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  • December 2016

    Magnesia: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global magnesia industry.

  • China cancels graphite, magnesia, magnesite export taxes

    23 December 2016

    China has scrapped export taxes on graphite, magnesia and magnesite.

  • IM's December Price Movements

    23 December 2016

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Vesuvius buys Brazilian flux operation

    22 December 2016

    The takeover is aimed at strengthening Vesuvius’ division of Steel Flow Control, and was funded through existing financial resources.

  • Indian mining index slows down in October

    19 December 2016

    Lower production of bauxite, magnesite and coal dragged down India’s mining and quarrying index in October.

  • China’s Xinmi shuts 85 refractory factories in 2016

    19 December 2016

    Environmental efforts on the part of local authorities have led to the closure of 85 highly-polluting factories in the city, as the industry is pushed to transition to cleaner energy sources.

  • RHI appoints new COO, CTO

    19 December 2016

    Gerd Schubert will take over both roles and help to implement the RHI-Magnesita merger.

  • Magnesita completes talc divestiture

    16 December 2016

    The company will invest the proceeds of the sale to strengthen its own capital structure, while the merger process with RHI is ongoing.

  • IM's November Price Movements

    15 December 2016

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Good riddance 2016

    15 December 2016

    Editor's comment: 2016 will not be remembered fondly by many in our collective industries.

  • Costs and corruption hinder Liaoning magnesia

    15 December 2016

    Rising production costs and slowing demand are hindering Liaoning's magnesia sector. The issue is further being compounded by new resource taxes, higher wages, freight charges in addition to WTO rulings expected to impact magnesia quotas.

  • Graphite – The only way is up

    15 December 2016

    Temperature-resistant, unusually stable and unreactive, graphite is a key ingredient in refractories, lubricants, batteries, flame retardants and pencils. But oversupply has dragged the mineral’s value down to record lows and only controls on Chinese production complemented by a surge in demand from new applications can reverse its fortunes.

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’

    15 December 2016

    CEO tells investors future is bright as Q3 results saw the company's expansion strategy pay dividends. The refractories market remains weak, however.

  • Breaking down Silica Valley

    15 December 2016

    Spruce Pine in the US state of North Carolina is the self-styled “silica valley” on which the more famous Silicon Valley of California relies for high purity quartz. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, investigates how the supply concentration of HPQ is causing concern and creating opportunities for other producers.

  • Prices

    15 December 2016

    Antimony trioxide prices drop, as do iodine prices; lithium deals for 2017 approach closure; foundry chromite spot market widens; raw material costs lift WFA prices; graphite suppliers talk 2017 contracts; Cristal to increase TiO2 prices; industry concerned over China scrapping magnesia quota.

  • Innovation in Liaoning’s magnesia companies

    15 December 2016

    With magnesia prices softening under oversupply and weak demand for refractory products, a handful of Chinese companies are attempting to create new end uses for magnesite which they hope will reduce their exposure to steel markets.

  • E-scrap: A vicious cycle?

    15 December 2016

    Every year, millions of tonnes of highly polluting electronic waste are sent to landfill, even though a high proportion of this material consists of valuable metals and minerals. Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, looks at how the changing makeup of electronic products poses problems and opportunities for e-scrap recycling.

  • Chinese barite faces a growing market

    15 December 2016

    Chinese barite production and exports enjoyed a heady few years when the US oil boom was at its peak three years ago, but the decline in drilling activity since 2014 has seen a slowdown in demand for the oilfield mineral. However, in November 2016 there are signs of a recovery with US rig counts higher and a likelihood of oil prices increasing to $50-55/bbl. This will lead to increased consumption of barite in 2017, Ian Wilson, Consultant, finds.

  • 2016 Year in Review

    15 December 2016

    A round up of the year's main events in major global industrial minerals markets such as lithium, agriminerals, rare earths and titanium dioxide.

  • Freight rate volatility impacts minerals trading

    05 December 2016

    Minerals trading has been increasingly impacted by volatility in freight rates and tight availability of cargo over the last few months against a situation of flatness in raw material prices.

  • Price Briefing 25 November - 1 December

    02 December 2016

    Magnesia prices unchanged amid concerns of further decline, chemical-grade chromite rises and lithium annual 2017 contracts started to conclude following lengthy negotiations. Bauxite, fused alumina prices held unchanged despite more anticipated production shutdowns.

  • Industry concerned over China’s magnesia quota affair

    01 December 2016

    The magnesia industry is at a loss as to what the cancellation of the export quota system in place until this year in China will mean for business, as many fear international supply could increase and instigate price cuts.

  • November 2016

    Shanxi stops all production in Taiyuan due to air pollution

    29 November 2016

    Mineral producing and consuming companies in the capital city of Shanxi province in China have been forced to stop production for the rest of the year due to air pollution problems.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    28 November 2016

    The publication of Industrial Minerals’ price assessments will be affected by the Christmas holidays.

  • China does away with magnesia quotas

    25 November 2016

    Export quotas for magnesia have disappeared from the latest government list released for 2017, as the news prompted mixed reactions from the domestic industry. As things stand, export taxes could be scrapped by year-end.

  • Steel output grows 3% in October

    24 November 2016

    China, India and Italy posted growth in their steel volumes for the month, while the US, Germany, Spain and Brazil were down against last year.

  • India’s September mineral output index falls

    21 November 2016

    Bauxite output in the country fell in September while magnesite and chromite increased.

  • China fails to set magnesia export quota

    16 November 2016

    Magnesia and talc are not mentioned in the official register of export quotas Beijing released for 2017, leading to suspicions that the quotas in place for over two decades may have been quietly scrapped.

  • IFGL benefits from steel rebound

    14 November 2016

    An slight increase in the world steel capacity utilisation rate in September and a drop off in Chinese exports boosted the Indian refractory maker’s bottom line.

  • Weak markets hit Magnesita's Q3 as earnings improve

    14 November 2016

    The company, which is in the process of merging with European refractory maker RHI, was affected by a downturn in steel output in its main exporting markets, while earnings improved against last year.

  • Slow ceramics sales affect Morgan’s trading

    07 November 2016

    The company continues to report a challenging scenario for technical ceramics as end markets remain sluggish, while it seeks to expand its speciality materials offering.

  • Corruption hinders Liaoning magnesia

    04 November 2016

    Liaoning province is regarded as the capital of Chinese magnesia, but rising production costs and slowing demand for refractories are causing the industry to struggle.

  • Martin Marietta's Q3 boosted by construction sector

    01 November 2016

    Shipments of aggregates and heavy building materials to residential markets in the US saw further increases in Q3. The company remains bullish as infrastructure and non-residential end markets are expected to record higher activity into next year.