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Updated to Q3 2018
Supply of titanium dioxide (TiO2) while not long, in view of reduced operating rates at many Chinese production plants, remains ample. Subdued demand amid the seasonal lull in China has resulted in many Chinese suppliers actively targeting the export market with additional volumes, where margins were more attractive. As a result of the depreciation of the yuan, margins for Chinese producers who exported TiO2 were not eroded significantly, and many were willing to reduce offers in order to export more volumes.
Demand in the third quarter was mostly lacklustre, especially in the paints and coatings sector, amid the seasonal lull for TiO2 pigments. The ongoing monsoon season in many parts of Asia further dampened demand for pigments. While downstream demand was noted to be better year on year, market players say it remains below expectations. On-going trade tensions between China and the US battered the Chinese yuan, resulting in muted demand for TiO2 imports in China.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply has become a well-supplied market during the third quarter. This is linked to ample supply from both western and Chinese sources, along with reduced-to-lower than expected activity during the summer period. Demand typically slows during the summer holiday period. However, there has been talk that activity has been more muted than expected during the third quarter in some cases this year, because of healthy stocks through the value chain and because of the expectation of lower prices.
European TiO2 demand has been slow-to-lower than expected during the third quarter for various reasons. Typically, activity slows during the third quarter, due to a number of player absences during the holiday period. While some players talked of a reduced activity in line with expectations for the time of the year, others referred to lower than expected demand during the third quarter, which they attributed to healthy stock levels on the buy-side and a softer price sentiment.
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply was tighter during Q2, helping push the quarterly contract price up by 5-6 cents/lb ($110-132/tonne). Some TiO2 customers said supply concerns and delivery delays created by a shortage of truck drivers were sometimes surpassing cost as a major market consideration. Delivery times were still about 60 days as the quarter came to an end, and imports continued to be somewhat inhibited by environmental strictures in Asia.
North America titanium dioxide (TiO2) buying interest heightened during the Q2 spring paint and coatings season, which is typically the strongest demand period of the year. Spring brought longer delivery times and pushed some customers towards new suppliers as demand pressured producers. For some downstream paint makers, the season brought more business than was projected, but a month into the summer, others described coatings demand as strong but perhaps weaker than last summer.
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