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Updated to Q2 2020
Some producers are either shut or running at reduced run-rates in view of government-imposed lockdowns. Even as logistical operations and Chinese operating rates have gradually recovered, conditions outside of China are only just beginning to deteriorate. Some shipments have been delayed by around two weeks, owing to logistical supply chain disruptions. Such conditions could persist for the first half of Q2. However, any supply constraints remain overshadowed by severely curtailed downstream demand.
TiO2 demand in southeast Asia and India is likely to take a beating in, as more regions implement lockdowns to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Labour shortages and logistical disruptions threaten to put a damper on demand in the coming months. The sentiment of buyers outside of China is one of caution. Buyers are mainly opting for a wait-and-see stance, in order to assess the economic fallout of the fast-spreading coronavirus before making purchases.
Supply could improve in Q2, despite lower demand from key construction and automotive end-sectors due to the coronavirus impact and weakened economy. However, availability in Europe will also depend on import flow from Asia and feedstock supply and the effects of any residual coronavirus disruption.
Main TiO2 paints demand from the construction sector traditionally picks up in Q2, but this seasonal effect is likely to be curbed by the coronavirus outbreak. Even when the lockdown measures in Europe ease, temporary downstream automotive stoppages are over and suspended construction projects restart, the weakened economy is likely to weigh on sentiment.
US TiO2 supply during the second quarter of 2020 is expected to be remain ample, especially if the coronavirus continues to escalate, diminishing demand from major downstream construction and automobile markets. Ongoing quarantine mandates will preclude large paint-contractor projects because of manpower shortages, but tight upstream ore supply will continued to pressure pricing in the second half of the year. Inventories are expected to remain at normal levels of 45-60 days of supply.
Demand for US TiO2 during the second quarter of 2020 is expected to weaken on anticipated slowdowns in US construction and automobile manufacturing during the period of typically peak demand from those markets. A recent survey indicated that some polled paint contractors have cancelled some or all of their planned April and May projects, stemming from shelter-in-place constraints and concerns about potential worker and customer exposure to the coronavirus, likely boosting the do-it-yourself (DIY) market.
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