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  • Boom. Boom. Boom.

    Twelve months ago I wrote that minerals producers and traders would be glad to see the back of 2016. Of low prices and an oversupplied market. Of few peaks and many troughs. If 2016 was the year of bad news, then 2017 was the year that China limped out. Read More

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  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes. Read More

  • Andalusite market tightens up

    Market patterns in the andalusite trade are likely to change next year because suppliers are fixing shorter contracts while demand is high and output is limited - prices are set to increase. Read More

  • Microwave treatment offers greener option for graphite processing

    Microwave irradiation has recently emerged as a promising method to process high-grade natural graphite from mineral ores in a way that is less environmentally damaging than many conventional beneficiation techniques, Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers. Read More

  • RHI Magnesita: Brick by brick consolidation

    The merger between RHI and Magnesita ‘makes sense’ because the refractory industry tends toward consolidation, while raw material shortages in China may lead supply to diversify elsewhere, according to the new company’s chief executive officer, Stefan Borgas. Read More

  • The dragon loosens its hold: magnesia supply developments outside of China

    With Chinese magnesia supply dwindling, or ceasing altogether in some markets, consultant Ian Wilson, discusses the supply situation outside of China. Read More

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