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  • ‘Two lions’: The modern borate duopoly

    Two behemoths supply the bulk of the world borates market, making for a highly concentrated industry. Myles McCormick, IM correspondent, reports on the tussle between the major players, the current dearth of exploration and innovative efforts to increase demand. Read More

  • Growing panes: will smart glass stimulate mineral demand?

    As modern architecture increasingly looks to smart glass for its unique, functional and environmentally friendly properties, Industrial Minerals correspondent Cameron Perks takes a look at how this may stimulate demand for glass minerals, as well as certain metal oxides. Read More

  • Lithium: a Chinese affair

    Demand for lithium compounds has accelerated in recent years while China moves to decarbonise its economy. The pipeline for new lithium supply to meet demand largely in Asia remains slow but fears of oversupply are emerging, Martim Facada reports. Read More

  • On the slate

    Rising construction activity and increasing usage in coatings and fillers have helped drive a turnaround in the global slate industry, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • UNDERSUPPLIED: Soda ash demand outstripping output

    It’s a finite balance between supply just meeting demand and moving to an undersupplied market. Demand in the primary end-use market for soda ash - glass - is strong and there is no new soda ash capacity scheduled to come online to meet growing demand, which means the market could be faced with higher prices for the raw material, Michael Greenfield, Industrial Minerals reporter, has found. Read More

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