TiO2/Zircon latest news

  • September 2017

    ZIA 2017: What will electric vehicles do for zircon demand?

    29 September 2017

    Attendees debate the effect of the rise of electric vehicles on demand for zirconia, which is used in brake pads.

  • Ilmenite prices firm, India boosts imports

    28 September 2017

    India has escalated African ilmenite imports to fill a domestic shortfall as prices firm. Meanwhile seaborne ilmenite bound for China is set to rise in price amidst supply constraints and environmental clampdowns in China.

  • Sheffield secures second zircon offtake agreement

    26 September 2017

    The mineral sands producer has secured a second binding zircon offtake agreement for the sale of its premium zircon from the Thunderbird project to ceramic raw material supplier Sukaso Ceracolors Ceramics.

  • Lomon Billions TiO2 production hit again by environmental issues

    26 September 2017

    Titanium dioxide producer Lomon Billions will have to reduce production at a facility in Henan in order to comply with anti-pollution measures undertaken by the government aimed at improving the environment.

  • China releases reserves data for nonmetallic minerals

    25 September 2017

    China's Ministry of Land and Resources released new data last month about the country's reserves of strategic important minerals, including several non-metallic minerals such as graphite, lithium and zircon.

  • Output up, profits down for China coatings industry in H1

    18 September 2017

    The rising cost of raw materials such as TiO2 decreased profits at coatings companies in China in H1, according to the China Coating Association.

  • Price briefing 8 - 14 September

    15 September 2017

    Lithium carbonate prices jump on proposed ICE ban in China; European refractory silicon carbide market posts uptick; Chinese magnesia market continues to surge; Ilmenite price spreads widen amid uncertainty; Zircon prices rise after Iluka announces hikes; China TiO2 producers announce more price hikes; Two of the largest rare earth producers increase prices for light rare earth elements in September.

  • China TiO2 producers announce more price hikes

    15 September 2017

    Chinese producers have announced another wave of domestic price hikes in recent weeks, the 7th round of announcements so far in 2017.

  • Ilmenite price spreads widen amid uncertainty

    14 September 2017

    While supply constraints in China allowed some to achieve higher prices a more general market weakness was reported by others in the lead up to the next round of buying.

  • Zircon prices rise after Iluka announces hikes

    14 September 2017

    Recent price increases from Iluka and Rio Tinto have led to higher spot prices amid a slight squeeze in supply.

  • Sheffield signs binding zircon offtake agreement

    14 September 2017

    The mineral sands junior is now attempting to sign binding agreements with all parties that have already signed an MOU for material from its Thunderbird project in Western Australia.

  • AkzoNobel issues profit warning following truce with investors

    08 September 2017

    The paintmaker said earnings would come below €100m, as it continues with its chemical spin-out plans.

  • Environmental inspections hit Chinese TiO2 supply

    08 September 2017

    Lower production rates following months of governmental inspections is leading to reduced supply in TiO2 and its downstream segments, with coatings manufacturers among the worst affected.

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