Tronox to increase U.S. price of sodium chlorate by US$60/ton, effective immediately, cites cost increases including higher manufacturing costs from rising energy prices

OKLAHOMA CITY , May 23, 2011 (press release) – Tronox Incorporated, on behalf of its subsidiary companies, today announced a price increase of $60 per ton for sodium chlorate, effective immediately. The price increase applies to list prices or as contracts allow. This pricing action is driven by continued increases in manufacturing costs from rising energy prices and other key cost drivers in the production of sodium chlorate.

Tronox produces sodium chlorate at its facility in Hamilton, Mississippi. It is used primarily by the pulp and paper industries in an environmentally preferred pulp bleaching process.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Tronox is one of the five largest producers and marketers of titanium dioxide pigment. Titanium dioxide pigment is an inorganic white pigment used in paint, coatings, plastics, paper and many other everyday products. The company's pigment plants, which are located in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands, supply high-performance products to approximately 1,100 customers in 100 countries. In addition, Tronox produces electrolytic products, including sodium chlorate, electrolytic manganese dioxide, boron trichloride, elemental boron and lithium manganese oxide. For information on Tronox, visit www.tronox.com.

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