GVR Report cover Titanium Dioxide Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Titanium Dioxide Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Grade (Anatase, Rutile), By Production Process (Sulfate, Chloride), By Application (Paints & Coatings, Plastics), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Dec, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-705-6
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 95

Report Overview

The global titanium dioxide market size was valued at USD 17.19 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.0% from 2021 to 2028. The market growth can be credited to the increasing demand for titanium dioxide (TiO2) from the end-user industries. The usage of the product as pigments in paints and coatings formulation is expected to fuel the industry growth over the next few years. Developing countries have witnessed a growing demand for lightweight vehicles in the past few years. Furthermore, the automotive industry in developed regions including North America and Western Europe is exhibiting a promising trend owing to recovery from the financial downturn. Progressive growth in the automotive industry, especially in lightweight automobiles, has driven significant consumption of paints and coatings, which, in turn, is anticipated to propel the demand for TiO2.

U.S. titanium dioxide market size, by application, 2018 - 2028 (USD Billion)

The market in the U.S. was mainly driven by the paints and coatings sector in the recent past. The recovery of the construction industry in the U.S. has boosted the growth of the paints and coatings market, exhibiting rising demand for eco-friendly and anti-corrosive architectural coatings. As a result, the usage of the product as pigments in the formulation of advanced paints and coatings has increased over the past few years.

The product is also used as a dispersing agent, flocculent, and whitening agent in the paints and coatings industry. In automotive coatings, the product is used as a dispersive agent with maximum gloss retention and high chalk resistance. The rapid growth of the automotive industry in China, India, and Japan is expected to augment the product demand over the forecast period.

Coatings formulated using TiO2 have excellent compatibility with polycarbonate, a thermoplastic used as an alternate to glass- and metal-based materials. The rising demand for lightweight vehicles owing to the need for better fuel efficiency has resulted in an increased demand for polycarbonate in the automotive industry, thereby boosting product usage over the past few years.

Nanoparticles of TiO2 are extensively utilized in Photovoltaic (PV) systems including dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells, polymer-inorganic hybrid solar cells, inorganic solid-state solar cells, and perovskite solar cells. The product has a wide scope of application in coatings of PV cells as a photoactive material owing to its efficiency in improving the performance of dye-based cells. Focus on increasing the use of clean energy sources has also fueled the product demand in PV cells application.

Grade Insights

The rutile segment led the market accounted for a revenue share of over 75.0% in 2020. This trend is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. Rutile grade TiO2 is used as a carrier in paint applications for producing white color in plastics and prevents color fading in the paper. The growing construction industry is anticipated to fuel the demand for rutile grade TiO2 during the forecast period.

The anatase pigment is mainly used in fibers, ceramics, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, along with the manufacturing of enamels and welding electrodes. Pure TiO2 contains almost 80% content of anatase by weight with a smaller portion of rutile, 20%. Increasing demand for TiO2-based cosmetics is anticipated to propel the demand for anatase TiO2 during the forecast period.

Production Process Insights

The sulfate production process segment led the market in 2020 accounting for over 50.0% share of the global revenue. The segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR from 2021 to 2028. The sulfate process of producing titanium dioxide is highly suitable for manufacturing paints and coatings. The growing automotive industry has propelled the demand for lightweight paints, which, in turn, has fueled the demand for sulfate-based TiO2.

Advantages of the chloride process include short processing, easy capacity expansion, high automation degree, relatively low energy consumption, low waste production, and production of higher quality products. Hence, manufacturers utilize this process to reduce the processing time and increase the production of TiO2.

Application Insights

The paints and coatings segment led the market accounting for over 55.0% share of the global revenue in 2020. The segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth from 2021 to 2028. Significant growth in the construction and automotive sectors, particularly in developing regions, has fueled the product demand in the paints and coatings industry over the past few years.

