Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study 2012 – A study of 2011 costs

TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is pleased to announce the release of the newly formatted edition of the Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study 2012.

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Historically, the industry weighted average R/C ratio has been 1.4 to 1.6. In 2011, the industry weighted average R/C ratio has increased to 1.89, the highest ever since TZMI started tracking titanium feedstock industry competitiveness.

(PRWEB) October 07, 2012

TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is pleased to announce the release of the newly formatted edition of the Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study 2012.

This year, TZMI has reformatted the annual Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study to include never before released information and analysis on comparative operating costs in the global titanium feedstock industry. The new look presentation style Cost Study contains valuable insight and TZMI’s expertise in this essential reference for the feedstock industry.

The Study covers in depth analysis of operating costs at 25 titanium feedstock operations throughout the world, with an updated industry cost curve. This represents an invaluable tool for evaluating and benchmarking both existing operations and potential new projects in terms of comparative costs.

Historically, the industry weighted average R/C ratio has been relatively flat ranging from 1.4 to 1.6. In 2011, the industry weighted average R/C ratio has increased considerably to 1.89, the highest ever since TZMI started tracking titanium feedstock industry competitiveness.

Despite there being a general increase in the industry cost structure across the sector, revenue for the sector has grown significantly driven by strong feedstock and zircon prices.

The Cost Study provides a comprehensive summary of overall cost competitive trends within the industry in recent years and highlights factors that influenced these trends.

Included in the new format is TZMI’s methodology in developing the cost study; fundamentals of the titanium feedstock and zircon markets; industry cost competitiveness; and cost developments within the industry in the 2011 calendar year.

The cost and profitability curves are subject to thorough discussion and analysis and cover:

  •     Mineral production operations
  •     Mineral production costs
  •     Ilmenite beneficiation costs
  •     Total cash costs of production

This analysis and insight is applied to the 25 operations included in this year’s Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study.

TZMI first published the Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study in 2001, using 16 operations as the basis for comparison.

The aim of the original study was to provide an industry cost curve that could be used in benchmarking analysis for both existing and new projects. That aim has not changed during the years, but what has changed is the development of more sophisticated data and detailed examination of the information related to operating costs.

This study is suitable for anyone wanting to understand operating costs in the titanium feedstock sector and maintain an up to date perspective of all elements of the industry, including:

  •     New and established mineral sands producers
  •     TiO2 pigment producers
  •     New or potential entrants to the industry
  •     Financial industry (fund managers, hedge funds, investors and potential investors)

Orders for Titanium Feedstock Producers Comparative Cost Study 2012 are now being taken. For more information please visit http://www.tzmi.com or call +61 8 9359 6000.

About TZMI
TZ Minerals International (TZMI) is a global, independent consulting and publishing company with offices in Australia, China, the US and Africa. The strength of TZMI’s consulting services stems from extensive practical experience in the mineral sands, titanium dioxide and coatings industries and from a comprehensive database, which has been built up over many years.

TZMI has proven expertise gained from our consultants having many years of direct operating experience in the industry in chief executive, senior operational, analytical and marketing roles.
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