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  • February 2017

    HarbisonWalker to set up monolithic refractory plant

    17 February 2017

    The plant will add to the existing capacity HarbisonWalker has in the US and represents the company's strategy to reinforce its position in refractories.

  • Acquisitions boost Imerys’ 2016 revenues

    16 February 2017

    Imerys’ long list of recently completed acquisitions brought in over €140m in additional revenue, boosting the company’s yearly turnover, as income showed robust growth while refractories remained difficult.

  • Double-digit sales growth for Martin Marietta

    15 February 2017

    Recovery in construction led to improved performance in all three geographical areas Martin Marietta operates in, while the new Trump government’s focus on infrastructural spending bodes well for the future of the sector.

  • Price Briefing 3-9 February

    10 February 2017

    Trading remains quiet in the first week after the Chinese New Year holiday, but a number of industrial mineral miners have announced production update. Antimony trioxide spot prices increased while chromite held firm.

  • Brazil cuts magnesia exports in 2016

    06 February 2017

    Magnesia exports from the leading Latin American producing nation saw a double-digit decline in value, as shipments to the US alone fell by almost $15m.

  • Danakali receives mining license for Eritrean potash project

    01 February 2017

    The Eritrean government has granted Australian potash junior producer Danakali a mining license for the development of the 1.3bn-tonne Colluli potash project.

  • January 2017

    Demand for refractory minerals rises in South Korea

    26 January 2017

    Falling prices spur higher silicon carbide, alumina refractory brick imports; magnesite imports stay soft; PMI still below 50 but climbing.

  • China revises minerals export tariffs in 2017

    26 January 2017

    Following WTO complaints from the EU and US, China scraps graphite and magnesia tariffs, while apatite export duty cut by 5 percentage points.

  • China’s fused magnesia exports hit 2016 record in November

    26 January 2017

    As Chinese FM exports hit a two-year-high in late 2016, declining unit prices kept value low.

  • IM's January Price Movements

    26 January 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Innovation and conservatism in technical ceramics

    26 January 2017

    Technical ceramics are opening up new possibilities in everything from spaceships to dentistry, but the closed nature of the industry’s raw materials supply chain may be holding the sector back, Davide Ghilotti, Chief Reporter, finds.

  • Junior mining: Back from the brink?

    26 January 2017

    Half a decade on from the collapse of the global mining boom, a rally in commodity markets last year caught many investors off guard and has created a weak but welcome tailwind for the stalled exploration industry, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • People and places

    26 January 2017

    An overview at people moves in the minerals industry, plus a Q&A with Douglas Dietrich, the new CEO of MTI.

  • Prices

    26 January 2017

    Calcined alumina, rare earth prices stable, TiO2 and chromite prices remain bullish, lithium 2017 prices double; magnesia, graphite prices fall, antimony trioxide and fused alumina rise.

  • Pure genius? How new technology could shake up HPA supply

    26 January 2017

    High purity alumina is typically produced via an add-on stage to traditional alumina extraction from bauxite, but at least two companies are on the cusp of breaking into the material’s supply chain with revolutionary new processing methods, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • Proposed change to a number of IM’s pricing assessment frequency

    25 January 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the pricing assessments frequency of kaolin, antimony trioxide, chromite and magnesia.

  • MTI appoints Matthew Garth as CFO

    24 January 2017

    Garth joins the NYSE-listed diversified industrial materials maker after over a decade at Alcoa and will take over the role previously held by now CEO Douglas Dietrich.

  • Demand for refractory minerals rises in South Korea

    20 January 2017

    Falling prices spur higher silicon carbide, alumina refractory brick imports; magnesite imports stay soft; PMI still below 50 but climbing.

  • Magnesia prices plunge after China scraps export quota

    13 January 2017

    Magnesia prices have fallen in the wake of China removing previously enforced export quotas.

  • Price Briefing 6 -12 January

    13 January 2017

    Graphite and magnesia prices fall after the cancellation of export duty, while antimony trioxide price increase on restocking. Despite rising raw material costs, calcined alumina prices remained largely unchanged.

  • Price briefing 30 December - 5 January

    06 January 2017

    Graphite market weighs up scrapping of export taxes; China rare earth prices stable for January; alumina and bauxite supply reportedly tight in China; Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops; Chinese TiO2 producers hike prices again.

  • K+S resumes potash production at Hattorf site

    04 January 2017

    Following a number of production issues in 2016, K+S has resumed full operations in Germany although the company said it cannot rule out further wastewater disposal restrictions.

  • Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops

    04 January 2017

    Caustic calcined magnesia exports in 2016 continued to be down from last year while dead burned magnesia sales improved on 2015 albeit the market saw a notable price drop.

  • China's fused magnesia exports hit 2016 record in Nov

    03 January 2017

    Exports of fused magnesia out of China rose to a two-year high in November last year in volume terms, while declining unit prices have kept overall value down.

  • Magnesita appoints new CFO

    03 January 2017

    The Brazilian company is adapting the composition of its management as it moves forward with the planned merger with RHI to form LSE-listed refractory giant RHI Magnesita.

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