China tio2 slag imports and tio2 exports analysis in the first half of 2020

  1. According to customs statistics, China imported about 200,000 tons of titanium slag in June, a year-on-year increase of 22.41% and a month-on-month decrease of 37.94%. The top three countries in terms of imports are: Australia, 70,481 tons, Mozambique, 62,141 tons, and Vietnam, 27,301 tons, respectively. At 36%, 32%, 14%.


Summary of tio2 exported by China from May. 2020.

From Jan.2020 to May 2020, the China exported 482327 metric tons of titanium dioxide to 128 countries/regions. The largest importer is India, imported 48736MT of tio2 from China. In the end of the rank, it is Trinidad and Tobago, imported 2MT of tio2 from China.
titanium dioxide imported from China Jan.-May 2020 top20.
During the first three months of 2020, in the pandemic of COVID-19 in China, the importers rush to make stock. And you can see that the volume in this period was not jumped down heavily. But when it came to the April and May, with the spreading of COVID-19 globally, the major economy had shut down, and volume was just less than half of its in March and hit the historically low point.
titanium dioxide imported from China Jan. to Mar. 2020
“Now with the reopening of the economy in major economy, we have very good reason to believe that the needs will gradually back to normal.”, as to the expert estimated.
With the historically shrinking of needs in tio2 industry, the price hit a new low in the early of June 2020, and then kept stable for a month. But in the end of this month, the market seems to smell the opportunity for price increases, and some of the daredevils are giving it a try to intrease it.

Major plastic grade tio2 application comparison

What is the best tio2 for plastic industry?
To answer this question, we made a comparion, the restults as following:

Extrusion process using TINOX® R-2280 TiO2-plastic grade

TINOX R-2280, a high-performance SP-rutile TiO2 pigment for plastic applications gives outstanding optical
properties and is also optimized due to post-treatment for required use at higher process temperatures.

R-2280 pigment surface

The forecasted wave of price increases of TiO2 is coming in China

The influence of RBM’s Halt production is now able to see. The price increase in this season was successfully forecasted. The RBM situation is the main driven force that does not have a clear future until now. Combined with the pre-Chinese New Year, the orders from overseas now jammed the China TiO2 industry. Under this price increasing trend, some supplier unilaterally cancels the order in “BAD” payment terms as they said, which in another way increasing the tense of the market.
Herewith attach several PRICE INCREASE NOTICE for reference.

China's titanium dioxide market analysis in December 2019 and the market forecast for the beginning of 2020

In the whole year of 2019, China’s titanium dioxide market experienced five stages of ups and downs. At the end of the year, the price has fallen to a certain extent compared with the beginning of the year. At present, the price of Chinese rutile titanium dioxide FOB price is 1950.00 usd/ton—2200 usd/ton, anatase titanium dioxide FOB is from 1700 usd/ton to 1800 usd/ton. Among them, the market price of Lonmong Billions announced a total of 4 times price increase, respectively on February 12, March 7, August 15, and September 3. The declines were in January, July, and November.
China market TiO2 price trend in 2019 (Jan. to Nov., FOB CN port)
After entering December, due to the suspension of operation of Richards Bay in South Africa, the situation of raw materials is further strained. At the same time, due to the increasing cost of titanium raw materials manufacturers in China, titanium dioxide manufacturers have to consider whether to conduct price increases or halt for maintenance. At present, Most manufacturers have chosen the former and announced price increases ranging from 30-50 usd/ton to offset the cost pressure brought by the continuous price increase of titanium raw materials.
Chinese tio2 import and export from 2008-2019
In January 2020, due to the traditional Chinese New Year holiday, China’s titanium dioxide market is expected to maintain the current price increase trend. At the same time, the titanium dioxide supply may be in short and tight in general. It is expected that large-scale price increases will occur in February. At the same time, due to the influence of titanium raw materials, the production cost of chlorinated titanium dioxide will be greatly increased, and the supply of high-quality titanium ore and high slag will continue to be tight.

Roland Wong, Market Researcher
Dusseldorf, Germany

EU Commission classifies titanium dioxide in powder form

On 4 October, the European Commission decided to classify titanium dioxide in powder form as a substance “suspected of causing cancer in humans”.

This follows an expert hearing (CARACAL) in September in which several EU Member States rejected the classification of titanium dioxide as a carcinogenic. In addition to being classified in category 2 as substance “suspected of causing cancer in humans”, the pigment is added to the list of substances under the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP).

New cost-saving durable anticorrosive and antibacterial coatings

Scientists recently prepared Na-P-zeolite from kaolin and subjected it to a cation-exchange process to achieve anticorrosive and antibacterial effects.

In a new work, Na-P-zeolite was prepared from kaolin and subjected to a cation-exchange process. Source: Coprid –

Clariant expands catalyst production in China

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced a significant expansion of its catalyst production facility in Panjin, Liaoning Province in northeastern China.

MA is an important component of polymers and coatings for the construction, automotive, shipbuilding and energy industries. Source: ra2 studio –
MA is an important component of polymers and coatings for the construction, automotive, shipbuilding and energy industries. Source: ra2 studio – st…
A double-digit million euro investment will further optimise the existing plant and enable the installation of a production line for Clariant’s maleic anhydride (MA) production catalysts. Production is expected to increase from 1.75 million tonnes in 2018 to 2.07 million tonnes in 2022. MA is an important component of polymers and coatings for the construction, automotive, shipbuilding and energy industries.

Majority of EU countries vote against Commission proposal on titanium dioxide classification

In an expert hearing (CARACAL) last week, several EU Member States rejected the classification of titanium dioxide as carcinogenic. However, the Commission has announced that it will continue the process anyway.
A total of nine EU Member States have rejected the regulatory package for various reasons. However, it is not the case that the rejecting countries all reject the classification for the same reasons. There are, for example, countries that tend to reject labelling in principle, but there are also a few that regard labelling as too lax.

On the other hand, six Member States voted in favour. The Commission’s current proposal provides that liquid mixtures should not be labelled, but powder coatings should be.

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