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Updated to Q3 2019
Chinese suppliers were generally holding onto lean inventories for the most of Q3. Some suppliers temporarily ceased accepting new orders in late August due to low stock levels. Availability of chloride-based TiO2 pigments was noticeably tighter in comparison to that of suphate-based materials. Operating rates were curtailed toward the end of September, as some producers located in areas close to Beijing either shut or reduced operating rates in light of China’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
Demand gained traction in the first half of Q3, with some buyers seeking to stock up in early August to safeguard against potential price increases. There was also strong interest from traders, who deemed there to be limited risk of significant price declines, to secure some volumes. However, overall sentiment remains weighed down by slow macroeconomic conditions. Demand in India, especially from the downstream paint and coating sector, has been exceptionally weak due to a more intense and heavy than typical monsoon season.
Europe titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply has been ample for requirements. There have been a few unconfirmed reports of production cuts or output constraints, but this has not had an effect on general availability.
Demand remains muted and below levels seen this time last year.
North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply continued to be balanced to only moderately longer during the third 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. Domestic contract prices, however, did move higher for the third quarter, mostly on upstream pressure from tighter supply and higher costs of rutile and ilmenite ores.
Third-quarter 2019 demand for domestic TIO2 was mostly steady, though a moderate seasonal downtrend was just beginning to emerge on a below-average downstream architectural and automobile coatings season that significantly reduced year-on-year paint production. Although architectural-coatings demand for Asia TiO2 is relatively small, the US-China tariffs pushed costs higher for paper manufacturers. Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, but the ongoing storm season had not yet been interruptive to domestic TiO2 production.
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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: