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Iluka ups mineral sands production 40% in second quarter

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(Kitco News) - Australia-based international mineral sands company Iluka, a leading global producer of zircon and the high grade titanium dioxide feedstocks, announced yesterday that its Zircon/Rutile/Synthetic Rutile (Z/R/SR) production of 175kt in Q2 2021 was up 40% from Q1.

The company said that synthetic rutile production was higher due to the return to full production at SR2 following the planned suspension in Q1. Zircon production of 72kt was in line with Q1, with the Narngulu mineral separation plant operating at full capacity. Rutile production was up 20% to 44kt, as a result of higher assemblage and higher recovery of HMC produced at Sierra Rutile.

Iluka added that Z/R/SR sales were up 89% from H1 2020, with zircon sales of 177k reflecting a return to pre-pandemic production levels among Chinese tile manufacturers. Synthetic rutile sales of 191kt were up 116%, with already strong demand amplified by increased concern around the future supply of high grade feedstocks and the settlement of the contractual dispute with the company’s major synthetic rutile customer, Chemours.

Additionally, the company announced monazite concentrate sales of 10kt from Eneabba, in line with offtake agreement. Monazite is a mineral containing rare earth elements.

With over 60 years’ industry experience, Iluka is a leading global producer of zircon and the high grade titanium dioxide feedstocks rutile and synthetic rutile. Additionally, Iluka has an emerging portfolio in rare earth elements (rare earths).

Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, the company’s portfolio includes mining and value additive processing operations in Australia and Sierra Leone; projects in Australia, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka; and a globally integrated marketing and distribution network.

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