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  • 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

  • When the lights go out IM July-August 2016

    At its peak in 2008, oil (WTI) was trading at $140/bbl, which in turn pushed up the price of natural gas. The high price of fuel prompted investment in alternative energy supply, with countries looking to become self-sufficient, at least in part. Now, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, details how Australia has moved to diversify its supply mix and what this means for oilfield mineral markets. 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

  • Cobalt supply: Alternatives and additions IM July-August 2016

    With various issues surrounding the use of cobalt in batteries, IM Correspondent, Cameron Perks, looks at potential future supply possibilities as well as substitution of the material. Read More

  • A bright future for halloysite? IM July-August 2016

    HNTs are naturally occurring structures within deposits of the mineral halloysite. Although they are already widely used in ceramics, new research into HNTs is revealing their potential for use in applications ranging from cancer drugs to animal feed, Frank Hart explains. Read More

  • Grinding out: China’s GCC sector needs to work hard to change IM July-August 2016

    Valued as a plentiful source of cheap, basic ground calcium carbonate materials, China now wants to tackle its overcapacity problems by shifting its emphasis onto higher value products – a familiar story with an uncertain ending, as Albert Li, IM China Analyst, explains. Read More

  • Soaking it up: Bentonite’s global reach IM June 2016

    Recent growth in bentonite consumption has been driven largely by foundry, oil drilling and iron ore pelletising markets. However, the latest downturn in oil and steel prices is likely to see volumes in the latter two markets decrease in the short to medium term. Andrew Scogings* gives an overview of worldwide bentonite production and consumption. Read More

  • Talk From The Top: What those at the helm make of the last two years in industrial minerals markets IM June 2016

    While the majority of industrial mineral market participants are bracing themselves for another tough year, IM spoke to key industry players about adapting to current conditions and seeking out new markets. Read More

  • Kyanite: A strategic alternative for Russia’s aluminium industry? IM June 2016

    As Russia looks at reducing its bauxite imports amid geopolitical tensions, developing the Bolshie Keivy kyanite deposits near Murmansk to supply alumina to the domestic aluminium industry is a possible, if unlikely, route to self-sufficiency, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, writes. Read More

  • Supply Security Report: Mineral Sands IM June 2016

    Mineral sands industry sentiment has been a mixed bag throughout 2015 and into 2016. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, takes a look at the ups and downs of 2015 and asks whether mineral sands markets will register any improvements in 2016. Read More

  • India's mining industry: Challenges and potential IM June 2016

    The Indian mining industry is best described as a success story still in the making. Despite holding reserves of 89 different minerals, Shruti Salwan, IM Analyst, examines why growth in the domestic mining industry has been relatively stagnant, failing to reap the benefits of an emerging middle class. Read More

  • Where the sun shines IM June 2016

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is at last experiencing its heyday after decades spent at the periphery of the energy market. Read More

  • Driving it forward: Buses in the EV Boom IM June 2016

    Often overshadowed by the automotive industry, the electric bus industry is set to soar in the coming years, writes Myles McCormick, Reporter. Read More

  • Europe funds domestic rare earths mining project I2MINE IM June 2016

    An EU-funded project has developed innovative deep-mining strategies that are set to cut Europe’s dependence on the imported rare earth elements (RE) within four years, while also curbing environmental damage. Read More

  • Lithium-ion continues to charge up IM June 2016

    With the battery boom continuing, electric vehicles are set to account for 35% of automotives produced in 2040, leading even big oil to embrace green technology. Read More

  • Growth in energy harvesting for ceramics picking up speed IM June 2016

    The increased uptake of EVs and the growing interest in various types of battery components is fuelling demand for ceramics in energy harvesting, which so far has accounted for a fraction of the industry. Kasia Patel Read More

  • Diary Dates IM June 2016

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  • Time to shine IM May 2016

    Siobhan Lismore-Scott, editor, highlights the features in this month's magazine which will inform and delight subscribers. Read More

