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  • Rio Tinto's specialty alumina production up 6% in 2017

    Wednesday, 17 January 2018

    Following higher specialty alumina output in 2017, bauxite production is forecast flat to lower in 2018, with alumina production also seen slightly down.

  • RHI Magnesita CEO to lead World Refractories Association

    Wednesday, 17 January 2018

    Stefan Borgas’s tenure will focus on setting a global refractory industry agenda, creating a collection of improved sector data and working to ease the raw materials shortage situation.

  • Price Briefing: January 5-11

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze; European green silicon carbide market sees small price move at 2018 start; Lack of Chinese soda ash for export keeps prices stable; Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue its three bromine prices and three of its magnesia grades.

  • Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    Prices for abrasive brown fused alumina have moved up on extremely limited availability, while high demand is pushing up the markets for refractory white fused alumina in both spot and contract deals.

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  • Price Briefing: January 5-11

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze; European green silicon carbide market sees small price move at 2018 start; Lack of Chinese soda ash for export keeps prices stable; Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue its three bromine prices and three of its magnesia grades.

  • Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    Prices for abrasive brown fused alumina have moved up on extremely limited availability, while high demand is pushing up the markets for refractory white fused alumina in both spot and contract deals.

  • Price Briefing: 29 December-4 January

    Friday, 05 January 2018

    Chinese domestic lithium carbonate prices soften as 2018 starts; ATH prices set to rise in 2018; sellers pushing for 'sizeable' increases; Iodine global prices strengthen at start of 2018; Zircon prices rise, characterized by short supply; Sluggish global antimony trioxide market while European prices soften.

  • ATH prices set to rise in 2018; sellers pushing for 'sizeable' increases

    Friday, 05 January 2018

    US suppliers of alumina trihydrate want to secure higher prices this year, capitalizing on high demand and widespread price rises across alumina markets.

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Features

  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze

    Thursday, 14 December 2017

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes.

  • A rock and a hard place

    Friday, 08 September 2017

    Demand for refractory products is evolving, forcing suppliers to upgrade their offers and processes to stay ahead of the game, while Chinese-origin raw materials are appreciating on the back of supply shortages, making productions costlier, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds.

  • Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution

    Friday, 08 September 2017

    One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends.

  • Not a Cinderella story: Half a century of Industrial Minerals

    Friday, 08 September 2017

    Long dismissed as the Cinderella of the commodities world, industrial minerals were regarded as high bulk, low value for most outside the network which makes up our world. But after 50 years IM is looking forward to a glittering future - and so are those at the top of the industrial minerals tree, interviewed in turn about the changing face of the industry.

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