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  • June 2018

    China’s magnesia prices steady amid sporadic buying

    20 June 2018

    China’s magnesia export prices are unchanged after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday (June 16-18) due to limited buying interest, with most buyers holding off and waiting for a clear market direction.

  • Price Briefing: June 8-14

    15 June 2018

    Buyers, sellers expect tightness to boost Q3 rutile prices; No movement on Chinese soda ash price despite restored supply sources; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue micronised zircon, zircon opacifiers, zircon flour, and fused zirconia prices; Chinese magnesia export market stagnant, prices unchanged; Zircon price increases confirmed for Q3, with range set to widen; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue kaolin prices

  • IM Congress 2018: What we learned

    14 June 2018

    Here are some takeaways from the 24th IM Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, that took place over June 5-7.

  • Blue Sky Protection Campaign: China’s new environmental regulations 2018-2019

    14 June 2018

    China’s government has launched a new round of environmental inspections for heavy industries across the country, with the tighter regulations expected to lend support to prices for most industrial minerals produced in the targeted regions.

  • Chinese magnesia export market stagnant, prices unchanged

    13 June 2018

    China’s magnesia export prices remained at current level without any fluctuation on thin buying activities from buyers. Market participants kept monitoring the market waiting for clearer direction on releasing the restriction on magnesite mining.

  • IM24: China supply issues are a ‘leading cause of concern’ for market participants

    12 June 2018

    Companies in the industrial minerals sector have lamented the current difficulties in planning and sourcing because of the continuing disruptions to export flows out of China of minerals such as bauxite, alumina and graphite, with the industry disheartened about prospects for a return to normal any time soon.

  • IM24: Magnesia demand set to increase steadily, says IHS Markit

    12 June 2018

    Demand for magnesia is set to increase steadily over the next few years given growth in downstream sectors, IHS Markit predicted.

  • Price Briefing: June 1-7

    08 June 2018

    Cheaper material offered by smaller producers weigh on Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate, hydroxide prices; European antimony trioxide market softens on lack of sales; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of celestite; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of olivine price; Fresh talk about consolidation of Liaoning province's magnesia sector but prices steady for now; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of kyanite pricing; China fluorspar prices push higher while sellers wait for stronger prices; No movement on Chinese soda ash price despite restored supply sources

  • IM's May Price Movements

    05 June 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Fresh talk about consolidation of Liaoning province's magnesia sector but prices steady for now

    05 June 2018

    Local authorities' plans to consolidate regional sector over the next four months have yet to have any discernible effect on local magnesia prices

  • May 2018

    China’s refractory materials output up 11% in Q1

    25 May 2018

    Increasing demand for some refractory materials and increasing output compared with last year pushed China’s refractories output to 4.76 million tonnes in the first quarter of the year, the first rise for two years.

  • Afarak buys Serbian magnesia producer

    22 May 2018

    The Finnish group’s takeover of Magnohrom comes concurrent with unrelenting tightness in the magnesia market.

  • Eti Soda’s supply myth: how the market never moved to oversupply

    17 May 2018

    Fears that Eti Soda could create an oversupply in the soda ash market and send prices tumbling have not been realized, but questions remain about how the market so readily absorbed the additional tonnages that are being produced, and what will happen next.

  • ‘Two lions’: The modern borate duopoly

    17 May 2018

    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.

  • China maintains strict environmental stance on heavy industry pollution

    17 May 2018

    China produces mineral commodities that are among the most widely used in the refractories, abrasives and pigments sectors, and is continuing its drive to improve the environmental profile of its heavy industry, as well as preparing for further restrictions on local operations.

  • Growing panes: will smart glass stimulate mineral demand?

    17 May 2018

    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.

  • IM prices April 2018

    17 May 2018

  • Lithium: a Chinese affair

    17 May 2018

    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.

  • On the slate

    17 May 2018

    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.

  • UNDERSUPPLIED: Soda ash demand outstripping output

    17 May 2018

    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.

  • Sparse buying activity leaves Chinese magnesia export prices steady

    09 May 2018

    Export prices for all grades of Chinese magnesia remained stable this week, despite the declining availability of spot materials, because magnesite mining has been halted since mid-April.

  • RHI Magnesita posts higher revenues following price increases

    08 May 2018

    Strong demand for refractories from both steelmaking and industrial customers supported business in the first quarter and helped offset higher prices in mineral raw materials.

  • Chinese magnesia exports down in Mar on high export prices

    08 May 2018

    Shipments of all grades of magnesia were down in March, compared to March 2017, on thin buying interest from international buyers.

  • China maintains strict environmental stance on heavy industry pollution

    04 May 2018

    The East Asian country, which produces some of the most widely used mineral commodities in refractories, abrasives and pigments, is persisting with its drive to improve the environmental profile of its heavy industry, and is gearing up for further restrictions on local operations.

  • IM's April Price Movements

    03 May 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

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