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  • July 2017

    Chinese magnesia prices exceed 2016 levels

    26 July 2017

    Following weeks of uncertainty surrounding magnesia supply out of China, prices of CCM, DBM and FM material for exports have surged.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesite resource consolidation would be 'devastating' for industry

    21 July 2017

    A move towards consolidation in the Chinese magnesia sector and transport restrictions could be very damaging as market participants vow to 'fight back'.

  • MagMin 2017: Dynamite ban uncertainty hurting Chinese magnesite output

    20 July 2017

    The ban on the use of dynamite in China is severely restricting the output of magnesia and other minerals, and the lack of clarity over when the restrictions may be lifted is spreading uncertainty in the market.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesia vs Fluorspar

    20 July 2017

    Albert Li looks at the difference between the magnesia and fluorspar sectors in China and how they are managed.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesia supply shortage won't last long, China says

    20 July 2017

    MagMin conference delegates heard from the Chinese government that the severe supply squeeze that has hit the sector will not last long but no timescale can be given.

  • Magnesia prices continue to rise in China

    17 July 2017

    Turbulence continues in the Chinese magnesia markets with prices of dead burned magnesia following fused magnesia upwards.

  • Brazil authority approves Magnesita and RHI merger

    14 July 2017

    The Magnesita and RHI merger this week received clearance from the Brazilian authorities following EU approvals last month.

  • Chinese magnesia exports fall back from record levels in May

    11 July 2017

    Shipments remain well ahead of last year's pace, after export quotas were scrapped.

  • Chinese magnesia industry must meet new standards or face shutdown

    07 July 2017

    All magnesia companies in Yingkou city must comply with new environmental standards by 30 September, as part of Beijing’s drive to reduce pollution. Producers which failed to meet the strict environmental standards will be shut down.

  • Yingkou urges refractory makers to up prices on magnesia issues

    07 July 2017

    The association of refractory producers in the city of Yingkou has called on local companies to adjust their prices on the back of market tightness and production shutdowns.

  • Feed me

    07 July 2017

  • Growing gains: Perlite and vermiculite

    07 July 2017

    As two niche mineral sectors that have largely lacked innovation, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, considers whether there could be more in store for vermiculite and perlite than tall buildings and tomatoes.

  • IM Prices June 2017

    07 July 2017

    See article below, from the July-August issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: magnesia, ilmenite,chromite, barytes,bauxite, graphite, lithium, fluorspar, alumina, soda ash, antimony trioxide.

  • Potash and phosphate: Demanding industries

    07 July 2017

    The need for food is growing in step with a swelling global population and the mineral fertiliser industry is under pressure to ensure that nutrient supply keeps up with consumption, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • Processing: Going green

    07 July 2017

    Although the number of industrial minerals covered by IM is far reaching and the technology required for their production often varies by sector, the mining industry is seeing increasing calls for corporate social responsibility and greener technology, particularly in light of the growing role renewable energy has to play in the everyday lives of consumers.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    07 July 2017

    Global steel output rose in May as increases from China, the US, Turkey and Brazil offset declines in Europe, worldsteel data show.

  • US exiting Paris Treaty not expected to impact minerals sector

    07 July 2017

    In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that the US will be pulling out of the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty, IM looks at the significance of this move and the possible impact this will have on the industrial minerals market. By Mark Rowe

  • What goes up…

    07 July 2017

    As the dust settles following a price war that has quartered the market value of iodine in recent years, IM reports from Chile on the causes of the roller coaster ride in the market and looks to the future of demand for the mineral.

  • June 2017

    Environmental tax to end era of cheap Chinese minerals

    30 June 2017

    As the wave of anti-pollution controls continues across China and the central government in Beijing is pressing ahead with more environmental reforms, many warn that stricter regulation will push minerals production cost higher, ending the era of cheap Chinese products.

  • HWI appoints Carol Jackson as CEO

    30 June 2017

    The appointment follows the retirement of Stephen Delo after over 30 years in the industry, during which he oversaw the combination of three refractory suppliers into what is today the HarbisonWalker group.

  • HWI appoints directors amid investment plan

    29 June 2017

    Gildas Dupouy and Thomas Raught have joined the company’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Group.

  • Europe approves RHI Magnesita merger with conditions

    28 June 2017

    RHI will have to divest its dolomite operation at two production sites in Spain and Italy, while Magnesita’s carbon-bricks business at Oberhausen, Germany, will also have to be sold.

  • RHI Magnesita announces executive team

    28 June 2017

    Stefan Borgas will lead the executive management team as CEO after the completion of the merger, expected in November. Octavio Lopes will be chief financial officer.

  • Imerys’ takeover of Kerneos to be completed in July

    26 June 2017

    The French industrial minerals group has received clearance from European authorities over the proposed takeover of the speciality cement maker Kerneos.

  • Price briefing 16-22 June

    23 June 2017

    A severe supply shortage has lifted fused magnesia prices outside of China; Chinese flake graphite grades post uptick; spot chromite prices fall on lack of Chinese buying; baryte holds unchanged despite heavy rain storm temporarily hitting production in China; antimony trioxide prices under pressure; Chinese producers raise rare earth prices again; ilmenite trading activity slumps leading some to speculate that it could be an end to the rise in prices.

  • Indian mineral production index rises in April

    22 June 2017

    Chromite production increased during the month together with that of limestone, zinc and lead concentrate, while bauxite and magnesite declined.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    21 June 2017

    Chinese output rose by almost two percentage points, as did Turkish and Brazilian production. In Europe, only France posted growth.

  • European fused magnesia prices move up

    21 June 2017

    Lack of material available for export from China has prompted prices of European-produced fused magnesia to increase, while other grades are holding firm.

  • Yingkou urges refractory makers to up prices on magnesia issues

    13 June 2017

    The association of refractory producers in the city of Yingkou has called on local companies to adjust their prices on the back of market tightness and production shutdowns.

  • China Q1 magnesia exports hit record high as values plunge

    09 June 2017

    Exports from January continued to increase; CCM, DBM volumes hit record highs; average value saw steady decline

  • Chinese magnesia disruption worsens

    09 June 2017

    Producers in Haicheng, Dashiqiao shut down; ongoing environmental controls and inspections; export prices stable, EU shippers concerned

  • Higher freight rates and delivery delays frustrate buyers

    09 June 2017

    Container shipping costs increasing since end-2016; Uptrend expected to stay in the near-term; Delays and limited vessels availability

  • Special clays: Gelling new markets

    09 June 2017

    Hectorite has attracted significant attention in the last few years as a potential source of lithium, while clays like attapulgite and sepiolite have for decades been important sources of speciality material. Ian Wilson, Consultant*, offers a snapshot of the special clays sector.

  • Flash back for frac sand

    09 June 2017

    Improvements in oil and gas drilling activity in North America have paved the way for recovery in demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand, barite and bentonite, but as Kasia Patel, IM Correspondent, reports, the rebound has tested suppliers’ ability to respond.

  • IM's May Price Movements

    07 June 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

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