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  • Published: 18 Sep 2014

    Since reaching a peak in 2011, zircon prices have tumbled as substitution in ceramics and foundries uses ate into consumption rates. According to a new market report from Roskill, this trend towards substitution is now thought to be complete.

  • By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
    Albert Li IM analyst, Shanghai
    Published: 10 Sep 2014

    China’s first international conference on graphene kicked off last week and brought with it new considerations for the commercialisation of the so-called wonder material.

  • By Laura Syrett
    Published: 04 Sep 2014

    The tie-up between two apparent rivals at the fledgling end of the graphite production business grabbed the market’s attention, but commentators do not believe the wider industry is ready for a wave of M&A activity.

  • Published: 29 Aug 2014

    The US railroad network is buckling under the weight of demand for more and more frac sand from the country’s booming shale gas fields. As Bruce McMichael discovers, lead times of more than two years for new rail car capacity have spurred innovative responses from sand producers, looking to circumvent the bottlenecks.


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