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Ilmenite Market Size - By Type (Natural Ilmenite, Synthetic Ilmenite), By Application (Titanium Dioxide Production, Titanium Metal Production, Welding Electrodes), By End-Use Industry (Paints & Coatings, Plastics, Construction), & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7406
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
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Ilmenite Market Size

Ilmenite Market was valued at USD 11.1 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at 4.1% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, largely fueled by the rising need for titanium dioxide in industries such as paints and coatings. This growth can be attributed in part to increased construction activity, as well as expansion in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Furthermore, the market has been strengthened using titanium metal in a variety of lightweight alloy applications.

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Despite positive growth, concerns about environmental impact and fluctuating prices of titanium feedstock may present obstacles in the near future. As such, there is a growing focus on implementing sustainable sourcing and production methods. In spite of these challenges, the market is expected to see ongoing development, particularly in regions with strong industrial and construction sectors.


COVID-19 Impact

The ilmenite market was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with lockdowns and industrial disruptions causing a decrease in demand for titanium dioxide. Sectors such as paints and coatings were particularly affected. Additionally, supply chain disruptions and reduced production capacity greatly impacted ilmenite mining and processing operations. Despite a display of resilience, the market was not immune to the pandemic's aftermath, which brought uncertainties and volatility in raw material prices and overall market dynamics.

Ilmenite Market Trends

The ilmenite industry is undergoing significant changes, with a strong focus on sustainability throughout the sourcing and production processes. Driven by heightened environmental awareness and stricter regulations, companies are transitioning towards cleaner and more responsible methods in their ilmenite mining and processing. Furthermore, there is a growing emphasis on the recycling and repurposing of titanium materials to decrease waste and energy usage, aligning with the overarching sustainability goals of numerous industries. These evolving trends are reshaping the market and is projected to have a lasting influence on its future direction.

Ilmenite Market Analysis

Global Ilmenite Market Size, By Application, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on application, the titanium dioxide production held a majority market value of USD 9.4 billion in 2022. Driven by the sustained demand for this pigment in the paints, coatings, and plastics industries, the titanium dioxide production segment has shown steady growth. The construction, automotive, and infrastructure sectors have contributed greatly to this trend as their activities continue to thrive. With a strong emphasis on high-quality products, the demand for titanium dioxide remains prominent. Additionally, the industry's pursuit of environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions has fostered innovation in production processes, such as incorporating eco-conscious titanium feedstock sources.

 Global Ilmenite Market Revenue Share (%), By End-Use Industry, (2022)

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Based on end-use industry, the paints and coatings segment captured the dominant market share of around 54% in 2022. The ilmenite market's paints and coatings sector has seen robust growth, fueled by a rise in construction projects, a surge in the demand for attractive and defending coatings, and substantial infrastructure development. The preference for top-notch, long-lasting paints and coatings in both residential and commercial construction, as well as the expansion of the automotive and aerospace industries, have led to a sustained need for titanium dioxide - a crucial ingredient in these offerings.

Based on type, the natural ilmenite segment acquired around 84% of the market share in 2022. Natural ilmenite is witnessing increased utilization due to its abundance and favorable chemical composition. The rise in infrastructure projects, coupled with the expanding aerospace and automotive sectors, is fueling the demand for titanium dioxide, thereby influencing the natural ilmenite business.

U.S Ilmenite Market Revenue, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 2.7 billion in 2022. The Ilmenite market in the U.S. is experiencing significant developments and examination. This versatile mineral, which is crucial for producing titanium dioxide, is currently in high demand, mainly due to the flourishing construction and automotive industries, as they rebound from the effects of the pandemic. Moreover, the rising emphasis on implementing environmentally friendly methods has sparked an interest in utilizing Ilmenite for solar panels and other sustainable technologies.

Ilmenite Market Share

Major players operating in the ilmenite industry include:

  • Iluka Resources
  • Rio Tinto
  • Kenmare Resources
  • Tronox Limited
  • Base Resources Limited
  • Sierra Rutile Limited
  • Cristal
  • V.V. Mineral
  • Trimex Sands
  • Eramet
  • Toho Titanium Co., Ltd.
  • Exxaro Resources
  • Yunnan Dahutong Titanium Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Bluejay Mining Plc
  • Akzonostrum

Iluka Resources and Rio Tinto have captured substantial market shares in the Asia pacific ilmenite industry, driven by companies in the Asia-Pacific region, driven by the surging demand for ilmenite products, particularly in China and India. The Asia-Pacific region is poised for continued growth due to rapid economic development, urbanization, and increasing demand across industries such as aerospace, automotive, and construction. As leading producers, Iluka Resources and Rio Tinto are well-positioned to cater to this escalating demand in the region.

Ilmenite Industry News

  • In July 2023, ATI, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturing company, unveiled plans to bolster its titanium melting operations in Richland, Washington. This strategic move comes in response to the heightened demand for titanium metal within the aerospace and defense sector. The company is actively working on expanding its titanium melting capacity, aiming to increase it by 35% compared to 2022 levels. The expansion project is on track, with the goal of commencing operations by the close of 2024, thus enabling ATI, Inc. to meet the growing demands of its customers in the aerospace and defense industries.
  • In August 2019, The Chemours Company, among the pioneer manufacturer specializing in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemicals, made a significant move by acquiring Southern Ionics Minerals, LLC, a U.S.-based company involved in minerals exploration, mining, and manufacturing. This strategic acquisition granted Chemours access to valuable ilmenite ore deposits, enabling the production of titanium dioxide pigments, a key component of their product portfolio, and reinforcing their position in the market.

This ilmenite market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Billion & Kilo Tons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Natural Ilmenite
  • Synthetic Ilmenite

Market, By Application

  • Titanium dioxide production
  • Titanium metal production
  • Welding electrodes
  • Others

Market, By End-Use Industry

  • Paints and coatings
  • Plastics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of ilmenite was worth USD 11.1 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 16.6 billion by 2032, fueled by the rising need for titanium dioxide in industries such as paints and coatings.

Titanium dioxide production held a majority market value of USD 9.4 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow through 2032, owing to the sustained demand for this pigment in the paints, coatings, and plastics industries.

U.S. ilmenite market revenue crossed USD 2.7 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace during 2023 to 2032, due to the flourishing construction and automotive industries across the region.

Iluka Resources, Rio Tinto, Kenmare Resources, Tronox Limited, Base Resources Limited, Sierra Rutile Limited, Cristal, V.V. Mineral, Trimex Sands, Eramet, Toho Titanium Co., Ltd., Exxaro Resources, Yunnan Dahutong Titanium Industry Co., Ltd., Bluejay Mining Plc, and Akzonostrum.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 21
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