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  • US to look at 25% rate for Chinese mineral tariffs

    Thursday, 02 August 2018

    The Trump administration has asked its trade authorities to consider a 25% import duty rate on Chinese minerals rather than the 10% rate it officially proposed in July.

  • Strong steel, foundry fundamentals boost Vesuvius’ results

    Monday, 30 July 2018

    The refractories producer managed to offset the rise in raw material costs while it achieved higher turnover and profits.

  • Market fears havoc from China’s overhaul of customs rules

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    China's customs department will introduce a much stricter system that local exporters and importers must follow to carry out international trading.

  • Price Briefing: June 29 - July 5

    Friday, 06 July 2018

    Sluggish demand, cheaper material weigh on China’s battery-grade lithium carbonate prices; Haicheng government set to dismantle polluting MgO kilns, but magnesia prices steady for now; European titanium dioxide prices down under heavy imports; Fluorspar market split on extent of China's environmental controls; Producers see higher soda ash prices on strong demand; Rutile prices increase, Tronox to cease external rutile, leucoxene sales by 2018 end; Silicon carbide production shutdowns in China push up European refractory prices; Have zircon prices peaked? Global antimony trioxide markets weaken, European prices stable

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Pricing News

  • Price Briefing: June 29 - July 5

    Friday, 06 July 2018

    Sluggish demand, cheaper material weigh on China’s battery-grade lithium carbonate prices; Haicheng government set to dismantle polluting MgO kilns, but magnesia prices steady for now; European titanium dioxide prices down under heavy imports; Fluorspar market split on extent of China's environmental controls; Producers see higher soda ash prices on strong demand; Rutile prices increase, Tronox to cease external rutile, leucoxene sales by 2018 end; Silicon carbide production shutdowns in China push up European refractory prices; Have zircon prices peaked? Global antimony trioxide markets weaken, European prices stable

  • Silicon carbide production shutdowns in China push up European refractory prices

    Wednesday, 04 July 2018

    Closures of silicon carbide production facilities in China, driven by environmental controls, have reduced global availability and pushed up prices in Europe.

  • IM's February Price Movements

    Tuesday, 27 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Price Briefing February 16-22

    Friday, 23 February 2018

    European silicon carbide quiet while Chinese market takes break; Indian barytes exporters consolidate dominance in Middle East; antimony trioxide prices mostly steady during Lunar New Year holiday; iodine spot market activity slows, prices adjust; proposal to amend, discontinue refractory clay prices; proposal to discontinue caustic soda prices.

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Features

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

    Thursday, 22 February 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.

  • Separation anxiety: Ceramic membranes seek commercial niche

    Friday, 26 January 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.

  • A rock and a hard place

    Friday, 08 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.

  • Cut and thrust in the global abrasives market

    Monday, 22 August 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.

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