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Titanium Dioxide Market Surges as Demand for Food Additives and Pigments Rise
Titanium Dioxide Market Surges as Demand for Food Additives and Pigments Rise

Titanium Dioxide Market Surges as Demand for Food Additives and Pigments Rise

  • 06-Apr-2023 4:22 PM
  • Journalist: Nicholas Seifield

The market for Titanium Dioxide is experiencing substantial growth due to various factors, including the increasing demand for its use in the automotive industry and paints and coatings. Titanium Dioxide is a natural mineral known for its ability to act as a bright white pigment in numerous industrial sectors, including food, cosmetics, and more.

Notably, Titanium Dioxide is a powdery white substance that has a remarkable resistance to Ultraviolet (UV) light, making it an ideal UV absorber. Worldwide, sales of Titanium Dioxide pigment have already surpassed several billion tons annually. Additionally, the use of inorganic coatings like Alumina or Silica has been observed to reduce surface catalysis while increasing weather resistance, representing yet another factor driving the widespread use of Titanium Dioxide as a white pigment in the industry.

TiO2's photocatalytic properties, which depend on the speed of electron/hole pairs generated by photons, have been extensively studied, characterized, and modified. Nowadays, TiO2 nanostructures are used in various domains such as energy, catalysts, environmental protection, and electronic materials. The exceptional refractive index of Titanium Dioxide nanoparticles is what makes them perfect for various applications, ranging from inks, coatings, and drugs to polymers, cosmetics, textiles, and even food products.

The market for Titanium Dioxide is on the rise due to its increasing demand and versatile applications in various industries. As a result, the prices have increased, leading suppliers and customers to establish partnerships that promote environmentally sustainable methods of using Titanium Dioxide in industrial applications. As the building and construction industry increasingly replaces other materials with Titanium Dioxide, the revenue of the market experiences a continuous growth.

Moreover, end users are utilizing Titanium Dioxide in ever-more complex applications, with surface coatings being the most notable example. This presents a significant opportunity for innovation and development, enhancing the growth of the market. Additionally, the market revenue growth is further propelled by investments towards sustainable utilization of the pigment, contributing towards maintaining a circular economy.

The market growth is expected to be fueled by the surging demand from the automotive industry, which highly values TiO2 for its UV-absorbing properties and paint degradation resistance. This has made TiO2 a top choice for many automotive manufacturers, who have noticed that their customers save time and money on paint maintenance due to TiO2's ability to brighten, strengthen, and diversify car paint finishes. TiO2 pigments are utilized across various types of vehicles, ranging from cars, trucks, buses, and airplanes, to cruise ships and trains, to provide their paint with a unique brilliance and durability. Specifically in automotive coatings, TiO2 improves color, opacity, and brightness while also providing plastic parts protection against environmental damage. Another way in which Titanium Dioxide supports the automotive industry is by reflecting and dissipating UV radiation, ultimately helping to prolong the durability of the paint finish on vehicles.

Automakers are now opting for Titanium Dioxide TiO2/Sio2 ceramic coating to enhance the appearance of their vehicles. The coating is applied to exterior surfaces, such as paint, trim, wheels and glass, providing multiple benefits. Nevertheless, these benefits don't come cheaply. Market growth is being curbed by the high cost associated with the use of Titanium Dioxide. The leading suppliers of TiO2 attribute the increasing prices to the higher costs of key raw materials. Furthermore, the ongoing pandemic continues to impact overseas markets. However, demand in the domestic market remains high.

Despite production capacity not reaching its normal levels, there has been an increase in the export of goods. The broad application potential of Titanium Dioxide in various fields such as new energy, environmental protection, medical and high-end equipment has been highlighted in many corporate reports.

However, due to the increasing cost of Titanium Dioxide, companies such as Venator Materials PLC and Kemu have decided to hike the prices of their Titanium Dioxide pigments used in coatings, plastics, inks, and paper applications.

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