The Chemours Co. recently announced it has begun the commercial startup of its new titanium dioxide (TiO2) line at its Altamira plant in Tamaulipas, Mexico.  

The facility reportedly reached mechanical completion of the line in December 2015. The company has now begun to run the new line using the company’s chloride process, producing Ti-Pure™ TiO2 pigment for customer qualification. Production on the new line is expected to ramp up steadily with full nameplate capacity of 200,000 metric tons per year over the next few years. As this happens, Chemours reportedly will balance usage across its other facilities to align with customers’ needs.

“The commercial startup of Altamira will help us achieve the near-term cost reduction objectives and future growth in our five-point transformation plan,” said Mark Vergnano, president and CEO. “We will leverage the facility’s low-cost capability to supply the high quality products that our customers expect from our global manufacturing network.”

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