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Updated to Q2 2018
Asian titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply continues to be curtailed due to volatile operating rates at Chinese plants brought about by the government’s clamp down on industrial polluters. Some TiO2 manufacturers whose emissions standards do not meet government’s requirements continue to operate at reduced run-rates or remain temporarily shut. In early June, some plants in the eastern Shandong province of Qingdao were impacted by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, which resulted in a tighter supply of Chinese cargoes.
Although the onset of spring signals a peak consumption period, the upswing in buying momentum in 2018 was muted relative to last year. With domestic sales below expectations, most Chinese suppliers were unable to demand firmer prices amid the threat of a potential build-up in inventories. Buying appetite from many predominantly Muslim countries in southeast Asia was quiet, with demand for finished goods subdued due to Ramadan and the Eid holiday.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) buyers and resellers maintain that supply became more relaxed in Q2, compared to the tightness seen last year. They attributed this to some recent stock building and lower than expected demand in some cases. Producers, in contrast, talked of continued market tightness in 2018, despite higher levels of operation, which they attributed to a positive demand outlook.
Some buyers and resellers said demand was below expectations as Q2 is typically high season in the downstream paints and plastics sectors. However, some buyers and resellers suggested that buying activity had been diluted by recent stock building, a more cautious economic climate and expectations that the market is likely to change direction shortly. In contrast, a few buyers and producers said demand is faring well and in line with expectations for the time of year.
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply was tighter during Q2, helping push the quarterly contract price up by 5-6 cents/lb ($110-132/tonne). Some TiO2 customers said supply concerns and delivery delays created by a shortage of truck drivers were sometimes surpassing cost as a major market consideration. Delivery times were still about 60 days as the quarter came to an end, and imports continued to be somewhat inhibited by environmental strictures in Asia.
North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) buying interest heightened during the Q2 spring paint and coatings season, which is typically the strongest demand period of the year. Spring brought longer delivery times and pushed some customers towards new suppliers as demand pressured producers. For some downstream paint makers, the season brought more business than was projected, but a month into the summer, others described coatings demand as strong but perhaps weaker than last summer.
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