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Updated to Q4 2016
Asia titanium dioxide (TiO2) market prices increased for a third consecutive quarter on the back of tight supply in Q4. Producers raised their offer prices regularly to recoup higher production costs. Producers in China faced production issues as a result of more regular and strictly enforced shut downs ordered by the environmental inspection authorities to curb water and air pollution during winter months. Feedstock ilmenite prices also rose on higher transportation costs and limited production capacity because of environment inspections. Spot availability for non-Chinese cargoes were tight as well due to production issues in other regions. However, buyers were not ready to fully accept the new price reality, and a wide buy-sell gap hampered trades in the region. Buyers in southeast Asia only managed to procure cargoes at hand-to-mouth level in reaction of the price increases. Many lamented that they struggled to pass through the price hikes in TiO2 to their downstream customers amid lukewarm demand in Asia. Demand in India was severely affected by the demonetisation reforms carried out by the Indian government. Paints and coating industries which procure TiO2 are negatively impacted by the reform which decreased the demand for TiO2 in India significantly.
Updated to Q1 2017
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices largely settled up in the first quarter due to producers' underlying profitability needs amid higher upstream costs and reduced availability. The lack of competitiveness of Asian imports also added to the firmer sentiment in Europe.
The first quarter price rise marks the fourth consecutive quarter of price rises in Europe, which is in stark contrast to the steep price erosion seen from early 2014 until early 2016, according to ICIS price data. First quarter price rises of €80-100/tonne were mainly heard for standard paints and coatings grade TiO2.
While similar price rises were valid for sulphate and chloride grade product, in terms of actual numbers, prices were largely quoted closely around €2,100-2,150/tonne FD (free delivered) or slightly above for sulphate-based TiO2, and up to €2,300-2,350/tonne FD NWE, mainly for chloride-based product.
Taking into account the firmer sentiment, as well as the price levels heard, first quarter European TiO2 contract prices were assessed at €2.11-2.35/kg (kilogram) FD NWE or €2,110-2,350/tonne FD NWE.
Updated to Q1 2017
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices were assessed higher by 5-7 cents/lb ($110-154/tonne) during the first quarter of 2017 on better-than-expected demand and more balance in the domestic market.
Rationalisation of some global capacity over the past 18 months, including some in the US, helped to eliminate some of the chronic overcapacity in the market, but the US remains a prolific net exporter of its chloride-route material to Asia, Europe and other regions.
In March, talk shifted to potential second-quarter outcomes. Most sources expect this year’s spring coatings season will be moderately stronger than in 2016.
Meanwhile, newer initiatives are appearing in the market for separate increases of 7 cents/lb, effective 1 March. With price protection, implementation would be on or after 1 June, if successful.
A buyer suggested gains are possible with demand continuing to strengthen during the remainder of March and throughout the US spring and summer paint and coatings season.
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