New/expanding capacity of tio2 exceeds 3.66M tons/year; caution advised


After China’s accession to the WTO, especially during the 13th and 14th Five-Year Plans, the titanium dioxide industry has maintained a stable expansion. The annual growth rate of titanium dioxide production is approximately 7%, exceeding GDP growth. Simultaneously, with positive policy guidance, the industry is rapidly developing towards environmental protection. Environmentally friendly chloride route has achieved industrial scale, and the hydrochloric acid route has entered the initial stage of industrialization.

Domestic policies encourage the chloride process, but currently, many enterprises adopt the sulphate route

Enterprises actively adjusted their industrial development direction, undertaking new constructions and expanding capacities to exceed 3.66 million tons per year.

Industry enterprises, guided by policies, are actively adjusting their industrial development direction. According to publicly available information, there are a total of 11 titanium dioxide planned new construction and expansion projects, with a combined capacity of 3.66 million tons per year. Among them: chloride process capacity of 1.86 million tons per year, sulfate process capacity of 0.7 million tons per year, hydrochloric acid process capacity of 1.1 million tons per year (with a target of 0.6 million tons per year by 2025).

To address the challenges of substantial waste generated in the process of sulphate route and the tight supply of raw materials in the chloride route, China is also developing high titanium slag (TiO2 content ≥75%) products with relatively low iron content and relatively high titanium content. However, due to the fact that most of China’s titanium ore is rock ore with high calcium oxide and magnesium oxide content, high-titanium slag produced from such materials cannot fully meet the requirements of titanium dioxide production. Additionally, there is a need to improve the industry’s production technology, as the current scale of the high-titanium slag industry is small, and its development is slow. It is not yet able to completely replace titanium ore as the primary raw material for downstream titanium dioxide production.

Titanium dioxide is primarily used in downstream industries such as the coating industry, followed by the plastic and paper industries. It is anticipated that in the next 10 years, the growth rate of domestic titanium dioxide consumption will be generally in line with the growth rate of the domestic GDP. The growth rate of exports will be similar to the global GDP growth rate, and the import volume of titanium dioxide is expected to remain relatively stable. With the continuous expansion of domestic titanium dioxide production capacity, there is a possibility of gradual overcapacity in the industry in the future.

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