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TiO2’s time to transform

By Simon Moores
Published: Monday, 22 June 2009

As a severe demand slump takes hold and cuts ensue, the titanium dioxide industry is being forced into a fundamental location shift towards the East. With many plants and some producers sinking, and feedstock supply concerning those that survive, 2009 is shaping to be a pivotal year for the pigment sector

The titanium dioxide (TiO2) industry simply cannot win. In the times of high demand in 2008 the sector was struggling with high input costs, causing low profitability. With the onset of the global recession the situation has worsened.

The response, however, been ruthless with the top pigment producers announcing significant...

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