Rio Tinto increases titanium dioxide slag output despite RBM shutdown

By William Clarke
Published: Friday, 17 January 2020

Rio Tinto's titanium dioxide feedstock production increased in 2019, despite violence in South Africa leading to the temporary shutdown of its Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) subsidiary.

Rio Tinto reported titanium dioxide slag production of 1.2 million tonnes in 2019, up by 8% year on year in response to improving demand.

Demand for titanium slag has been supported by a shortage of other high-grade feedstocks, including natural rutile.

Fastmarkets' price assessment for rutile concentrate 95% TiO2 min, bulk,...

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