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Updated to Q4 2019
Supply of titanium dioxide (TiO2) was ample throughout the last quarter, and buyers had no issues sourcing for TiO2 requirements. Late in the year, Chinese producers actively sought to off-load TiO2 cargoes ahead of the calendar year end, in a bid to liquidate outstanding inventories. Consequently, some market players expect Chinese export volumes in November and December to register increases over the previous months.
Demand in Q4 2019 was sluggish for the most part, as slow global macroeconomic fundamentals weakened consumption in the key downstream sectors. Some buyers requested volume cuts for Q4 contracts, as slow downstream demand resulted in higher inventory levels of finished goods, and diminished buyers’ requirements for feedstock TiO2 pigments. In China, demand picked up toward the end of 2019, as buyers and traders began re-stocking activities in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holidays.
General European titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply was good during the fourth quarter, despite some upstream constraints, which were offset by seasonally slowing demand from the main paints and plastics sector.
Europe TiO2 demand from the main paints and plastic sectors is typically in low season during the fourth quarter. The fragile economic climate and the shorter working month in December due to the holidays also limited activity.
North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply continued to be balanced to only moderately longer during the fourth quarter of 2019, mostly on inhibited demand stemming from early-year economic headwinds – including the ongoing US-China trade dispute – and subdued downstream demand from the architectural- and automotive-coatings markets. The mostly weak period held Q4 contract prices steady amid a blend of residual destocking and inventory build as buying interest dried up during major year-end holidays.
Demand for domestic TIO2 in the fourth quarter of 2019 mostly diminished on typical seasonality, but some latent paint demand emerged in November and early December. That mild surge was attributed to a wet September-October period during which some paint makers often see a final surge of buying interest each year. Year-end delivery times were heard at an average of 30 days or fewer, and some customer inventories varied widely, encompassing as many as 45 days of supply.
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Titanium Dioxide is a pigment marketed in rutile or anatase crystalline forms. Rutile grade is the main driver, with 90% of the market compared with 10% for anatase grade.
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) occurs as odourless, colourless to white crystalline powder in two forms, anatase and rutile. Titanium dioxide is not flammable, explosive and gives no reason to fire risks.
The main use of TiO2 is as a white powder pigment used in products such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, food and cosmetics. Titanium dioxide also has good ultraviolet (UV) light resistance properties and is seeing growing demand in photocatalysts.
It is used in products such as paints and coatings, including glazes and enamels, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In particular, high performance grades of TiO2 are finding a growing market in the cosmetics sector and most toothpastes use TiO2.
Titanium dioxide is produced from either ilmenite, rutile or titanium slag. Titanium pigment is extracted by using either sulphuric acid (sulphate process) or chlorine (chloride route). The sulphate process employs simpler technology while the chloride route produces a purer product.
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The near-term North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) landscape will be dotted with signs of change – some anticipated, others perhaps not.
Among the ones to watch: