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  • China accelerates upgrades to provincial calcium carbonate industry 03 May 2016

    : Governments in the provinces of Zhejiang, Henan and Anhui in eastern China have been drawing attention to their achievements in enhancing their local calcium carbonate sectors, as revenues from China’s domestic mineral sector begin to tail off. Read More

  • Chemours net sales and income down for Q1 2016 03 May 2016

    Lower product prices and unfavourable currency effects more than offset the gains in volumes Delaware, US-based Chemours made over the first quarter. However, with the implementation of its cost-cutting plan, higher uptake of its low global warming potential products and a focus on increased profitability in its Titanium Technologies segment, the company is hopeful of an increase in y-o-y EBITDA for 2016. Read More

  • China accelerates bauxite development as imports increase 02 May 2016

    Exploration of bauxite reserves has been on the up recently, with the award of an exploration certificate to Shanxi Aluminium, and an increase in bauxite reserves reported by Galuminium Group. With Chinese bauxite accounting for only a fraction of the world’s total, compared with aluminium processing capacity accounting for over 50%, the country is looking inwards to develop high quality bauxite reserves, given its imports are rising. Read More

  • Longmont Colorado fracking ban struck down by Supreme Court 02 May 2016

    The fracking ban in Colorado's city of Longmont was added to the City Charter in 2012 on the basis that city regulations pertaining to oil and gas drilling activity were not stringent enough. However, the ban was challenged by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association at the end of last year and has now been deemed invalid by the Supreme Court. Read More

  • Nemaska to produce 29,000 tonnes lithium concentrate by Q3 02 May 2016

    TSX-V-listed Nemaska Lithium has purchased a new self-contained dense media separation portable mill which will be used to process a mine-representative bulk sample from its Whabouchi lithium mine in Quebec, Canada. Read More

  • Halliburton and Baker Hughes to scrap merger 02 May 2016

    Halliburton will pay Baker Hughes a $3.5bn break-up fee as both companies finally walk away from the proposed takeover. While the merger has faced increased scrutiny since it was first announced in November 2014, both companies have offered a number of divestitures and continually reiterated the benefits of a combined business, both for shareholders and the market. However, the US DOJ’s civil antitrust lawsuit launched at the start of April to prevent the transaction – and the hint that other antitrust authorities may be leaning the same way – appear to have been too much to overcome. Read More

  • Nabaltec begins 2016 with record high revenues 29 April 2016

    Schwandorf, Germany-based Nabaltec AG has reported positive revenues for the first three months of 2016, although EBIT was negatively impacted by euro-dollar exchange rates. While the speciality alumina producer expressed concerns over US raw material supply, it expects moderate revenue growth for the remainder of the year. Read More

  • Policy and high demand push Chinese TiO2 prices up again 29 April 2016

    Rising titanium dioxide consumption in China’s recovering real estate market coupled with positive sentiment following the annual meeting of the China TiO2 association last month have prompted the country’s producers to implement their fifth round of price increases this year. Read More

  • Anglo American divests Brazilian phosphate operation 29 April 2016

    Multinational miner Anglo American has sold off its phosphate and niobium operations in Brazil to a Chinese company as part of its ongoing strategy to divest non-core businesses. Read More

  • Is China turning to become a fluorspar importer? 29 April 2016

    Trade Review: Exports for both acid and met grade fluorspar dropped significantly in Q1 2016, while HF acid trades remained steady against AlF3. China’s acidspar imports have increased by as much as 220% y-o-y, mainly from Vietnam, following four-digit growth in 2015 imports. Read More

  • Acquisitions save the day for Imerys in Q1 29 April 2016

    The French refractory producer saw an improvement of its financials in the first three months of the year despite the headwinds affecting most commodity markets, although the steel and ceramic proppants operations remained weak. Read More

  • Price briefing 22-29 April 2016 29 April 2016

    Lithium spot market rises, but graphite stable Read More

  • Weak oil and gas sector hits Chemtura revenues 29 April 2016

    The bromine chemicals producer reported demand for drilling fluids as being down as the oil and gas sector continues to struggle. Read More

  • Lithium spot prices edge upward 29 April 2016

    The prices for lithium contracts agreed in Q2 2016 appear to be tracking the trajectory of spot prices, which continue to soar. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: US refractory growth to be found outside of steel 29 April 2016

    Although the US refractories sector has faced a number of challenges in the last few years, most notably the decline in steel demand and overcapacity, analysts predict steady growth from the market out to 2019, driven by the growing importance of other end markets. Read More

  • New Indian department to lure mining investors 28 April 2016

    India’s Ministry of Mines to establish an inter-ministerial group responsible for revisiting mine auction plans and making it pro-investor, following the disappointing response it received over 43 mineral blocks out of which only six were auctioned last year. Read More

