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  • Argex primed to pave the way in low-cost TiO2 processing IM February 2018

    Environmental regulations in China are adding further pressure on sulfate-route pigment producers in favor of chloride-route production. This paves the way for further process innovation and investment, as well as opening up potential new sources for feedstock, IM correspondent Cameron Perks discovers. Read More

  • The sands of time: TiO2 feedstocks to 2020 IM February 2018

    The balance in the market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock has been in constant flux throughout history, and 2017 was no exception. Industrial Minerals Correspondent Cameron Perks takes a look at supply, demand, and prices throughout 2017, as well as what we should look out for as we approach 2020. Read More

  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze IM December 2017-January 2018

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes. Read More

  • Genie in a bottleneck: How a supply squeeze has worked magic for TiO2 IM October-November 2017

    As environmental inspections cut Chinese titanium dioxide output and producers elsewhere in the world fail to pick up the slack, prices for the pigment chemical have staged a surprise turnaround, William Clarke, IM Reporter, finds. Read More

  • Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution IM September 2017

    One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends. Read More

  • US exiting Paris Treaty not expected to impact minerals sector IM July-August 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 Read More

  • TiO2 feedstocks turn a corner IM March 2017

    A rebound in titanium dioxide prices and demand has paved the way for positive momentum in the mineral sands sector. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, and Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, look at current industry trends and planned new projects in the sector. Read More

  • Nerves of titanium IM November 2016

    Although positive demand is beginning to feed through to titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments and its feedstocks, the supply landscape for the pigment will continue to shift as producers attempt to remain competitive and Chinese supply faces more stringent regulation. Read More

  • Ceramics minerals: Taking the floor IM March 2016

    While technical ceramics may be a growing application for minerals such as kaolin and zircon, the majority of these are still consumed by traditional applications like construction and tiles. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, looks at some recent developments in the sector. Read More

  • Titanium dioxide: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global TiO2 industry. Read More

  • Australian mining: Down but not under IM November 2015

    The Australian resources sector is adjusting to lower commodity prices, which have necessitated a revision of cost structures and spending plans. IM gets a feel for the industry’s sentiments and looks at how the country’s miners are making plans to do business in a post-supercycle environment. Read More

  • TiO2: False bottom IM October 2015

    Repeated predictions of a return to health in the titanium dioxide pigments and feedstock industries have so far disappointed market participants. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the industry and considers what might be necessary to bring about a brighter future. Read More

  • Ukraine’s TiO2 industry buckles under pressure IM October 2015

    Weakness in the domestic economy, international sanctions against Crimean companies following Russian annexation and poor demand for feedstocks has pushed Ukrainian TiO2 to the edge, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • Coatings turn to new products IM April 2015

    Changes in regulation and customer preference are driving the emergence of exciting new products in the coatings industry, but behind the headlines many producers are concerned about weaknesses in key consuming sectors. Read More

  • Africa’s Industrial Minerals Map IM February 2015

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  • How did the Middle East become so important to industrial minerals? IM January 2015

    As well as importing more minerals into the region, countries in the Middle East also started to concentrate on developing their own minerals industry, here, Siobhan Lismore-Scott details why this has happened and where. Read More

  • TiO2: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Last year was undoubtedly a turbulent one for the titanium dioxide (TiO2) industry. 2014 was characterised by further consolidation among the market’s top players in response to poor market demand, juxtaposed to positivity from new and hopeful feedstock producers, who maintain that additional supply is needed to meet future demand. Read More

  • Australia: End of the mining gloom? IM December 2014

    The downturn of the global “commodities supercyle” and slowing raw material demand in China has been felt keenly in Australia’s resources sector. But while proponents of Australian mining admit the industry isn’t quite as mighty as it used to be, they say that there are still plenty of reasons to be positive Down Under, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, discover. Read More

  • South East Asia: Room to grow IM December 2014

    Although regulatory difficulties in the past may have discouraged foreign investment, South East Asia is being touted as a region ripe for development with many underexploited resources and demand for industrial minerals in a variety of markets including refractories, glass, ceramics, construction and proppants. Andrew Scogings, IM Correspondant, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, and Tran Kim Phuong, Contributor Read More

  • Potash and barite supply tightens while fused magnesia faces overcapacity IM November 2014

    Antimony, iodine suffer from slow China growth; Tough times continue for TiO2 pigment market; FM producers storing up trouble for the future Read More

  • Thunderbirds are go! Sheffield Resources WA zircon deposit. IM October 2014 issue

    Thunderbird deposit can fulfil 8% of global zircon demand according to Sheffield Resources; metallurgical testwork confirms high quality product using conventional process. Read More

  • China under the spotlight IM October 2014 issue

    As China has been a driving force in TiO2 and zircon demand Ed Barlow, China country manager at TZ Minerals International, looks at whether the slowdown in the country’s construction sector is a cause for concern. Read More

  • TiO2 feedstocks: mind the gap IM October 2014 issue

    Following recent improvements in TiO2 demand, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, looks at why feedstock producers have yet to benefit, as well as concerns about China’s slow down. Read More

  • Developing Vietnam’s mineral sands for the rare earths market IM October 2014 issue

    Vietnam has 3,260km of coastline, along which the main sand deposits containing ilmenite, rutile, zircon and other heavy minerals are distributed. Tran Kim Phuong* outlines how these deposits can be of use for the rare earths — or the TiO2 — market. Read More

