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Updated to Q2 2017
Asian titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices were bullish for most of second quarter (Q2) 2017, with the bulk of quarterly contracts concluded higher as global supply levels remained tight. Spot availability in the Chinese market was severely curtailed for most of the quarter, supporting prices on an FOB (free on board) China basis. At the forefront of buyers’ concerns, was securing sufficient volumes for Q2 requirements. Some were seeking to procure more cargoes in Q2 than required, amid concerns that contract prices in Q3 and Q4 would escalate further. However, such requests for additional cargoes were mostly rejected by producers in Asia and Europe, who have limited additional volumes available after fulfilling contractual obligations with regular customers. Irregular supply of Chinese TiO2 spot cargoes in the early half of Q2 further increased dependency on other international suppliers. Prices of Chinese exports showed signs of softening towards the end of Q2, as supply tightness has begun to ease amongst smaller Chinese producers.
Updated to Q2 2017
The European TiO2 contract price rose sharply in the second quarter on tight supply, taking prices to €2.34-2.55/kg FD (Free Delivered) NWE (northwest Europe) - the highest level since the quarterly contract price began in the fourth quarter of 2013.
For the second quarter of 2017, price rises of €200-230/tonne were typical for standard paints and coatings-grade TiO2.
Lower rises and larger price hikes of €250/tonne plus were also mentioned in certain cases for standard paints and coatings-grade TiO2 or for specialties, but this was not seen to reflect the general market trend.
The European TiO2 market remained tight during the second quarter, with volumes being allocated, deliveries being postponed and lead times continuing to be lengthy.
The tightness was linked to several factors such as producers’ strict inventory controls since the end of 2015, along with restructuring measures that have been implemented in Europe and globally over the past few years.
Huntsman’s TiO2 plant fire at Pori, in Finland, which occurred in early 2017 and the lengthy output disruption at Pori has added to the tension in supply. Other supply/logistical constraints in the market and seasonally healthy demand from the main sectors were also contributing to the market tightness.
Updated to Q2 2017
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices settled higher by 7 cents/lb during the second quarter of 2017 on continued momentum from seasonal demand peaks within the US paint and coatings season, as well as tight global supply.
Current third-quarter initiatives seek increases of 6-7 cents/lb. Two buyers said increases have begun to be implemented, with smaller accounts taking a full increase of 7 cents/lb.
Two North American autumn TiO2 price-hike efforts surfaced during the second quarter. Chemours was said to be seeking increases of 10 cents/lb from specialty plastics and durable coatings makers, and an increase of 6 cents/lb for standard TiO2 products, a customer said.
Huntsman was the first TiO2 producer to announce a third round of initiatives this year, saying its spinoff Venator Materials intends to increase its domestic TiO2 price by 8 cents/lb, effective 1 June. Kronos was heard to have notified customers of planned increases, also targeting late third-quarter or early fourth-quarter implementation.
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