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Titanium dioxide: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Supply in Q4 is likely to remain tight. Most market players believe that spot availability of Chinese export cargoes will continue to remain limited, as long as the environmental protection measures continue to be enforced and plants in the country continue to remain shut. Market players were uncertain as to how long the Chinese government’s environmental campaign and crackdown on polluters in the country will last.
The stricter environmental standards in China will likely continue to impact operating rates at downstream paint manufacturing factories in the country, which in turn is likely to put a dent on demand for TiO2 pigments. The downstream paints and coatings sector in particular typically sees weak demand for TiO2 pigments in the winter months.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply is likely to remain at a reduced lvel during the fourth quarter, even if there is a slowdown from the main demand sectors. This is because stocks have been at a low level for some time and it is likely to take a while before they are rebuilt. In addition, producers are expected to keep a strict eye on inventory levels. Huntsman's extended output disruption at its TiO2 plant at Pori in Finland, following a fire in early 2017, is also likely to remain a major consideration.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) demand from the downstream paints and plastics sectors is expected to be slower during the fourth quarter, because of the colder winter months.
US TiO2 supply will remain tight during the fourth quarter, although it is typically the weakest period in the year - when producers usually begin to de-stock because of looming tax considerations and there is a drop off in demand from the coatings and construction market. Market sources expect tight supply to persist for the near term, and well into next year, especially if demand levels continue to remain healthy.
Demand during the fourth quarter typically declines notably due to a slowdown in the coatings and construction markets and fewer workdays during the US Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) sources, however, anticipate more stable Q4 demand amid reparation efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which could include heightened interest in products such as tarps, window profiles and plastic bags. There is debate, however, as to whether demand will begin to gain significant momentum late in the quarter or become more evident early next year.
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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.