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Updated to Q4 2020
Chinese supply was snug in general, with producers citing healthy demand in China. Many said that they did not face any inventory pressure. Despite a slight demand slowdown in China in December, many said they still they had enough orders from the exports market. Some plants were heard running at below regular rates for various reasons in December, but not all were confirmed.
Demand was generally stable in Asia and in China. Chinese domestic demand was said to have slowed down towards the end of the year as cold weather impeded works, thereby dampening demand. Export demand was stable. With prices on the rise, buyers generally took a wait-and-see stance and eventually bought in small volumes. In India, post-Diwali demand was said to be healthy with some renovation works in the country supporting the painting sector.
The market moved from balanced to snug during Q4 2020, as downstream recovery for affected sectors, import delays and the bullish Asian sentiment led to more domestic sourcing.
Europe consumption bucked the typical low-season trend in Q4, amid downstream recovery, supply security concerns and Brexit stock-build provisions. The tight and bullish Asian sentiment and import delays also triggered more domestic demand within Europe.
North America TiO2 supply remained broadly steady during Q4, with producers continuing to pace production rates with unseasonably strong demand that emerged later in the year, mostly from construction markets, which were led by residential builds. Although domestic truck and truck driver shortages persist, pigment delivery times averaged four or fewer weeks, with inventories said to be at 45-60 days supply. Supply into the do-it-yourself (DIY) sector remained strong.
Contrary to typical year-end patterns, Q4 TiO2 demand increased from homebuilding and the much-smaller automobile coatings sectors, while commercial coatings continued to lag. Much of that buying interest was attributed to pent-up demand stemming from previous spring coronavirus lockdowns, which led to the cancellation of construction projects and the temporary shutdowns of most automobile production, and from some restocking for early 2021. A persistent coronavirus kept the do-it-yourself (DIY) paint sector robust.
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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: