Titanium Dioxide TiO2

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tronox Announces Increases in TiO2 Prices

Tronox Incorporated, on behalf of its subsidiary companies, today announced price increases for all TRONOX titanium dioxide grades sold in the Asia-Pacific region. Effective Jan. 15, 2008, or as contracts allow, TRONOX grades sold in the Asia-Pacific region will increase by US$150 per tonne. Other increases may be announced locally within each region.

This increase is in addition to the previously announced price increases in the Asia-Pacific region and is needed to help offset the escalating input costs and support margins and reinvestment required to meet the needs of our global customers.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Tronox is the world's third-largest producer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, with an annual production capacity of 642,000 tonnes. Titanium dioxide pigment is an inorganic white pigment used in paint, coatings, plastics, paper and many other everyday products The company's five pigment plants, which are located in the USA, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, supply high-performance products to approximately 1,100 customers in 100 countries. In addition, Tronox produces electrolytic products, including sodium chlorate, electrolytic manganese dioxide, boron trichloride, elemental boron and lithium manganese oxide.

News source: www.tronox.com

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide Particles

DuPont today introduced DuPont Light Stabilizer 210, a product designed as sun protection for plastics. The product uses extremely small particles of titanium dioxide to efficiently absorb ultraviolet light, protecting plastic and anything it covers from the sun's damaging rays. Because a sizeable percentage of titanium dioxide particles in the product are nanoscale, it was selected as a demonstration case for application of the Nano Risk Framework that DuPont and Environmental Defense introduced in June. The Framework is a systematic and disciplined process to evaluate and address the potential risks of nanoscale materials.

Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide Particles in DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 Help Protect Plastics from Sun Damage. First Product Developed Using DuPont-Environmental Defense Nano Risk Framework

DuPont is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, which is widely used as a pigment in the coatings, plastics and paper industries. DuPont Light Stabilizer 210 is the first in a family of products based on breakthrough DuPont titanium dioxide process technology. It will be available for sale in November.

DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 is an additive designed for use in plastics to help protect products from cracking, fading and other types of solar degradation. Potential applications include sporting goods, outdoor furniture, fabrics and carpet fibers - virtually any plastic product that will be exposed to sunlight. It also can be used in plastic films and sheeting to protect plants in greenhouses or packaged goods from UV light. In testing, DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 blocked twice as much ultraviolet light as several classes of competitive products.
"Our titanium dioxide manufacturing technology has transformed several times in the more than 70 years since it entered the DuPont product family,"
said Richard C. Olson, vice president and general manager - DuPont Titanium Technologies.
"It's extremely gratifying to see this material transform yet again into a high performance product made using DuPont nanoscale science."
"DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 is the first product to use the Nano Risk Framework during the development process,"
said Gary K. Whiting, global venture manager for the new product.
"Because a portion of the product is less than the threshold 100 nanometers in size, we decided to examine it fully, strictly adhering to the Framework. The Nano Risk Framework is an additional tool that allowed us to critically examine and thoroughly understand our product."
DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 works by absorbing ultraviolet rays and changing them into small amounts of heat which dissipate quickly without damaging the structure of plastic. The key performance advantage of the new light stabilizer is that its extremely small particle size provides much more surface area for UV absorption.

The development of DuPont(TM) Light Stabilizer 210 is an example of DuPont Nanoscale Science & Engineering, an emerging technology domain that is creating new growth opportunities across many sectors of the DuPont business portfolio. The application of new tools and techniques for the measurement, characterization and control of nanoscale features provides the ability to more precisely tailor known materials to more effectively deliver desired properties and to enhance functional benefits...

