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IM May 2017


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  • Use of graphene in batteries ‘still some way away’

    Graphene is ideally-placed to support the demand for better performing and thinner, flexible batteries, but more progress needs to be done in streamlining adaptation processes and understanding how the material will operate, Davide Ghilotti, Chief Reporter, writes. Read More

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  • People and places

    An overview at people moves in the minerals industry, plus a Q&A with Karen G. Narwold chief administrative officer and general counsel at Albemarle. Read More


  • Cracking under pressure? Glass markets in Europe

    The global economic downturn and the subsequent lull in construction has taken its toll on the global float glass market. Now however, as Sarah Gibbons and Liz Newmark discover, the industry is looking to a brighter future - despite there still being challenges for producers and the raw material markets which supply them. Read More

  • Is India’s glass industry broken?

    Low per capita glass usage has marked India out as a major potential growth market for glass minerals, but so far this projected expansion has failed to materialise. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, looks at how geographical concentration and pressure from imports are hampering India’s domestic glass industry. Read More

  • Progressing global lithium projects

    After a couple of fallow years when there was insufficient investor interest to take projects forward, last year’s surge in lithium prices and projections for battery demand growth has given a boost to new and dormant lithium developments around the world. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, looks at some of the most advanced operations. Read More

  • Ringfenced: Will traditional lithium users be left behind?

    With almost every new and established lithium producer choosing to focus on supplying the lucrative battery market, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, looks at whether traditional industrial lithium consumers in the glass and ceramics industries risk being left behind. Read More

  • Roll up: Borates - an oligopoly with little room for change

    With the downturn in construction, demand for the group of minerals known as borates has been sluggish over the last few years. However, as glass markets start to pick up and producers look to diversify their products to meet growing demand in new regions such as Asia Pacific, this market looks set for a second wind, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, IM Consultant Editor, finds. Read More

  • The ins and outs of China’s lithium industry

    Chinese lithium demand is ballooning on the back of steep rises in demand from the electric vehicle and battery sectors, but despite having rich domestic lithium reserves, the country continues to rely heavily on imports and is worried about where future supply will come from, Albert Li, IM Correspondent, writes. Read More


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  • IM Prices May 2017

    See article below, from the May issue of Industrial Minerals, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: lithium, graphite, chromite, alumina, fluorspar, magnesia, antimony trioxide, fluorspar, rare earths, silicon carbide Read More

  • IM's April Price Movements

    IM's monthly price movements. Read More