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  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • Processing: Going green IM July-August 2017

    Although the number of industrial minerals covered by IM is far reaching and the technology required for their production often varies by sector, the mining industry is seeing increasing calls for corporate social responsibility and greener technology, particularly in light of the growing role renewable energy has to play in the everyday lives of consumers. Read More

  • Flash back for frac sand IM June 2017

    Improvements in oil and gas drilling activity in North America have paved the way for recovery in demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand, barite and bentonite, but as Kasia Patel, IM Correspondent, reports, the rebound has tested suppliers’ ability to respond. Read More

  • Chinese barite faces a growing market IM December 2016-January 2017

    Chinese barite production and exports enjoyed a heady few years when the US oil boom was at its peak three years ago, but the decline in drilling activity since 2014 has seen a slowdown in demand for the oilfield mineral. However, in November 2016 there are signs of a recovery with US rig counts higher and a likelihood of oil prices increasing to $50-55/bbl. This will lead to increased consumption of barite in 2017, Ian Wilson, Consultant, finds. Read More

  • Oilfield minerals: Drums in the deep IM July-August 2016

    High volatility in energy prices shook commodity markets over the past year, with oil taking a dive headfirst to lows that had not been reached for over a decade. This had negative consequences for oilfield service operators as well as mineral suppliers, who saw demand and prices falling for proppants and barite, while bentonite was, to an extent, spared. Read More

  • Bridging the Gulf IM July-August 2016

    As the US Geological Survey prepares to issue a special publication on the mineral resources of Iran, the international business community is kicking its heels in frustration about the snail’s pace of progress towards establishing trade links with the Islamic Republic, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, writes. Read More

  • Oilfield minerals: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global oilfield minerals industries. Read More

  • Re-elected UK government pledges support for domestic energy production IM June 2015

    The UK's Convervative party has pledged to support fracking in a bid to boost domestic energy production. Emma Hughes explores what this means for industrial minerals. Read More

  • Drilling grade barite: the global outlook IM January 2015

    As unconventional shale oil and gas exploration and development continues at pace in North America and further afield, Andrew Scogings, Industrial Minerals Consultant, provides an executive summary of IM’s upcoming research report on drilling-grade barite. Read More

  • How did the Middle East become so important to industrial minerals? IM January 2015

    As well as importing more minerals into the region, countries in the Middle East also started to concentrate on developing their own minerals industry, here, Siobhan Lismore-Scott details why this has happened and where. Read More

  • Lessons from 100 years of mineral data IM January 2015

    With the recent publication of data for 2012, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has 100 years of continuous mineral production data - but what do they tell us about worldwide industrial mineral production? Teresa Brown analyses some of these trends and what they say about the industry as a whole. Read More

  • Oilfield Minerals: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    An increase in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) over the past few years means that demand for oilfield minerals has never been stronger. Continued drilling and exploration kept demand high for minerals such as frac sand, bauxite, kaolin, bentonite and barite over the course of 2014. Read More

  • Tough times for many in 2015 IM January 2015

    Energy minerals still waiting for battery lift off; chromite market bearish over next 12 months Read More

  • Pressures in Asian markets squeeze refractory and chemical minerals IM December 2014

    Global increases for calcium carbonate and kaolin Refractory minerals under strain in China Read More

  • Australia: End of the mining gloom? IM December 2014

    The downturn of the global “commodities supercyle” and slowing raw material demand in China has been felt keenly in Australia’s resources sector. But while proponents of Australian mining admit the industry isn’t quite as mighty as it used to be, they say that there are still plenty of reasons to be positive Down Under, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, discover. Read More

  • South East Asia: Room to grow IM December 2014

    Although regulatory difficulties in the past may have discouraged foreign investment, South East Asia is being touted as a region ripe for development with many underexploited resources and demand for industrial minerals in a variety of markets including refractories, glass, ceramics, construction and proppants. Andrew Scogings, IM Correspondant, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, and Tran Kim Phuong, Contributor Read More

  • Potash and barite supply tightens while fused magnesia faces overcapacity IM November 2014

    Antimony, iodine suffer from slow China growth; Tough times continue for TiO2 pigment market; FM producers storing up trouble for the future Read More

