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  • November 2017

    China's magnesia industry consolidation stagnates

    17 November 2017

    China's plan to reduce and consolidate the number of magnesia producers has hit an impasse with questions over funding and share-ownership, sources say.

  • Vesuvius reports increased refractories trading in Q3

    15 November 2017

    Refractories sales were on the rise in the third quarter on increased steel output, although raw materials sourcing issues continued to bite.

  • High refractories sales for Magnesita in Jan-Sep

    14 November 2017

    The company posted a high net loss related to the divestment of the carbon bricks operation in Germany, but business was otherwise strong in both refractories and minerals sales.

  • Strong end markets support RHI Magnesita’s turnover in Jan-Sep

    13 November 2017

    In its first trading update since the completion of the merger, the refractory maker highlights strong fundamentals in steel and industrial end markets, leading to high profitability and turnover.

  • CNMIA lays out value-added future for non-metallics

    09 November 2017

    The China Nonmetallic Mineral Industry Association has discussed the outlook until 2020 and listed key developments in the sector from 1987 to 2017.

  • China's Sep magnesia exports down vs Aug but higher vs last year

    09 November 2017

    The removal of China's export tax and quotas on magnesia prompted a boost in material shipped out of the country.

  • Minerals business, Asia activity boost MTI's Q3 revenues

    06 November 2017

    Strong chromite sales boosted the performance of MTI's minerals segment due to good conditions in its industrial and construction end-markets although its talc sales fell. The company will open a new precipitated calcium carbonate plant in Indonesia while it continues to focus on growing its business in Asia.

  • IM's October Price Movements

    02 November 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Imerys posts rising revenues, income in Jan-Sep

    01 November 2017

    Further growth was seen in refractories within the high resistance minerals and energy solutions & specialties operations, while the acquisition of Kerneos brought additional turnover.

  • October 2017

    Price Briefing: 20-26 October

    27 October 2017

    Iodine price hits 15-month high after CPHI; TiO2 market holds firm while paint producers lift prices; Ilmenite market stalls, rutile tightens; chemical chromite slows down; European fused magnesia on the up again.

  • European fused magnesia market continues surge higher

    25 October 2017

    Availability of fused magnesia is tight, which is a factor driving prices higher. The dependence on graphite electrodes in the FM production process is contributing to this upward price trend.

  • Aachen ’17: Raw materials, consolidation troubling refractory makers

    20 October 2017

    Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about new pressure coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when competition from large players getting larger through M&As.

  • China sees local economies buoyant despite pollution clamp-down

    19 October 2017

    Government growth figures for refractory-production centres suggest resilient growth, which is likely to add support for further inspections.

  • RHI Magnesita eyes 27 Oct LSE listing

    17 October 2017

    The Dutch financial authority gave its go-ahead to the LSE listing of the group’s shares, as the year-long merger process is expected to be completed in the next 10 days.

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • UniteCR ’17: Andalusite supply contracts expected to be shorter, costlier

    12 October 2017

    Market patterns governing andalusite trade are expected to change next year, as suppliers say they will seek shorter contracts amid a situation of high demand and limited output.

  • European fused magnesia prices rise further

    11 October 2017

    Spot prices of fused magnesia material in Europe have risen by up to $400/tonne on average as Chinese FM grades also appreciated after the Golden Week holiday.

  • Chinese fused magnesia prices extend rally after holidays

    10 October 2017

    Prices are rising, but a shortage of feedstocks is limiting gains for producers.

  • Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

  • Metal Bulletin Group completes its first independent benchmark assurance review

    05 October 2017

    Metal Bulletin Group, a leading provider of information to the steel and metals industry, has completed its first external assurance review of selected benchmark prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Buyers brace for higher raw material prices in '18

    05 October 2017

    Several consumers of refractory minerals gathered in Santiago told IM they are certain that “everything will appreciate” next year as shortage of materials will trigger higher contract prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Refractories recycling takes centre stage as shortage bites

    04 October 2017

    With the markets of several raw materials currently experiencing short supply and surging prices, refractory makers should invest into recycling options, delegates were told in Santiago.

  • China's magnesia exports surge in August

    03 October 2017

    While exports of caustic calcined magnesia, dead burned magnesia and fused magnesia surged in August, after a decrease over the summer, the average value per tonne of material exported continued to appreciate as domestic supply constraints feed through to international markets.

  • IM's September Price Movements

    02 October 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • RHI to restart fused magnesia plant in Norway

    02 October 2017

    The major refractory producer plans to increase fused magnesia production at its Norwegian site as Chinese supply continues to be curtailed by environmental control, pushing prices to record highs.

  • RHI divests dolomite business to Intocast

    02 October 2017

    RHI is divesting its dolomite operations in Spain and Italy, which will be taken over by Germany’s Intocast, following European directives prior to the merger with Magnesita. Separately, the company is also selling off the fused cast refractories for glassmaking business in Italy and Russia.

  • Woolly topic: The challenges of analysing artificial fibres

    02 October 2017

    Mineral wools are artificial fibres typically made from spinning or drawing molten minerals and widely used as insulating and building material, in close proximity to humans. Here, three experts* on chemical analysis of mineral wool outline some of the most important considerations when evaluating these products for safe use in everyday applications.

  • Comment: Spice it up

    02 October 2017

  • Genie in a bottleneck: How a supply squeeze has worked magic for TiO2

    02 October 2017

    As environmental inspections cut Chinese titanium dioxide output and producers elsewhere in the world fail to pick up the slack, prices for the pigment chemical have staged a surprise turnaround, William Clarke, IM Reporter, finds.

  • IM Prices September 2017

    02 October 2017

    See article below, from the October-November issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: fluorspar, chromite, magnesia, zircon, graphite, ilmenite, bauxite, alumina, lithium, titanium dioxide/TiO2 and iodine.

  • The end is nigh: A bleak future for Bolivian antimony

    02 October 2017

    Producers foresee little prospect for continued antimony operations in a country that once was a major player in the industry, as regulations strangle business, writes Myles McCormick, IM Correspondent, from La Paz.

  • Zircon 101: where will new demand come from?

    02 October 2017

    Zircon is important - and some would argue irreplaceable - in markets such as ceramics, which accounts for around 50% of demand. But, as Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, discovers, there are new sources of interest within that same industry - and demand projections vary wildly.