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  • IM Prices April 2014 IM April 2014 issue

    M takes price ideas and comments from many sources, which are used in strict confidence to ascertain pricing levels. If you would like to contribute and enhance our pricing coverage and comment, please Laura Syrett on lsyrett@indmin.com or +442078276419 Read More

  • Pricing sentiments diverge on downstream outlooks in March IM April 2014 issue

    Barite prices steady but strong on oilfield demand while TiO2 trends downwards in Europe during Q1 Read More

  • IM Diary dates April 2014 IM April 2014 issue

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  • 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

  • A growing market: vermiculite and perlite in horticulture IM April 2014 issue

    Reporter, Antonio Torrisi, and Senior Reporter, Kasia Patel, take a look at the uses of vermiculite and perlite in the horticultural industry. 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

  • Tesla’s battery super-plant intensifies spotlight on graphite and lithium IM April 2014 issue

    New US-based electric vehicle ‘Gigafactory’ could significantly increase battery lithium and graphite demand, Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor finds. Read More

  • Diary Dates March 2014 IM March 2014 issue

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  • Finland’s Keliber Oy looks set to acquire Rapasaari lithium deposit IM March 2014 issue

    Company moves to acquire project from GTK; eagle nesting may slow development Read More

  • GeoVista forges links with transport providers to open up Swedish mining IM March 2014 issue

    GeoVista outlines importance of rail network in report; supports other companies such as Nordic Mining in Norway Read More

  • Greenland critical of expert economic-independence report IM March 2014 issue

    There are rare earths, olivine and feldspar deposits on Greenland, but hopes for independence lie with Denmark Read More

  • Scandinavia’s graphene potential IM March 2014 issue

    Scandinavia is known for its iron ore deposits and fossil fuels, but it also holds vast amounts of graphite which could be used to develop a graphene industry in this exciting hub Read More

  • LKAB Minerals looks to sustainability IM March 2014 issue

    LKAB Minerals highlighted the issue of sustainability in refractories at a number of events in the last 12 months, emphasising the need for renewable energy and more recycling. Read More

  • Sorting industrial minerals with pattern recognition IM March 2014 issue

    Pattern recognition can be used to sort industrial minerals such as limestone, quartz, apatite, fluorspar, manganese ore, bauxite, barite, iron ore, chrome ore and coal. There are increasing calls for this in Scandinavia, as Dr. Jacek Kolacz, Comex AS, Norway, discusses. Read More

  • Norway’s mining strategy to attract exploration IM March 2014 issue

    The Norwegian government is seeking to attract miners to the country and has developed a strategy for the minerals industry to do this by promoting the country’s deposits and publicising the industries that are already in place and working. Read More

  • Rare Earths: US gets ready to cooperate IM March 2014 issue

    Several American junior mining companies are preparing to tap the country’s rich resources of these critical minerals. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter, discovers how the US is looking to compete with a 14-year long Chinese monopoly in the rare earths market. Read More

  • Refractory graphite: the large flake race IM March 2014 issue

    The drive for larger flake, higher quality graphite in refractories is pushing the industry towards reform, particularly in China. But raw material competition looms with the emerging battery industry. Read More

  • Canada Carbon vein graphite tests show nuclear potential IM March 2014 issue

    Graphite exploration company, Canada Carbon Inc. has reported the first in a series of laboratory results from its vein graphite Miller property, in Quebec, which shows the potential for new material to enter the nuclear industry. Read More

  • SUPPLY SITUATION REPORT: Potash: things can only get better IM March 2014 issue

    The potash industry has experienced its share of ups and downs over the last few years. Senior Reporter, Kasia Patel, takes a look at the highs and lows of 2013 and asks whether producers think this year will be any better. Read More

  • Chromite conundrum: how to bring demand back into an abating market IM February 2014 issue

    South Africa, the world’s leading producer of chromite, has seen its mining sector threatened by strikes and demonstrations since 2012, resulting in the death of 34 miners following clashes at a platinum mine. As calm returns to the sector, Antonio Torrisi, Graduate Reporter, investigates the nation’s chromite supply situation. Read More

  • IM Prices February 2014 IM February 2014 issue

    For any information, or to make a comment on prices, please contact our Prices Editor Laura Syrett at lsyrett@indmin.com. Read More

  • Chinese New Year fails to boost mineral markets IM February 2014 issue

    Fluorspar, iodine and lithium prices sink; Magnesia markets slow to pick up in January Read More

  • Africa – open for business? IM February 2014 issue

    Besides a long-envied geological resource abundance, Africa boasts many attractions for mining companies. Yet development has been hampered by political turmoil. Now, as much of the continent begins a concerted drive to increase investment in its mining sector, IM Staff take a look of some of the industrial mineral projects on the African horizon. Read More

  • Ceramics: an urban landscape IM February 2014 issue

    Despite slow growth in traditional markets such as Europe, the ceramics industry is expected to be driven by urbanisation and a rebound in housing and construction in key markets such as China and the Middle East, creating opportunities for suppliers of ceramic minerals such as kaolin, zircon and feldspar. Read More

  • Alumina and its many uses IM February 2014 issue

    Despite a well-documented fall in demand for alumina from the refractories market, other applications such as flame retardants and water treatment have remained stable. Read More