  • Morocco’s National phosphate company to ramp up production 28 April 2016

    The world’s leading phosphate exporter, Morocco's Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP), has revealed plans to expand its mining capabilities to increase the production of phosphate-enhanced fertiliser, on the back of what it says is increased demand. Read More

  • Solvay suspends soda ash production in Egypt 28 April 2016

    Despite the recent news out of China which indicated that soda ash prices were increasing on the back of renewed demand, Solvay has decided to idle one of its plants. This however is not due to muted market demand, but rather to the increasing cost of energy in Alexandria, Egypt. Read More

  • Lower prices take toll on Huntsman’s Q1 sales 28 April 2016

    The Texan supplier of pigments and chemicals suffered from depressed pricing conditions which reduced its revenues year-on-year, although earnings improved against the previous quarter and the company maintains it is on track to complete the divestment of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) business. Read More

  • China’s Q1 2016 graphite trades substantiate domestic inactivity 28 April 2016

    Trade Review: Statistics reveal the impact of slowing demand keeping Chinese producers from resuming operations post February’s Spring Festival shutdown; however spherical trades surge. Read More

  • Carbo Ceramics Q1 results reveal 122% slide in revenue 28 April 2016

    The latest round of results from Carbo Ceramics makes for sombre reading. The company has worked hard to realign with muted market demand for its products, and says it expects the depressed market to continue. Carbo has idled plants and reduced expenditure where it could - and expects to spend six times less on capex in 2016. There is no forced optimism in these results - the company believes it may even have to raise additional capital over the course of the year. Read More

  • Mexichem Q1 2016 results hit by industry headwinds 28 April 2016

    Leading fluorspar producer Mexichem has reported negative growth in its Q1 2016 results bearing the brunt of appreciation of US dollar against other currencies, decline in resin prices and weaker demand in the fluorspar business. The company’s shares have dropped following the blast at its VCM plant. Read More

  • IDTechEx ’16: Sensors a graphene end market to watch 28 April 2016

    Sensory devices are among a number of potentially fruitful markets for graphene, as the industry continues its drive to find a sustainable, scalable destination for the material. Read More

  • Jordan aims to boost fertiliser mineral trade 28 April 2016

    Middle East country aim to export more phosphate and potash to Djibouti and Turkey Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Asia driving growth in aerospace applications 28 April 2016

    While the need for newly developed materials in the aerospace sector is growing – driven by growth in the Asian commercial aerospace sector – further research is needed to overcome the current limitations in ceramics materials to make them better, lighter and stronger. Read More

  • Northeast China injects more graphite investment 27 April 2016

    Local governments in Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces are backing a new industrial park and mine developments, in the hope that public funding will attract private investment into the sector. Some have criticised the timing of the move, given that the region is already facing graphite oversupply. Read More

  • IDTechEx '16: Graphene continues to look to practical uses 27 April 2016

    The focus of the graphene industry has shifted from hyperbole about the potential of the 'miracle material' to more immediate uses in recent years, but participants remain optimistic about the potential for further applications to come online as the substance moves towards mass production. Read More

  • Graphite enquiries rise signals seasonal recovery 27 April 2016

    Market Commentary: Flake graphite trades surge moving into buying season as consumers replenish stocks; excess supply continues to daunt despite China closures Read More

  • Weak oil markets affect Baker Hughes’ Q1 2016 results 27 April 2016

    Slow activity in oil and gas hit hard Baker Hughes’ revenues, which fell across the board in all geographical areas served by the industrial machinery supplier, as further weakening is expected in Q2. Read More

  • Umicore to up NMC cathode materials output by 300% 27 April 2016

    The Belgian-based technology group is to boost its capacity for rechargeable battery cathode materials by three-fold in the next three years, the company announced today. Read More

  • Low sales deter DuPont’s Q1 2016 performance 27 April 2016

    US-based leading chemicals company has registered negative growth in its quarterly results as the company’s total sales dropped by 6% y-o-y- for the first quarter because of strong dollar and low trades; however 7% cut in operating expenses in 2015 mitigates the impact of weak results. Read More

  • US Silica results show impact of low drill activity as profits slide into red 27 April 2016

    North American proppant supplier US Silica Holdings Inc. today released its Q1 2016 results which show the impact of the sluggish drilling market. The company currently operates nine industrial sand production plants, for markets such as glass, and eight oil and gas sand production plants to supply silica (frac) sand for use in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process. Read More

  • Tianqi Lithium plans for expansion 27 April 2016

    News that Tianqi is also planning to expand its hydroxide offering is not a major surprise as the company has aggressively grown in the last few years and is taking full advantage of the bullish market situation at the moment. It does mean, however, that there will be more capacity in China, to sate domestic demand. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Growth in energy harvesting for ceramics picking up speed 27 April 2016

    The increased uptake of EVs globally and the growing interest in various types of battery components is fuelling demand for ceramics in energy harvesting, which has so far accounted for a fraction of the industry. Read More

