European Titanium Dioxide Prices Witness an Uptick with Rising Upstream Prices in February 2024
European Titanium Dioxide Prices Witness an Uptick with Rising Upstream Prices in February 2024

European Titanium Dioxide Prices Witness an Uptick with Rising Upstream Prices in February 2024

  • 06-Mar-2024 4:56 PM
  • Journalist: Stella Fernandes

Hamburg, Germany: Since the beginning of 2024, titanium dioxide prices have been steadily increasing in the European market. This rise is mainly driven by higher prices of titanium ore, the raw material for titanium dioxide production. In addition, the decrease in production during the previous quarters has negatively affected manufacturing activities in the region. This has led to a relatively limited supply of finished goods to meet the demand from end-use industries, causing an increase in titanium dioxide prices.

The ChemAnalyst database has shown that the prices of titanium dioxide have demonstrated an increment of USD 40 per ton in February in the German market. The market players have adjusted their prices on the higher end to boost their profitability as the rising upstream prices have been impacting their margins. The reduced mining activities have exerted supply-side pressure on the upstream titanium ore market fundamentals. In addition, the weaker economic conditions brought on by inflationary pressures have faltered the growth of the manufacturing sectors, and as a result, the manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index remained in the contraction zone (Below 50 Points). On the input energy front, Brent Crude prices have remained above $80 per barrel for much of February, indicating a tightening in the physical market due to ongoing OPEC+ production cuts and the prolonged rerouting of cargoes away from the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. The hike in crude oil prices has further pressured the manufacturing costs of titanium dioxide to remain buoyant.

However, demand from downstream sectors like construction has been moderate. The decreased procurement from industries such as construction and automotive has had a notable impact on titanium dioxide market performance. Germany's economy is exhibiting signs of deceleration due to diminishing factors that drive growth. Factors such as geopolitical tensions, high public debt, and a sluggish manufacturing sector are starting to have a negative effect on the economy, putting significant pressure on the pricing dynamics of various specialty chemicals, including titanium dioxide.

According to the pricing intelligence of ChemAnalyst, the prices of titanium dioxide might witness an uptick in the market across Europe. The successive increment in the titanium ore prices is likely to offer positive cost support to the titanium dioxide. Additionally, after the Spring Festival Holidays, the market sentiments in China have also been strengthening. The downstream manufacturers were willing to stock up their inventories. Thus, the boost in demand from the downstream industries is likely to keep the prices of titanium dioxide bullish in the forthcoming weeks.

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