  • Digging deep: geopolitics of shale resources IM September 2014

    Owing to recent political events in Ukraine, and indirectly those in the Middle East, concerns have mounted in relation to oil and gas delivery to Europe, with some analysts suggesting that North American shale resources may need to be called upon. However, due to basic economic factors, a more realistic solution would be for the EU and Ukraine to develop their own shale resources but, so far, with the exception of the UK, and to a lesser extent Poland and Spain, no large-scale efforts are being undertaken, finds Vasili Nicoletopoulos.* Read More

  • Summer holiday for agriminerals, no break for mineral sands IM August 2014

    Agrimineral demand recovery continues as flame retardant chemical price growth stutters; no gains in sight for mineral sands Read More

  • Oilfield minerals - a shifting landscape IM June 2014

    North American demand for oilfield minerals has never been stronger, but now other countries, such as China, are looking to increase their production of oil and gas from shale reserves. As a result, the global proppant and drilling mud industries are seeing changes in traditional supply chain patterns, exacerbated by new regulations and changes to product requirements, Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor and Nilima Choudhury, Chief Reporter, discover. Read More

  • Appraisal of Industrial Minerals in Turkey IM June 2014

    Turkey has an abundant variety of industrial raw materials and is in an ideal location to deliver high volume industrial minerals to European, Asian and African markets at competitive prices. Read More

  • Oilfield minerals: Extracting what lies beneath IM January 2014 issue

    Oilfield minerals aid the process of extracting natural oil and gas from beneath Earth’s surface. For many years, lubricants such as bentonite and weighting agents like barytes (barite) have been used in conventional drilling while others, such as frac sand and sintered bauxite and kaolin, have seen demand increase as a boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) took off in the US and further afield. Ahead of IM’s Oilfield Minerals Outlook: Middle East, Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor, takes a look at some of the key minerals used in this end-market. Read More

  • Political risk in oilfield minerals investments in MENA IM January 2014 issue

    Many countries in the MENA region are taking steps to diversify their economies away from almost sole reliance on oil and gas production and to pay greater attention to their reserves of metals and minerals. Dr Elizabeth Stephens, JLT Consulting,* looks into the political risk in MENA Read More

  • New JV forms largest barite company in China IM November 2013 issue

    A joint venture named Tianzhu Chemical Mining Corp. has been formed between Hao Hua Chemical Group (82%) and Rocky Mountains Industrial Development Company (18%) to mine barite for chemical and drilling-grade markets in the Tianzhu area of Guizhou, China. Rocky Wu and Ian Wilson* Read More

  • Barite – more than a weighting agent IM June 2013

    A person suffering from a gastrointestinal disorder is likely to undergo an X-ray test. Any possible ailment can be clearly examined in the presence of heavy metal and an inert substance with the ability to absorb X-ray radiation to highlight any abnormalities. The name of this heavy material is barium sulphate (BaSO4), or barite. Read More

  • Living off the fat of the frac sand IM June 2013

    Frac sand, a specific type of silica sand, is a durable, round grain, crush-resistant material produced for use in the hydraulic fracturing process (more widely known as fracking). Read More

  • Price Briefing: Titanium dioxide hikes unlikely to stick IM May 2013

    Recent titanium dioxide (TiO2) price hikes by major producers are unlikely to be accepted by pigment endusers, analysts told IM. Read More

  • Bentonite: a swelling market December 2012 issue

    As the global recession loosens its grip on the world economy, IM considers how bentonite has weathered the storm, looking at its most important end markets and their economic drivers Read More

  • Fracking in Europe: the potential and the pitfalls November 2012 issue

    Could shale gas provide the answer to global energy concerns? There are vast untapped resources in Europe, but fracking, the controversial method of extraction, could prove to be the stumbling block as Vasili Nicoletopoulos* explains Read More

  • Price Briefing: Barytes market reports bull trend as taxes bite in China August 2012

    Barytes up while graphite market softens and a rare earth platform hoves into view Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Volume cost in plastics applications July 2011

    Mineral fillers are widely used in the plastics industry to enhance polymer properties and reduce ingredient costs. But, as Siddartha Roy demonstrates, over-use of fillers can be a false economy Read More

