Tronox’s mineral sands operations consist of two product streams – titanium feedstock, which includes ilmenite, natural rutile, titanium slag and synthetic rutile; and zircon, which is contained in the mineral sands extracted to capture natural titanium feedstock. Titanium feedstock is the most significant raw material used in the manufacture of titanium dioxide.
Tronox operates three separate mining operations: KZN Sands and Namakwa Sands in South Africa, and Cooljarloo in Western Australia. The three sites have a combined production capacity of 753,000 metric tons of titanium feedstock and 265,000 metric tons of zircon.
Tronox believes annual production of titanium feedstock from its mineral sands operations will continue to exceed the raw material supply requirement for its TiO2 operations.