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TOR Minerals Completes Newest Powder Treatment Center

2008-07-17 13:25:00

        Improves Efficiencies of Production and Logistics Operations

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, July 17 /EMWNews/ -- TOR Minerals

International (Nasdaq: TORM), producer of synthetic titanium dioxide and

color pigments, specialty aluminas, and other high performance mineral

fillers today announced the completion its newest powder treatment center

in Malaysia and changes to production and logistics operations designed to

improve efficiencies and customer service worldwide.

    Dr. Olaf Karasch, CEO of TOR Minerals said, "Making our Malaysian

facility state-of-the-art enables TOR Minerals to better serve the rapidly

growing Asian markets, and increase worldwide production and logistics

efficiencies. This enhanced efficiency has allowed the Malaysian plant to

assume a significant portion of our Corpus HITOX(R) production. TOR's

Corpus facility now has increased capacity to focus on producing our newly

introduced TIOPREM(R) colored pigments, which have received strong initial

interest from customers."

    TOR also announced that it will utilize two new warehouse locations in

Norfolk, Virginia and Oakland, California to store HITOX(R) and serve

customers in the Northeastern and Northwestern regions of North America.

"Having the ability to ship product directly from our Malaysian operations

to these strategically located warehouses shortens delivery times and

reduces freight costs for TOR's customers," Dr. Karasch commented. Barbara

Russell, TOR's CFO, added, "These changes should have a positive impact on

our profitability and reduce our stocking requirements of synthetic rutile,

thereby improving inventory turns and cash flows."

    Headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, TOR Minerals is a global

manufacturer and marketer of specialty mineral and pigment products for

high performance applications with manufacturing and regional offices

located in the United States, Netherlands and Malaysia.

    This statement provides forward-looking information as that term is

defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and,

therefore, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties. There can be no

assurance that the actual results, business conditions, business

developments, losses and contingencies and local and foreign factors will

not differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking

statements as a result of various factors, including market conditions,

general economic conditions, including the present slow down in U.S.

construction and the risks of a general business slow down or recession,

the increasing cost of energy, raw materials and labor, competition, the

receptivity of the markets for our anticipated new products, advances in

technology, changes in foreign currency rates, freight price increase,

commodity price increases, delays in delivery of required equipment and

other factors.

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