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  • Vale plant outages hinder Q2 fertiliser output 22 July 2016

    The Brazilian miner reported lower potash and ammonium nitrate output for the second quarter this year due to unplanned outages at its production facilities, while phosphate rock production rose. Read More

  • Price Briefing 15-21 July 2016 22 July 2016

    Supply disruption in China fails to lift bauxite and brown fused alumina prices; chromite sees an increase in buying activity in China; Indian potash contracts signed at lower y-o-y levels. Read More

  • SQM drops objections to Albemarle’s Atacama expansion 22 July 2016

    A deal between SQM and Albemarle, the world’s two largest producers of lithium from brine, will see the companies work together on an environmental programme in Chile’s Atacama Desert, with SQM dropping its environmental complaints against Albemarle’s ramp up plans. Read More

  • Chinese producers anticipate lithium price stability, spot drop off continues 22 July 2016

    As the Chinese lithium spot price continued to fall this week, a number of supply-side industry players expect a steadying of the market in the second half of the year, though buyers still predict a sustained price decline. Read More

  • China's anti-pollution checks hit brown fused alumina output 22 July 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina prices held unchanged despite a looming supply tightness due to stricter anti-pollution checks shutting down production in recent months. Read More

  • Floods in China hit bauxite deliveries, fail to lift prices 22 July 2016

    Refractory grade bauxite prices were unchanged despite supply disruption caused by heavy rain storm and flooding in China over the past fortnight. If the inclement weather persists, it may impact production and could lift prices in the coming week. Read More

  • Sirius receives last major approval for UK polyhalite project 21 July 2016

    Sirius Minerals has waited patiently over the last few years for the granting of all permissions for its UK fertiliser project in North Yorkshire and has finally received its last major required approval as it looks to develop the facilities at Teesside port. Read More

  • Tesla’s vision for the future a boon for Li-ion? 21 July 2016

    Elon Musk’s ambitious plan for the electric vehicle producer include extending its vehicle range and the integration of solar roofs and battery storage, both of which should fuel battery demand and consequently demand for battery minerals, notably lithium. Some analysts remain dubious, however. Read More

  • Mixed bag for PPG’s coating divisions in Q2 21 July 2016

    Sales volumes in the company’s industrial coatings segment strengthened while performance coatings saw a decline, owing to mixed performance in various regions and applications. PPG’s glass segment also saw improved net sales as selling prices strengthened. However all of its business segments were impacted negatively by foreign currency translations. Read More

  • Stronger Chinese demand supports chromite prices 21 July 2016

    Chinese demand for chemical grade chromite has rebounded in recent months following a quiet period with increased buying interest for the material said to be supporting prices, traders told IM. Read More

  • Orocobre “confident” Olaroz delays are now behind it 21 July 2016

    Having been forced to postpone the date it expects to reach nameplate production once again this week, the lithium producer’s CEO told IM that this would be the last delay and defended the length of the ramp up process. Read More

  • MRC commissions garnet separation plant 21 July 2016

    The installation of the garnet separation plant is expected to increase zircon and rutile feed grade and push up overall production of mineral sands. Read More

  • Halliburton loss deepens as oil and gas pricing pressure continues 20 July 2016

    Major oilfield services provider Halliburton attributed its net loss to declining prices and activity in oil and gas, a major industrial mineral-consuming sector. However, the company noted the recent uptick in rig count, indicating operator confidence in stabilising commodity prices. Read More

  • Largo aims to supply V2O5 directly to VRB maker 20 July 2016

    Canada-based Largo Resources is in talks with vanadium redox battery maker Vionx for the supply of V2O5 from its mine in Brazil. Should a definitive agreement go ahead within the next three months – depending on agreement with Glencore Plc – the partnership will be the first to supply a battery manufacturer directly with vanadium raw material, according to Largo CEO Mark Smith. Read More

  • India identifies key minerals for domestic manufacturing industry success 20 July 2016

    The Indian government has identified 12 critical minerals likely to power the growth of the country’s manufacturing sector and to play a significant role in the success of the ‘Make in India’ programme – an initiative launched by prime minister Narendra Modi to encourage manufacturing companies to choose India as a base. Read More