Superior properties including opacity, whiteness, scattering of light, and high refractive index of TiO2 have accelerated its usage in paints and coatings formulations. The product is widely used as a key raw material in the production of emulsion paints and anticorrosion, automotive, aircraft, marine, and decorative coatings. Increasing infrastructure investments in developing economies have been a dominant factor driving the demand for architectural and decorative coatings, which, in turn, is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth over the forecast period.

Global titanium dioxide market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The plastics segment is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. TiO2 improves the mechanical strength and electrical properties of plastic products. Furthermore, it enhances weathering properties of plastics, along with providing protection from UV light and high temperatures.

Plastic production is expected to increase over the forecast period owing to their rising demand in automotive, building materials, and masterbatches. Furthermore, rising environmental concerns have boosted the production of bioplastics over the recent past. This, in turn, is likely to have a positive impact on the product demand over the next few years.

The pulp and paper segment is also one of the key end-users of TiO2 owing to its usage as a filler in pulp and paper production. The product improves the brightness, opacity, color, porosity, smoothness, gloss, and printability of paper. The product has considerable usage in the production of decorative foils and decor and magazine papers used in various printing applications.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the largest revenue share of over 40.0% in 2020 and will expand at the fastest CAGR from 2021 to 2028. Rising construction activities in China, India, and Southeast Asian countries have motivated the demand for paints and coatings in the region, which, in turn, is expected to augment product demand. Furthermore, the rising demand for lightweight automotive in the region is driving the product demand in automotive coatings applications.

Recent economic developments and rapid industrialization have stimulated the product demand in Asia Pacific. Countries such as China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and South Korea are projected to be the major contributors to the regional growth.

Europe held the second-largest revenue share in 2020 owing to the high product demand from the paints and coatings and cosmetic industries. Countries such as Germany, Italy, France, and the U.K. were among the major producers of automobiles and thus have driven a sizeable product demand in the paints and coating segment.

Central and South America and the Middle East and Africa regions are expected to witness promising industry trends over the forecast period. The regions are likely to emerge as high-potential markets over the next few years. The product demand in Brazil is expected to increase at a robust pace due to the growing number of PV installations in the country. Countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, and South Africa are predicted to offer lucrative development opportunities to the market owing to the progressive growth in the end-user industries.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The top five players accounted for more than 50% of the total production volume for titanium dioxide in 2020, thereby rendering the industry a consolidated one. Various companies follow integrated operations and companies such as Kronos Worldwide Inc.; Travancore; and Tronox Limited are involved in the extraction of raw materials as well as titanium dioxide production. Some prominent manufacturers in the global titanium dioxide market include:

  • The Chemours Company

  • The Tronox Holdings plc

  • LB Group

  • Venator Materials PLC

  • KRONOS Worldwide Inc.

  • Evonik Industries AG


  • CNNC HUAN YUAN Titanium Dioxide Co., Ltd.

  • The Kerala Minerals & Metals Limited


  • TOR Minerals International, Inc.

Titanium Dioxide Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 17.84 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 26.87 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.0% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage      

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Grade, production process, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Germany; U.K.; China; India; Sri Lanka; Brazil; UAE

Key companies profiled

The Chemours Company; The Tronox Holdings plc; LB Group; Venator Materials PLC; KRONOS Worldwide Inc.; ISHIHARA SANGYO KAISHA, LTD.; CNNC HUAN YUAN Titanium Dioxide Co., Ltd.; The Kerala Minerals & Metals Limited; Travancore Titanium Products Limited; CATHAY INDUSTRIES; TOR Minerals International, Inc.; Harol Scholz & Co. GmbH; CINKARNA Celje d.d.; Evonik Industries AG

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. Grand View Research has segmented the global titanium dioxide market report by grade, production process, application, and region:

  • Grade Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Anatase

    • Rutile

  • Production Process Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Sulfate

    • Chloride

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Paints & coatings

    • Plastics

    • Paper & pulp

    • Cosmetics

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Sri Lanka

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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