Video News: Sierra Rutile confirms no Ebola cases at its plant

Published: Monday, 18 August 2014

Sierra Rutile not affected by Ebola outbreak; titanium dioxide prices continue falling; North China Baotou Rare Earth group approved by Beijing; Haydale to market graphene in Asia.

"On this week’s IMTV, Sierra Rutile confirms there were no Ebola cases at its rutile and ilmenite mining deposits in Sierra Leone, following the virus outbreak in May.

The company said it is taking the threat very seriously and has restricted travel to affected areas for its personnel. Sierra Rutile said it has also limited access for non-essential visitors and is monitoring the sites for potential signs of the virus.

Prices for titanium dioxide have continued to fall by 5% during the first half of 2014, impacting producers’ revenues.

US-based world-leading producer, Tronox Ltd, said that prices remained soft due to the temporary build-up of feedstock inventories during 2013 and that they are expected to change moderately in the third quarter of this year.

The world’s largest rare earths producer, Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech, has received approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to form the North China Baotou Steel Rare Earth Group, which includes five major Chinese rare earth producers.

And finally, UK-based Haydale has signed an agreement with planarTech to speed up the commercial application of its graphene products in the Asia-Pacific region, by establishing partnerships with electronic and high-tech companies in China, Japan, Korea and Japan. "