In 2015, almost 8.7 million tons of pure titanium dioxide was manufactured worldwide, according to a recent report from Ceresana. More than two thirds of the titanium dioxide was processed into pigments. About 28% was used for further refinement to synthetic rutile and titanium slag, and approximately 11% was used for other end products, such as technically pure titanium, electrical conductors, and chemical intermediates.

The feedstock for the production of titanium dioxide originates in few countries such as South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Saudi-Arabia. However, demand is determined by processors in Asia-Pacific, North America and Western Europe. The most important sales market with a share of more than 56% is the processing in paints and varnishes.

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