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Magnesia features

  • April 2018

    Chinese magnesia prices steady on halt in magnesite mining

    25 April 2018

    The stoppage to magnesite mining in Liaoning province continued this week, and with no confirmed news on when a restart will happen, magnesia export prices were unchanged on quiet buying activity.

  • Timab Magnesium becomes sole owner of Spain’s Magnesitas Navarras

    18 April 2018

    The subsidiary of France-based Roullier takes full ownership of the Spanish magnesia producer after 18 years of joint ownership with Grecian Magnesite, at a time of tightness in the global magnesia markets.

  • Market fears rise in prices as Liaoning stops magnesite mining

    17 April 2018

    A sudden government-ordered halt to magnesite mining in China’s main magnesia-producing province has triggered a rise in domestic prices, with exporters planning to raise export prices if the restriction continues.

  • Price Briefing April 6 -12

    13 April 2018

    Global spot iodine prices tick up on tight supply, bullish sentiment; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of baddeleyite prices; China magnesia market stable while mining restrictions continue; Chinese antimony trioxide market softens amid fears of trade war; PRICING NOTICE: Extended consultation period for proposal to discontinue celestite price; Weak activity slows chemical chromite trading; foundry-grade spread increasing; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of mica prices

  • IM's March Price Movements

    13 April 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • China magnesia market stable while mining restrictions continue

    11 April 2018

    Prices in the global markets for magnesia products remained steady over the past week despite the challenges of mining restrictions, lackluster demand and reduced availability.

  • Lead times grow for alumina, silicon carbide amid tightness in supply

    06 April 2018

    Users of silicon carbide, brown-fused alumina and calcined alumina are having to wait longer to get their consignments amid limited availability and firm prices.

  • Price Briefing March 23 - April 5

    06 April 2018

    Tightening supply gives zircon, rutile prices a boost as Q2 gets underway; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of wollastonite prices; Chinese lithium market remains slow but prices rise globally; Low-grade magnesia prices fall while stocks rise; Foundry chromite prices strengthen; chemical grade stable; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of sulphur prices

  • US private equity firm buys Prince Corp

    03 April 2018

    The minerals supplier has been acquired by American Securities.

  • Chinese magnesia exports rise in February

    03 April 2018

    Shipments of caustic calcined magnesia (CCM) and fused magnesia (FM) rose in February 2018 on an annual basis, while dead burned magnesia (DBM) exports fell slightly.

  • March 2018

    Refractories industry remains cool under pressure

    29 March 2018

    The world’s refractories manufacturers are proving resilient, despite mounting pressures on the sector. How is this most traditional of industries adapting to unpredictable circumstances?

  • IM prices March 2018

    28 March 2018

    See article below from the April issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: magnesia, titanium dioxide, chromite, graphite, zircon, lithium and andalusite.

  • A growth trajectory: ceramics markets look to Asia

    28 March 2018

    The ceramics industry registered a dip in trade and production following the global economic downturn in 2008. But, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh finds, trade in Asia is now picking up, which is putting renewed pressure on kaolin, zircon, bentonite and other ceramics markets.

  • Low-grade magnesia prices fall while stocks rise

    28 March 2018

    Chinese low-grade magnesia prices moved downward because of increasing stock levels amid thin buying activity among downstream refractory producers, while high-grade magnesia prices were unchanged on a lack of magnesite ore.

  • Magnesia: market tightness continues to bite

    28 March 2018

    Magnesia markets have been severely disrupted by the environmental measures undertaken by the Chinese government in 2017 and into 2018. Production at many sites remains shut in and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to when - and indeed whether - all sites will restart, Davide Ghilotti, deputy editor, discovers

  • Prospects in packaging

    28 March 2018

    Digitization is continuing to drive change across many sectors worldwide, fueling a steady decline in writing and printing paper with the rise of e-readers, smart phones and calls for paperless offices. Although this has caused consolidation in the paper industry among some of the largest producing regions, there are still growth opportunities for paper manufacturers and their raw materials suppliers in less mature markets and in packaging products.

  • Comment: Standard industries take hold

    28 March 2018

  • Filling the void: calcium carbonate markets look to grow

    25 March 2018

    Consumption of mineral filler is growing rapidly, with the market forecast to grow to a worldwide total value of $62.54 billion by 2024, according to some estimates, with global economic growth supporting expansion of the paper, plastics, rubber, paints and construction industries. Industrial Minerals explores the key drivers of this growth, and asks what makes calcium carbonate so attractive as a filler?

  • Demand for refractories boosts RHI Magnesita’s 2017 performance

    23 March 2018

    Sales volumes to steel and industrial end-markets increased last year amid a scarcity of main refractories raw materials, such as dead-burned magnesia and fused magnesia.

  • High-grade magnesia prices steady on lack of raw material supply

    21 March 2018

    China’s high-grade magnesia prices were steady this week on a lack of high-quality magnesite, the raw material for magnesia, while the local government in Haicheng has remained strict on the use of explosives in mining.

  • Weak demand weighs on Chinese magnesia market

    14 March 2018

    Chinese magnesia markets have seen limited transactions over the past week with demand muted and most overseas buyers reluctant to make deals because of firm prices.

  • PEOPLE MOVES: Imerys splits chairman, CEO roles, appoints new directors

    14 March 2018

    Imerys has made a number of changes to its management board, with Gilles Michel appointed to chairman of the board while the role of chief executive officer will go to ex-AkzoNobel head of performance coatings, Conrad Keijzer.

  • Price Briefing March 2 -8

    09 March 2018

    Prices rise further in chemical, foundry grade chromite markets; High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material; Lithium prices rise in China after new year break; Chinese TiO2 producers cite yuan appreciation as they push for price risesPrice Notices

  • High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material

    07 March 2018

    There is a diverging trend between rising high-grade dead burned magnesia and falling low-grade material quotes, with raw material supply shortages putting pressure on DBM producers.

  • BASF invests $200mln in kaolin business for industrial end-market share

    06 March 2018

    A positive outlook in end markets has fueled a significant investment in BASF’s kaolin business, while the company seeks new uses for the mineral within the industrial sectors.

  • Chinese magnesia exports up in January

    02 March 2018

    China’s export volumes of calcined caustic, fused and dead-burned magnesia rose sharply in January 2018 compared with December 2017. Volumes of the first two products continued to grow year-on-year, while dead-burned magnesia exports fell slightly.

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