Rio Tinto opened a new metal-powders annealing facility in China. The $5 million plant in Suzhou will expand Rio Tinto's metal-powders capacity by 8,000 metric tons/year and help boost its supply to the Chinese market. According to Rio Tinto, there is a growth in demand for its powders product by more than 10% a year in China. Rio Tinto Metal Powders is part of the Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium business within the Diamonds & Minerals Product Group.