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IM June 2017


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Market Monitor

  • The sun shines on HJT solar technology development

    Heraeus Photovoltaics and Meyer Burger have joined forces to further development and market penetration of heterojunction (HJT) solar technology, which is forecast to quintuple its market share in the coming years, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds. Read More

Logistics News


  • Russian government plans to boost rare earths output

    Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade has signalled its intention to support the rare earths sector through with financial backing, as restrictions on foreign processing technologies could be relaxed to help the country exploit its large resources. Read More

People & Places

  • People and places

    An overview at people moves in the minerals industry, plus a Q&A with Bold Bataar CEO Rio Tinto Energy & Minerals. Read More


  • Special clays: Gelling new markets

    Hectorite has attracted significant attention in the last few years as a potential source of lithium, while clays like attapulgite and sepiolite have for decades been important sources of speciality material. Ian Wilson, Consultant*, offers a snapshot of the special clays sector. Read More

  • Flash back for frac sand

    Improvements in oil and gas drilling activity in North America have paved the way for recovery in demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand, barite and bentonite, but as Kasia Patel, IM Correspondent, reports, the rebound has tested suppliers’ ability to respond. Read More

  • A hard sell? Metakaolin in high-performance concrete

    Adding metakaolin to cement can improve the strength, corrosion resistance and appearance of concrete, but as Frank Hart* explains, the construction industry is yet to be fully won over by its performance benefits. Read More


Company Profile

  • Halliburton moves back to black

    It has not been an easy ride for oil services providers over the last two years as the oil price nosedived to levels which made drilling of new fields uneconomical. Now, however, as the oil price starts to edge higher and markets stabilise, Halliburton is looking ahead, William Clarke, IM reporter, discovers. Read More