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  • Buyout of SQM could end CORFO standoff 26 August 2016

    Fresh ownership of the Chilean miner may end an ongoing legal battle with the state, allowing the company expand its operations, sources have told IM. Read More

  • SQM Q2 revenue stable on strong lithium sales 25 August 2016

    With sales volumes up across the board, pricing factors led to lower revenues in iodine, potash and nitrates, countering a large increase in lithium revenue during the quarter when compared with the previous year. Read More

  • Flat glass expansion to continue unabated 25 August 2016

    Global demand for flat glass is forecast to continue increasing as end markets in electronics and energy applications expand, although the pace of growth is expected to decelerate compared with previous years due to the slowdown in China. With insufficient supply, higher prices will be a concern. Read More

  • Select Sands to buy plant near Arkansas mine 24 August 2016

    The miner stated the direct availability of the processing plant will contribute to reduce the silica sand production costs for two of its main grades. Read More

  • H1 profits dive at two Chinese refractory makers 24 August 2016

    Two large Chinese refractory manufacturers recorded double-digit profit decreases in 2016 to date on the back of slower business in main end markets, leading companies to scale back or cancel existing projects. Read More

  • India’s mineral production index up by 4.7% in June 2016 23 August 2016

    The commodities market in India has been on a slow yet steady growth path as the country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased by 4.7% y-o-y for the third consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-2017. Read More

  • Chinese alumina output drops 23 August 2016

    Alumina production decreased by almost 2% in the first seven months of 2016 while environmental inspections at plants continue and the local industry tries to consolidate. Read More

  • Food for thought: Global salt supply IM September 2016

    Salt production increased globally y-o-y; US consumption declines, China increases uptake. Read More

  • Phosphogypsum: Another Russian rare earths pipe dream? IM September 2016

    A plan to recycle waste from fertiliser plants to produce pure rare earths and gypsum is the latest to come out of Russia’s metallurgical science community, but this project is already facing many of the obstacles that have scuppered previous similar endeavors, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • Rising demand supports chromite prices 18 August 2016

    Prices for chemical grade product continue to edge up slowly, according to buyers and sellers, who cited supply tightness and some increasing demand as the key drivers. Read More

  • Bolivia brimming with lithium ambition 18 August 2016

    The holder of the world’s largest lithium resource put a small amount of lithium carbonate on the market earlier this month, marking its first commercialisation of the product. The state has big plans for the battery mineral, but local experts remain sceptical. Read More

  • Chinese nonmetallic industry participants outline targets to 2020 18 August 2016

    At the 2016 China Nonmetallic Minerals Industry Conference held in Guilin in late July, organised by China's Nonmetallic Minerals Industry Association (CNMIA), a number of industry figures outlined key targets that the nonmetallic mineral sector needs to take to ensure its future. Read More

  • Alkane signs zirconium supply deal with Minchem 16 August 2016

    Technical ceramics minerals supplier Minchem Ltd will become the exclusive global distributor for all zirconium materials produced by Alkane Resources’ Dubbo Zirconia Project in Australia. Read More

  • Low AlF3 prices attract fluorspar buyers 15 August 2016

    With fluorspar downstream prices facing demand side pressure compounded by significant inventories, the raw material continues to lose the market against low-priced downstream products – a trend mainly prevalent in aluminium fluoride – as aggressive price undercutting spreads. Read More

  • Magnesita heals losses despite weak steel sales 11 August 2016

    Sales of refractory products to the steel sector were hit by weak output in Latin America and Europe, but ongoing cost-cutting measures are bearing fruit. Read More

  • Bromine buoys Q2 income for Gulf Resources 11 August 2016

    Average bromine prices saw double-digit increases in Q2 against the same period in 2015, while both chemicals and crude salt suffered from weaker revenues amid sluggishness in the Chinese economy. Read More

  • ICL income jumps as agriminerals prices remain weak 10 August 2016

    Tel Aviv-headquartered ICL reported higher net income for the second quarter as strong performance in the company’s speciality solutions offset weak agriminerals prices. ICL expects potash sales volume to increase for the rest of 2016 although at lower prices. Read More

  • Momentive posts improved silicone, quartz earnings in Q2 09 August 2016

    Sales of silicone and quartz improved sequentially but slowed down on a year-on-year basis, as demand in Asia/Pacific decreased. Read More

  • Sluggish steel division hinders RHI’s H1 09 August 2016

    Slow business in the steel industries in Europe, China and Latin America led to lower revenues for the German refractory manufacturer in H1 as cement, glass and energy also saw some decline. Read More

  • Soda ash, salt sales lift Tata Chemicals' Q1 09 August 2016

    Sales of soda ash and salt products improved for the Indian-based fertiliser and chemicals business. Tata noted stable global soda ash demand in key markets although price increases were limited. Read More

  • Chemours sales down across the board in Q2 09 August 2016

    The chemicals producer reported weaker revenue figures across its titanium dioxide and fluorochemicals divisions, though a cost cutting programme meant its bottom line saw no decline. The company also said it will hike its TiO2 prices from September. Read More

  • ABx looks to cement place in bauxite industry 09 August 2016

    ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has delivered its second shipment of bauxite since April this year, bound for buyers in the cement industry. Read More

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 26 July – 8 August 08 August 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activity in the lithium industry. Read More

  • Fluorspar Price Tracker: H1 2016 05 August 2016

    IM outlines the key acidspar price trends seen in H1 2016. Read More

  • MTI revenues fall as energy segment takes hit 05 August 2016

    The diversified industrials producer saw sales in its energy services segment fall dramatically in Q2, extending the trend seen in Q1, as other segments remained static. PCC sales fell slightly as a result of US closures while refractories saw a productivity boost. Read More

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