TiO2/Zircon latest news

  • December 2014

    Huntsman to shut Europe plant; Kerala High Court beach sand mining

    31 December 2014

    Hunstman is slashing 900 jobs as part of $130m cost-cutting drive, with restructuring to be completed by mid-2016. Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court in India has dismissed the state government’s appeal against a decision allowing private companies to mine mineral beach sands in the state, which are rich in titanium, ilmenite and rutile.

  • News in Brief

    31 December 2014

    Rio Tinto sets out growth plan for minerals Cofermin to create two new companies Australia to cancel alumina export tax to China Bosai Minerals reach wage agreement after strike Microdermis iodine-based antiseptic adopted by US Army in fight against Ebola

  • Base Resources moves towards World Titanium Resources takeover

    23 December 2014

    Base Resources plans to become an East African-focused mineral sands player with the acquisition of World Titanium. The takeover will expand its resource as well as diversifying its geographical risk profile, which is significant in light of the recent levy disputes Base has faced at its Kenyan Kwale project.

  • DuPont spin-off named The Chemours Company, on track for mid-2015

    22 December 2014

    The TiO2 producer’s, The Chemours Company, is set for the middle of next year and is planned to optimise costs and focus strategies in TiO2 and fluorochemicals. The company has also announced the members of its executive team.

  • Iluka Resources taking a chance on China’s pigment potential

    15 December 2014

    World-leading mineral sands miner Iluka Resources today confirmed that it will be targeting both the Chinese sulphate and chloride route titanium dioxide (TiO2) market, days after it announced its intention to diversify its reach away from the US market.

  • CUMI forms independent European subsidiary for its refractory products

    11 December 2014

    The formation of its subsidiary company, CUMI Europe, will allow the company to be in closer to European customers for the supply of its abrasive, ceramics and refractory products, as well as electrominerals. This makes it a strong potential competitor in the European refractory industry.

  • MZI settles deferred payment and royalty with Stirling Resources

    11 December 2014

    The settlement on the deferred payment, which was due in 2015, and the termination of the royalty deed means that MZI can now fully focus on development at its Keysbrook mineral sands project, for which production of 96,000 tpa mineral sands is expected in 2015.

  • Tasnee signs $428m agreement to increase stake in Cristal to 79%

    10 December 2014

    Tasnee purchased 13% of Gulf Investment Corp.’s shares as part of a strategy to maximise the stakes in its subsidiaries. While TiO2 producer Cristal is looking towards vertical integration and increasing its operational capacity, the move is not expected to affect any of its current operations.

  • China Mineral Processing to upgrade calcined kaolin plant capacity by 40,000 tpa

    09 December 2014

    China Mineral Processing hopes to increase its security of supply in a market currently seeing price rises. The company believes its supply security is being reduced by increased market demand and penetration and plans to counteract this by upgrading its facility by 40,000 tpa calcined kaolin, a two third growth in capacity.

  • Kenmare rebuffs criticisms that it failed to minimise Mozambique mine impact

    09 December 2014

    A report by CPI accuses the mineral sands miner of not meeting obligations regarding infrastructure, schools and housing to minimise the effects of the company’s Moma mine in Mozambique. Speaking to IM, Kenmare hit back saying that it has, and will continue to, make a positive impact on local people.

  • Savannah identifies higher grades of heavy mineral sands at Mozambique project

    08 December 2014

    Savannah’s higher grades of HMS identified at its Jangamo project is encouraging at a time when many juniors are struggling to get funding. TiZir has also made its first ilmenite shipment after mechanical problems in August.

  • Showa Denko ceramics announces merging operations and starts zeolite production

    04 December 2014

    The completion of merging operations by the Japanese refractories and chemicals producer will reinforce its leadership in the supply of refractory ceramics in Asia, while expanding its mineral portfolio with the start of a high-silica zeolite plant in Japan.

  • Price Briefing 28 November – 4 December

    04 December 2014

    Iodine prices unlikely to crash; sodium nitrate prices increase on projected demand from solar

  • Rio Tinto sets out growth plan for minerals

    04 December 2014

    In its latest investor presentation Rio Tinto has once again pointed to growing urbanisation as being behind growth in TiO2, zircon and borates markets.

