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  • 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.

  • By Laura Syrett
    Published: 19 Aug 2014

    Current recycling rates for valuable minerals and metals used in consumer products fall well short of technically possible levels, creating an unsustainable drag on resource efficiency. Laura Syrett talks to Outotec’s director of technology management, Markus Reuter, about his UN-backed report on the opportunities, limits and infrastructure for raw materials recycling.

  • Published: 15 Aug 2014

    While there have been many articles surrounding the viability of graphite projects based on deposit size and grade, a new report urges investors to consider other factors such as flake size distribution and product off take.

  • Published: 07 Aug 2014

    The US soda ash industry benefits from two of the world’s richest trona deposits, positioning domestic companies among the lowest cost producers of natural soda ash. Increasing competition from China has threatened the US industry in the last decade, but investment in innovation and sustainability has ensured that the US remains a top player in the global soda ash market.

  • Published: 01 Aug 2014

    Rotterdam and Hamburg ports have been hit by congestion, and though there are many reasons leading to such issues, recent bad weather has served to highlight dysfunctional networks and carrier unreliability.

  • By Laura Syrett
    Published: 25 Jul 2014

    French battery maker Saft has won a contract to supply Kauai, Hawaii’s fourth most populous island, with a Li-ion energy storage system that will regulate electricity supply from renewable sources. According to Saft, such solutions are likely to become the norm for island communities, which is positive news for suppliers of graphite and lithium raw materials.

  • Published: 21 Jul 2014

    Albemarle to merge with Rockwood; Syrah sale “does not make sense”; Crimea plans port expansion

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