News via CNN.com

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Lyondell Announces Price Increases for Titanium Dioxide Products

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Dec. 29

Lyondell Chemical Company is increasing its prices for all rutile and anatase Tiona(R) titanium dioxide (TiO2) products sold to all end-use markets worldwide, effective January 1, 2006, or as contracts allow. Millennium Inorganic Chemicals Inc., a Lyondell company, will increase its TiO2 prices as follows:
  • In North America, prices will increase by US $0.06 per pound in the United States and Mexico and by C $0.07 per pound in Canada.
  • In Europe, prices will increase by euro 150 per metric ton.
  • In the Middle East and Africa, prices will increase by US $200 per metric ton.
  • In the Central and South America, prices will increase by US $100 per metric ton.
  • In Asia Pacific, except Australia & Japan, prices will increase by US $150 per metric ton.
  • In Australia, prices will increase by A $100 per metric ton.
  • In Japan, prices will increase by 20 yen per KG.

These increases are in addition to our previously announced October increases.

TiO2 supply and demand worldwide remain tight, and as a result, 30-day order lead time for all Tiona products remains in effect for all regions.

Lyondell Chemical Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's third-largest independent, publicly traded chemical company. Lyondell is a major global manufacturer of basic chemicals and derivatives including ethylene, propylene, titanium dioxide, styrene, polyethylene, propylene oxide and acetyls. It also is a significant producer of gasoline blending components. The company has a 58.75% interest in LYONDELL- CITGO Refining LP, a refiner of heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. Lyondell is a global company operating on five continents and employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. Millennium Chemicals is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lyondell.

Tiona is a registered trademark of Millennium Chemicals, a Lyondell company.

SOURCE by: Lyondell Chemical Company

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Crimea TITAN reimbursed credit given within the framework of the EBRD credit line

Crimea TITAN JSC liquidated the credit in the amount of UAH 15 million. The one-year credit was granted by the "State Export-Import Bank" LLC within the framework of direct line of the European bank of reconstruction and development (EBRD). The annual interest rate was 18%.

The attracted external funds were directed to the reconstruction of sulphuric acid production facilities. Such need arose because of TiO2 (titanium dioxide) production growth and intensified workload of the Ammophos production unit. The goal of the effected reconstruction is to launch the third manufacturing line for sulphuric acid production.

Before the reconstruction two existing lines with total capacity of 30000 tons/month were not in a position to fill the enterprise’s wants for sulphuric acid. Due to this fact, starting from the 2nd half of 2003, the Company had to purchase additional amount of needed acid from external sources. The commissioning of the third line enabled the enterprise to increase the output up to 1500 tons/day in the sulphuric acid production unit. Now the total production capacity of three lines makes 45 000 tons/month, which fully satisfies today's manufacturing requirements...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Tronox Announces Increases in Titanium Dioxide Pigment Price

Oklahoma City, Dec. 21, 2005 – Tronox Incorporated, on behalf of its subsidiary companies, announces price increases for TRONOX® titanium dioxide pigments. The following increases will be effective Jan. 1, 2006, or as contracts allow:

  • €130 per tonne increase in Europe
  • US$.05 per pound increase in the United States and Mexico
  • CN$.06 per pound increase in Canada
  • US$100 per tonne increase in Latin America
  • US$150 per tonne increase in the Asia/Pacific region
  • US$150 per tonne increase in the Middle East and Africa

Other increases may be announced locally within each region.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Tronox is the world’s third-largest producer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, with an annual production capacity of 624,000 tonnes. Titanium dioxide is an inorganic white pigment used in paint, coatings, plastics, paper and many other everyday products.
The company’s five pigment plants, which are located in the United States, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, supply high-performance products to more than 1,100 customers in approximately 100 countries. In addition, Tronox produces electrolytic products, including sodium chlorate, electrolytic manganese dioxide, boron trichloride, elemental boron and lithium manganese oxide.

For more information on Tronox, visit www.tronox.com

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

DuPont to Raise Titanium Dioxide Prices

DuPont to Raise Titanium Dioxide Prices in Europe, Mideast, Latin America Due to Higher Costs

Titanium Dioxide manufacturer DuPont Co. said Tuesday it is raising its titanium dioxide prices in Latin America, after announcing earlier in the day it was hiking prices for the chemical in the Middle East and Europe, due to higher raw material and energy costs.

