The smokestacks of Rio Tinto Fer et Titane can be seen from far away. This company, formerly known as Quebec Iron & Titanium, is one of the main suppliers of raw materials for the titanium dioxide industry, and is a worldwide leader in the production of pig iron, steel, and metal powders.
The unspoilt natural environment of the islands contrasts with the port and industrial activities that can be seen in the distant background.
Due to increasing maritime traffic, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane had to expand its wharf in 2006-2007, enabling it to receive two ships at the same time. This project complied with environmental standards and requirements.
This enormous smelter complex provides jobs to many people in the Sorel-Tracy region.
Ilmenite Park in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel is located next to the Rio Tinto Fer et Titane complex.
The park was set up in 1996 by Quebec Iron & Titanium, and takes its name from ilmenite, a raw material extracted from the Tio mine 43 kilometres northeast of Havre Saint-Pierre. The company has operated the Tio mine since 1950.