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  • By Kasia Patel
    Published: 21 Nov 2014

    IM spoke to the Canadian junior, which hopes to gain a strategic foothold in the region through the majority acquisition and expansion of Indian ceramics proppants producer, Hallmark, about trends in the proppants market and where new demand is expected to come from.

  • By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
    Published: 13 Nov 2014

    Diving oil prices have led some commentators to believe that frac sand consumption may wane. However, as we are increasingly seeing, this is not the case. Not only are more service users turning to frac sand in lieu of ceramic proppants, but as more wells come online, so the demand increases - a trend Moodys has highlighted in this report.

  • By Laura Syrett
    Published: 07 Nov 2014

    The world’s major bromine producers have issued indifferent outlooks for the industry in 2015 and have been forced to introduce price rises to help stave off narrowing margins. IM spoke to leading chemicals consultancy IHS about the prospects for shrinkage in some bromine markets and growth in others.

  • By Laura Syrett
    Published: 31 Oct 2014

    Macro indicators spell a gloomy year ahead for miners in 2015, while those which have successfully secured deals to bring projects into production this year say that they have beaten the odds, but only with a great deal of effort and patience.

  • By Laura Syrett
    James Sean Dickson
    Published: 21 Oct 2014

    Access to water is a basic human right. It is also a basic requirement for mining. The conflict between these competing demands was discussed by the UK’s House of Commons Extractive Industries Select Committee, which considered how the situation could be managed through sound regulation and procedure, particularly in dry regions of the world like Chile and in areas where fracking is causing concern to communities.

  • Published: 17 Oct 2014

    Through its JV with Kazatomprom, the company is preparing to go into commercial production of rare earths, most likely targeting Japanese demand driven by the advanced electronic market. However, project delays have cast doubts on targeted production, which was due to begin in 2013.


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