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  • By Josie Shillito
    Published: 23 Mar 2015

    The deal between Belarus and China could be the first of many more competitive moves by producers in the potash market. The sector has historically operated with large joint ventures controlling prices, but with the departure of Uralkali from the marketing arrangement with Belaruskali in 2013, the picture is now more fragmented - with implications for price and stability.

  • By Emma Hughes
    Published: 20 Mar 2015

    Ceramic proppants have long faced stiff competition from their cheaper, more readily available silica (frac) sand counterparts. Now, with oil prices tumbling and hydrocarbon extraction costs rising, manufacturers are experiencing some of the toughest market conditions yet, with some forced to close operations until conditions recover.

  • By IM Staff
    Published: 12 Mar 2015

    The EC has reintroduced previously scrapped proposals to enhance the conservation of valuable minerals in EU waste streams by improving recycling in member states. However, critics feel that the focus on recycling, rather than resource management, may limit the scheme’s effectiveness.

  • By James Sean Dickson
    Published: 06 Mar 2015

    Most commodities are presently operating in a depressed market and financing environment. Lithium and graphite, and now to a lesser extent rare earths, are receiving interest that other minerals are not, owing to excitement in electric vehicles, grid storage solutions and high tech industries. However, even considering the extra attention, times are hard for battery mineral developers.

  • By IM Staff
    Published: 06 Mar 2015

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