  • Orocobre delays completion of Olaroz ramp up by two months 20 July 2016

    The lithium producer has said it will not reach nameplate capacity at its Olaroz facility until November as it makes modifications to the site’s purification circuit. The project is one of a number bringing new material to market this year, which industry players hope will lead to an easing of the supply shortage. Read More

  • K+S concludes potash supply contract with India 20 July 2016

    K+S has signed a potash supply agreement with IPL for the fiscal year of 2016/2017, reflecting similar deals concluded in June. IPL expects to conclude ore contracts with other producers in the coming weeks. Read More

  • EU takes action over China export duties 20 July 2016

    The European Union has launched another legal case against China’s restriction on raw material exports essential for the region’s downstream industries. However, China discounts any deliberate intentions claiming that the restrictions are merely an effort to protect domestic resources and the ecological environment. Read More

  • Mt Cattlin ore processing capacity doubled 20 July 2016

    General Mining Corp., operator of recommissioned spodumene mine has increased the site’s potential annual throughput to 1.6m tonnes ore. Read More

  • AkzoNobel Q2 results hit by currency headwinds 19 July 2016

    While volumes were up in a number of its paints and coatings businesses, the Netherlands-headquartered producer reported lower revenues and income as the market remains uncertain and currency headwinds prevail. Read More

  • Rio Tinto's TiO2 output slides, borates production steady 19 July 2016

    Output figures for the second quarter of 2016 were broadly in line with market trends – titanium dioxide production continued to fall while borates and salt remained relatively stable. Read More

  • Rio Tinto increases Q2 bauxite output 19 July 2016

    The Anglo-Australian miner maintained its bauxite production target for 2016 at 45m tonnes, as volumes in the first half recorded a sizeable increase on last year. Read More

  • PotashCorp expects demand recovery in H2 19 July 2016

    The North American producer expects potash demand to recover in the rest of 2016 but prices will remain under pressure. Read More

  • China’s lithium-ion battle: LFP vs NCM 19 July 2016

    Both lithium iron phosphate and nickel cobalt manganese batteries have their own relative strengths and weaknesses as they compete to fill the booming Li-ion space. Delegates debated these at the recent LiB and Key Source Material Meeting in Tianjin, China. Read More

  • Chemours to sell sulphur business to Veolia 19 July 2016

    US-based Chemours is selling off its sulphur segment as part of its streamlining process which will enable the company to focus on titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and its cyanide segment. Read More

  • Sierra Rutile reports record Q2 mineral sands sales 18 July 2016

    The mineral sands producer has completed the expansion of its rutile capacity with the Gangama dry mining project in Sierra Leone, as it says that a number of factors, including pigment price increases, are pointing to overall improvements in the health of the sector. Read More

  • Big names in energy look to Li-ion battery storage 18 July 2016

    Investment by three former energy bosses in a UK-based battery maker comes as part of a growing shift towards Li-ion-based energy storage systems, something players in the lithium industry have pointed to as a future driver of demand for the mineral. Read More

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 12-18 July 18 July 2016

    A brief round up of notable junior activity in the lithium industry. Read More

  • Indian mineral output grows 1.3% in May 18 July 2016

    The country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased for the second consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-17. Read More

  • Judge favours Hemlock in silicon supply dispute 18 July 2016

    Deutsche Solar’s parent company, SolarWorld, stressed that any decision taken by a US court against it would not apply in Germany as it would have to go through the local legal system in a separate process. Read More

  • Lynas quarterly rare earths sales rise 18 July 2016

    The only remaining Western rare earths producer has reported increased sales volumes and revenues as the industry continues to struggle. Read More

  • Fairmount expects further proppant declines in Q2 15 July 2016

    Preliminary financial results from the frac sand and proppant supplier indicate that revenues and volumes will be down in Q2, while net losses will deepen. However, it added that the market has shown signs of a preliminary but slow recovery. Read More

  • India’s beach sand miners urge PM to scrap new rules 15 July 2016

    The Beach Minerals Producers Association argues that the new Atomic Minerals Concession Rules would negatively affect India's beach sand mining industry and force private miners to close down. Read More

