TiO2/Zircon latest news

  • December 2016

    Tikkurila lowers profit guidance as TiO2 prices rise

    15 December 2016

    The Finland-based paints manufacturer expects profit to fall year-on-year as the price of raw materials like titanium dioxide has increased, while negative currency exchange rates have further compounded the problem.

  • AkzoNobel completes BASF industrial coatings sale

    15 December 2016

    The industrial coatings acquisition by AkzoNobel will give the company access to end markets such as construction, domestic appliance and wind energy, with the benefits of the transaction expected to be fully felt by 2018.

  • Chemours announces Q1 titanium dioxide price hikes

    15 December 2016

    Following Q1 price hikes by a number of pigment producers, Chemours is the latest to announce planned price increases for TiO2 grades outside of North America in February.

  • Kazakhstan prepares to launch country’s first TiO2 project

    15 December 2016

    The $700m project is expected to launch in 2017 following delays owing to a lack of investment. Supply will target Kazakhstan's domestic market.

  • PPG restructuring, job cuts approved

    12 December 2016

    Following approval from its board of directors, PPG plans to roll out its restructuring plans in weak regions and markets, which is expected to result in 1,700 job losses.

  • China shuts down polluting TiO2 companies; drives prices up

    09 December 2016

    Following pollution by local industries and a subsequent inspection by the municipal governmnet in Panzhihua, 28 companies have been shut down in the area. Among these were a number of TiO2 and ilmenite producers, which some said has led to spike in short term prices due the resulting market tightness.

  • Tronox to push up TiO2 prices

    09 December 2016

    Tronox is the latest titanium dioxide producer to push up prices for the pigment mineral starting early next year.

  • Henan Billions expects TiO2 prices to continue increasing

    08 December 2016

    The company has pointed to a number of positive indicators in China that are likely to allow titanium dioxide prices to continue to strengthen.

  • Iluka and Sierra Rutile complete merger

    08 December 2016

    Iluka and Sierra Rutile have confirmed the merger between the companies was completed for $293m.

  • Iluka, Sierra Rutile merger finally set to close

    06 December 2016

    Concerns relating to tailings dams have been overcome, allowing for closure 7 December.

  • Melior considers restart of Goondicum ilmenite mine

    06 December 2016

    After placing its ilmenite mine on care and maintenance last year owing to a weak market, Melior has now completed a PEA for the operation and is looking for a strategic partner to help bring production back online.

  • Market prepared for TiO2 price increases in early 2017

    02 December 2016

    With pigment capacity utilisation running at higher levels and buyers looking to restock depleted supplies, pricing momentum is expected to continue into next year.

  • Nordic Mining to up garnet output in favourable market

    01 December 2016

    Nordic Mining, which is in the process of developing plans and conducting a PFS for its Engebo rutile project in Norway, plans to double garnet output at the site after market research revealed sales of the mineral could be more lucrative than anticipated.

  • Iluka, Vale terminate JV on Tapira TiO2 project

    01 December 2016

    After two years of investigations at a cost of A$6m, Iluka has advised that its Tapira joint venture with Vale has been terminated.

  • November 2016

    Additional risks cast doubt over Sierra Rutile-Iluka merger

    29 November 2016

    While the companies received the go-ahead from Germany Antitrust Authorities for the merger last week, Iluka has issued a notice over geotechnical risks at Sierra Rutile's facility, which may threaten the closing of the deal.

  • Cristal to increase TiO2 prices

    28 November 2016

    Pigment producer Cristal joins leading producers in announcing TiO2 price hikes from January.

  • Strandline confirms additional HMS mineralisation in Tanzania

    28 November 2016

    Strandline Resources has continued to test for heavy mineral sands at its Tanzanian deposit, confirming the potential of extending new zircon and rutile resources along the 25km mineralised corridor.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    28 November 2016

    The publication of Industrial Minerals’ price assessments will be affected by the Christmas holidays.

  • Association predicts continued growth in Chinese TiO2 presence

    23 November 2016

    At its second annual meeting, China’s TiO2 Association noted the importance of the Lomon-Billions merger, which will strengthen China’s position on the pigments world stage and drive innovation in chloride-route processing. Meanwhile Chinese producers have announced additional TiO2 price increases.

