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  • China calls for rare earths price increase 25 May 2016

    The Ganzhou Rare Earth Association increased its rare earths guidance price for this year, although the updated rates remain below December levels. Read More

  • NFIL’s shares uplift on tie-up with Honeywell for auto refrigerants 23 May 2016

    After registering a robust growth of 90% in Q4 earnings for the fiscal year 2015-2016, NSE-listed Navin Fluorine International’s shares gained by 20% on Monday on the back of the company’s partnership with US-based Honeywell, for refrigerant production technology. India’s acid grade fluorspar imports, which accounted for 43% of Chinese exports in Q1 2016, are likely to increase, bringing some relief to the clogged market. 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

  • SQM boosted by 30% lithium price rise in Q1 19 May 2016

    Overall income for Chilean lithium, potash, iodine and nitrates producer Sociedad Quimica y Minera SA (SQM) fell by 18% y-o-y, the result of weaker potash and iodine prices. A significant price rise in lithium coupled with increased volumes saw this sector post strong results, however, as demand for the battery mineral continues to rise. Read More

  • Spodumene prices set to rise as Galaxy brings material to open market 19 May 2016

    Previously sluggish, the entry of new players into the spodumene market should shift the price of the lithium ore upwards, tracking those of lithium carbonate and hydroxide. Operations at Galaxy Resources’ Mount Cattlin and Reed Industrial Minerals’ Mount Marion will begin shipments later this year, with the former being sold onto the open market. Read More

  • EU ceramics sector fears end of Chinese dumping duties 10 May 2016

    The European ceramics industry fears the scrapping of anti-dumping duties currently applied on Chinese imports into the bloc, if EU authorities were to change the status of the Asian country to that of a standard market economy. Read More

  • Leading Chinese producers expect a better year for soda ash 06 May 2016

    China’s biggest soda ash company, Tangshan Sanyou Chemical Industries Co. reported an increase in Q1 performance with higher y-o-y and q-o-q gross profit rates. Fellow producer Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology also announced a 54% increase in net profit, implying that the worst is over in soda ash with the market beginning to recover this year. Read More

  • MTI reports revenue drop as market weakness persists in oil and gas 06 May 2016

    NYSE-listed Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) saw its net income and sales decline as the slowdown in oil and gas hindered sales in its energy segment. Refractory product sales also dipped, however, the company expects a profitable 2016 as talc and some calcium carbonate sales showed an increase. Read More

  • 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