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Pricing News

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals will be closed from December 25 until January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • IM's November Price Movements

    Monday, 11 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    Friday, 06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

  • Pricing notice: Bentonite prices delisted, assessment frequency changed

    Monday, 02 October 2017

    Industrial Minerals has delisted a number of bentonite prices and changed the assessment frequency of its remaining grade.

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Features

  • Special clays: Gelling new markets

    Friday, 09 June 2017

    Hectorite has attracted significant attention in the last few years as a potential source of lithium, while clays like attapulgite and sepiolite have for decades been important sources of speciality material. Ian Wilson, Consultant*, offers a snapshot of the special clays sector.

  • Flash back for frac sand

    Friday, 09 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.

  • Bridging the Gulf

    Monday, 18 July 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.

  • Oilfield minerals: Drums in the deep

    Monday, 18 July 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.

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