Chinese titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Lomon Billions plans
to more than double its capacity, largely through the
addition of greenfield chloride capacity in China.
The plans were laid out by Bruce Griffin,
Lomon’s senior vice president of strategic
development, at the TZMI conference in Hong Kong held November
13-15. The company is targeting an increased total capacity of
around 1.3 million tonnes, compared to its current capacity of
over 600,000 tonnes per year.
Speaking to Industrial Minerals at the conference, Griffin
said that although there was not a fixed schedule for the
capacity upgrades, they are expected to be completed by
The capacity additions would consist of around 500,000
tonnes of greenfield chloride production, with the remaining
increases driven by upgrades to its existing chloride and
sulphate footprints, Griffin said.
Chinese policy makes the addition of new sulphate route
greenfield capacity difficult, but also encourages the
development of chloride route capacity, which is seen as less
The company will focus on securing feedstock for the
chloride route plants, which can include high-grade ilmenite,
rutile, or chloride slag, Griffin told the conference.
Lomon is currently expanding as part of its overall growth
Industrial Minerals last assessed the titanium dioxide
pigment, high quality, bulk volume, cfr Asia price at
$2,700-3,100 per tonne on November 9 flat from July 27.
The presentation, made on November 14, came shortly after
Lomon announced the temporary reduction of its capacity in
China, to comply with existing Chinese pollution
Lomon will be reducing sulphate production at its Jiazuo
plant by 30% between November 15 and March 15, to comply with
autumn and winter air pollution controls imposed by the Chinese
Lomon also implemented a planned shutdown of its sulphate
TiO2 pigment production site in Deyang for
maintenance, effective from November 12, for 15 to 25 days.
These closures are expected to reduce the
company’s overall production capacity by 35,000
tonnes to 39,000 tonnes, which it warned "may impact its
"[The closures] are unlikely to affect [the
company’s] annual operating target for 2017,"
the company said in a statement.