Cristal is the world’s second largest producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment.
Our eight TiO2 plants reach across five continents, two in the United States, one in England, one in China, one in France, one in Saudi Arabia, one in Australia and one in Brazil.
Cristal’s production process in Brazil has three units: our Guajú mine in Mataraca, Paraíba; our factory in Camaçari, Bahia; and our commercial office in the capital of São Paulo, which serves customers all over Latin America.
The main raw material for our Bahia plant is titanium ore, or ilmenite, obtained from our Guajú Mine.
To see what ore is, just look at a handful of sand from the beach and you will find grains of various colors. The darkest of them is ilmenite, which is brought from our Paraíba mine to the Bahia plant to be processed into white pigment (TiO2) used to provide color, brightness and covering power to a wide range of products such as paint, plastic, paper, erasers and many others.
In addition to ilmenite, our Guajú mine produces zirconite, kyanite and rutile.
Pigment produced in Bahia, or brought here from other Cristal plants around the world, is sold in Brazil and Latin America through our commercial office in São Paulo.