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Updated to Q4 2018
Supply fundamentals are expected to remain fairly unchanged. Domestic supply in China is expected to remain impacted by the ongoing environmental protection efforts in the country, with some TiO2 production plants continuing to operate at reduced run-rates. International supply is expected to remain ample relative to demand in the fourth quarter.
Chinese buyers could seek to stock-up on some TiO2 pigments in late September and early October after their holidays. In India, demand is also likely to experience an up-tick ahead of the festive holidays. However, demand is expected to quieten down again toward the end of the year with the onset of the winter months.
European TiO2 supply is likely to remain good, if not increase during the fourth quarter, provided plant reliability is good and if imports from China remain readily available. The expected seasonal slowdown in activity could also lead to greater availability, although producers are likely to take measures to align supply to demand to prevent any imbalance.
European TiO2 demand is likely to slow during the fourth quarter on seasonal factors. The main downstream paints and plastics sectors typically enter into low season during the winter. On top of this, Q4 activity is normally reduced because of the Christmas holidays and because of stricter inventory management requirements at year-end for working capital reasons.
North America TiO2 market supply fundamentals are not expected to improve significantly during the final quarter of the year, but supply strain will continue to ease marginally during the fourth quarter when a downstream slowdown takes some pressure off inventories. Some pent-up demand will keep supply moderately lagging demand, however.
The domestic TiO2 market will continue to see softening demand as the fourth quarter begins, but buying interest will continue to outpace year-ago levels, based partly on prolonged demand stemming from wildfires in the first half of 2018 and flooding damage from Hurricane Florence. Both will heighten pigment demand early next year.
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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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Among the ones to watch: