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  • Imerys stick to guns in Q3 results, underline commitment to ceramic proppants 31 October 2014

    As the world’s leading producer in many industrial minerals industries, Imerys results are always a good indication of the state of the market. These are strong results —with the exception of fused minerals, which have yet to pick up — showing that new areas of growth, such as talc in polymers in automobiles and lithium-ion batteries, are starting to affect even traditional producers. Read More

  • Price Briefing 24 – 30 October 30 October 2014

    Antimony and iodine prices fall while Indian barite remains scarce and bromine continues flat but soft Read More

  • IM Prices November 2014 IM November 2014

    Low consumption in magnets and phosphors; Cerium prices negotiated down in Europe Read More

  • Saint Gobain acquires Turkish business 28 October 2014

    The latest acquisition highlights the French company’s desire to expand into emerging markets and with good reason; in its latest set of results, the group underscored good gains in these markets and demand appears to be stable. Read More

  • UK cannot afford to abandon mining, experts warn 22 October 2014

    The nation has a long history of mining, but has largely given up the development of its mineral resources over the last century as it became cheaper to import from international suppliers. The UK Minerals Forum Working Group has argued that mineral supply security cannot be taken for granted, however, and urged decision makers make plans for exploiting domestic reserves. Read More

  • China discusses magnesia market and 2015 quotas 21 October 2014

    Following the meeting held by China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters, the government will plan 2015 export quotas for Chinese magnesia producers, in view of the domestic and global market demand. Read More

  • Soda ash and industrial salt prices on the rise in India 16 October 2014

    Rising salt values push up soda ash prices and narrow margins for glass makers Read More

  • Price Briefing 10 – 16 October 16 October 2014

    Iodine and rare earths fall while Indian soda ash prices climb Read More

  • Rio Tinto production report shows TiO2 market still lagging 15 October 2014

    The latest set of figures from the Anglo-Australian miner show lower production levels in TiO2 feedstock’s and runs contrary to the optimism displayed in its company results, released in August, which stated that a slight upturn was expected in mineral sand markets. In borates, sales demand continues to increase, which is positive for the market as a whole Read More

  • Mineral Sands News in Brief: 8-15 October 15 October 2014

    Metallica Minerals subsidiary JV enters binding contract for the provision of a concentrator plant, Alkane Resources continues to improve its opex and capex definitions. Read More

  • Bacanora look to scale up boric acid production with new 25,000 tpa plant in Mexico 15 October 2014

    The potential of an extra 25,000 tpa boric acid will not disrupt the global supply situation, but rather feed growing demand in this area. According to a paper by Sinclair Associates and US Borax in 2012, boric acid demand is expected to grow by 150,000 tonnes by 2017. Areas which will see heightened demand include Asia, North America and the US. An extra supply source in Mexico is well placed to serve North America and Europe, and holds a lower opex than North American projects. Read More

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