Saudi Arabia-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal
Global announced what it called a groundbreaking partnership
with Outotec, a leading provider of sustainable minerals and
metals processing solutions.
The parties signed a letter of intent on October 31,
Outotec has been selected to build a new fully scalable
ilmenite-processing plant for Cristal Global in Yanbu, Saudi
Arabia, estimated to become operational in the fourth quarter
The plant will be constructed on a turnkey basis, will
require 800,000 metric tons of ilmenite ore to produce 500,000
tons of 85% TiO2 slag, with 235,000 tonsof high
purity pig iron as a valuable co-product.
The smelters location brings significant cost savings
and operational synergies, due to the logistics, cost savings,
and abundant power capacity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
according to the companies.
Cristal Global is proud to bring its expertise,
capital and strategic vision to this new project, poised to benefit the whole
vertical industry value chain through additional
TiO2 feedstock production capacity,
said Thomas VanValkenburgh, vice president of supply chain at
Weve made the decision to invest now to ensure
that our customers, business partners and wider stakeholders
have the security of stable supply of TiO2, which is
vital for the future and growth of the whole industry, he
We look forward to working with our partner, Outotec,
on this project, as well as to more fruitful
collaboration with our current mineral sands suppliers and our
integrated upstream subsidiary BeMax. We believe this
investment will create growth and opportunities across the
vertical industry value chain.