring coatings season in 2016. Assuming moderate winter weather, paint blending will ramp up during Q1 ahead of typical peak demand during the US spring paint and coatings season in Q2.
European TiO2 Q1 prices are likely to rise as €150-200/tonne hikes have been proposed recently in view of higher upstream costs. Low stock levels from producers and more expensive Asian imports also contribute to a firmer price sentiment in Europe for Q1. Availability remains reduced in early Q1 and lead times are talked at around a month for forecasted contract volumes.
Asian TiO2 Q1 prices will rise as $150/tonne hikes have been proposed by all the multi-national companies selling in the region. Tight supply prevails in Asia, especially in China. Spot prices for FOB China has been firmer since November 2016 on the back of higher upstream ilmenite prices and reduced operating rates because of stricter environmental inspections ordered by the government. Downstream demand varies with China and southeast Asia have seen healthy demand whereas demand from India has been tepid because of the recent demonetisation reform.
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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.