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Minelco and Tronox sign zircon agreement

Effective 1 April 2013 Minelco supplies Tronox Limited’s zircon to the Chinese market

Minelco Asia Pacific has signed a multi-year distributorship agreement with Tronox Limited for sales of their zircon in the Chinese market. 

Minelco has many years’ experience as a supplier of zircon in China, and the new relationship with Tronox keeps us at the forefront of the industry.  Tronox is a U.S. headquartered producer of titanium dioxide and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  With mining assets in South Africa and Australia, Tronox is one of the largest mineral sands producers in the world.

According to Barry Murrihy, who spearheads Minelco’s mineral sands business, “Tronox is a first-class, blue chip company and we are delighted to have established this new relationship with them.  Tronox’s zircon is known as a high performing material which suits a broad range of applications in China.”

The president of Tronox’s Mineral Sands Division, Trevor Arran, commented “China is the world's largest market for zircon ore, an essential ingredient in the production of ceramics and tiles. Through this new partnership with Minelco, we hope to expand our customer base by utilizing just-in-time deliveries to end users in various market sectors.”

Under the partnership, Minelco will maintain zircon stocks in Qingdao, as an initial distribution point, and will add other locations over time as demand increases. Tronox will continue to serve its existing customers directly, based on long-standing agreements.