As a vertically integrated producer of titanium dioxide and inorganic chemicals, Tronox mines and processes titanium ore, zircon and other materials and manufactures titanium dioxide pigment, specialty-grade titanium dioxide products and high-purity titanium chemicals. Our products add brightness and durability to paints, plastics, paper and other everyday products.
For the production process in Brazil, Cristal, now as part of Tronox, has three units: the Guajú Mine in Mataraca, Paraíba; the TiO2 factory in Camaçari, Bahia; and the commercial office in the capital of São Paulo, which meets demand throughout 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.