Valhi, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the chemicals, component products, waste management, and real estate businesses worldwide. The companyís Chemicals segment offers titanium dioxide pigments to impart whiteness, brightness, and opacity to products, such as paints, plastics, paper, fibers, and ceramics; critical components for use in coatings, plastics, and paper applications; and specialty products, including inks, foods, and cosmetics. This segment also owns and operates ilmenite mines; and manufactures and sells iron-based chemicals, titanium oxychloride, and titanyl sulfate. Its Component Products segment manufactures mechanical and electrical cabinet locks and other locking mechanisms used in ignition systems, mailboxes, file cabinets, desk drawers, tool storage cabinets, vending and gaming machines, high security medical cabinetry, electrical circuit panels, storage compartments, and gas station security applications. This segmentís marine components include stainless steel exhaust headers, exhaust pipes, mufflers, other exhaust components, GPS speedometers and tachometers, mechanical and electronic controls and throttles, steering wheels and other billet aluminum accessories, dash panels, LED lighting, wire harnesses, and other accessories. The companyís Waste Management segment processes, treats, stores, and disposes radioactive, hazardous, toxic, and other wastes. This segment serves industrial companies, including nuclear utilities, chemical, aerospace and electronics businesses, and governmental agencies. Itís Real Estate Management and Development segment provides utility services; owns real property; and develops land holdings for commercial, industrial, and residential purposes. The company also offers insurance brokerage and risk management services, and holds marketable securities and other investments. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Valhi, Inc. is a subsidiary of Contran Corporation.