SOURCE: SBI

June 30, 2008 12:06 ET

Titanium Dioxide Market Will Rebound in 2009

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Because the uses of the chemical combination titanium dioxide (TiO2) are expanding, the future of this commodity is brimming with possibilities. An all-new study from SBI, "The U.S. Market for Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)," reports that innovations on the horizon that combine nanotechnology with TiO2 promise a whole new set of applications. Among these applications are self-cleaning technologies: self-cleaning windows are already commercially available, while self-cleaning fabrics, paints & coatings are being developed to combat smog and other forms of airborne pollution. Similar technology is also being developed for everything from keeping medical facilities sterile to keeping car interiors looking like new.

At the same time, the numerous current uses of TiO2 -- for paints, printing inks, plastic and paper products, food, cosmetics, ceramics and rubber -- are keeping export levels robust. According to "The U.S. Market for Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)," the value of TiO2 exports will grow 21% to $1.5 billion in 2008. "Exports have boomed to the point where U.S. producers are becoming reliant on a global customer base," observes Cathy Minkler, the editor for SBI. "Exports as a percentage of U.S. shipments reached 38% in 2000 and 42% in 2007."

Between the range of uses and the emerging technologies, the overall U.S. market for titanium dioxide will quickly recover from a slump in 2008 associated with the slowdown in the domestic economy. After falling from $2.2 billion in 2007 to $2.0 billion in 2008, the overall U.S. market for TiO2 is projected to rebound to $2.2 billion in 2009 and $2.3 billion by 2012.

SBI's all-new report on the "The U.S. Market for Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)" analyzes the dynamics in the U.S. market for TiO2 and competition in the context of the global marketplace. The report examines the value and the size of the market in terms of quantities produced and consumed, and provides a review of economic factors affecting the industry, including the average selling prices for various components of trade and elements affecting growth and innovation. In addition, major end-user markets are evaluated for potential opportunities. Companies profiled include DuPont, Huntsman Corp, Kemira Oyj, Kronos Worldwide, Millennium Inorganic Chemicals (Cristal Global), Schtleben (Rockwood Holdings, Inc.), and Tronox, Inc. For further information visit: http://www.sbireports.com/Titanium-Dioxide-TiO2-1808242/

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