On January 20, according to the latest statistics of TiO2 sub center of Chemical Industry Productivity Promotion Center and TiO2 Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance Secretariat, the comprehensive output of all kinds of titanium dioxide and related products of all 42 full process titanium dioxide production enterprises in 2020 was 3.512 million tons, an increase of 330,000 tons or 10.39% over the previous year.
Overseas exports exceeded expectations and domestic supply shortage will continue for some time in the near future.
In recent years, China's titanium dioxide production has shown a trend of overall steady rise. At the same time, the industry as a whole has been continuously optimized and upgraded, with increasingly concentrated production capacity, production process adjustment, product structure optimization, and the industry as a whole has maintained a healthy and steady development. Data show that China's titanium dioxide production in 2019 is 3.18 million tons, an increase of 7.65% compared with that in 2018.
Since 2011, China has changed from a net importer of titanium dioxide to a net exporter. By 2019, the export volume of China's titanium dioxide industry has exceeded 1 million tons, while the import volume has been less than 200000 tons. With the continuous development of China's titanium dioxide industry, China has become the largest titanium dioxide producer and consumer in the world.
At present, combined with the annual growth rate of apparent consumption in recent years and the growth rate of new construction area of real estate, it is estimated that the domestic consumption of titanium dioxide may still maintain a low growth rate in 2021. Combined with the limited expansion of domestic titanium dioxide production capacity in 2021 and the overseas export exceeding expectations, the domestic supply shortage will continue for a period of time in the near future.
Rutile type accounted for 81.31% of the total output of titanium dioxide, and the supply was tight.
It is reported that the export orders of domestic enterprises for titanium dioxide were arranged from the fourth quarter of last year to January and February of this year.
According to the latest statistics, in the total output of 3.512 million tons of titanium dioxide, the rutile type is 2.856 million tons, accounting for 81.31%; the anatase type is 538000 tons, accounting for 15.33%; the non pigment grade is 60000 tons, accounting for 1.71%; the catalytic and functional materials are 58000 tons, accounting for 1.65%.
In 2020, the output of titanium dioxide produced by chlorination process in China reached nearly 320,000 tons, making a historical record of "double breakthroughs".
According to the latest statistics of titanium dioxide sub center of Chemical Industry Productivity Promotion Center and titanium dioxide industry technology innovation strategic alliance Secretariat, in 2020, the comprehensive output of chlorination titanium dioxide of four chlorination enterprises in China is 318,900 tons, accounting for 9.1% of the total output of titanium dioxide in that year, and 11.68% of the output of rutile titanium dioxide in that year.
Relevant industry insiders pointed out that the annual output of titanium dioxide produced by chlorination process in 2020 is the first time in history to break through the 300,000 tons mark, and it is also the first time in history that the proportion of rutile titanium dioxide produced by chlorination process breaks through 10%. In 2020, there are 12 titanium dioxide enterprises with an output of more than 100,000 tons, accounting for 73.24% of the total output.
In 2020, there are 12 titanium dioxide enterprises with an output of more than 100 kt, accounting for 73.24% of the total output.
According to the latest statistics of the titanium dioxide sub center of the chemical industry productivity promotion center and the titanium dioxide industry technology innovation strategic alliance Secretariat, in 2020, among the 42 full process titanium dioxide enterprises in China, the top 12 enterprises with output of more than 100 kt, and their comprehensive output reached 2,572,209 tons, accounting for 73.24% of the total output of that year.
The import volume of titanium dioxide in 2020 is 168200 tons, which is basically the same as that in 2019.
According to the customs data, the import volume of titanium dioxide was 168,200 tons in 2020, with a year-on-year growth of 0.89%, which is basically the same as that in 2019; it is expected that the demand for titanium dioxide will remain relatively stable in 2021.
In 2020, the export volume of titanium dioxide exceeded 1.2 million tons, with a year-on-year increase of 21%.
According to customs data, in 2020, the export volume of titanium dioxide was 1.214 million tons, an increase of 21% compared with that of last year. In the first quarter, affected by the domestic epidemic, some overseas buyers worried about the spread of the domestic epidemic and increased the order volume. In March, the export volume of titanium dioxide reached a record high. In the second quarter, the spread of foreign epidemic led to the decline of export volume in April, and the export volume in May fell to the lowest level in 2020. With the control of foreign epidemic, the export volume from June to November maintained a good growth trend, catching up with and surpassing the export volume from January to November in the same period of last year.
By the end of 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued the Announcement No. 54 of 2020 on adjusting the catalogue of prohibited commodities in processing trade, adjusting the catalogue of prohibited commodities in processing trade, excluding products with high energy consumption, high pollution and high technology content. 199 ten digit commodity code chemicals including titanium dioxide were eliminated.
As a high value-added industrial powder, the status of titanium dioxide is self-evident. The healthy and rapid development of the industry is inseparable from the joint efforts of titanium industry. The optimization and upgrading of titanium dioxide production equipment is an aspect of enterprise reform and innovation. Under the situation of stricter environmental protection policy, grinding equipment should take environmental protection and energy saving as the premise.
With the effective control of the epidemic situation and the guidance of relevant policies, it is expected that China's titanium dioxide export market will maintain a good situation and continue to grow steadily in 2021.