  • Clouds gather for minsands as energy minerals renege on premature optimism IM October 2014 issue

    Potash prices strong to 2017, says SocGen; lithium and graphite’s Tesla boost flattened Read More

  • Diary Dates IM October 2014 issue

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  • Summer holiday for agriminerals, no break for mineral sands IM August 2014

    Agrimineral demand recovery continues as flame retardant chemical price growth stutters; no gains in sight for mineral sands Read More

  • Is there enough demand for new TiO2 feedstock producers? IM May 2014 issue

    IM Editor-in-chief, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, discovers the updates in the development of new titanium dioxide projects in Africa and Australia, and analyses them in light of the currently difficult market conditions experienced by main producers. Read More

  • The Great Occasion IM April 2014 issue

    The Industrial Minerals Congress launched 40 years ago, in 1974, and was attended by over 400 delegates from 36 different countries. As we prepare for the 22nd Congress, which will be held in Vancouver this month, IM approached several industry leaders and asked each of them the same five questions to get their perspectives on how the market has changed. Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: TiO2 feedstocks IM January 2014 issue

    2013 saw a consolidation in the industry; Prices softening impacted projects Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Just when we couldn’t sink any further, we did IM January 2014 issue

    It has not been a good year for the industrial minerals industry. There have been some shining lights, of course Ñexploration continues at an astonishing rate in some markets despite falling demand and, consequently, prices - but on the whole producers and suppliers have felt the pinch. Read More

  • Whiter than white: TiO2 in 2014 IM November 2013 issue

    It has not been an easy year for feedstock producers as TiO2 demand has waned in the face of disappointing economics in China, North America and Europe. However, most forecast that there will be a slight uptick in 2014, and there are some reports of demand returning to some markets. But what does this mean for existing and potential developers? Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor Read More

  • Titanium dioxide and zircon markets overview — brighter times ahead IM November 2013 issue

    As the industry gathers for the 7th TZMI Congress in Hong Kong this November Sue Fitzgerald takes a look at the industry in 2013 and reports on future trends. Read More

  • Rare earths bucking the trend as other markets decline IM October 2013 issue

    The majority of the industrial mineral industry is still waiting for the post-summer resumption of buying activity to take effect, pricing information gathered by IM in September suggests. Read More

  • Paper: the next evolution IM October 2013 issue

    The new age of digital technology has caused a decline paper demand, which is expected to continue to fall. Kasia Patel, Senior Reporter, looks at where this leaves papermakers, and whether there are still opportunities for filler producers which supply them. Read More

  • Prices continue to fall as the summer lull takes hold IM August 2013

    Barite prices move down as demand softens; Ilmenite producers continue to struggle Read More

  • A TiO2 pigment plant for Vietnam IM August 2013

    Vietnam has been an expanding economy ever since it began to move away from the rigidities of a centrally-planned system, SonMinerals consultant, Martin Lynch, explores the state of the country’s TiO2 feedstock industry and whether this is the opportune moment for a TiO2 pigment plant. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Titanium dioxide hikes unlikely to stick IM May 2013

    Recent titanium dioxide (TiO2) price hikes by major producers are unlikely to be accepted by pigment endusers, analysts told IM. Read More

  • Chinese TiO2: mixed signals amid a flight to overcapacity IM April 2013 issue

    China is taking on more significance as a global producer of titanium dioxide pigment, industry consultants TZMI, explore recent developments and the country’s future growth Read More

  • Projects in the pipeline: Green hills of Africa not as important as its sandy beaches IM April 2013 issue

    2013 is to be Africa's year with Kwale to be first online followed by Minerals Commodities' Tormin and Mineral Deposits' Grand Cote Read More

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Titanium dioxide feedstocks January Issue 2013

    Prices for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstocks saw unprecedented rises during 2012, leading to increased profit margins for many existing producers and improved project economics for junior developers. Read More

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Titanium dioxide January Issue 2013

    What a difference a year makes. The entire makeup and trends of the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment market have changed since its 2011 boom to give a radically changed landscape during 2012 Read More

  • TiO2 or tai bai fen? China’s dominance to rise December 2012 issue

    John Ollett reports from the sidelines of this years TZMI conference in Hong Kong, where he finds the conversation has turned to the TiO2 processing route and China’s position in the market. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Mixed reaction from results, all change (or not) from US and China? December 2012 issue

    November was a month which saw both the long-awaited outcome of the US Presidential election, and also - significantly - a change in leadership in China. Read More

  • Price Briefing: While other markets tremble, antimony leads the way October 2012 issue

    While rare earths, zircon and TiO2 feedstocks slipped in September, antimony trioxide prices showed some recovery. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Natural graphite prices continue to track lower September 2012

    The decline in natural graphite prices - seen in May for the first time in three years - has continued in Europe and North America, although Indian levels appear to have stabilised, market sources told IM in August. Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Price Briefing: Shaky fundamentals felt in minerals markets as economy wobbles June 2012

    With bearish headlines flashing across screens this month it would be logical to come to the conclusion that all markets, minerals ones included, were failing. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Year-end company accounts show true health of minerals industry April 2012

    By March most companies had submitted their end of year accounts with differing forecasts for the year ahead. While a producer is unlikely to emphasise a fall in sales or volume, most seen so far have been relatively bullish when mentioning prices Read More

  • EU filler focus November 2011

    Professor Roger Rothon reports on the themes and revelations at this year’s Eurofillers conference, held 21-25 August in Dresden, Germany Read More

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