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  • US Silica expects frac sand demand to rise further next year

    Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    The sand provider reports third-quarter revenues up by 150%, thanks to "robust" demand from the oil and gas industry.

  • Minerals business, Asia activity boost MTI's Q3 revenues

    Monday, 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.

  • Frac Sand '17: Sand users favour quantity, not quality

    Monday, 18 September 2017

    Sand demand is booming but quality is becoming less of a concern, as users focus on increasing frac intensity, delegates attending the IM Frac Sand conference in Colorado report.

  • Solvay to produce speciality resin in US

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017

    Demand for lightweight components from the aerospace industry will require additional capacity for new high-performance polymer production, which Solvay is adding to its plant in Georgia.

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Pricing News

  • Proppant pricing "unsustainable" low: Fairmount Santrol

    Friday, 10 March 2017

    The US frac silica sand producer reported a loss in the last quarter of 2016 despite higher revenues and volumes y-o-y. While Fairmount noted an uptick in prices in Q4 and in early 2017, the company added that proppant prices still stand at unsustainably low levels.

  • Price Briefing 28 October – 03 November

    Friday, 04 November 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers continue to look for price increases while graphite, bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged and lithium carbonate and hydroxide 2017 contract offers show a wide range.

  • Price Briefing 15-21 July 2016

    Friday, 22 July 2016

    Supply disruption in China fails to lift bauxite and brown fused alumina prices; chromite sees an increase in buying activity in China; Indian potash contracts signed at lower y-o-y levels.

  • Price Briefing 18 – 24 March

    Thursday, 24 March 2016

    Graphite and fluorspar prices hindered by low demand and excess supply; TiO2 price improvements a long way away; falling frac sand prices show no sign of recovery.

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  • US exiting Paris Treaty not expected to impact minerals sector

    Friday, 07 July 2017

    In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that the US will be pulling out of the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty, IM looks at the significance of this move and the possible impact this will have on the industrial minerals market. By Mark Rowe

  • Cracking under pressure? Glass markets in Europe

    Thursday, 27 April 2017

    The global economic downturn and the subsequent lull in construction has taken its toll on the global float glass market. Now however, as Sarah Gibbons and Liz Newmark discover, the industry is looking to a brighter future - despite there still being challenges for producers and the raw material markets which supply them.

  • Is India’s glass industry broken?

    Thursday, 27 April 2017

    Low per capita glass usage has marked India out as a major potential growth market for glass minerals, but so far this projected expansion has failed to materialise. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, looks at how geographical concentration and pressure from imports are hampering India’s domestic glass industry.

  • When the lights go out

    Monday, 18 July 2016

    At its peak in 2008, oil (WTI) was trading at $140/bbl, which in turn pushed up the price of natural gas. The high price of fuel prompted investment in alternative energy supply, with countries looking to become self-sufficient, at least in part. Now, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, details how Australia has moved to diversify its supply mix and what this means for oilfield mineral markets.

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