  • Proppant potential for bauxite IM February 2014 issue

    The shale gale and dash for gas continues unabated, and with it increasing demand for proppants required in hydraulic fracturing operations. It’s a golden opportunity for proppant feedstock suppliers - silica sand, bauxite, kaolin - to pursue this growth market. But the key questions are: Which material makes the grade? Where else outside the US is the market likely to catch fire? Read More

  • Will China see the blue skies? IM February 2014 issue

    In this month's comment Editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott discusses whether or not China is taking its pledge to be a more environmentally-friendly miner seriously and outlines opportunities in ceramics markets and, ahead of this month's Indaba meeting, in Africa. Read More

  • Diary dates February 2014 IM February 2014 issue

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  • January IM Prices IM January 2014 issue

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  • Year in Review: Frac sand IM January 2014 issue

    The frac sand market experienced a turbulent 2013 as environmental concerns continued to hamper new development. This led to several moratoria being put in place across the US, but did not prevent a significant amount of new activity taking place in North America as well as further afield in Europe, the Middle East and China. 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: Soda ash IM January 2014 issue

    The soda ash industry continues to grow, despite a waning glass market Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Phosphate IM January 2014 issue

    The phosphate market stalled slightly in 2013, with developments in India and Russia holding the world's attention for most of the year Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Kaolin IM January 2014 issue

    The ongoing consolidation of the kaolin industry was questioned in 2013 as Imerys’ purchase of the last independent UK kaolin producer, Goonvean, was referred to the Competition Commission (CC). Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Rare Earths IM January 2014 issue

    Kasia Patel, Senior Reporter Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Graphite and graphene IM January 2014 issue

    Graphite markets have focused on growing demand and new innovations in graphene, which this year moved closer to commercialisation. 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

  • Political risk in oilfield minerals investments in MENA IM January 2014 issue

    Many countries in the MENA region are taking steps to diversify their economies away from almost sole reliance on oil and gas production and to pay greater attention to their reserves of metals and minerals. Dr Elizabeth Stephens, JLT Consulting,* looks into the political risk in MENA Read More

  • Oilfield minerals: Extracting what lies beneath IM January 2014 issue

    Oilfield minerals aid the process of extracting natural oil and gas from beneath Earth’s surface. For many years, lubricants such as bentonite and weighting agents like barytes (barite) have been used in conventional drilling while others, such as frac sand and sintered bauxite and kaolin, have seen demand increase as a boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) took off in the US and further afield. Ahead of IM’s Oilfield Minerals Outlook: Middle East, Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor, takes a look at some of the key minerals used in this end-market. Read More

  • Feldspar's market through the looking glass IM January 2014 issue

    Demand for feldspar is recovering from the global economic crisis and opportunities in ceramics and glass markets are expanding Read More

  • People and places IM January 2014 issue

    IM speaks with Gregg Jones, president of EP Minerals as well as looking at other recent developments for industrial minerals people and places. Read More

  • Pricing trends remain unpredictable as 2014 approaches IM December 2013

    Fluorspar prices to remain flat to 2016, iodine resists further drop and rare earths halt their decline Read More

  • Electronic shipping documents for mining IM December 2013

    Tom Rahder, VP product strategy for Bolero International, speaks to IM about the drivers and benefits of bringing shipping documentation for mineral trading onto a single electronic platform. Read More

  • Dry bulk market recovery stutters but port investment cruises on IM December 2013

    Overcapacity and slow orders have held back the revival of the bulk shipping industry to pre-2008 levels, but as Bruce McMichael explains, investment in global logistics hubs is on the up. Read More

  • Minor bulks, major gains: industrial minerals boost handysize ship market IM December 2013

    Rates for smaller dry bulk vessels are continuing to grow as the fleet size remains tight and demand from the minor bulk sector generates more orders for shippers, Wayne Yamada explains. Read More

  • Powering ahead: battery minerals face a robust future IM December 2013

    The modern world is powered by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in their many guises. It’s hard to imagine life without handheld powertools, rechargeable vacuum cleaners, electric vehicles and personal electronic devices – yet five years ago this space was still burgeoning. But what does the future hold? Read More

  • SUPPLY SITUATION REPORT: In the driving seat: talc demand looks to automobile market IM December 2013

    Paper has traditionally been driving the market for talc, but as Kasia Patel discusses, other markets such as in automobiles and construction are looking up Read More

  • High purity quartz: a cut above IM December 2013

    With limited competition and few high-grade resources worldwide, the market for high-purity quartz should be a tough nut to crack. Yet with leading producers working side-by-side and others focusing on targeted end-market specifications, progress has been steady even throughout the challenging financial period of late. Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor, takes a closer look at these projects. Read More

  • What makes or breaks a rare earths junior? IM November 2013 issue

    Competition in the junior rare earths industry shows no sign of abating, with 2013 registering record numbers of developers looking for a stake in the sector. Laura Syrett discusses what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to picking projects with a chance of succeeding. Read More

  • Vietnam’s untapped graphite resource IM November 2013 issue

    Vietnam has been exploiting a small portion of its — potentially world-leading — graphite resources since 1915, but so far this century a lack of investment and regulation has meant that the majority has been left unexploited. Recently, new laws have been introduced, which appear to open more doors for investors, and as Tran Kim Phuong, of Vietnam’s Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources explains, there is plenty of opportunity. Read More

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