Pigment pragmatism

By Mike O'Driscoll
Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Demand recovery for titanium dioxide is brisk, mainly driven by China, but needy capacity expansions are hindered by continuing insecurity of adequate feedstock supply, which is driving up prices. The time has come for a pragmatic understanding of the symbiotic relationship between feedstock and pigment players

It’s a tough life being a titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment producer. The product is essentially an intermediate raw material absolutely vital to the manufacture of any end product requiring a white colour.

That’s the good news, because the global and high volume markets of paints, plastics and paper...

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