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Innovation matters, but people are key 27 April 2016

    In a difficult market, the message that innovation would be most likely to drive growth in ceramics was once again hammered home. However speakers emphasised the importance on developing and retaining staff in order to achieve the creativity needed to innovate. Read More

  • A tale of two producers: SQM-Rockwood spat illustrates rising lithium tensions 26 April 2016

    The neighbouring lithium suppliers have become embroiled in a squabble over Rockwood’s plans to increase output. But the roots of the enmity stretch far deeper. Read More

  • Trimex hit with $194m penalty for illegal mining activity, refutes charges 26 April 2016

    Andhra Pradesh state government’s vigilance department has charged India’s leading mineral sand miner Trimex for illegal mining activities. Trimex refutes the allegations. Read More

  • Vietnamese cement maker orders grinding equipment 26 April 2016

    German machinery manufacturer Loesche Gmbh has secured a contract to supply Vietnamese producer Than Than Group Cement JSC with new equipment for its main plant. Read More

  • EU orders recovery of alumina tax exemptions 26 April 2016

    Tax exemptions granted to alumina producers in France, Italy and Ireland have been ruled unlawful by the EU General Court, which ordered the repayment of the state aid. Read More

  • Sierra Rutile give production update 26 April 2016

    The sale of high grade rutile into the metallurgical market is a milestone in itself as it indicates that the stockpiled material is running low, potentially, and shows how market recovery in this sector could prove beneficial for Sierra Rutile. This is a win for the company as it also underscores the high grade of its material - the titanium metal industry typically needs rutile of a grade of 95% Ti or above. Read More

  • Ores central to China-Pakistan infrastructure plan 25 April 2016

    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) industrial initiative will seek to exploit large ore reserves including chromite and iron ore through the setting up of extraction and production facilities. Read More

  • Uralkali cuts potash output by 4% 25 April 2016

    Russian potash manufacturer Uralkali dropped its Q1 production by 100,000 tonnes, amid a scenario of weak demand and prices and the diminished output from one of its Solikamsk-2 site, which was flooded in late 2014 before an enormous sinkhole stopped all operations. Read More

  • Losses for Sirius Minerals as polyhalite project faces challenges 25 April 2016

    UK potash producer Sirius Minerals reported a total loss of £7.1m ($10.2m*) for the nine months to the end of December, and confirmed today it is seeking investors to fund its North Yorkshire polyhalite development, a several-billion pound project that the company is still keen to pursue. Read More

  • UPDATE: Thyssenkrupp to supply clinker line to German cement maker 25 April 2016

    Thyssenkrupp AG has closed a deal to supply German cement manufacturer HeildelbergCement AG with a high-efficiency cement clinker production line for an undisclosed sum. Read More

  • Oman antimony roaster edges forward with first metal production 25 April 2016

    Strategic and Precious Metals Processing LLC (SPMP), the joint venture (JV) vessel building the roaster, announced the project’s latest progress as it seeks to bring online later this year an antimony ingot and powdered concentrates facility to be ramped up to a capacity of 20,000 tpa from 2018. Read More

  • Rockwood readies itself for SQM attempt to block lithium increase 25 April 2016

    Rockwood Lithium has responded to news that local rival Sociedad de Quimica y Minera SA (SQM) will seek to prevent the expansion of its lithium production in Chile, noting it will use “all recourses available” to respond to any doubts over its permit, Chilean daily La Tercera has reported. A tripling of its Chilean production by Rockwood could go some way to ease the supply shortage in lithium products expected over the next half decade. Read More

  • MZI Resources posts lower than expected Q1 2016 production 25 April 2016

    Zircon and leucoxene producer MZI Resources' operational update from its Keysbrook mineral sands project in Western Australia shows that its first shipment is expected to occur later than initially planned, due in part to some teething problems with the ramp up Read More

  • Fluorspar enquiries surge entering seasonal buying period 22 April 2016

    Price Review: Increased trade enquiries for the fluorine material signal recovery as the buying season kicks off, with potential price increase despite excess supply in China; industry remains optimistic for H2 2016. Read More

  • SQM aims to block Rockwood expansion 22 April 2016

    Chilean lithium producer Sociedad de Quimica y Minera SA (SQM) will attempt to halt a planned lithium production increase by rival producer Rockwood Lithium, owed by US chemicals producer Albemarle Corp., according to the minutes of a March SQM board meeting seen this week by local business daily, Diario Financiero. Read More

  • Danakali confident about ‘relisient SOP pricing’ 22 April 2016

    Australian potash manufacturer Danakali Ltd is confident its sulphate of potash (SOP) operation in Eritrea harbours profitable selling opportunities, while standard potash fertilisers have been declining due to conjunctural weakness in global agricultural crops. Read More