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Over 70 years of history

DuPont has been making titanium-based white pigments for paper, coatings, plastics and specialty applications since 1931 and is currently the world's leading producer. Today the company's plants in Starke, Florida; EdgeMoor, Delaware; New Johnsonville, Tennessee; DeLisle, Mississippi; Kuan Yin, Taiwan and Altamira, Mexico produce about a quarter of the world's TiO2 pigments.

TiO2 exists naturally in titanium ores like ilmenite and rutile. Its molecular structure makes for high brightness and opacity, but first it must be chemically extracted and purified. For many years high costs discouraged widespread TiO2 use, but in 1931 the "sulfate process" was invented, lowering production costs and allowing TiO2 pigments to displace cheaper lithopone (barium sulfate/zinc sulfide).

DuPont entered the TiO2 business in 1931 when it purchased a TiO2 patent-holding company, the Commercial Pigments Corporation, and offered a line of Ti-Pure® products. When demand surged after World War II, DuPont engineers invented an alternate, more economical "chloride process." Introduced at the EdgeMoor plant in 1951, it gradually replaced the sulfate process in all DuPont TiO2 plants as they expanded to meet ever-increasing demand through the 1990s. Reflecting its global scope, DuPont opened a TiO2 plant in Taiwan in 1994 and a technical service center in Mechelen, Belgium, in 1995 to serve the European, Middle Eastern and Asian markets.

TiO2 is the most important white pigment used in the coatings, plastics and paper industries today. As the world's largest producer of TiO2, we are proud of our contributions to these industries.