Rutile

Rutile is also separated from heavy mineral concentrate in the dry mill located at Tronox’s Chandala operations.

Tronox’s rutile is predominantly used as a feedstock for the manufacture of Titanium Dioxide pigment and as an ingredient for the flux used in the production of stick and wire based welding electrodes. Other applications are the manufacture of asbestos free brake pads, ceramic glaze for roofing tiles and the production of ferrotitanium.

Rutile can also be a primary feedstock for the production of titanium metal, which is then used in a number of applications which make use of titanium’s light weight, high strength and corrosion resistance, such as aircraft components and surgical implants.