Rio Tinto Fer et Titane invests $16 million at Sorel-Tracy reduction plant


31 October 2016

Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) has announced a CAD$16-million investment aimed at retrofitting one of the furnaces at its metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy.

According to Sylvain Paul-Hus, general manager of RTFT’s Sorel-Tracy site, "This investment will allow us to achieve our 2017 production plan with seven furnaces operating full-time. This is excellent news for RTFT and the Sorel-Tracy community, as the majority of the contracts have already been awarded to local suppliers."

The reduction furnaces are used to produce feedstock for the titanium dioxide industry. Over the coming years, in order to meet market demand, a major retrofit program will be deployed for all seven reduction furnaces.

About Rio Tinto Fer et Titane
RTFT has operated in Quebec for more than 65 years and is one of the leading manufacturers of raw materials for the titanium dioxide markets and a world leader in the production of high-purity metal powders and pig iron.

The business is part of Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium (RTIT), which supplies approximately 19 per cent of global demand from its operations in Quebec, South Africa and Madagascar. Titanium dioxide is mainly used to produce titanium dioxide pigment, the world's most commonly used white pigment, and adds opacity to paper, paints and plastics.

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Media Relations
Rio Tinto

Claudine Gagnon
Tel.: +1 514 848-8151
Cell: +1 514 377-4914
claudine.gagnon@riotinto.com