Manufacturers Suffer, as Prices of TIO2 Continue to Rise

04/08/11

Titanium dioxide is the most widely used white pigment because of its brightness and very high refractive index. Approximately 4 million tons of pigmentary TiO2 are consumed annually worldwide, the majority of which is used to provide whiteness and opacity in the manufacture of plastics. Recent years have seen the pigment suffer a significant price rise affecting Plastics Manufacturers Worldwide. Commeting, Chris Spooner of Silvergate Plastics, said:

"I am staggered at the magnitude and frequency of increases. The expectation is that this trend will continue throughout 2012. The cost to manufacture the product is going up rapidly, so this will be reflected in further TiO2 pigment price increases."

DuPont Titanium Technologies Announces a Price Increase for Ti-Pure® Titanium Dioxide Products Sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Wilmington, DE, July 20, 2011

Effective Sept. 1, 2011, DuPont Titanium Technologies announces a net price increase of 500 Euros per metric tonne, or as permitted by contract, for all DuPontu2122 Ti-Pure® titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades for all countries in which invoicing is in Euro, namely the countries of Western and Central Europe and the North African region. 

In addition, effective Sept. 1, 2011, DuPont Titanium Technologies announces a net price increase of $700 per metric tonne (USD), or as permitted by contract, for all DuPontu2122 Ti-Pure® titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades for all countries in which invoicing is in U.S. dollar, namely the countries of Eastern Europe, Middle East and the Sub-Saharan African region.

KRONOS WORLDWIDE, INC. ANNOUNCES A PRICE INCREASE FOR ALL TITANIUM DIOXIDE PRODUCTS SOLD IN EUROPE
Jul 28, 2011 — CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY 

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. today announced a price increase for all titanium dioxide products sold in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Turkey.
Effective September 1, 2011, or as permitted by contract, prices for all Kronos® titanium dioxide products sold in Western Europe and Turkey will be increased by a minimum of 500 Euro per metric ton (or equivalent in other currencies).
In the US dollar markets of Eastern Europe the price increase will be 700 US$ per metric ton.
This increase is in addition to the increases previously announced.

Other manufacturers have conducted a number of titanium dioxide price increases. Cristal, and Tronox, for example have also  announced to further raise prices to 25 cent per pound. Chris Sponner, continued:

"Further announcements will need to be made over the coming weeks to keep our customers informed."

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