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  • Feeling the rub: Asian abrasives continue to challenge Western suppliers IM March 2018

    Cheap Chinese alumina has been undercutting abrasives prices and output in North America and elsewhere for several years, but recent supply restrictions in China could reverse this trend, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers. Read More

  • Separation anxiety: Ceramic membranes seek commercial niche IM February 2018

    While porous ceramic membranes for nanofiltration of liquids have been widely adopted, take-up of dense ceramic membranes for gas separation has been relatively slow to follow. IM Correspondent Rose Pengelly looks into this lesser known corner of the technical ceramics industry and discovers some of its most promising applications. Read More

  • A rock and a hard place IM September 2017

    Demand for refractory products is evolving, forcing suppliers to upgrade their offers and processes to stay ahead of the game, while Chinese-origin raw materials are appreciating on the back of supply shortages, making productions costlier, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds. Read More

  • Cut and thrust in the global abrasives market IM September 2016

    The global abrasives market is a fairly steady one, but new innovations in application technology are helping to compensate for areas of shrinking demand, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • Where the sun shines IM June 2016

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is at last experiencing its heyday after decades spent at the periphery of the energy market. Read More

  • Firing up the old with the new: Preparing refractories for the future IM September 2015

    A strong US dollar, China’s economic slowdown and environmental issues are just some of the challenges that today’s refractories producers are having to contend with. Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, looks at what companies in the sector are doing to stay ahead of the game. Read More

  • Innovation and new markets heat up demand for technical ceramics IM February 2015

    Specific consumption of refractories in the steel, glass and cement industries has been steadily declining worldwide, while the market has increasingly shifted towards higher quality products. Antonio Torrisi explores how advanced technical ceramics can benefit from new market trends globally. Read More

  • The many ways of making graphene IM April 2014 issue

    There are several ways of producing graphene, only some of which make use of natural graphite, a process featured in the November 2013 issue of IM. Marko Spasenovic* discusses some of the other methods for making the carbon wonder material and why some are considered to be better than others. Read More

  • The rough with the smooth March 2013 issue

    Abrasives have had a hard time in the last few years as demand has waned on the back of an uncertain economy, but all sectors are set to enjoy growth as manufacturing returns to the black. Siobhan Lismore, Editor, takes a look at an industry on the up Read More

  • End User Focus: Cutting edge minerals January Issue 2013

    Medical applications for minerals might not be the main market driving factor or the biggest consideration for producers, but speciality applications in the medical industry are undeniably important for our everyday lives and advances in healthcare Read More

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  • End User Focus: Scratching the surface November 2010

    Insight into the world of blasting abrasives and their key applications sees garnet fighting its corner against cheaper alternatives such as copper slag Read More

  • Ukraine’s gift and curse September 2010

    Some of Europe’s richest mineral resources lie in the middle of an energy resources super-highway from Russia into Europe. This route has given Ukraine an abundance of cheap gas that has underpinned its economy. It is an asset that has attracted many, and one that could be its undoing Read More

  • END USER FOCUS: Solar cell future for minerals March 2010

    In the manufacturing process and in cell components, minerals play a vital role in this growing market Read More

  • Sunny days for solar power July issue 2009

    One ray of sunshine in the current economic climate is the photovoltaic cell (PV) market, which is growing year on year. Certain industrial minerals used in specific PV applications, such as silicon carbide and fused silica, are already seeing growth in demand. Alison Russell reviews the state of the industry and its future prospects 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

  • Minerals to the grindstone January Issue 2009

    An abrasives market focus: opportunities have opened up for certain types of abrasive products, especially superabrasives in specific markets. Alison Russell reviews minerals used as abrasives and examines consumption trends within the industry. Read More

  • SiC's solar eclipse October Issue 2008

    New applications for silicon carbide (SiC), such as in solar cells and diesel particulate filters, are threatening supply to its traditional refractory and abrasives markets. Paul Harris visited several European SiC producers to find out more Read More

  • Will China stay cheap? July Issue 2007

    THE WORLD OF industrial minerals has become dominated by, and highly dependant on China. In almost every sector, Chinese minerals have become the price and quality base line. In the last decade, China’s exports and minerals production have metamorphosed from basic ‘raw material production’ using very simplistic methods, to ever more production and export of processed minerals. This progression has had profound effects and implications for producers, processors and consumers worldwide. Read More

  • Minerals crucial to crucibles June Issue 2007

    Mineral applications in foundry crucible technology are discussed by Andy Wynn, of Morgan Metal Systems amongst other fundamentals of this metal casting practice Read More

  • Energy prices prune SiC bloom April Issue 2007

    As energy and petroleum coke costs continue to rise, a shift in silicon carbide production to South America and Asia could be on the cards Read More

  • Optimising aluminas April Issue 2007

    Although there are numerous refractory raw materials, choosing the right combination of raw materials can optimise the performance of refractory formulations. As Leslie Power and Dr Andus Buhr of leading speciality alumina producer Almatis explain, there are a range of premium aluminas which can enhance the overall performance of refractories to meet the ever stringent demands from refractory end users Read More

  • Refractory materials recycling April Issue 2007

    Reclaimed refractories have been around for over 20 years although demand has only taken off in the last few years. Dr Jeffrey Green, Minelco Minerals and M. Connor, Richmond Refractories, examine the functions of the main players of this growing market with a view to its future development Read More

  • Basics of abrasives, pt 2 March Issue 2007

    Manufactured abrasives are an important market sector for bauxite, alumina, and silicon carbide. A new guide to the industry from UAMA clarifies the key aspects necessary to a full understanding of abrasive manufacture, types, and characterisation Read More

  • Basics of abrasives January Issue 2007

    The abrasives market is an important sector for industrial minerals. A new guide to the industry from UAMA clarifies the key aspects necessary to a full understanding of abrasive manufacture, types, and characterisation Read More

  • The cutting edge May Issue 2006

    Abrasive minerals such as silicon carbide and fused alumina are specialist products made to exacting standards. Here, three mine to market supply routes for three major world producers are reviewed Read More

  • Japanese industrial minerals April Issue 2006

    The mighty soga sosha: the unique position of Japan’s mineral industry lies in the power of the general trading companies and industry consumers, contrasting with the relative lack of availability of domestic resources. However, direct investment by foreign suppliers remains relatively limited 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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