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March 2013 issue


  • Mixed outlook for 2013

    Are happier times ahead? Not everyone is certain. An industry report released by leading consultants Ernst & Young in February showed that 2012 saw the lowest number of deals in the mining sector since 2008, and recorded the first annual drop in funds raised since the financial crisis Read More


Market Monitor

  • China construction to pick up in 2013

    Construction has always been a key market for a variety of industrial minerals producers in areas such as pigments, insulation, and plastic additives. In a more indirect way, construction is also an important end-market for steel, an industry that would be impossible without refractory minerals. Read More

Refractories Hotline

Logistics News

  • Scrapper’s torch and dust control

    Stuttering economies around the world continue to put pressure on demand for dry-bulk commodities, while the healthy number of industrial mineral and non-metallic mine projects and expansions set to come on stream over the next few years, suggest an oversupply may be a threat to miners’ balance sheets Read More


  • Qualified Persons and Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimation

    One of the key components of mineral resource disclosure standards across the world is that projects are certified by somebody who is sufficiently “qualified” to make the necessary assessment. Don Hains* discusses what makes a Qualified Person and how this relates to resource reporting under NI 43-101. Read More

People & Places

  • People and Places

    US-based chemicals company BASF Corp. has named Thomas Groff as key account manager responsible for national distribution of BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings in North America. Read More



Company Profile

  • Allana Potash Corp.

    Canadian exploration and development company Allana Potash Corp. (Allana) focuses on the acquisition and development of potash assets, with a flagship project underway at the Dallol potash site in the Danakil depression, Ethiopia Read More

Supply Developments