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Huntsman Tioxide

Huntsman Tioxide is one of the world's largest producers of titanium dioxide pigments. They employ nearly 3,000 people worldwide, and have factories in seven countries, including South Africa, Malaysia and the UK.
They are committed to continually improve their environmental performance and in 1993 set up the Materials Business with the primary aim of converting all the co-product arising from pigment manufacture into saleable products. Tioxide co-products are used mainly in agriculture, water treatment and construction, but are also widely sold in the animal feed, chemicals, beverage and paper industries. In 2001 the Materials Business achieved sales in excess of one million tonnes with the sale of over thirty products.
Huntsman Tioxide have recently launched an online report detailing their site-based work on biodiversity. As part of the reporting process, they undertook ecological and biodiversity surveys (birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and vegetation) of all their sites in order to manage biodiversity on their landholdings and enhance on-site conservation through habitat creation and management. Tioxide enlist enthusiastic employees to be part of this monitoring process who work, for example, in the UK in conjunction with local organisations such as INCA (Industry Nature Conservation Association) and the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust.


Biodiversity conservation work has led to ICI being awarded third place in the Property Awards 2000 Environmental Category for its Severnside conservation programme. ICI is one of the largest landholders in the area, and developed an action plan to help protect estuarine flora and fauna. The plan was developed in partnership local authorities, local communities and interest groups, and aims to bring mutual economic and environmental benefit to the area.
The landholding on Severnside includes a large stretch of estuary foreshore - a RAMSAR site and SSSI. The estuary supports large numbers of waders and wildfowl and is an extremely important migratory corridor for birds. The creation of building-free "buffer zones" allows access to adjacent inland countryside for migrating birds, and new buildings and their settings have been integrated to minimise environmental impact.

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