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  • Indian government toughens measures to check illegal mining 28 May 2015

    After making crucial amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957, Indian government has decided to curb illegal mining by authorising state governments to frame rules and deploy committees to control unpermitted operations. Read More

  • Alteo: Abrasive ambition IM June 2015

    Gardanne, France-based Alteo is a leading supplier of speciality alumina products to the global refractories and ceramics industries, but its main focus is on abrasives, as it seeks to capitalise pockets of “tightness” in supply. In order to take advantage of slim opportunities in what is a fiercely competitive market, the company has had to reinvent itself as a business with a reputation for reliability and consistency, Diego Audemard, commercial director for Alteo ARC Fused Aluminas, told IM. Read More

  • Price Briefing 15 – 21 May 22 May 2015

    Magnesia industry gloomy on China; Australian zircon industry optimistic for price rises. Read More

  • Complaints withdrawn as I-Minerals prepares to counterclaim 21 May 2015

    Legal proceedings appear to be winding down and in I-Minerals’ favour. A claim had originally surfaced that the company did not meet its payment obligations for the Helmer-Bovill quartz-feldspar-halloysite-kaolin deposit. The company is continuing to push the project forward despite the legal action siphoning away I-Minerals’ time and cash reserves. Read More

  • Diatreme secures $3m funding for Cyclone zircon development 19 May 2015

    Located in the Western Australian Eucla Basin, the company’s flagship Cyclone zircon project will progress to DFS stage with the help of funding from a private Chinese investor, following the expansion of the project area in November 2014. Read More

  • Momentive Q1 net sales decrease due to volatile quartz end-markets 18 May 2015

    The US silicones and quartz producer’s sales were hit by unfavourable exchange rates and weakness in end-markets such as semiconductors and solar. On an optimistic note, Momentive reduced its net losses and expects quartz segment growth for Q2 2015, as its restructuring post-bankruptcy has freed up cash flow for capex and R&D investment. Read More

  • Zircon industry optimistic for price rises 18 May 2015

    Producers in Australia and Africa see potential for market tightness but this could be scuppered by near-term new supply. Read More

  • Select Sands receives quarry permit for Sandtown frac sand project 07 May 2015

    After complying with local regulatory procedures, Select Sands has been granted a quarry permit for its frac sand project. It now hopes to advance the project towards a feasibility study. Read More

  • Great Lakes Calcium rebrands to reflect diversification into other industries 07 May 2015

    For many years, Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Calcium has catered for other minerals besides calcium carbonate, so a change of name to GLC Minerals reflects this. The company's foray into the dairy industry is a purely logistical play, to put its transport assets to wider use. Read More

  • Borates barriers: European regulations stifle supply 05 May 2015

    Eti Maden, the world’s largest producer of borates, has told IM that the struggle to overcome legislation and trade barriers in Europe is still a very real issue for critical raw materials suppliers. Read More

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