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  • December 2017

    Magnesia: A year in review

    25 December 2017

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

  • Price Briefing: 15-21 December

    22 December 2017

    Chromite prices remain stable, as do European magnesia markets; Huber announces increases in ATH prices for next year, while Orocobre expects a 25% rise in lithium carbonate contracts for H1 2018. Proposal to delist zircon grades, and Christmas pricing schedule.

  • IM's December Price Movements

    22 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    19 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals will be closed from December 25 until January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • European magnesia markets quiet at year-end

    19 December 2017

    Fused magnesia (FM) prices in Europe have more than doubled in the second half of the year amid a severe shortage of material but have held steady this month, albeit at high levels.

  • Industrial minerals industry welcomes new EU anti-dumping rules

    15 December 2017

    The European industrial minerals industry has reacted positively to the European Union Council of Ministers’ formal approval on December 4 of new anti-dumping rules.

  • RHI Magnesita: Brick by brick consolidation

    14 December 2017

    The merger between RHI and Magnesita ‘makes sense’ because the refractory industry tends toward consolidation, while raw material shortages in China may lead supply to diversify elsewhere, according to the new company’s chief executive officer, Stefan Borgas.

  • Microwave treatment offers greener option for graphite processing

    14 December 2017

    Microwave irradiation has recently emerged as a promising method to process high-grade natural graphite from mineral ores in a way that is less environmentally damaging than many conventional beneficiation techniques, Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze

    14 December 2017

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes.

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

    14 December 2017

    Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about additional pressures coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when larger market participants get even larger through mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

  • Andalusite market tightens up

    14 December 2017

    Market patterns in the andalusite trade are likely to change next year because suppliers are fixing shorter contracts while demand is high and output is limited - prices are set to increase.

  • Back to black

    14 December 2017

    The graphite industry has gone through a year marked by abrupt changes in supply patterns and market prices - various factors shook up the sector after years of weakness. Demand from refractories and batteries is growing, injecting new hope to the industry, Industrial Minerals deputy editor, Davide Ghilotti writes.

  • IM's November Price Movements

    11 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • The dragon loosens its hold: magnesia supply developments outside of China

    08 December 2017

    With Chinese magnesia supply dwindling, or ceasing altogether in some markets, consultant Ian Wilson, discusses the supply situation outside of China.

  • China to announce first list of regulation-compliant refractory companies

    07 December 2017

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is preparing to publish its first list of domestic refractory companies that comply with industry regulations.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to discontinue magnesia grades

    05 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue three of its fused magnesia prices.

  • China's refractory materials output down 12% in Jan-Sep

    05 December 2017

    Reduced demand, supply shortages and the burden of environmental inspections combined to reduce China's refractories output to 14.22 million tonnes in the first three quarters of the year.

  • RHI Magnesita completes mandatory divestments

    01 December 2017

    The European Commission has granted buyer approval for German group Intocast to take over the dolomite production sites in Italy and Spain and the carbon bricks operation in Oberhausen.

  • November 2017

    Chinese magnesia exports drop in Oct vs Sep but prices mostly rise

    29 November 2017

    China's export volumes of CCM, DBM and FM remain strong this year although they fell last month from September.

  • RHI Magnesita buys Swedish technology supplier Agellis

    28 November 2017

    The acquisition of Agellis Group is seen as strategic to deliver performance-enhancing products to end-users as metals producers which see their production costs rising.

  • 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.