Published: 03 Sep 2015
As oil and gas prices continue to bounce along what may prove to be a false bottom to the market, some attendees at this year’s IM Frac Sand Conference in Minnesota were warning of “bloodbaths” as a savage cut back in consumption slashes deep into the US frac sand industry. Others see the downturn as a chance to rebalance supply and demand and promote technical innovation.
Published: 27 Aug 2015
The 13% VAT levy on potash and phosphate fertilisers from 1 September is being introduced by the Chinese government to optimise fertiliser investment in the country and promote sustainable agricultural developments. While demand for potash, of which China is a major importer, is likely to feel the effects of the charge, the impact on nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers is expected to be limited as both are in oversupply in China.
Published: 20 Aug 2015
Rising supply and contracting domestic demand for Chinese soda ash is upping the rate of overspill into exports. IM looks at how this trend is threatening the market share of other exporters, including the highly influential North American trade body, ANSAC.
Published: 13 Aug 2015
New rules requiring European refiners of industrial minerals to register chemicals they use in quantities exceeding 1 tonne could see some substances no longer manufactured or imported into the EU and may lead companies to relocate to other countries to avoid the regulatory pressure.