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Cropped OperationsArgex Titanium Inc. intends to become a low-cost producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and other valuable by-products through its advanced proprietary chemical process. High-grade purity TiO2 will be produced at our facilities, serving major markets in North America and abroad.

Argex’s strategy rests on a two-phase production strategy and on licensing.

Development of a technology center

Argex is planning the construction of a technology center, which will be a de-scaled version of our future commercial plant. This “de-scaled” version of the commercial plant will:

  • be used for initiating our commercial production
  • allow to continuously work on improving the technology
  • produce samples of product for customers and potential licencees
  • pursue testing and development (control strategies, control set points, operating conditions, yields of different ores, procedures, etc.) in the period prior to the construction of the commercial plant

The construction is planned for 2018, pending financing.

Construction of a commercial plant

Argex is planning the construction of a commercial plant in Canada that would, at term, have a capacity of approximately 90,000 tonnes per year.

We expect the first 30,000 tonnes/year train of the commercial plant to be commissioned by 2020, pending financing. Starting from there, we will progressively begin the commercial production of Argex’s Ti02.

Today, Argex Titanium is focused on its advanced chemical process for the production of titanium dioxide (TiO2). However, Argex began as a junior mining exploration company and as such, it currently owns two properties in Quebec.

Licensing strategy

In addition to producing TiO2 ourselves, Argex is planning to license its technology. Licensing the technology would bring royalties from licensee operations.

There is a very good potential for this strategy, as Argex has pushed further the Chloride-route and optimized it so much that it could potentially be considered as the third main technology for the production of TiO2, besides sulphate and chloride technologies.

The technology center would be a solid asset with respect to licensing, as it could be used as a R&D facility for continuous improvements and technical support, for new producers entering the TiO2 pigment market or for plants experiencing technical difficulties.