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Updated to Q1 2020
Having off-loaded the bulk of their on-hand cargoes to the domestic market amid good local demand, many Chinese producers were not facing any significant inventory pressures going into the new year. However, stock levels may gradually start to accumulate after the festive holidays, in the wake of tepid domestic demand in China. Outside of China, supply remains ample, although some suppliers were seeking to limit allocations to Asia amid better margins in other regions.
Chinese demand in January is expected to taper down amid a holiday-shortened month. Downstream manufacturing units are expected to close ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays from 24-30 January this year. Consequently, TiO2 demand is expected to stay weak for most of the first quarter. Outside of China, cautious buying will likely remain the norm, amid skepticism that the US-China trade dispute could be imminently resolved.
Views on Europe TiO2 supply are mixed for the first quarter, because it all depends if demand picks up. If demand remains slow, supply is likely to remain good. However, if demand picks up, ahead of the spring coatings season, this could reduce supply flexibility. Although, increasing China capacity could counter this and mean that more volumes come to Europe.
While the first quarter is still low season for Europe TiO2 demand into the paints/coatings and plastics sectors, there may be some pick-up during the quarter, in preparation for the spring coatings/construction season. The extent of any seasonal pick-up in activity, however, will very much depend on how the economy fares.
Supply of domestic TiO2 in the first quarter of 2020 will remain ample following inventory build that began in late 2019 after typical year-end destocking was complete. Supply is expected to remain largely balanced with demand through the period, with full-year 2020 projected architectural paint demand modestly higher at 2-3% versus 2019.
North American demand for TiO2 in the first quarter of 2020 is expected to build slowly, for reasons including continued macroeconomic uncertainty and the typical mid-quarter start of paint blending ahead of the peak spring paint and coating season in the second quarter. Domestically, downstream architectural and automobile coatings demand is not expected to be robust, but moderate year-on-year volume improvement is widely expected in 2020.
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