  • Samsung considering stake in carmaker BYD 15 July 2016

    The Chinese electric vehicle producer has denied reports that Samsung is set to buy a 4% share; says companies will cooperate on vehicle parts. Read More

  • Price Briefing 8-14 July 2016 15 July 2016

    Chinese lithium spot prices continue to decline; iodine price declines show no sign of letting up; Chinese potash contracts signed; alumina prices fall Read More

  • Consumers gain from industrial split over fluorspar prices 15 July 2016

    While tightening supply from China saw some domestic producers pushing higher prices onto the market, excessive low-cost supplies from other fluorspar producers meant that the material continues to be traded at lower prices as new demand from consumers in the downstream markets fails to materialise. Read More

  • Brown fused alumina prices fall 15 July 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina (BFA) prices moved lower amid weak demand for refractory products but spot business remains steady, according to market particpants Read More

  • K+S acquires Chinese magnesium sulphate fertiliser activities 15 July 2016

    The German fertiliser producers hopes that the acquisition of Huludao Magpower will strengthen its presence in Asia, allowing K+S to gain a foothold in magnesium sulphate fertiliser and reach South East Asian agricultural markets. Read More

  • Iluka H1 mineral sands production exceeds sales 15 July 2016

    The company is banking on higher sales in the second half of the year as production of zircon and rutile exceeded sales in line with guidance. Sales values for its products meanwhile increased y-o-y as Iluka continued to report encouraging trends in higher grade feedstocks. Read More

  • China lithium market will balance in 2017, says industry association 14 July 2016

    Chinese lithium carbonate industry observers told delegates at the 2nd LiB And Key Source Material Meeting that the domestic market could reach an overall supply-demand balance in 2017 if more investment is put into production. However others warned that bringing on new supply needs to be done at a gradual pace so the market is not flooded. Read More

  • Chinese lithium spot continues its decline 14 July 2016

    A drop off in the price of lithium reported on the Chinese spot market continued this week, knocking it down further. In Japan, meanwhile, contract prices in the country’s once sheltered lithium market appear to be rising to the levels experienced in the rest of the world. Read More

  • Malaysia’s Samalaju port progresses 14 July 2016

    New deep sea port. which will handle refractory minerals and finished products, expect to be operational by April 2017. Read More

  • Iodine continues to slide as oversupply persists 14 July 2016

    Predictions of company wind-ups and reduced supply have not materialised, as high inventories continue to affect trading and prices are still feeling downward pressure. Read More

  • US takes action over China export duties 14 July 2016

    US trade authorities have challenged China’s continued enforcement of export duties on nine essential metals and minerals, which the country agreed to eliminate after joining the WTO, pointing to deliberate efforts by China to increase its competitive edge in downstream product manufacture. Read More

  • BPC agrees China potash supply deal 14 July 2016

    Belarusian Potash Co. has agreed today to supply potash to Chinese buyers for the rest of 2016 at a price level below deals concluded in India. Delivery volumes to be confirmed. Read More

  • Anasazi completes Solar Quartz Tech buyout 14 July 2016

    The mineral resources explorer is betting on the growth of solar energy sources as it completes the buyout of the quartz sand manufacturer. Read More

  • Mosaic to idle potash mine in Canada 13 July 2016

    Mosaic, the world’s top phosphate producer, will idle its potash mine in Canada for the rest of 2016 amid weak global fertiliser demand and low agrimineral prices. The move will cut operation costs for the company, but Mosaic will still be able to meet short-term market demand via existing facilities. Read More

  • Mexican acidspar exports weak against high prices 13 July 2016

    Mexico’s trade data for acid grade fluorspar points to a difficult market scenario as total export volumes show a declining trend since the start of 2016 against higher average unit values. Read More

  • Iron Mountain plans low-cost bauxite supply to China 13 July 2016

    The company is aiming to keep costs down through a straightforward shipping operation with no processing involved and predicts that the global bauxite market will recover by the time the facility reaches production. Read More

  • Heraeus looks at new markets with Korean office 13 July 2016

    The German components manufacturer is seeking to cement its presence in South Korea for automotive, electronic and telecommunication applications, while it sees opportunities to penetrate local e-mobility, energy technology and medical care markets. Read More

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