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Tasnee, Cristal, Toho form JV to build titanium sponge plant in Saudi Arabia

January 22, 2014 | Ian Young

Tasnee (Riyadh) and Cristal (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) say they have agreed to form a joint venture with Toho Titanium Co. (Chigasaki, Japan) to build a titanium sponge production facility at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The project will require an investment of about $420 million and the titanium sponge unit will have a capacity of 15,600 m.t./year. The unit is expected to start production in the second quarter of 2017 with full production due to be reached in the first quarter of 2018. The facility will be built adjacent to Cristal's titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant at Yanbu...

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