  • How Australia’s silica industry is growing without fracking IM May 2016

    Unlike the US, Australia’s silica sand industry has not benefitted from a fracking boom. But as Cameron Perks*, IM Correspondent, explains, the country’s sand producers have a diverse range of expanding markets to choose from. Read More

  • ¡Vámonos!: South America’s lithium rush IM May 2016

    As excitement abounds around the potential of the “lithium triangle”, Myles McCormick visits South America to investigate the hype. Read More

  • SQM: Outside the box; inside the triangle IM May 2016

    The embattled lithium major is looking to reform itself as it deals with the fallout from a number of allegations, Myles McCormick, Reporter, writes from the company’s operations in northern Chile. Read More

  • Russia seeks incentives for lithium development IM May 2016

    All of the lithium raw materials consumed by Russia are currently imported from abroad, but the country is looking at advancing a number of potential internal sources. However, the uncertainty of domestic demand growth and questions over how production would fit into the global lithium market could constrain new developments, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

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  • Russia: Open for olivine IM April 2016

    JSC North Urals Dunites is planning to mine dunite as a source of olivine from the Iovinsky deposit in Russia’s Ural Mountains, which promises to be the world’s second largest project of its kind. Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers how the company is dealing with environmental opposition and the challenge of finding new markets. Read More

  • Australian magnesite: Recovery and expansion IM April 2016

    Australia hosts some 95m tonnes magnesite reserves and has been a major supplier of the global market for much of the last century. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, and Richard Flook, Consultant*, examine the history of Australian magnesite and discuss some of the new projects underway that look set to restore the sector’s former glory. Read More

  • Graphene: The good and the great IM April 2016

    The nanocarbon is gradually beginning to appear in consumer products, but as Laura Syrett, Acting Editor and Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discover, there is a tension between getting graphene commercialised quickly into useful but ordinary items and the more time consuming business of realising the material’s game-changing potential. Read More

  • Caustic soda: Corrosion or progression? IM April 2016

    The alumina industry is the largest consumer of caustic soda, but smelter closures across the world are threatening to eat into this market, while regulatory pressures on the chemical’s production are also forcing change in the industry. Read More

  • Carbon nanotubes: The next industrial revolution? IM April 2016

    CNTs have the potential to revolutionise electronics, health and even sports equipment and the environment. Frank Hart* takes a look at the industry and examines the relationship of the nanotechnology to graphene and graphite. Read More

  • Magnesia: A Sino-Soviet split? IM April 2016

    China remains the world’s dominant magnesia supplier, but domestic overcapacity and shrinking international demand are unsettling the sector, particularly as the country looks set to lose one of its largest export markets – Russia. Albert Li, IM Analyst and Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, examine Chinese export trends over the last year and look at Russia’s efforts to establish its own magnesia industry. Read More

  • Minerals in plastic IM April 2016

    While other markets are still suffering a downturn, the use of minerals in plastics is steady, as traditional materials in packaging, construction and the automotive sector are being switched for more lightweight and durable alternatives, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers. Read More

  • Alumina advances in technical ceramics IM April 2016

    Alumina is the most widely used raw material in technical ceramics production, accounting for up to 80% of the total used. Jessica Roberts* looks at some of the key raw materials in advanced ceramics and their supply chains and outlines which sectors are poised for growth. Read More

  • Producing soda ash from nepheline in Russia IM March 2016

    The production of soda ash as a byproduct of extracting alumina from nepheline ores could be a lucrative, low-waste option for Russian companies, but, as IM Correspondent Vladislav Vorotnikov explains, there are a number of caveats to using the technology, particularly in a commodities market dogged by low prices. Read More

  • Quebec: A province with a plan IM March 2016

    The province of Quebec is one of the most active in Canada in terms of industrial mineral development. IM spoke to its government about its Plan Nord initiative, designed to support its mining sector through the commodities downturn and beyond. Read More

