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Updated to Q3 2017
Supply of TiO2 in Asia was balanced-to-short for most of Q3. Availability of exported materials from China was particularly short, as TiO2 plants in the country remain either shut or running at reduced operating rates, amid ongoing strict inspections of chemical factories in China for environmental compliance. The Chinese government’s environmental campaign has been on-going since last year, but market players said that the crackdown since late July has been one of the strictest that the country has yet seen.
The stricter environmental standards in China have led to not only the shutdowns of small-scale TiO2 production plants, but also downstream paint manufacturing factories in the country. This has been viewed by market participants as limiting China’s demand for TiO2 pigments. Interest in imports among Chinese participants was moot, and spot trade was understood to be mostly confined within the domestic front in Q3. Buyers in other parts of Asia were fairly active in the spot market, with most seeking to secure some lots before spot prices escalated further.
Updated to Q3 2017
Supply in Europe remained at a reduced level in Q3, because of Huntsman’s extended output disruption at its Pori plant in Finland, producers’ ongoing strict inventory controls and ongoing healthy demand.
Demand fared well during the third quarter, despite the summer holidays, with little-to-no sign of any lull in activity. Sources said, buyers continued to purchase volumes, despite the holidays, because of ongoing concerns about the security of supply.
Updated to Q3 2017
North American US titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply remained chronically tight during the third quarter, stemming mostly from the lingering effects of global capacity rationalisation in 2016 and stronger demand that began to emerge early this year. With only a couple of production sites in the US Gulf Coast area, manufacturing was not interrupted by Hurricane Harvey, although storm-related logistics were stymied, which kept upward pressure on quarterly pricing.
Domestic titanium dioxide (TiO2) demand dropped off after the peak US spring coatings season, but remained steady during most of the third quarter. While production sites in the region were not directly affected, Hurricane Harvey’s disruption of transportation logistics impeded railcar and truck traffic in the US Gulf Coast. US Gulf shipping traffic also was adversely affected, sources said. Typically, seasonal demand would have continued to weaken throughout the quarter, but sources suggested it was steady partly because of storm-related constraints.
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