  • Sun rises on Vietnam’s barytes June 2011

    Dr Tran Kim Phuong outlines Vietnam’s principal barytes resources and key end markets, such as oilfield minerals, and discusses the country’s exploration plans to 2025 Read More

  • Pigments on rollercoaster ride January 2011

    Bumpy road ahead for pigment producers as construction and automotive markets decline in the west but rise in the east, driven by an emerging Asian middle class Read More

  • Mongolia rocks! January 2011

    As China shifts its focus from exports to domestic demand-led growth, Mongolia has an opportunity to supply China as well as neighbouring countries. Alexander Czarnecki assesses the country’s industrial minerals potential and its attraction to foreign investors Read More

  • Peninsula prospects June 2010

    Although there remain challenges, an abundance of untapped mineral deposits, increasing demand, and clear political will and support to develop the mineral sector has brought the Arabian Peninsula under the investor spotlight Read More

  • North Africa builds its minerals’ future March 2010

    Even though the global downturn has slowed growth, North Africa is looking forward to realising its phosphate and other mineral resources Read More

  • Tomorrow’s drilling world February 2010

    Despite increasing attempts to pursue green technologies, the world’s thirst for oil and gas is set to ensure robust drilling mineral demand for decades Read More

  • Filler grade barytes industry in 2009 September 2009

    Looking to fill the void: Filler grade barytes is suffering from the severe downturn in the auto industry leaving some with a demand shortfall of up to 50%. While times are hard, barytes diversity, outside of its dominant use as an oil drilling medium, is set to give necessary future stability to producers by Simon Moores, Senior Assistant Editor Read More

  • Saudi Arabia minerals review June 2009 issue

    Seeking Saudi mineral potential: A shift in national policy to diversify into non-oil resources has prompted domestic development and overseas interest in Saudi Arabia’s considerable wealth of untapped industrial minerals Read More

  • China minerals outlook: the Dragon has turned April issue 2009

    China has switched to domestic demand priority status. Those relying on Chinese mineral exports should now be seeking alternative sources. Here we examine how China’s mineral industry has changed tack, its impact on world markets, how it will cope with the recession, and spotlight on barytes, bauxite, fluorspar, magnesite, paper minerals, and rare earths Read More

  • Filler minerals: Auto doom & gloom stalls market April issue 2009

    IM reports on the 4th High Performance Fillers for Polymer Composites conference, held 4-5 March 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, covering market outlook, new filler grades, plus developments in nanofillers and mineral processing by Jessica Roberts, Assistant Editor Read More

  • European rock and role February Issue 2009

    The EU’s position in global mineral supply, commodity trends, EU industries and policies, and future challenges are examined by Linda Hetherington and Andrew Bloodworth Read More

  • Functional Fillers 2008 November Issue 2008

    A report on the 16th Functional Fillers conference organised by Intertech-Pira, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 22-24 September 2008, and comprised 16 papers spread over four sessions, plus optional seminars on plastic fillers selection and flame retardants. Read More

  • Minerals' plastic future November Issue 2008

    Innovations are expanding markets for mineral use in plastics, demand for which is forecast to rise in the long term. Alison Russell reviews trends in plastics usage and end markets, and industrial mineral consumption Read More

  • Glass minerals strike gold October Issue 2008

    Murray Lines examines the main glass minerals and highlights trends in the rapidly expanding Asia Pacific market, dominated by China. Read More

  • New Chinese barytes source August issue 2008

    Oilfield Minerals Supplement: Rocky Mountains enters production of barytes in China with new mine. Ian Wilson reports on this new source, and market issues regarding supply, specific gravity, and pricing Read More

  • Barytes' new era of respect August issue 2008

    Oilfield Minerals Supplement: Barytes supply trends of late have sparked much debate in the market. John Newcaster highlights significant events of the last three months which have critically impacted Chinese barytes supply, and are considered to have marked the beginning of permanent change for this market Read More

  • A minerals passage to India August issue 2008

    As the word continues to seek a passage into India's industrial minerals industry, the country has continued to strengthen through domestic expansions and international acquisitions. Read More

  • Lorda sits tight June Issue 2008

    As Spain looks to rebuild its construction industry, how are Catalan processers, Lorda Y Roig SA, staying a float on this downward market? Kwok W Wan, Assistant Editor, paid a visit to find out. Read More

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