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  • China cut 31.7m tonnes steel capacity by early Q2

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    China has already cut 31.7m tonnes of steel capacity by early Q2 and the government said it is on track to achieve the full-year target.

  • Price briefing 19-25 May

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    Mineral sands producer Iluka raised zircon prices; while ilmenite and rutile prices held firm; China Southern Rare Earth Group Co. unveiled another round of price hike; Magnesia prices unchanged as Chinese government sets new environmental standards; Galaxy Resources complete 2016 offtake spodumene sales

  • Chinese magnesia industry must meet new standards or face shutdown

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    All magnesia companies in Yingkou city must comply with new environmental standards by 30 September, as part of Beijing’s drive to reduce pollution. Producers which failed to meet the strict environmental standards will be shut down.

  • Imerys to ramp up Namibian graphite production

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    Production will be ramped up gradually throughout the year at the Otjiwarongo graphite mine as the company mirrors the structure of Imerys’ existing graphite operation in Canada.

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Construction-Chemicals

  • Price briefing 19-25 May

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    Mineral sands producer Iluka raised zircon prices; while ilmenite and rutile prices held firm; China Southern Rare Earth Group Co. unveiled another round of price hike; Magnesia prices unchanged as Chinese government sets new environmental standards; Galaxy Resources complete 2016 offtake spodumene sales

  • Refrigerant value rises on Chinese fluorspar price spike

    Wednesday, 24 May 2017

    Higher Chinese fluorspar prices have contributed to a rise in the value of downstream products.

  • Imerys to ramp up Namibian graphite production

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    Production will be ramped up gradually throughout the year at the Otjiwarongo graphite mine as the company mirrors the structure of Imerys’ existing graphite operation in Canada.

  • Low prices continue to dent Iofina’s profitability

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    The company believes iodine prices may increase somewhat during 2017 on the back of higher demand and production cuts in Chile.

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Processing

  • Chinese magnesia industry must meet new standards or face shutdown

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    All magnesia companies in Yingkou city must comply with new environmental standards by 30 September, as part of Beijing’s drive to reduce pollution. Producers which failed to meet the strict environmental standards will be shut down.

  • Imerys to ramp up Namibian graphite production

    Friday, 19 May 2017

    Production will be ramped up gradually throughout the year at the Otjiwarongo graphite mine as the company mirrors the structure of Imerys’ existing graphite operation in Canada.

  • Orbite losses deepen in Q1

    Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    The high-purity alumina (HPA) manufacturer saw its net loss in Q1 increase amid ongoing struggle to secure its financial position and remain in business.

  • Altech appoints SMS as contractor for HPA plant

    Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    The German engineering company will handle the construction process of Altech’s high-purity alumina (HPA) plant to be set up in Johor, Malaysia.

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Regulation

  • China cut 31.7m tonnes steel capacity by early Q2

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    China has already cut 31.7m tonnes of steel capacity by early Q2 and the government said it is on track to achieve the full-year target.

  • Price briefing 19-25 May

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    Mineral sands producer Iluka raised zircon prices; while ilmenite and rutile prices held firm; China Southern Rare Earth Group Co. unveiled another round of price hike; Magnesia prices unchanged as Chinese government sets new environmental standards; Galaxy Resources complete 2016 offtake spodumene sales

  • Trump's infrastructure plans could speed US mine permitting reform

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    The long-awaited reform of the US mine permitting system could be accelerated, if the measures piggyback their way through the legislatures within a larger infrastructure investment bill, a pet project of US president Donald Trump, a spokeswoman for the house committee tells IM.

  • Chinese magnesia industry must meet new standards or face shutdown

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    All magnesia companies in Yingkou city must comply with new environmental standards by 30 September, as part of Beijing’s drive to reduce pollution. Producers which failed to meet the strict environmental standards will be shut down.

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Oilfield

  • DW forecasts higher oil and gas spending as US shale recovers

    Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Consultancy firm Douglas Westwood has revised its forecast for onshore expenditure to 2021 as improvements in US shale activity are expected to drive investment in rigs and rig equipment.

  • Industrial minerals in the new Trump era

    Thursday, 15 December 2016

    Trump win ‘positive’ for oil and gas sector while uncertainty surrounds the future of renewables. Meanwhile a lack of clarity remains in terms of foreign trade agreements.

  • OPEC agrees to curb oil output

    Thursday, 15 December 2016

    Oil prices rallied following an announcement by OPEC that it would set a production limit of 32.5m bbl/d.

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