30 April 2013 20:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Argex Titanium will commission its first 50,000 tonne/year titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant by the end of 2014 in Canada, the company's chief operating officer said on Tuesday.
The plant will be in Valleyfield, Quebec.
"I am planning for commissioning by the end of 2014, and … safely we will be up to 60% of capacity by the end of the first quarter of 2015 and hopefully the rated capacity will be at 90% by the end of 2015," said Enrico Di Cesare, chief operating officer.
He made his comments at the Barcelona TiO2 summit.
Argex has recently transitioned from being a mining exploration company.
The company is using a closed-loop process, which is different from the most widely-used sulphate and chloride processes.
Di Cesare said that this process is more environmentally friendly and consumes less energy.
Argex has already got the building where production will commence next year.
In April 2012, Argex signed a technology collaboration agreement with PPG Industries, a global paint major, to develop and optimise pigment grade TiO2 for paints and coatings.
They will combine PPG’s coatings technology and expertise with Argex’s TiO2 proprietary processing technology.
"I think Argex will be a game-changer. We have worked with blue-chip technology suppliers and we chose not to take any risks," Di Cesare added.
The conference runs from 30 April to 2 May.
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