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  • Brexit: UK ceramics sector wary of repercussions 27 June 2016

    UK-based ceramic operators listed export tariffs, bureaucracy costs and regulation vacuum as potential hurdles that Brexit may bring about in the long term, and are wary of insufficient governmental interest in fighting their corner when designing new trade deals. Read More

  • Brexit: Mineral companies in 'wait and see' mode after vote 27 June 2016

    As financial markets are thrown into turmoil by the UK’s decision to quit the EU, participants and observers in the mineral markets believe it is too early to say what impact the move will have on them. Read More

  • Price Briefing 17-23 June 2016 24 June 2016

    Future of European markets uncertain as UK votes to leave the EU; fluorspar prices experience further drops; chromite market stabilises; oil price holds barite steady. Read More

  • PPG to sell fibre glass operations to Nippon Electric 22 June 2016

    The US-based paints and coatings manufacturer produces fibre glass at eight facilities worldwide including the US and China, but is planning to sell off its European operations in the Netherlands and the UK. Overall glass sales declined in Q1, while demand for fibre glass specifically grew in the US, offsetting continued weakness in Europe. Read More

  • Nabaltec pins hopes on flame retardants and Asia 17 June 2016

    The specialty alumina and technical ceramics supplier sees slow pricing conditions persisting in its core ranges for the rest of the year as it keeps its focus on diversification and looks to expand its presence in Asia. Read More

  • IM23: Recycling refractories to cut costs 17 June 2016

    The practice of recycling refractories and using them as secondary raw materials in other refractory applications is increasingly drawing interest from industry operators as a way to reduce costs. Read More

  • IM23: KMK Granit to up glassware feldspar supply 16 June 2016

    Czech feldspar miner KMK Granit is increasing the volume of feedstocks it supplies to the glass industry, as it seeks to improve returns and achieve more diversification, the company told IM. Read More

  • IM23: Glass at the heart of new technologies 14 June 2016

    Glass has been a staple in industries worldwide for many years and it remains a key component of innovations in high tech, energy solutions and sustainability, Murray Lines, from Australia-based Stratum Resources, told delegates at the 23rd IM Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. Read More

  • IM23: Czech mineral industry output stabilises 14 June 2016

    The country is an important producer of kaolin, bentonite, feldspar and silica. While general clay production contracted, the stabilisation of mineral output in the Czech Republic is positive news for the country, which may look at developing and reinstating past-producing graphite. Read More

  • Silica dust and Europe's quest for clean air 09 June 2016

    A decade in the making, European authorities are finally on a set path to restrict exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in the workplace, a move that will force a number of sectors, crucially construction, to adjust their operations and keep exposure levels in check. Read More

  • First collective net loss for Top 40 minining companies 07 June 2016

    2015 marked a $27bn net loss for the Top 40 mining companies by market capitalisation according to PwC's latest mining report, with consolidation and cost cutting likely to continue throughout 2016. Notably though, last year also marked the first time a lithium company made it into the Top 40 list as focus shifts away from coal. Read More

  • Real estate revival to boost Chinese calcium carbonate demand IM June Issue

    The recovery in China’s real estate and construction markets is expected to drive up consumption of calcium carbonate materials used in plastic fittings, delegates at the China Calcium Carbonate Industry annual meeting heard in May. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Innovative products and new markets to drive ceramics growth IM June Issue

    Innovators will leave other companies behind; developments needed in aerospace applications; refractories to grow outside of steel Read More

  • Mineral health check – what do Q1 results say about the state of the industry? IM June Issue

    IM looks at first-quarter performances of the leading industrial mineral companies and what the financials say about the state of the sector. Read More

  • “There is not a demand problem in mineral sands” IM June Issue

    With optimism on the titanium dioxide (TiO2) scene contrasting slipping zircon prices, Cameron Perks, consultant and IM correspondent, spoke to managing director and CEO of Iluka Resources, David Robb, about the mineral sands market and where the world’s most significant zircon producer thinks it may be heading. Read More

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

    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 Issue

    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

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

    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

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