Chemicals company DuPont said it will increase the prices of all of its Ti-Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades in Latin America by $100 per tonne. Also on Tuesday, the company said it will raise the price of titanium dioxide by 130 Euros ($154.17) per tonne in Europe and by $150 per tonne in the Middle East.

Earlier this month, DuPont raised titanium dioxide price in North America by 5 cents per pound.

The price hikes are effective Jan. 1 or as contracts allow, the company said, adding it plans to announce regional increases within local regions.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Kronos vs DuPont Titanium Technologies. Companies Announce Settlement of Patent Litigation

DuPont Titanium Technologies and Kronos Worldwide, Inc. announced settlement of litigation involving patented technology used to produce certain titanium dioxide pigments such as DuPont R-104 and Kronos 2500 for use in polymers.

This favorable agreement for both companies now allows expanded use of these leading edge technologies and offerings in polymer applications around the world. As part of the settlement and in recognition of the validity and value of each other's patents, the parties have cross-licensed each other's patents worldwide in this field. This agreement also covers the use of these titanium dioxide pigments by customers in their plastic polymer applications. Other settlement terms were not disclosed.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is a major international producer of titanium dioxide pigments.

DuPont Titanium Technologies is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, serving customers globally in the coatings, paper and plastics industries. The company operates plants at DeLisle, Miss.; New Johnsonville, Tenn.; Edge Moor, Del.; Starke, Fla.; Altamira, Mexico; and Kuan Yin, Taiwan, all of which use the chloride manufacturing process. The company also operates a plant in Uberaba, Brazil, for finishing titanium dioxide. Technical service centers are located in Mexico City, Mexico; Uberaba, Brazil; Mechelen, Belgium; Ulsan, Korea; Kuan Yin, Taiwan; Wilmington, Del.; and Shanghai, China, to serve the European, Middle Eastern, United States, Asian and Latin America markets.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, safety and protection, communications, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source by SpecialChem

Monday, October 17, 2005

JSC Crimea TITAN - leading producer of phosphate fertilizers in Ukraine

Market always gives a right of choice. “What kind of commodity should I give preference to?” - buyers face this type of problem more and more frequently while buying any commodity. Fortunately, a word “shortage” virtually disappeared from our everyday life. But, for example, market faced phosphate fertilizers shortage just 3years ago.

The Russian companies were the key suppliers of phosphates to the Ukrainian market. In fact, they were monopolists in the course of those years, and there was no wide variety of these products to choose from.

Now the situation has changed, and there is a considerable contribution of the JSC “Crimea TITAN” to it as the Company started producing the fertilizers of this type three years ago. Now the enterprise has been supplying market with 9 - 10 thousand tons of ammophos every month.

Except for ammophos the Company produces other fertilizers: diammonium superphosphate (phosphatic) and ammonium sulphate (nitric). The production of fertilizers of one or another type depends on seasonality and demand for products. The main point in an enterprise’s work is the quality of products and provided services, in which the package of goods has no small part.
At the option of a client the goods can be shipped in bulk and in pack: in 35 kg polypropylene sacks or in “big-bag” containers with carrying capacity from 600 kg to 1000 kg. But Monoammonium Phosphate (known under the trade mark of “Ammophos”) is the key product among the fertilizers produced by the JSC “Crimea titan”. His physical and chemical properties are shown in the table below.

Monoammonium Phosphate (MAP) is used in agriculture for corn, fruit, vegetable, berries and decorative cultures growing both in the open and under cover. It is applied to different soils as a basic, pre-sowing or starter fertilizer and as a plant feed in dry and liquid forms for summer fertilizing. The original feedstock, used by the JSC “Crimea titan” for the MAP production, differs from the raw material whish is used to produce the same fertilizer in Russia where phosphate fertilizers are made of apatite. In distinction from them the “Crimea titan” imports rock phosphates from far-abroad countries. A huge amount of work has been done by the Company in order to master manufacture based on the raw material of this type. The Company’s R&D department carried out a full battery of research studies to develop a new “know-how” for fertilizers production. These studies showed that agrochemical efficiency of fertilizers made of imported rock phosphates is not inferior to the efficiency of fertilizers made of apatite concentrate and, what is more, the fertilizers produced by the “Crimea titan” do not have an unfavorable impact on human health ,environment, aquatic and soil ecosystems and on quality of agricultural products.