  • Zircon prices not expected to increase for at least six months

    04 December 2014

    Miners in for a tough first half of 2015, even if consumption recovers

  • AkzoNobel becomes approved supplier of vehicle refinishes for Daimler

    03 December 2014

    The agreement with Daimler will expand the global presence for AkzoNobel's Sikkens brand as the company is responsible for distribution of Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Freightliner among others. The paints and coatings industry is big end market for industrial minerals such as TiO2, calcium carbonate, mica, kaolin and iron oxide.

  • Indian Kerala High Court rules in favour of beach sand mining by private companies

    02 December 2014

    The decision to allow beach sand mining of rutile and ilmenite by private companies has been one of contention between the state government and the high court. The government’s latest appeal has now been dismissed and it is expected to release a roadmap on how to proceed with the issue shortly. Currently only state-owned companies are permitted to mine and opposition to private mining allegedly stems from the desire to grant public sector companies priority.

  • Video News: Rare Earths industry hopes pinned on the automotive market

    01 December 2014

    Forecast expansion in motor magnets and catalysts consumption in cars; US ITC removes antidumping duties on imports of Chinese refrigerants; TiO2 market under pressure due to lack of demand from China’s construction industry.

  • Huntsman to slash workforce by 900 for $130m annual saving

    01 December 2014

    Huntsman, whose recent $4bn acquisition of Rockwood’s pigment division makes it the second largest TiO2 producer globally, is rolling out a restructuring programme to improve the competitiveness of its pigments business. At the same time, the company is considering capacity reduction options, as it believes prices will continue to decline.

  • November 2014

    MZI signs 25,000 tpa leucoxene sales agreement with DuPont

    27 November 2014

    The agreement with DuPont helps to de-risk the Keysbrook project and lends credence to the value of MZI’s project and products. The company now plans to fully focus on Keysbrook and could be in production as early as Q4 2015.

  • TZMI: The China slowdown could push industry forward

    27 November 2014

    China pushes forward through challenges; Chinese products improving competitively

  • Tanzania ports boost mineral sands prospects

    27 November 2014

    Proximity of ports beneficial to Gunson Resource’s Kitambula and Madimba projects, and so the company is focusing developing ilmenite, rutile and zircon close to infrastructure to enable rapid production ramp up.

  • Apollo Minerals discovers significant iron oxide-titanium-phosphate at Titan resource

    26 November 2014

    The discovery made by the Australian junior could significantly increase the potential value of the resource, and has led the company to sell off its non-core assets in order to focus on the development of Titan.

  • Mozambique grants Chinese firms permission to mine mineral sands

    26 November 2014

    Following three previous failed attempts by other companies for permission to mine the ilmenite, rutile and zircon resource, this new development could enable Mozambique to become one of the world's largest mineral sands producers.

  • Huntsman to invest $82m in Malaysian TiO2 plant upgrade

    25 November 2014

    The company’s investment in its Tetengganu plant and previous office opening in Malaysia, demonstrates it believes that demand in Asia will be integral to growing the TiO2 business following the last few years of low prices and flagging global demand.

  • AkzoNobel subject of €53m fraud

    18 November 2014

    The company said today that the fraud seems to be a one off incident, unrelated to any of its business activities. As immediate action has been taken and law enforcement authorities have been contacted, AkzoNobel hopes the financial effects on the business will be limited.

  • IFGL and Orient Refractories posted solid growth in India

    18 November 2014

    The positive results recorded by two of the major Indian refractory producers show a robust demand for refractory products in the country, despite a continuing slow growth in the steel industry, which has not yet reached full capacity.

  • DuPont TiO2 Mexico expansion on track for 2016 production

    18 November 2014

    The expansion – which was previously delayed owing to poor market conditions – under DuPont Titanium Technologies will increase the company’s TiO2 pigment capacity by 200,000 tpa by 2016, by which time demand is forecast to increase.

  • DuPont investigates gas leak with authorities at Texas facility after four fatalities confirmed

    18 November 2014

    The company’s La Porte site, which services several DuPont businesses worldwide, has been closed for investigation following a gas leak over the weekend, which killed four employees. DuPont is working with local and federal authorities, including the CSB, to investigate the cause of the accident, which may take up to a year.

  • Andhra Pradesh, India, withdraws consent for beach mining

    14 November 2014

    Because information from the government and associated parties is still relatively thin on the ground, we do not yet know if this withdrawal pertains to all the allotted projects, or just some of them

  • Price Briefing 7 – 13 November

    14 November 2014

    Price growth optimism fades for fluorspar, TiO2 and rare earths

  • South East Asia '14: Room to grow

    14 November 2014

    The 4th South East Asia event showcased the ample opportunity in the region, as well as the companies already looking at exploiting the resources to hand. Highlighted was the significant upside potential in ceramics, silica sand, high purity quartz, bentonite bleaching earth, diatomite and perlite filter aids.

