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China's titanium dioxide export problems and solutions

2018.10.15   09:03

Titanium dioxide is a very important raw material in industrial production. It is favored by many industries because of its good whiteness and superb coverage. It is widely used in the fields of cosmetics, rubber, chemical fiber, ink printing, paper, plastics and coatings.

In recent years, titanium dioxide has experienced large fluctuations and the scale of exports has continued to expand. In 2009, China's titanium dioxide production capacity was 1.8 million tons, accounting for 27.69% of the world's titanium dioxide production capacity. By the end of 2016, China's titanium dioxide production capacity has reached 3.725 million tons, accounting for 44.35% of the world's total capacity. As the production capacity continues to increase, the corresponding export volume is also increasing. In 2011, China's export volume of titanium dioxide was only 380,000 tons, and by the end of 2016, the export volume reached more than 720,000 tons.

However, this phenomenon has shown short-term fluctuations in the last two years. According to customs data, China's export volume of titanium dioxide in 2012, 2013 and 2015 showed a negative growth in export volume and export value, but in 2014 and 2016, there was a sharp increase. This phenomenon is not too bad for China's titanium dioxide industry, which has sounded the alarm for the development of China's titanium dioxide industry. It can make China's titanium dioxide production enterprises reflect.

China's titanium resources are abundant, but domestic demand is also very large. China's largest titanium concentrate production area is concentrated in the Panxi area of Sichuan Province. The ore is mostly symbiotic with metals. Due to the separation of vanadium-titanium-iron separation technology and geographical conditions, mining and extraction It is difficult to meet the demand for domestic titanium raw materials. In 2016, China's titanium concentrate imports were 2,534,900 tons, a substantial increase of 37.24% year-on-year, and the external dependence was 38.85%, an increase of about 7 percentage points over the previous year.

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