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Chronic Tightness Plagues Titanium Dioxide Market

6:56 AM MDT | April 20, 2012 | -Lindsey Bewley

Rising titanium ore feedstock costs and a lack of new production capacity for titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments in the foreseeable future are driving TiO2 prices sky-high. Depleting supply sources are constraining feedstock availability, driving prices higher, and pigment producers are passing the cost increases on in the form of TiO2 price hikes. Tight supplies will continue for the next 3-4 years, experts say. TiO2 exists in two crystalline forms: rutile and anatase. Rutile TiO2—which occurs naturally in some parts of the world—has a higher density...

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