  • Titanium Dioxide News In Brief 22 November

    22 November 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the TiO2 and mineral sands industries.

  • Germany agrees to Iluka-Sierra Rutile merger

    21 November 2016

    The country’s regulators have given the go-ahead for the merger between the two mineral sands producers, which is set to be completed at the end of November.

  • Rio sacks minerals boss amid Guinea scandal

    17 November 2016

    Alan Davies is to be dismissed, following his suspension last week. Bold Bataar, managing director of iron ore sales and marketing will succeed him.

  • Oil and gas could turn to 3D printing, says Lux Research

    15 November 2016

    While the use of 3D printing in industries such as automotive and aerospace has been successful, there are unexplored opportunities in oil and gas, according to Lux Research.

  • Kazakhstan prepares to launch country’s first TiO2 project

    15 November 2016

    After 10 years’ delay, TOO Tenir-Logistic is finally in a position to develop the 500m tonne Tymlay deposit and establish local titanium dioxide manufacturing to supply the domestic market.

  • PPG acquires rest of Italian paint JV

    14 November 2016

    The glass and paint producer is now the sole owner of the Italian paint and coatings manufacturer, as it seeks to expand its presence in the country and in western Europe.

  • Group DF increases cargo handling as it diversifies into refractories

    10 November 2016

    The subsidiary of Group DF, Nika-Tera LLC, managed to increase the handling of cargo at its Ukrainian sea terminal as the company has diversified its mineral shipments to offset the loss of traditional freight traffic.

  • TZMI 2016: Freight costs could rise by 2017, says Braemar

    09 November 2016

    Rising demand for handysize vessels could impact freight costs for the mineral sands market, according to Peter Malpas, director of Braemar ACM Shipbroking.

  • Rio suspends minerals chief

    09 November 2016

    Authorities have been notified after an investigation revealed $10.5m in payments had been made to a contractor at the Simandou iron ore project

  • TZMI 2016: More consolidation to come in Chinese TiO2 – Henan Billions

    09 November 2016

    The trend of industrial consolidation in China's TiO2 sector is set to continue, producer Henan Billions said during the TZMI conference in Hong Kong.

  • TZMI 2016: Global zircon output to peak in 2017, says TZMI

    09 November 2016

    Zircon production is forecast to peak in 2017 but output could fall after next year with no new mine supply coming on-stream. The market could plunge into deficit by 2020 as growing demand outstrips supply.

  • Chemours to continue driving TiO2 price hikes

    08 November 2016

    Following positive improvements in titanium dioxide prices sequentially, the world's leading producer, US-headquartered Chemours, will continue to push for modest prices increases as the company believes its TiO2 products are still undervalued in many markets.

  • Kronos maintains net income growth in Q3

    08 November 2016

    Like other titanium dioxide producers, Kronos has announced a strengthening of TiO2 prices sequentially and higher volumes sold for the quarter, resulting in higher production levels and operating rates.

  • TZMI 2016: Southern Ionics ramps up mineral sands production

    08 November 2016

    The US mining company, which cut staff and output earlier this year, is bringing production back on stream in in Georgia in response to stronger demand and pricing environment, delivering increased ilmenite tonnages to Europe.

  • Chemours posts profit as TiO2 prices improve

    07 November 2016

    Overall sales experienced a decline year-on-year, stronger prices for titanium dioxide products and higher demand for the company’s Opteon refrigerants resulted in a sequential improvement, reflected in Chemours’ Q3 financial results.

  • Titanium dioxide news in brief

    03 November 2016

    Rio Tinto invests C$16m in Sorel-Tracy plant; Strandlines resources reports progress at Tanzanian mineral sands project.

  • Tronox narrows loss as pigment prices rise y-o-y

    03 November 2016

    Although lower CP titanium slag and pig iron volumes brought down revenue in the company's titanium dioxide segment, improving sentiment in the pigments sector helped to grow sales as prices rose year-on-year.