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  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • Processing: Going green IM July-August 2017

    Although the number of industrial minerals covered by IM is far reaching and the technology required for their production often varies by sector, the mining industry is seeing increasing calls for corporate social responsibility and greener technology, particularly in light of the growing role renewable energy has to play in the everyday lives of consumers. Read More

  • When the lights go out IM July-August 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. Read More

  • Minerals in plastic IM April 2016

    While other markets are still suffering a downturn, the use of minerals in plastics is steady, as traditional materials in packaging, construction and the automotive sector are being switched for more lightweight and durable alternatives, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Wollastonite: an important but controversial search for more sources IM July 2014 issue

    An increasing demand for wollastonite, both in existing and emerging new markets, is pushing companies to look for new resources of this rare industrial mineral. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter, investigates how exploration in North America faced opposition on the basis of environmental and legal issues, which could lead to operational delays and increasing costs. Read More

  • Looking for the right mineral filler for plastics February 2013 issue

    Fillers were first introduced into the plastics industry as a cost-saving device. But, as Ajay Kulshreshtha discovers, their myriad properties perhaps should be more correctly focused on improving performance and driving innovation Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • End User Focus: Playing ceramic catch-up July 2012

    There are three main sectors for production of ceramics in the world: porcelain/tableware, sanitaryware and tiles. In all of these markets, China is the world’s leading producer and consumer and it is just the global ceramic tiles sector that will be considered in the following. Read More

  • Indian ceramics eye new heights May 2012

    India’s ceramics industry has emerged as a modern, world-class sector, ready to take on global competition. Consultant Ajay Kulshreshtha outlines the country’s main ceramic producers and raw material sources Read More

  • End User Focus: Under mineral lock & key November 2011

    As an emerging niche market, carbon capture and storage could bring demand potential for magnesium and calcium oxide-rich industrial minerals Read More

  • Volume cost in plastics applications July 2011

    Mineral fillers are widely used in the plastics industry to enhance polymer properties and reduce ingredient costs. But, as Siddartha Roy demonstrates, over-use of fillers can be a false economy Read More

  • End User Focus: China’s sanitaryware dominance continues May 2011

    In just over 25 years, China’s sanitaryware industry has grown more than 2,000% to 174.1m. pieces. Eileen Hao and Ian Wilson outline the country’s main producers and examine growth challenges for the future Read More

  • South Africa: from resources to riches? December 2010

    The Rainbow Nation has significant mineral resources but will have to go through transformation to make the most of them Read More

  • India enters a deciding decade August 2010

    After designing a symbol for the rupee, India has joined the ranks of only a handful of countries with a currency icon. This is in preparation for the ten years in which, the country believes, it will become an economic superpower. The mining industry, including refractory and white minerals, is central to this plan Read More

  • Set for heavy loads July 2010

    Mineral fillers keep pace with plastic product requirements as demand grows, including applications with higher loadings Read More

  • Peninsula prospects June 2010

    Although there remain challenges, an abundance of untapped mineral deposits, increasing demand, and clear political will and support to develop the mineral sector has brought the Arabian Peninsula under the investor spotlight Read More

  • Metal markets in flux January 2010

    Dolomite, fluorspar and lime flux producers breathe a sigh of relief as an upswing begins in the aluminium and steel market cycles Read More

  • Wollastonite’s pins and needles November 2009

    The world of wollastonite supply is changing as two newcomers enter an industry which still remains uncomfortable from the global economic downturn Read More

  • Minerals in waste remediation August 2009 issue

    With a shift in US environment policy and a global push for a cleaner environment, George Hawley reviews the potential of minerals in waste disposal Read More

  • Minerals for carbon dioxide sequestration June 2009 issue

    Minerals key to locking emissions: George Hawley examines the use of industrial minerals in capturing carbon dioxide emissions Read More

  • Industrial Minerals: state of the industry May issue 2009

    In celebration of IM’s 500th issue, we invited leading lights of the industry to share with us their views on the shaping of the industry and its future Edited by Mike O’Driscoll, Editor Read More

  • Filler minerals: Auto doom & gloom stalls market April issue 2009

    IM reports on the 4th High Performance Fillers for Polymer Composites conference, held 4-5 March 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, covering market outlook, new filler grades, plus developments in nanofillers and mineral processing by Jessica Roberts, Assistant Editor 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' plastic future November Issue 2008

    Innovations are expanding markets for mineral use in plastics, demand for which is forecast to rise in the long term. Alison Russell reviews trends in plastics usage and end markets, and industrial mineral consumption Read More

  • Functional Fillers 2008 November Issue 2008

    A report on the 16th Functional Fillers conference organised by Intertech-Pira, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 22-24 September 2008, and comprised 16 papers spread over four sessions, plus optional seminars on plastic fillers selection and flame retardants. Read More

  • Chinese ceramics seek southern comfort October Issue 2008

    China's need for ceramics raw materials is increasing. The response from southern sources is examined Read More

  • Serving China's ceramics May Issue 2008

    China's ceramics production has increased rapidly to meet domestic and export market demand, and is now the largest consumer of ceramic raw materials.  Robert Baylis and Eileen Hao track mineral supply and demand in this growth sector as domestic mineral producers get close to (and often match) specifications for higher quality ceramic products. Read More

  • Cover - Functional Fillers supplement November Issue 2007

    In this special supplement, IM brings together trends and developments in functional fillers including wollastonite, calcium carbonate, alumina trihydrate, and nanominerals. Read More

  • New NYCO, new wollastonite grades launched November Issue 2007

    Leading wollastonite producer to launch new grades under new ownership. Mike O’Driscoll caught up with new chief executive officer Jay Moroney to explain Read More

  • Industrial minerals: a generation of change October Issue 2007

    In marking IM's 40th anniversary, Peter Harben examines how the industry has evolved over the last forty years and what the future holds for a new generation of industry players. 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

  • Turkish mineral delight May Issue 2007

    Turkey’s industrial minerals sector gathered in Izmir to discuss the latest trends and developments Read More

  • Ceramic mineral supply September Issue 2006

    Ceramics, composed of a body, frit, and glaze employ a number of raw materials, each imparting unique properties, and each with a different supply chain dynamic Read More

  • Wollastonite's true dimension September Issue 2006

    Fillers forum supplement: Wollastonite's true dimension: The contribution of wollastonite to plastics formulations has evolved and been extended over the last three decades and it is now a major reinforcing functional filler. Sara Robinson of R.T. Vanderbilt outlines the mineral’s path to polymer prominence and why its ‘dimensionality’ is key to its continued success. Read More

  • Jet-set for success June Issue 2006

    PMT Jetmill GmbH offer specialist jetmills for ultrafine grinding. Read More

  • Slimming down June Issue 2006

    RSG commissions a new dry processing plant for fine wollastonite processing Read More

  • Talc vs wollastonite March Issue 2006

    Despite radically different physical structures, talc and wollastonite can impart similar properties in some applications.  Where they do, specific properties alongside market forces work togther to carve out specific niche applications 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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