The sands of time: TiO2 feedstocks to 2020

By Cameron Perks
Published: Friday, 26 January 2018

The balance in the market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock has been in constant flux throughout history, and 2017 was no exception. Industrial Minerals Correspondent Cameron Perks takes a look at supply, demand, and prices throughout 2017, as well as what we should look out for as we approach 2020.

In 1967, the world supply of ilmenite was estimated to be a little more than 2.7 million tonnes, while rutile supply was around 300,000 tonnes. Fifty years later, ilmenite supply is estimated to have reached almost 7 million tonnes, with rutile approaching the 1 million tonne mark.


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