Investment needed to avoid ilmenite shortage

By Kasia Patel
Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Shrinking output from China has resulted in higher imports of TiO2 feedstocks while increased activity in pigments could result in higher demand and prices for ilmenite and rutile. Additional supply sources are needed as sulphate ilmenite inventory is being worked off.

Unless new supply sources are created for sulphate ilmenite, the market will face a shortage by 2018, according to the latest global update from independent research firm TZ Minerals International (TZMI).

In its quarterly market update for the titanium and zircon value chain, TZMI said that there are no new...

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