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  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • Minerals in plastic IM April 2016

    While other markets are still suffering a downturn, the use of minerals in plastics is steady, as traditional materials in packaging, construction and the automotive sector are being switched for more lightweight and durable alternatives, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers. Read More

  • Kaltun: Feelers out for new feldspar markets IM October 2015

    The mining arm of Kaltun Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret is one of the biggest feldspar producers in Turkey, with output of around 2m tpa as well as smaller quantities of mica and quartz. The company is seeking to build on its strong position in the Turkish market by reaching new customers in regions including the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Read More

  • Indian mica: A glittering past but an uncertain future IM October 2015

    Mica production in India has a proud history, but changes in end market demand have raised a question mark over the industry’s future. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, takes a look at trends in the domestic industry and how Indian suppliers are being encouraged to produce more value-added products for new markets in an effort to offset falling global demand. Read More

  • Coatings turn to new products IM April 2015

    Changes in regulation and customer preference are driving the emergence of exciting new products in the coatings industry, but behind the headlines many producers are concerned about weaknesses in key consuming sectors. Read More

  • Australia: End of the mining gloom? IM December 2014

    The downturn of the global “commodities supercyle” and slowing raw material demand in China has been felt keenly in Australia’s resources sector. But while proponents of Australian mining admit the industry isn’t quite as mighty as it used to be, they say that there are still plenty of reasons to be positive Down Under, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, discover. Read More

  • Looking for the right mineral filler for plastics February 2013 issue

    Fillers were first introduced into the plastics industry as a cost-saving device. But, as Ajay Kulshreshtha discovers, their myriad properties perhaps should be more correctly focused on improving performance and driving innovation Read More

  • Price Briefing: Mixed reaction from results, all change (or not) from US and China? December 2012 issue

    November was a month which saw both the long-awaited outcome of the US Presidential election, and also - significantly - a change in leadership in China. Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Volume cost in plastics applications July 2011

    Mineral fillers are widely used in the plastics industry to enhance polymer properties and reduce ingredient costs. But, as Siddartha Roy demonstrates, over-use of fillers can be a false economy Read More

  • Plastics in forward drive October 2010

    With the recession receding in the rear view mirror, the filler minerals industry looks forward to a smoother ride ahead with the automotive market Read More

  • Minerals realise pipe dream November 2009

    Liu Yingjun reviews the growing consumption of minerals in plastics and how they are playing a key role in reducing the consumption of oil Read More

  • Saudi Arabia minerals review June 2009 issue

    Seeking Saudi mineral potential: A shift in national policy to diversify into non-oil resources has prompted domestic development and overseas interest in Saudi Arabia’s considerable wealth of untapped industrial minerals Read More

  • Filler minerals: Auto doom & gloom stalls market April issue 2009

    IM reports on the 4th High Performance Fillers for Polymer Composites conference, held 4-5 March 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, covering market outlook, new filler grades, plus developments in nanofillers and mineral processing by Jessica Roberts, Assistant Editor Read More

  • China minerals outlook: the Dragon has turned April issue 2009

    China has switched to domestic demand priority status. Those relying on Chinese mineral exports should now be seeking alternative sources. Here we examine how China’s mineral industry has changed tack, its impact on world markets, how it will cope with the recession, and spotlight on barytes, bauxite, fluorspar, magnesite, paper minerals, and rare earths Read More

  • Measuring up mica March Issue 2009

    Following the acquisition of North America’s leading mica deposits in 2008, Julian Danvers et al weigh up Imerys’ new purchases, how they will complement its present portfolio and for which markets they are suited Read More

  • Muscovite mica in China March Issue 2009

    China has among the largest mica production base in the world and has enjoyed a booming demand through construction. In 2008 however, the country had to deal with the impact of Beijing Olympic Games and the more recent global economic slump. IM interviewed Ren Zhaohui, general sales manager at Hebei Chida Manufacturer & Trade Co. Ltd, the north China mica producer, to see how production and markets have reacted Read More

  • Mica's polished performance November Issue 2008

    From construction to paints to cosmetics, mica is the most versatile of any industrial mineral. While its main construction end market is experiencing a downturn in Europe and North America, the slump is mitigated by demand from a host of other markets Read More

  • Minerals' plastic future November Issue 2008

    Innovations are expanding markets for mineral use in plastics, demand for which is forecast to rise in the long term. Alison Russell reviews trends in plastics usage and end markets, and industrial mineral consumption Read More

  • Functional Fillers 2008 November Issue 2008

    A report on the 16th Functional Fillers conference organised by Intertech-Pira, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 22-24 September 2008, and comprised 16 papers spread over four sessions, plus optional seminars on plastic fillers selection and flame retardants. Read More

  • A minerals passage to India August issue 2008

    As the word continues to seek a passage into India's industrial minerals industry, the country has continued to strengthen through domestic expansions and international acquisitions. Read More

  • Mica: synthetic v natural February Issue 2007

    Natural mica is a highly versatile industrial mineral with a multitude of consuming markets. While a synthetic version is also available, cost is the main factor prohibiting competition between the two products Read More

  • The colour of minerals September Issue 2006

    The world would be a duller place without industrial minerals. Inorganic mineral pigments brighten our surroundings, adding a splash of colour to everything from paints and plastics to inks, textiles, and glass. Ted Dickson reveals the astonishing variety of products available. Read More

  • Jet-set for success June Issue 2006

    PMT Jetmill GmbH offer specialist jetmills for ultrafine grinding. Read More

  • Tanzanian industrial minerals April Issue 2006

    Investment needed to unleash the potential of abundant reserves Read More

  • EU H&S policy February Issue 2006

    SMEs are at the core of the EU’s entrepreneurship policy revamp. Michelle Wyart-Remy, IMA Europe General- Secretary, describes the problems industrial minerals SMEs may encounter when facing the EU health and safety programme. Read More

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