VV Mineral, a heavy mineral mining company based in Tamil Nadu is the top exporter of ilmenite. They are also the first private mining company to export ilmenite.
VV Mineral, Mining mines this placer mineral from the Gulf of Mannar. The demand for this mineral is very high and constantly rising as it is very useful in the pigment and steel industry. Maximum usage is seen for making Titanium dioxide pigment.
VV Mineral, Vaikundarajan began ilmenite mining in the year 2000 and the first export was done in October 2000. The production capacity now stands at 500000 metric tonnes per year and is expected to rise steadily as market conditions allow.
They currently produce several grades of high quality sulphate grade Ilmenite which are becoming increasingly sought after due to their ideal characteristics of good digestibility combined with low contained Fe203,U, Th, Cr2O3 etc.
Currently VV Minerals has eight processing plants in operation (as of 2013) and have proposed to set up two more plants, which allow us to provide a greater degree of product flexibility than generally available from traditional mineral processing operations.