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Agrimarkets

  • Yingkou to control magnesite mining volumes

    Friday, 21 April 2017

    The magnesia-producing city wants to consolidate the local industry while, at the same time, clamp down on pollution and overcapacity.

  • Black Mountain completes first vermiculite sale to N America

    Thursday, 20 April 2017

    The company reports good output of medium and large size material at its Namakera vermiculite mine in Uganda.

  • Fused magnesia prices increase in China

    Wednesday, 12 April 2017

    Intermittent production issues are starting to have an effect on Chinese export prices for fused magnesia, while caustic calcined and dead-burned magnesia are holding for the moment. Meanwhile demand for European material is on the rise, according to market participants.

  • Brazil doubles magnesia exports in Q1

    Monday, 10 April 2017

    Volumes of fused, caustic calcined and dead burned magnesia shipped abroad by Brazilian exporters more than doubled in the first quarter as US demand continues to fare strongly.

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Construction-Chemicals

  • PPG makes third takeover bid to AkzoNobel

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    The US company has raised its previous offer price to take over AkzoNobel by 8% and has committed not to relocate European production facilities to the US, as well as agreeing a divestiture programme to face off possible antitrust issues.

  • Puyang Refractories reports steep loss in 2016

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    The Chinese company posted a drop in profits exceeding 300% owing to an underperforming steel market and lower demand from cement makers, while the raw materials divisions performed better.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed changes to IM’s andalusite prices

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    IM proposes to change the specifications of its andalusite grades.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 24 April

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry with updates from Magnis Resources, Nouveau Monde Graphite, Armadale Capital and Black Rock Mining.

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Energy

  • Train carrying vehicle lithium batteries explodes near Houston

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    A train carrying electric vehicle lithium batteries exploded 23 April near Houston on its way to Los Angeles where the batteries were be shipped for recycling.

  • Lithium market report 10-24 April

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    The lithium market across the three major regional markets - the US, Europe and China - has been relatively stable in April so far, supported by continuous growth in the Chinese battery sector.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 24 April

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry with updates from Magnis Resources, Nouveau Monde Graphite, Armadale Capital and Black Rock Mining.

  • Indian mineral index grows 3% in February

    Friday, 21 April 2017

    Larger output of coal boosted the index for the month, as well as industrial minerals including bauxite and chromite.

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Regulation

  • Higher soda ash prices boost Q1 profits at Chinese producers

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Jiangsu Jingshe Salt & Chemical, Shandong Haihua and Tangshan Sanyou Chemical Industries all linked higher first quarter profits to stronger soda ash prices.

  • Surging freight rates in Asia push mineral shipping costs higher

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Rising freight rates in Asia continued to lift transportation costs for a number of industrial minerals from China, with buyers telling IM that vessel space is limited despite the higher cost.

  • PPG makes third takeover bid to AkzoNobel

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    The US company has raised its previous offer price to take over AkzoNobel by 8% and has committed not to relocate European production facilities to the US, as well as agreeing a divestiture programme to face off possible antitrust issues.

  • Puyang Refractories reports steep loss in 2016

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    The Chinese company posted a drop in profits exceeding 300% owing to an underperforming steel market and lower demand from cement makers, while the raw materials divisions performed better.

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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.

  • US Senate repeals BLM Planning 2.0 rule

    Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    The rule was criticised by the oil and gas sector, which expressed concerns that planning and development of resources would become more time consuming. The repeal of the rule will now go to the US president for his signature.

  • North American rig counts on the rise

    Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    The latest figures from Baker Hughes showed an increase in North American rig counts both on a monthly and yearly basis for February 2017. While international rig counts were still down on 2016 numbers, overall worldwide figures showed growth.

  • DOJ requests more info on Baker Hughes-GE transaction

    Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    The second request is a "normal" part of the US Department of Justice review, Baker Hughes has said, and the transaction to absorb GE's oil and gas business is still on track for completion in mid-2017.

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