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Updated to Q4 2017
Supply in the fourth quarter was tight, although some market players say availability remained ample to cover requirements. Supply of Chinese exports remained snug, brought about by unprecedented increase of nationwide environmental inspections, especially in the first half of the quarter. While the government has not forced the larger, more established and modern TiO2 production plants to shut, the smaller-scaledTiO2 manufacturers who fail to abide by the government’s emissions rules have to contend with potential fines and temporary plant closures. Supply tightness eased in the second half of the quarter as downstream demand waned.
Demand for TiO2 pigments in China in the quarter was weak amid the winter lull season. Just as TiO2 production plants have been operating at reduced run-rates owing to nationwide environmental inspections, downstream capacities loss was also evident among TiO2 pigment buyers as well, as paint manufactures and other factories were forced to shut. Buying appetite outside of China has also been subdued, as margins for TiO2 buyers become increasingly squeezed owing to higher costs.
Updated to Q4 2017
There was some residual tightness in the European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market in early Q4, but this eased during the fourth quarter, amid a seasonal lull in activity, particularly from the main downstream paints sector. However, there was some talk that the improvement in supply flexibility was short-lived, as some buyers tried to re-build stocks and pre-buy in late 2017, in anticipation of a firmer price tendency for Q1 and some ongoing concerns about security of supply.
European TiO2 demand slowed seasonally from the main downstream paints and plastics sectors during the fourth quarter. However, demand from other sectors remained largely steady, as they are less susceptible to seasonal fluctuation. In addition, there was talk of pre-buying activity in some cases during the fourth quarter, which buoyed demand to some extent.
Updated to Q4 2017
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply remained chronically short during the fourth quarter of 2017, continuing to feel the effects of global capacity rationalisation in 2016 amid consistently strong buying interest during 2017. Further, environmental strictures on the production of TiO2 in Asia curtailed imports from that region, exacerbating supply pressure here and in Europe. Further, environmental strictures on the production of TiO2 in Asia curtailed imports from that region, exacerbating supply pressure here and in Europe. While a seasonal downturn during the fourth quarter kept supply tightness from worsening, producers were still seeing supply constraints strong enough to push through 5-7 cents/lb in price gains during the weakest quarter of the year.
Healthy domestic TiO2 demand extended further than usual into the fourth quarter of 2017 on warm weather and some reported spikes in demand after Hurricane Harvey stuck the US Gulf in late August and Hurricane Irma followed close on its heels, striking the US southeast. The need for pigment-containing materials such as tarps, trash bags and window profiles tarps increased, at least temporarily, strengthening demand during the typically soft fourth quarter.
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