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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

  • Potash and phosphate: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global potash and phosphate industries. Read More

  • Rare earths: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Soda ash: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Titanium dioxide: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global TiO2 industry. Read More

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Graphite exploration – the importance of planning IM December 2015

    Graphite has become the focus for dozens of exploration companies since the mineral’s investment boom of 2011-2012. Andrew Scogings, Industrial Minerals Consultant, looks at the different exploration and testing methods and reporting conventions used by the graphite industry. Read More

  • Feldspars in Turkey IM December 2015

    Having recently overtaken Italy as the world’s largest producer of feldspar, Turkey dominates global supply of the ceramic and glass mineral and is expected to remain on top as global demand recovers, Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • The black parade: Graphite companies continue to put on a show IM December 2015

    Tanking stock values, falling prices and exasperation with the slow growth of new markets are just some of the litany of difficulties facing the graphite sector, whose junior companies were once the pick of the small cap investment world. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, takes a look at the industry and examines what schools of thought are informing its decisions. Read More

  • China’s slowdown leaves graphite industry with unshakable hangover IM December 2015

    Falling consumption of graphite in China as a result of weaker demand for steel, cement and glass refractories – which continue to represent the largest end markets for the mineral – looks set to ensure the sector remains on a downward trend until growth from batteries can take up the slack, IM Analyst, Shruti Salwan, discovers. Read More

  • Which materials are “critical” and which are “strategic”? IM December 2015

    The terms “critical” and “strategic” used to describe the importance of various minerals and metals to different countries and organisations are often applied without definition or context. George J Simandl, Carlee Akam and Suzanne Paradis outline the case for appropriate use of these terms to avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations. Read More

  • The rigours of rare earths IM November 2015

    After yet another trying twelve months for rare earths companies, the future for the industry remains uncertain. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, looks at recent market developments and the prospects for Western and Chinese producers amid conditions of oversupply and soft demand. Read More

  • Australian mining: Down but not under IM November 2015

    The Australian resources sector is adjusting to lower commodity prices, which have necessitated a revision of cost structures and spending plans. IM gets a feel for the industry’s sentiments and looks at how the country’s miners are making plans to do business in a post-supercycle environment. Read More

  • New South Wales maps out industrial mineral opportunities IM November 2015

    The eastern Australian state of NSW is home to a large number of highly prospective industrial mineral deposits. Cameron Perks and David Forster* outline how the Geological Survey of New South Wales is producing an updated map of the region’s geology in order to showcase its potential to investors, geologists and the wider community. Read More

  • Indian talc: Moving up the value chain IM November 2015

    Home to some of the largest and purest talc reserves in the world, India has the potential to tap into growing markets for higher grade forms of the mineral. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the industry and its major players and reports how some have invested in the technology needed to increase the value of their products. Read More

  • Russia to revive Tyumen iodine and bromine project IM November 2015

    The Cherkashinskoye industrial site in Tyumen Oblast was assessed for iodine and bromine production from mineral-rich brines towards the end of the Soviet era, but a lack of funding and appropriate technologies scuppered the project. Now, locally-based Tyumen Resources Co. is seeking to deploy a unique new method for extracting iodine, with the support of the local university and regional government, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, reports. Read More

  • HPQ production in Russia gains momentum IM November 2015

    Russian Quartz LLC is ramping up its Kyshtym project in the southern Urals to produce 10,000 tpa high purity quartz concentrates from the beginning of next year. In cooperation with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., the company hopes to turn the previously uneconomic project into a major supplier to Asia’s high-tech industries, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • Rough year for global rare earths as illegal mining takes its toll IM November 2015

    The continuation of illegal mining in China, low prices and substitution made 2015 a difficult year for the rare earths industry and miners face a challenging year ahead, Rachel Carnac, discusses. Read More