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Updated to Q1 2019
The gap between Chinese export spot prices and quarterly contract prices of other international TiO2 producers remains persistently wide, propagating concerns that international contract prices had room to fall further in the first quarter. Chinese export volumes are likely to remain readily available relative to demand.
Chinese domestic demand is likely to remain tepid, as the seasonal lull for pigments from the downstream paints and coatings sector in winter continues. While the US and China have currently agreed to halt additional tariffs, market players remain wary of how trade negotiations between the two will proceed.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply is likely to remain ample during the first quarter of 2019, provided that there are no unplanned issues. This is as demand from the main end sectors typically remains in low season during the winter and if imports in Europe remain available. The supply situation is likely to remain relaxed, if buying activity remains muted. There is, however, some talk of possible production adjustments in certain cases which could mitigate any market length, but this has not been officially confirmed.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) demand is likely to remain muted during the first quarter of 2019 for seasonal reasons. The main downstream paints and plastics sectors is typically in low season during the winter. Buying activity could also continue to be stifled if market sentiment remains bearish and taking into account economic and political uncertainty.
The North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) market will remain essentially under-supplied during the first quarter of 2019 in the absence of any planned additional domestic capacity. Although supply stress eased as demand weakened seasonally during the previous quarter, supply strain may return ahead of the US spring paint and coatings season.
While some pent-up domestic TiO2 demand from downstream architectural coatings is likely from hurricanes and California wildfire damage in 2018, at least a marginally stronger 2019 paint and coatings season is anticipated. Forecasts of a broadly milder winter this year, however, may further strengthen demand for TiO2 pigment.
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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.
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: