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News Brief | January 2011

Trimex plans titanium plants here

Trimex Sands Pvt Ltd, part of the Dubai-based Trimex Group, proposes to set up titanium plants in India and Indonesia over the next few years.

The Indian plant will be located at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, where the company currently produces ilmenite through beach sand mining. Ilmenite is the raw material to produce titanium pigment, which has uses in the manufacture of paints, plastics, rubber and aircraft parts, among others.

"We plan to invest about Rs 2,250 crore over the next three to four years in the 45,000 tonne titanium pigment plant," said Pradeep Koneru, Executive Director, Trimex Sands. The company plans to scale up the production of ilmenite from the present 2 lakh tonnes to 5 lakh tonnes, for which, it has applied for environmental clearances, he said.

India produces about 50,000 tonnes of titanium pigment, while the requirement is estimated at 1.5 lakh tonnes per annum.

The company also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian Government to set up a 45,000 tonne titanium pigment plant in that country at an investment of $850 million over 10 years. The land for the proposed project, which expects to create a total of 6,500 local jobs, is yet to be identified, Koneru said.

Indonesia's Industry Minister, M.S. Hidayat, said the proposed plant would reduce the country's dependence on imports.Indonesia imports about 46,000 tonnes of titanium pigment annually, he said.

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