What Lomon Billions has to say on China’s and global TiO2 market 02-07-2018

Some high-position managers in China’s TiO2 giant Lomon Billions have recently given their perspective on the Chinese TiO2 development in 2018, after reviewing the trend in 2017. According to their opinion, the global TiO2 market will remain growing, despite difficulties in China’s market, while Lomon Billions aims to strengthen its leading position.


In January 2018, Tan Ruiqing, the deputy chairman of the board of Lomon Billions had given an interview, summing up the development of Lomon Billion in 2017 and gives his opinion on the TiO2 trend for 2018. Notably, Lomon Billions is the world’s 4th largest producer of high-performance TiO2 pigments, and the company is dominating the Chinese TiO2 market by far. The company has a TiO2 production capacity of 700,000 t/a. 

Lomon Billions announced a TiO2 price rise at the start of 2017, citing the rapid price increase of source materials and logistics costs. The company subsequently raised prices a further six times thoughout the last year. 


According to Tan Ruiqing, the fluctuations in titanium dioxide market in China in 2017 mainly resulted from the low concentration of Chinese titanium dioxide enterprises. There are more than 20 enterprises in production of rutile titanium dioxide in China at present and some of them may lower sales prices for the material facing up with the slack season. Hence, the development in China might be contradicting to the global trend, which is likely to keep the uptrend direction. 

Furthermore, he added, that the Chinese titanium dioxide export market performed well in 2017 as the overall global economic situation moved on the favourable trend. Growth was mainly driven by emerging economies in India, Indonesia and Brazil, among others. 

Domestic demand for TiO2 is also relatively large. Taking the coating industry as an example, the total TiO2 demand from this industry surged from 18.90 million tonnes in 2016 to approximately 20 million tonnes. In addition, TiO2 has been widely applied in the fields such as plastic, papermaking and printing ink industries rather than in the coating industry merely. As for the underperformance in the domestic market, the reason still laid on the low concentration of Chinese titanium dioxide enterprises and most of their products stayed on the low end of the industrial chain. 

According to Tan Ruiqing’s opinion, the titanium dioxide market will move up steadily in 2018. From the supply side, international titanium dioxide enterprises including Chemours, Tronox, and Huntsman have together removed titanium dioxide capacity in several hundred thousand tonnes from the beginning of the decade. Alongside with growing demand for the raw material, there are extremely few raw material suppliers for chloride process TiO2 production, prices of these raw materials will remain high in the short term. In this context, the global TiO2 market will remain bullish. 

Senior Vice President Bruce Griffin has also given his opinion in another interview. According to him, the company is aiming to double their pigment production until 2025. This is part of the plan to become the world-leading manufacturer of pigments. 

The past 2 decades have shown a rapid growth of Chinese TiO2, driven by the emergence of China as a major new source for the TiO2 pigment world market. According to Mr Griffin, this development will shift in the next years to the chloride TiO2 pigments. 

Some buyers of Tio2 have announced their expectations that they expect the price for TiO2 to rise by around 8-10% by the first quarter of 2018. 

Lomon Billions suggested the market would continue to rise, citing increased demand from developing countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa due to the rapid development of infrastructure as well as continued demand growth from China. 

Lomon Billion’s role in the TiO2 market

Every announcement in production and price changes of Lomon Billions is very important for the Chinese and international TiO2 markets, given the fact that the company is taking a large share of China’s TiO2 export volume, with Sichuan Lomon accounting for almost 14% of the total share alone, while Henan Billions has an export share of around 12%. Hence, together these two parts of the enterprise Lomon Billion are accounting for around one-quarter of China’s total exports of TiO2.

In the beginning of November, Lomon Billions announced that its TiO2 factories, along with other product lines, needed to be stopped for maintenance. The measurements were taking place in the months of November and December in order to enhance the efficiency and stability of the company’s business. 

As a matter of fact, rising raw material prices are boosting TiO2 prices in China these months. For example, the price of ilmenite was averaging USD218/t in previous months. On top of that, TiO2 manufacturers have also suffered due to soaring natural gas costs. As environmental protection inspections have become increasingly severe, domestic TiO2 companies have been required to replace coal-fired boilers with gas ones. Given this, demand for natural gas has increased considerably in 2017, and domestic prices have surged since September. 

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