  • Australia: The land of lithium? IM March 2016

    Australia was the biggest producer of lithium in 2015, according to the USGS, but its place in the market has often been overshadowed by the brine suppliers of South America. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the Australian lithium mining sector and looks at where this industry could go, if projected the growth in demand for Li-ion batteries materialises. Read More

  • Yukon’s mineral industry – looking back and moving ahead IM March 2016

    Low metal prices are keeping a lid on exploration, but as the Yukon Government’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources explains, the territory is using the downtime to improve the industry’s regulatory framework, ready for a turnaround. Read More

  • Industrial minerals in British Columbia IM March 2016

    Canada’s most southwesterly province has a long history of industrial mineral mining. George Simandl and Michaela Neetz of the British Columbia Geological Survey at the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines give a detailed over view of its non-metallic mineral activity and potential. Read More

  • Ontario’s mineral sector: “Enriching the future” IM March 2016

    Home to some of the world’s leading mining technology specialists, Ontario has long been at the forefront of the modern mining industry. Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines, outlines how the province is working to reinforce its status as a global mining destination. Read More

  • Saskatchewan’s industrial minerals IM March 2016

    Saskatchewan is best known for its potash mining, but as the staff of the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy explain, the Canadian province has many more minerals to offer. Read More

  • Ceramics minerals: Taking the floor IM March 2016

    While technical ceramics may be a growing application for minerals such as kaolin and zircon, the majority of these are still consumed by traditional applications like construction and tiles. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, looks at some recent developments in the sector. Read More

  • Fertilisers: Facing the future IM March 2016

    As the agriminerals industry comes under pressure from a skewed supply-demand balance, James Sean Dickson, IM Correspondent, discovers how fertiliser producers are coming up with new products and making use of the latest technology to ensure profitability. Read More

  • China’s bentonite industry has room to grow IM February 2016

    China is believed to host the world’s largest reserves of calcium bentonite, but a lack of sophisticated beneficiation technology has kept the sector’s value low. Albert Li, IM Analyst, discovers how some of the country’s top researchers are seeking to tackle this issue with new technology. Read More

  • Kaolin in India: Cracking high value markets IM February 2016

    Growing demand for high quality kaolin in lucrative end markets like ceramics and paints represents an opportunity for India’s kaolin miners, but only a slim proportion of the country’s output is good enough for these applications. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, spoke to India’s top producers of the clay about how they intend to secure a share of an expanding industry. Read More

  • African mining: Investing against the odds? IM February 2016

    The African continent is often – many would say wrongly – regarded as a block of opportunity and risk for the mining industry. As the sector prepares for the annual Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, IM reviews some of the challenges the region has faced in recent years and assesses what type of operating environment these create for the resources sector. Read More

  • Bauxite: Bearing the brunt of shrinking refractories demand IM February 2016

    Ructions in the global commodities markets have wrought havoc with demand for both metallurgical and non-metallurgical grades of bauxite. While the demise of the former, used for the production of alumina for aluminium metal, has been well documented, the slowdown in the refractory grade bauxite sector has been less obtrusive. IM’s Acting Editor, Laura Syrett, spoke to the industry about how it is dealing with the downturn in refractories consumption. Read More

  • Magnesite and magnesia in Turkey IM February 2016

    Turkey is a magnesite-rich country and has a long history of mining the mineral, both for export and increasingly for its own internal refractories and speciality materials sectors. Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of Turkey’s geological background and profiles some of the country’s main magnesite and magnesia producers. Read More

  • Russian zeolite industry could get second wind from changing government policy IM January 2016

    A state-backed programme to substitute imports of certain food products, such as premixes for animal feeds which Russia previously sourced from the West, could give a leg-up to Russia’s zeolite industry, which collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union. Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers how local businesses are taking the opportunity to expand the market for zeolite. Read More

  • Fluorspar: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global fluorspar industry. 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

  • Graphite: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global graphite industry. Read More

  • Lithium: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global lithium industry. Read More

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