  • MZI initiates $110m Keysbrook mineral sands project financing

    13 November 2014

    The finalisation of the Keysbrook project financing will allow the mineral sands project to enter the construction phase.

  • TZMI 2014: Chinese TiO2 producers will emerge to compete in the global market

    13 November 2014

    The rising use of Chinese products on the world stage and the construction of new chloride pigment plants in China mean that the country is likely to play a more active role in the supply of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the future

  • TZMI 2014: Chinese ceramics industry will continue to consolidate owing to market pressures

    13 November 2014

    Though production in the industry has grown, Chinese ceramics producers have been shutting down and consolidating due to environmental pressures, overcapacity and increasing costs. As the industry consumes around 250m tpa raw materials such as grade kaolin, ball clays, fluorspar, feldspar, wollastonite, zircon and gypsum, this will no doubt have a negative impact on raw material suppliers.

  • Kenyan senators challenge passed Mining Bill

    13 November 2014

    The spat between the Senate and Parliament has the potential to withdraw the Mining Bill, which could affect Kenyan miners such as Base Resources.

  • TMZI 2014: Iluka to open technical centre in China

    12 November 2014

    Iluka's move into China highlights two things: that it believes in the country's growth projection, despite a perceived slowdown in pigment markets in the region; and that it is investing in innovation and technology to stay ahead of the game.

  • Sheffield Resources drilling reveals further mineralisation

    11 November 2014

    A further expansion to Sheffield’s Thunderbird resource will be welcomed by the company upon its future release, especially as much of the up-dip extension that will be included in the update will be amenable to high-margin extraction.

  • TZMI2014: The China slowdown could push industry forward

    11 November 2014

    The well-documented slowdown in China has caused concern to industry players in a range of markets, including TiO2, as pigment consumption is closely linked to GDP. However, according to Research Works, the hard lessons taught owing to the slowing economy can be seen, from another perspective, as good news.

  • Diatreme Resources acquires expansion to Cyclone mineral sands resource

    11 November 2014

    Diatreme’s resource extension could allow for a further 5 years of extraction at the Cyclone project. The company plans to extract mineral sands from the tenement that it owned before this deal, before moving into the new, extended resource area.

  • Kronos strike positive note in Q3 results, despite lacklustre TiO2 market

    10 November 2014

    The latest set of results from Kronos are a stark contract to those posted by the titanium dioxide producer this time last year, when it posted a net loss on the back of industrial action and lower prices. Prices are still low, the company affirmed, but Kronos believes that demand will increase as inventories run down – a note of optimism in an otherwise bearish industry.

  • Orbite closer to construction of HPA plant in Canada

    07 November 2014

    By completing the installation of the decomposer and calcinatory, the Canadian junior has taken a further step towards commissioning its high-purity alumina plant, while filing another patent application for its processing technology for the recovery of a wide range of minerals and metals.

  • Lanxess to cut 1,000 jobs as part of competitive drive

    06 November 2014

    Following concerns that Lanxess could leave itself open to a takeover after poor profitability, the company is ploughing ahead to improve the competitiveness of its business to enable it to focus on growth again by 2016.

  • PPG finalises architectural and industrial coatings acquisition

    06 November 2014

    The purchase of Comex, which will be integrated in the company, will help to strengthen PPG’s presence in Central America and complement its industrial coatings business, which has recently been driven by strong North American sales.

  • Tronox “expects feedstock conditions to gradually improve”

    06 November 2014

    As one of the largest pigment producers in the world, Tronox’s Q3 results highlight the challenges facing the pigment and mineral sand industry. Indeed, the company highlighted that it will undergo a cost0-cutting initiate, but highlighted that it believed pigment prices, if not mineral sand prices, will improve into 2015.

  • Public meeting highlights support and concerns over Alkane’s Dubbo project

    05 November 2014

    Alkane recieved a broadly supportive response at the public meeting on its Dubbo zirconia-rare earths project. The company explained how it planned to mitigate its environmental impact, create employment at the site.

  • AkzoNobel open new coatings plant in Dubai

    04 November 2014

    The new plant underlines the growth expected to take place in the region, on the back of increasing urbanisation and the oil and gas market. This has also been underlined by other producers of coatings and is good news for mineral sands producers.