NL Industries conducts its component products operations through its majority-owned subsidiary, CompX International, Inc. NL also owns a significant interest in Kronos Worldwide, Inc., a global producer and marketer of value-added titanium dioxide pigments.
CompX manufactures engineered components utilized in a variety of applications and industries. These include mechanical and electrical cabinet locks and other locking mechanisms used in recreational transportation, postal, office and institutional furniture, cabinetry, tool storage and healthcare applications. CompX also manufactures stainless steel exhaust systems, gauges, throttle controls, wake enhancement systems, trim tabs and related hardware and accessories for the recreational marine and other industries. CompX’s products are sold primarily in North America to original equipment manufacturers.
Kronos is a leading global producer and marketer of value-added titanium dioxide pigments, or TiO2, a base industrial product used in imparting whiteness, brightness, opacity and durability to a diverse range of customer applications and end-use markets, including coatings, plastics, paper, inks, food, cosmetics and other industrial and consumer “quality-of-life” products. Kronos and its predecessors have produced and marketed TiO2 pigments and related products for over 100 years. Kronos, along with its distributors and agents, sells and provides technical services for its products in multiple worldwide regions, with the majority of sales in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region.
NL Industries, Inc. is primarily a holding company. NL Industries operates in the component products industry through its majority-owned subsidiary, CompX International Inc. (NYSE American: CIX). NL Industries operates in the chemicals industry through its noncontrolling interest in Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: KRO). NL Industries is based in Dallas, Texas and is a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc.