Published: 27 May 2016
The continued growth in the need for lithium was a given at the 8th Lithium Supply and Markets conference in Las Vegas this week. The availability of supply in the near term remains less of a certainty, however.
Published: 19 May 2016
The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is at last experiencing its heyday after decades spent at the periphery of the energy market. With solar growing at arguably its fastest pace in history, the sector needs an ever-expanding supply chain, creating a plethora of business opportunities for raw material suppliers, including industrial minerals producers.
Published: 13 May 2016
An EU-funded project has developed innovative deep-mining strategies that are set to cut Europe’s dependence on the imported rare earth elements (REEs) within four years, while also curbing environmental damage.
Published: 06 May 2016
With optimism on the titanium dioxide (TiO2) scene contrasting slipping zircon prices, Cameron Perks, consultant and IM correspondent, spoke to managing director and CEO of Iluka Resources David Robb about the mineral sands market and where the world’s most significant zircon producer thinks it may be heading.
Published: 29 Apr 2016
With commodity markets free-falling for some time now, deciding to put money into mining projects could be considered as safe an investment as playing roulette.
Published: 22 Apr 2016
Though unlikely to rival the electric vehicle industry for size, grid energy storage is likely to become one of its largest end-markets for lithium-ion batteries. Questions remain as to what size the market will reach, however.
Published: 14 Apr 2016
Mining is to end on the world’s second largest sand island. In response to community, Aboriginal land rights issues and environmental concerns, a draft proposal was released by the Australian Queensland Government last December outlining the eventual closure of Sibelco’s mining operations on North Stradbroke Island.