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  • Tronox: Q1 marks the turning point in TiO2 price decline 05 May 2016

    US titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment producer Tronox has reported a deeper loss both year-on-year (y-o-y) and sequentially. While first quarter TiO2 pigment selling prices also declined from the previous quarter, the company noted March prices at higher levels than in February, and predicts further global price improvements in the second and third quarter of 2016. Read More

  • Metso enters into €27m service partnership with Tata Chemicals 03 May 2016

    Finnish technology company Metso has entered into a services partnership agreement with Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners to help the company meet its efficiency goals and growing market demands. Read More

  • Turnover slowdown for Solvay in Q1 03 May 2016

    Solvay’s quarterly performance was affected by lower average pricing conditions as its operations related to oil and gas markets remained weak, while end markets including aerospace and automotive boosted demand for structural composite and polymer materials. Read More

  • Nabaltec begins 2016 with record high revenues 29 April 2016

    Schwandorf, Germany-based Nabaltec AG has reported positive revenues for the first three months of 2016, although EBIT was negatively impacted by euro-dollar exchange rates. While the speciality alumina producer expressed concerns over US raw material supply, it expects moderate revenue growth for the remainder of the year. Read More

  • Is China turning to become a fluorspar importer? 29 April 2016

    Trade Review: Exports for both acid and met grade fluorspar dropped significantly in Q1 2016, while HF acid trades remained steady against AlF3. China’s acidspar imports have increased by as much as 220% y-o-y, mainly from Vietnam, following four-digit growth in 2015 imports. Read More

  • Acquisitions save the day for Imerys in Q1 29 April 2016

    The French refractory producer saw an improvement of its financials in the first three months of the year despite the headwinds affecting most commodity markets, although the steel and ceramic proppants operations remained weak. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: US refractory growth to be found outside of steel 29 April 2016

    Although the US refractories sector has faced a number of challenges in the last few years, most notably the decline in steel demand and overcapacity, analysts predict steady growth from the market out to 2019, driven by the growing importance of other end markets. Read More

  • New Indian department to lure mining investors 28 April 2016

    India’s Ministry of Mines to establish an inter-ministerial group responsible for revisiting mine auction plans and making it pro-investor, following the disappointing response it received over 43 mineral blocks out of which only six were auctioned last year. Read More

  • Low sales deter DuPont’s Q1 2016 performance 27 April 2016

    US-based leading chemicals company has registered negative growth in its quarterly results as the company’s total sales dropped by 6% y-o-y- for the first quarter because of strong dollar and low trades; however 7% cut in operating expenses in 2015 mitigates the impact of weak results. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Growth in energy harvesting for ceramics picking up speed 27 April 2016

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

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Innovation matters, but people are key 27 April 2016

    In a difficult market, the message that innovation would be most likely to drive growth in ceramics was once again hammered home. However speakers emphasised the importance on developing and retaining staff in order to achieve the creativity needed to innovate. Read More

  • Mexichem optimistic on acidspar, fluorochemical industry conditions IM May 2016

    Transition to HFOs unlikely to impact acidspar Questions for GulfFluor’s AlF3 plant in GCC Solvay to use tailing for the graphite market Read More

  • 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

  • MagMin 2016: Turkish magnesia targets high value markets 19 April 2016

    While traditional refractories markets for magnesia products come under strain, companies with material suitable for use in a range of niche applications are working to expand these sources of demand. Read More

  • MagMin 2016: Networking talks reveal the true nature of magnesia industry 18 April 2016

    While papers at this year's MagMin conference focused on the potential positives of the industry, despite a lagging steel sector, talks during the networking sessions among Chinese delegates revealed the real impact of environmental protection orders and how the secret trade in export licences meant magnesia companies could report a profit without mining an ounce of the material. Read More

  • MagMin 2016: Glass growth and what it means for refractories 15 April 2016

    Delegates at this year’s MagMin2016 were told that there were opportunities for growth for refractories producers in the glass market. Read More

  • India to monitor illegal mining using space technology 13 April 2016

    India has decided to safeguard its mineral wealth using indigenous space technology, following its amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and the move to suspend illegal mining operations. Read More

  • Production cuts in China push soda ash prices up 30% 08 April 2016

    With around 360,000 tpa soda ash coming offline in China over the past year, prices for the mineral have seen a 30% jump from their low point in 2015. Shandong Haihua Group’s dam failure and subsequent production halt also helped to buoy prices, although the company announced in March that it had now recovered all production lines. Read More

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