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Titanium dioxide: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract price increases for the third quarter were imminent as the period got underway, with customers largely expecting gains to be implemented at the top of the proposed 6-7 cent/lb increase range on continuing healthy seasonal demand amid globally tight supply. Meanwhile, fourth-quarter initiatives of 6-10 cents/lb, which would take effect just before or after 1 October, were said likely to foster more customer pushback, given the pace and magnitude of pigment increases since late in 2016.
In Europe, third-quarter contract price momentum remained on an upward track, driven by ongoing market tightness. Buying and re-selling sources said the upward trajectory is continuing into the third quarter because supply remains short and demand robust. Strengthening of the euro and improved supply in Asia may help somewhat temper price gains, however. Some sources expect demand to be lower in the third quarter because of some downstream summer plant turnarounds, but others said they anticipate no summer-demand slowdown.
In Asia, tight TiO2 inventory is expected to ease in the third quarter after lacklustre domestic demand during the past quarter. Major producers in China adopted a softer stance, appearing more willing to engage in discussions for spot cargoes. That led some market players to believe that sentiment in the third quarter may be more bearish for Chinese cargoes. Globally, supply is expected to remain tight in the third quarter.
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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.