Titanium Mining News

Rio Tinto to suspend operations at Quebec titanium mine

Rio Tinto will lay off 100 workers and put about 250 on temporary layoff at its iron and titanium mine in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Que.

Irish Kenmare sends S. African miners in Mozambique home over xenophobia

The decision follows a similar move by Sasol, which repatriated Friday 340 of its employees working on projects in the Southeast Africa nation for their own safety.

TIL: Titanium used for Mach3+ Cold War spy plane came from Russia

The iconic SR-71 Blackbird recon aircraft is 92% titanium and the US had to source the rutile ore from Russia via bogus operations set up in Third World countries.

Titanium is 'interesting'

Graphite still has legs.

Russia boosted titanium, magnesium output on 11M 2012

Crude titanium output in Russia in January-November 2012 increased by 23.7% YoY, the federal statistics agency has reported.

FUN BREAK: Trips to the moon available by 2020

Mining the moon has been a topic widely explored in the last few months as scientists find evidence the earth’s satellite contains rich deposits of minerals. Now a new company offers to take prospectors up there for only $1.5 billion a trip.

Russia boosts titanium and magnesium production

According to Russia's federal statistics agency, the country's output of raw titanium rose by 31.8% during the first eight months of 2012.

Parti Québécois victory casts doubt with miners

Quebec is regarded as one of the most attractive jurisdictions in the world for mining, if not the very best. But is that about to change? The Parti Québécois victory in Wednesday’s election has raised concerns that changes could be coming, both to Quebec’s mining-friendly tax regime and to Plan Nord, its $80-billion northern development strategy.

Argex Mining Inc. changes name to Argex Titanium Inc.

Argex Mining Inc. is changing its corporate name to Argex Titanium Inc., effective Friday July 20.

MacDonald Mines acquires additional claims in the ring of fire & provides corporate update

The company reports on the acquisition of claims in the Ring of Fire area, changes of the board and the authorization of a new auditing group to fix remuneration.

Orbite signs memorandum of understanding with Asian giant Nalco and announces positive results from Its Red Mud remediation process

Orbite has signed a non-binding agreement to test its new technology on Nalco's ores and red mud – residue which is left after alumina extraction.

Rio Tinto gets the early go-ahead for Richards Bay purchase

A Competition Tribunal is set to rule this Tuesday on Rio Tinto's hopeful acquisition of Richards Bay Mining from BHP Biliton.

Cambodia, once secret, is now open for business: Richard Stanger

Resource investors are always looking for the next untapped region and Richard Stanger thinks he has found it.

US Navy to build ship hull from titanium

An Office of Naval Research funded project will produce a full size ship hull section made entirely with marine grade titanium using a welding innovation that could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction.

Canada’s Quebec budget banks on mining royalties to balance books

The government of Quebec, Canada’s most indebted province, is banking on a royalty windfall from its natural-resources sector, especially mining, to help begin its long climb out of the red.

BHP Billiton exits titanium industry by selling stake in Richards Bay Minerals to Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) said Wednesday that it is selling its 37% non-operated interest in South African mineral sands venture Richards Bay Minerals to partner Rio Tinto PLC (LON:RIO). With this move, BHP is officially leaving the titanium minerals industry.

Manitoba's Gossan Resources investing in Greece, undertaking private placement

Gossan Resources Limited (TSX VENTURE:GSS)(FRANKFURT/FREIVERKEHR & XETRA:WKN 904435) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with East Mining Company SA ("EMC") of Athens, Greece, to investigate and examine the possibilities of acquiring mineral projects within Europe, on a non-exclusive basis, and initially to assess three potential projects in Greece. Additional projects may be pursued.

Maybe some World Series product placement will give gold a boost

Since gold has slid nearly 20% since hitting a high of $1,900 in September, maybe the precious metal can get a lift from some "magical necklaces" worn by baseball players. Necklaces that contain gold and titanium are starting to catch on with professional athletes who believe wearing them can help improve their performance. Phiten markets the necklaces, as well as wrist bands, athlete's tape and other products. The company started in Japan whose founder, Yoshihiro Hirata, was seeking ways to alleviate chronic pain. The company says that metals like gold and titanium are broken down into microscopic particles dispersed in water and then added to its materials.

Moon contains rich deposits of titanium

Scientists have found that the moon contains rich titanium deposits. Mark Robinson from Arizona State University and Brett Denevi from John Hopkins University, who were expanding on previous studies, used spectrum analysis to determine the chemical composition of the lunar surface using images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Hubble Telescope. They found that lunar mares, dark basilic plains caused by ancient volcanic eruptions, have titanium abundances ranging from one to 10 percent.

Big names boost Kenya's largest mining project

BASE Resources says it is close to announcing offtake deals for Kenya's biggest mining project, the $US256 million ($239m) Kwale mineral sands operation. Base managing director Tim Carstens said Dupont and Cristal Global, the world's two largest titanium dioxide producers, were among parties interested in offtake. One deal "that I hope to announce next week, will account for about 35 per cent of our revenue and they are a big name", Mr Carstens said yesterday at the Africa Downunder mining conference in Perth.

Goldrea Enters Into an Agreement to Purchase Wigwam Magnetite Prospect

Larry W. Reaugh, President & C.E.O. of Goldrea Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:GOR)(PINK SHEETS:GORAF)(FRANKFURT:GOJ) ("Goldrea" or the "Company") is pleased to report the company has entered into an agreement to purchase 100% (subject to a 2% NSR) of the WigWam Magnetite, Iron, Titanium, Vanadium and Silver Project (1237 hectares/3056.8 Acres), located at WigWam Bay, 8 Kilometers southwest of the head of Seymour Inlet, British Columbia from John Thom Shearer of Coquitlam, B.C.

AMG enters into tantalum supply agreements

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG," EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") through its Advanced Materials Division, entered into supply agreements with traditional customers for all of its tantalum concentrate production through the end of 2012 at fixed […]

White Mountain Readies Cerro Blanco Titanium Project for Final Feasibility

White Mountain Titanium Corporation is making preparations for the start of the final engineering feasibility study at its Cerro Blanco titanium project in Region III of Northern Chile.  Read more

Metalysis looking for partners for titanium plant

The British technology firm says it is in talks with potential partners to help it build a $10, low-cost titanium plant. Read ore