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European Titanium Dioxide In Short Supply, Titanium Dioxide Export Continue Benefitable

Tianhong Mining Co.,Ltd | Updated: Aug 23, 2018

Recently, European pigment manufacturers are facing a shortage of titanium raw materials because of the declining production of high-grade rutile and titanium slag by major producers such as Australia, Canada and South Africa.


Among them, ILUKA's closure of MurrayBasin has led to a reduction of 20,000 tons of rutile and white titanium in the market this year, which is reflected in the results announced by titanium dioxide producer Tronox. Besides, Sibelco's Stradbroke Island project is also about to close in a short term, therefore, the supply of 35,000 tons of rutile will be decreased in the market by 2020.


The supply shortage triggered a rise in rutile price in the third-quarter of this year. According to "Industrial Minerals" data released, from July 5 to mid-July, the CIF price of bulk packaging titanium dioxide from China export minimum 95% has increased from US$850-950 per ton to US$950-1100, and the FOB price from Australia also rose from US$800-900 per ton to US$930-1020.


The short supply of high-end raw materials such as rutile is pushing up the price of titanium dioxide, after all, only a few companies have the technical strength to adopt or switch other materials. For example, Kronos, the world's second-largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, bought 38% of global rutile last year, its delivery time of titanium dioxide is being delayed due to the current shortage of raw materials, even as long as 8 weeks.


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