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  • March 2017

    Kenmare reports narrowing of loss for 2016

    22 March 2017

    While revenue for 2016 saw a decline y-o-y, the mineral sands miner reported an improvement in ilmenite prices and zircon sentiment in the second half of the year, forecasting a better 2017 on the back of higher secured contract prices.

  • AkzoNobel rejects second takeover bid from PPG

    22 March 2017

    A second unsolicited bid by PPG has been rejected by AkzoNobel, as the company outlined risk factors, anti-trust issues and overlap between the two companies.

  • Huntsman to close TiO2 white end operation in France

    20 March 2017

    The decision to close down the white end finishing and packaging operation in Calais in the third quarter of this year follows the closure of its black end operations at the site in 2015.

  • Mineral Sands News in Brief 16 March

    17 March 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the zircon, ilmenite and rutile markets.

  • Kronos Q4 income up on higher TiO2 sales, prices

    13 March 2017

    While average 2016 prices for titanium dioxide were lower than the previous year, price improvements in the fourth quarter together with higher sales volumes and growing demand buoyed both Q4 and full year results.

  • Titanium dioxide prices continue to trend upwards

    13 March 2017

    Supply tightness, higher raw materials costs and increasing demand for the mineral as a result of higher end market activity are continuing to push up prices for TiO2.

  • AkzoNobel rejects PPG takeover bid

    09 March 2017

    Following an unsolicited takeover bid by PPG, which AkzoNobel says is risky and undervalues the company, the paint firm has announced it is looking to spin-off its speciality chemicals business.

  • Mineral sand mining in Tamil Nadu could restart in short-term

    07 March 2017

    Mineral sand mining could potentially restart in Tamil Nadu in the coming months following a temporary government production and export ban enforced late in 2016.

  • MZI on track for record mineral sands sales in Q1

    06 March 2017

    After a drop in sales of leucoxene products in the last quarter of 2016, MZI is on track to achieving record sales in the first quarter of 2017 as the mineral sands sector continues to strengthen.

  • Chinese TiO2 exports and imports increase for January

    01 March 2017

    Both exports and imports of titanium dioxide showed an increased in terms of value and volumes compared with January 2016, although both dipped compared with prior months.

  • TiO2 News in Brief: 29 February 2017

    01 March 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the titanium dioxide and mineral sands sectors. Featuring updates from FinnAust Mining, Bluejay Mining, Image Resources, Huntsman Corp, AkzoNobel, Nordic Mining and Savannah Resources.

  • February 2017

    Base Resources reports H2 2016 profit as TiO2 strengthens

    28 February 2017

    Increases in prices and demand for titanium dioxide in the second half of 2016 drove ilmenite sales and prices for Base Resources. The company expects further improvements in mineral sands prices throughout 2017.

  • Speciality alumina sales drive Tor Minerals’ 2016 earnings

    27 February 2017

    Lower TiO2 sales volumes and prices in 2016 were more than offset by higher sales in the company's speciality aluminas business, enabling Tor Minerals to narrow its Q4 net loss and move into profit for the full year.

  • China's coating industry raises output, turnover in 2016

    27 February 2017

    The titanium dioxide-consuming coatings industry in China improved output and and sales turnover in 2016, lending some support to talk of a turnaround in the TiO2 market.

  • Iluka revenue declines, insists market improving

    24 February 2017

    Despite a weaker financial performance in 2016, the mineral sands producer focused on the future, with hopes that 2017 might mark an upswing in its markets.

  • Chinese TiO2 companies raise prices

    23 February 2017

    Following a lead from Lomon Billions, Chinese titanium dioxide producers have announced another wave of price hikes.

  • Fire halts production at Huntsman TiO2 site in Finland

    23 February 2017

    No injuries reported; site damaged; TiO2 production temporarily offline; Likely to push up prices in Europe

  • Rio’s minerals sees earnings rise 250%

    23 February 2017

    Higher iron ore, coal prices; however, drop offs in TiO2 feedstocks with zircon and borates also down.

  • China hits record TiO2 production in 2016

    22 February 2017

    Titanium dioxide production out of China hit fresh record highs in 2016, though government led reforms continue to reduce utilisation rates.

  • Tronox to buy Cristal TiO2 division for $1.67bn

    21 February 2017

    According to Tronox, the acquisition of Cristal's TiO2 facilities will create the largest and most highly integrated pigment producer with a 1.5m tpa capacity. The transaction is expected to close early next year, subject to regulatory approvals.

  • China reiterates calls for TiO2 sector reform

    20 February 2017

    A government seminar heard calls for financing of the TiO2 supply-side to be tied to the promotion of a greener industry.

  • Chemours Q4 earnings hit by charges; TiO2 sales rise

    16 February 2017

    Despite charges relating to the settlement of its PFOA case with DuPont, Chemours reported positive improvements in its TiO2 division for the fourth quarter, driven by increased prices for the mineral y-o-y.

  • AkzoNobel revenues fall despite higher volumes

    16 February 2017

    Restructuring costs, unfavourable exchange rates and higher raw material costs more than offset higher volumes of coatings sold for AkzoNobel.

  • Huntsman sees improvement in 2016 income

    15 February 2017

    Growth in a number of its businesses, including a strengthening titanium dioxide segment on the back of higher prices and demand, contributed to income improvements, together with cost-cutting by the company.

  • DuPont and Chemours to pay $671m settlement in PFOA case

    14 February 2017

    Although both companies have denied any wrongdoing, both have agreed to pay $335.35m each to settle a case relating to the release of PFOA into water supplies in Ohio and West Virginia.

  • Cristal joins major TiO2 producers in price hikes

    13 February 2017

    Following similar announcements from Chemours and Huntsman, Cristal plans to implement a price increase for its TiO2 products starting next month.

  • Huntsman announces global TiO2 price hike

    10 February 2017

    Huntsman announcement follows Chemours' push for higher TiO2 prices, expected to be rolled out in US markets from March. Meanwhile lower output in Europe is likely to also drive prices up.

  • Rio’s minerals division sees earnings rise 250%

    08 February 2017

    Higher prices in iron ore and coal offset drop offs in TiO2 feedstocks, zircon, borates and uranium in 2016.

  • Chemours to hike TiO2 prices

    07 February 2017

    The leading US producer has announced a new titanium dioxide price hike for March. Meanwhile, buyers are expecting further price increases on the market in Q2 as supply grows tighter.

  • Strandline drill results show potential for resource expansion

    06 February 2017

    New heavy mineral sands discoveries at its Tanzanian deposit show the potential for expanding Strandline's resource.

  • TiZir resumes titanium product output in Norway

    03 February 2017

    Following a three month shut-down, the TiZir JV between MDL and Eramet has resumed production of titanium slag and high purity pig iron at its ilmenite upgrading facility in Norway, with shipments of chloride slag expected in early April.

  • Fire halts production at Huntsman TiO2 site in Finland

    01 February 2017

    While no injuries were reported and all staff were accounted for, the company is currently assessing the damage caused on site and it is unclear when production is likely to resume.

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