These researches have also enabled the Company to produce the MAP which has a stable white color, stable uniform granules and Р205 (phosphorus) performances: 52% of basic nutrient element. These parameters make the Product suitable both for agriculture and production of factory-mixed fertilizers.

The Crimean ammophos is notable for its high European quality and fully meets requirements of the European standards...

Saturday, July 16, 2005

White Mountain Titanium Completes $5,000,000 Equity Financing

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 12, 2005 (PRIMEZONE

White Mountain Titanium Corporation announced that it has completed a $5,000,000 private placement with a major European institutional investor. The deal included 6,250,000 shares of Series A preferred stock, each share convertible into one common share, and 6,250,000 warrants to purchase common stock, at an exercise price of $1.25.

According to Michael P Kurtanjek, President of White Mountain, "The completion of this financing is a major milestone for our company, as we proceed toward our goal of becoming a major producer of TiO2 (Titanium dioxide) concentrate for the $8 billion annual titanium pigment market." The company will use the proceeds of the financing to complete a bankable feasibility study on its 130,000,000 ton rutile deposit in Region III of Chile. White Mountain Titanium Company also intends to pursue a more senior listing for the trading of its common shares, said Mr. Kurtanjek.

The company also announced today the appointment of Mr. Brian Flower of Vancouver, BC as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Flower served in the same capacity for Viceroy Mining from 1993 to 2000, and has many years of related experience in other early stage developing mining enterprises.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Brian's experience and ability in this role,"
said Mr. Kurtanjek.

White Mountain Titanium Corporation, based in Santiago, Chile, is developing a world class titanium deposit about 30 kilometers from the port city of Huasco in Region III of Chile. The deposit has been defined by extensive drilling and contains in excess of 130,000,000 tons of mineralization grading 2.2% TiO2 as rutile. Rutile is a higher grade and purer form of titanium mineralization than ilmenite, which is the form of most titanium sands found throughout the world...

Source by White Mountain Titanium, Inc.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

CERAC Pre-Melted Titanium Dioxide Offers Significant Cost-Saving Advantages

The results of a study commissioned by CERAC comparing titanium dioxide granules and cones manufactured by CERAC to comparable competitor products (EMD Chemicals and Umicore) were recently released. The study clearly outlines the cost-saving advantages offered by CERAC Pre-melted Evaporants.

In the study, multiple depositions of each material made under evaporation conditions as identical as possible were evaluated for their:

  • Evaporation behavior
  • Spectral properties
  • Index homogeneity
  • Temporal stability
  • Index reproducibility
  • Mechanical durability

The head-to-head comparison showed that the CERAC titanium dioxide (TiO2) Fused Cone was easiest to use and evaporated at a smooth rate. No spitting or outgassing was experienced, and it required the least amount of additional O2 compared to the other materials in the study. The plug was ready for deposition after less than 30 minutes of heating.

The conclusion is that the new CERAC pre-melted form of TiO2 material performs as well as particulate forms, but provides the major advantage of saving pre-processing time — < 30 minutes vs. 3 hours — in the coating chamber, thus reducing non-productive chamber time. This can translate to savings ranging from $200-$600 per coating run.

A Wide Range of Pre-Melted Materials Available
In addition to TiO2, CERAC offers Al2O3, HfO2, ZrO2 and Ta2O5 as standard Pre-melted products. All materials are available as cones, rods, discs and pieces, manufactured for all e-beam coating platforms or customized to fit any individual pocket or crucible.