Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) Quebec Operations have been processing ore from northern Quebec for more than 70 years. They are a world leading producer of high-grade titanium dioxide feedstock, a product commonly used as a pigment to whiten a range of products such as paint, textiles and paper. They also produce iron and steel used in specialised applications such as the automotive industry and wind turbines.
Innovation at RTIT Quebec Operations
Throughout our history, we have continually improved the processes at RTIT Quebec Operations. After first pioneering a new technique for processing ilmenite, we took on the challenge of diversifying our product line as RTIT Quebec Operations targeted the metal powder and steel markets.
Several technological breakthroughs then sharpened the competitive edge of our products. In the last decade, we have focused on developing, marketing and fine-tuning the UGS process, which produces slag with a very high titanium dioxide content. By developing UGS™, an enriched titanium slag sold to pigment producers that use the chloride process, and RTCS (Rio Tinto chloride slag) a slag made from Madagascar mineral sand, RTIT Quebec Operations have secured a strong position in a flourishing market.
Research & development
RTIT Quebec Operations were founded on research and development and they continue to drive our growth strategy. The founding of our Technology and Critical Minerals Centre in 1967 underlined the strategic role that research and development plays and their mission is to develop and improve processes and build the value of our products to expand our markets. Our team of specialists in a wide range of fields of science and technology is a key strength for our business. Today, RTIT Quebec Operations are among the 100 most active Canadian companies in research and development.
Research has an impact on all areas of activity at our RTIT Quebec Operations, from mining to the finished products. Strong links between research staff and operations personnel guarantee the continual improvement of our processes. Whether at the laboratory, the pilot plant or the production facilities, all research is conducted on site. The Technology and Critical Minerals Centre features state-of-the-art equipment and highly specialised instruments, such as inductively coupled plasma spectrometers, X-ray spectrometers, atomic absorption units, image analysers and scanning electron microscopes.
1625, Marie-Victorin Road
Sorel-Tracy Quebec J3R 1M6
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