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  • China’s bentonite industry has room to grow IM February 2016

    China is believed to host the world’s largest reserves of calcium bentonite, but a lack of sophisticated beneficiation technology has kept the sector’s value low. Albert Li, IM Analyst, discovers how some of the country’s top researchers are seeking to tackle this issue with new technology. Read More

  • Kaolin in India: Cracking high value markets IM February 2016

    Growing demand for high quality kaolin in lucrative end markets like ceramics and paints represents an opportunity for India’s kaolin miners, but only a slim proportion of the country’s output is good enough for these applications. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, spoke to India’s top producers of the clay about how they intend to secure a share of an expanding industry. Read More

  • African mining: Investing against the odds? IM February 2016

    The African continent is often – many would say wrongly – regarded as a block of opportunity and risk for the mining industry. As the sector prepares for the annual Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, IM reviews some of the challenges the region has faced in recent years and assesses what type of operating environment these create for the resources sector. Read More

  • Bauxite: Bearing the brunt of shrinking refractories demand IM February 2016

    Ructions in the global commodities markets have wrought havoc with demand for both metallurgical and non-metallurgical grades of bauxite. While the demise of the former, used for the production of alumina for aluminium metal, has been well documented, the slowdown in the refractory grade bauxite sector has been less obtrusive. IM’s Acting Editor, Laura Syrett, spoke to the industry about how it is dealing with the downturn in refractories consumption. Read More

  • Magnesite and magnesia in Turkey IM February 2016

    Turkey is a magnesite-rich country and has a long history of mining the mineral, both for export and increasingly for its own internal refractories and speciality materials sectors. Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of Turkey’s geological background and profiles some of the country’s main magnesite and magnesia producers. Read More

  • Russian zeolite industry could get second wind from changing government policy IM January 2016

    A state-backed programme to substitute imports of certain food products, such as premixes for animal feeds which Russia previously sourced from the West, could give a leg-up to Russia’s zeolite industry, which collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union. Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers how local businesses are taking the opportunity to expand the market for zeolite. Read More

  • Fluorspar: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Oilfield minerals: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global oilfield minerals industries. Read More

  • Graphite: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Lithium: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Potash and phosphate: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global potash and phosphate industries. Read More

  • Rare earths: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Soda ash: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global soda ash industry. 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

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

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

  • Graphite exploration – the importance of planning IM December 2015

    Graphite has become the focus for dozens of exploration companies since the mineral’s investment boom of 2011-2012. Andrew Scogings, Industrial Minerals Consultant, looks at the different exploration and testing methods and reporting conventions used by the graphite industry. Read More

  • Feldspars in Turkey IM December 2015

    Having recently overtaken Italy as the world’s largest producer of feldspar, Turkey dominates global supply of the ceramic and glass mineral and is expected to remain on top as global demand recovers, Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • The black parade: Graphite companies continue to put on a show IM December 2015

    Tanking stock values, falling prices and exasperation with the slow growth of new markets are just some of the litany of difficulties facing the graphite sector, whose junior companies were once the pick of the small cap investment world. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, takes a look at the industry and examines what schools of thought are informing its decisions. Read More

  • China’s slowdown leaves graphite industry with unshakable hangover IM December 2015

    Falling consumption of graphite in China as a result of weaker demand for steel, cement and glass refractories – which continue to represent the largest end markets for the mineral – looks set to ensure the sector remains on a downward trend until growth from batteries can take up the slack, IM Analyst, Shruti Salwan, discovers. Read More

  • Which materials are “critical” and which are “strategic”? IM December 2015

    The terms “critical” and “strategic” used to describe the importance of various minerals and metals to different countries and organisations are often applied without definition or context. George J Simandl, Carlee Akam and Suzanne Paradis outline the case for appropriate use of these terms to avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations. Read More

  • The rigours of rare earths IM November 2015

    After yet another trying twelve months for rare earths companies, the future for the industry remains uncertain. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, looks at recent market developments and the prospects for Western and Chinese producers amid conditions of oversupply and soft demand. 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

  • New South Wales maps out industrial mineral opportunities IM November 2015

    The eastern Australian state of NSW is home to a large number of highly prospective industrial mineral deposits. Cameron Perks and David Forster* outline how the Geological Survey of New South Wales is producing an updated map of the region’s geology in order to showcase its potential to investors, geologists and the wider community. Read More

  • Indian talc: Moving up the value chain IM November 2015

    Home to some of the largest and purest talc reserves in the world, India has the potential to tap into growing markets for higher grade forms of the mineral. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the industry and its major players and reports how some have invested in the technology needed to increase the value of their products. Read More

  • Russia to revive Tyumen iodine and bromine project IM November 2015

    The Cherkashinskoye industrial site in Tyumen Oblast was assessed for iodine and bromine production from mineral-rich brines towards the end of the Soviet era, but a lack of funding and appropriate technologies scuppered the project. Now, locally-based Tyumen Resources Co. is seeking to deploy a unique new method for extracting iodine, with the support of the local university and regional government, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, reports. Read More

  • HPQ production in Russia gains momentum IM November 2015

    Russian Quartz LLC is ramping up its Kyshtym project in the southern Urals to produce 10,000 tpa high purity quartz concentrates from the beginning of next year. In cooperation with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., the company hopes to turn the previously uneconomic project into a major supplier to Asia’s high-tech industries, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • Rough year for global rare earths as illegal mining takes its toll IM November 2015

    The continuation of illegal mining in China, low prices and substitution made 2015 a difficult year for the rare earths industry and miners face a challenging year ahead, Rachel Carnac, discusses. Read More

  • Kaolin’s shifting end markets IM November 2015

    Paper, the largest consumer of kaolin, has seen declining demand in recent years in developing nations, owing to the increase of e-media. However, there are still growth opportunities for the clay mineral in a number of consuming industries, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds. Read More

  • Calcined bauxite: In the hands of a few IM November 2015

    Change is a constant in the industrial mineral world, but it is accelerating in some sectors in particular – a fact that has implications for the calcined bauxite supply chain. Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, investigates. Read More

  • Europe’s SMEs told not to fear tightening REACH chemicals legislation IM November 2015

    The 2018 phase three deadline for registering chemicals made or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more threatens to add administrative and financial costs to a layer of small companies, which until now have been below the REACH radar. However, policy experts say that the legislation will not unduly encumber Europe’s chemical competitiveness, Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, finds. 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

  • Mining in Turkey – now and then IM October 2015

    Turkey’s mineral diversity is well known and the country is home to some of the world’s leading producers of borates, soda ash and magnesite. However, political uncertainty and recent instability in Turkey’s mining legislation has hindered its development as a mining nation, Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, explains. 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

  • Borates industry vigilant as REACH trundles forward IM October 2015

    The EU’s REACH regulation has come under fire from a number of mineral producers for which Europe is an important market. Myles McCormick, Reporter, spoke to Hakan Kanli, operations, quality and regulatory affairs manager at Etimine SA, the European subsidiary of Turkish borates miner, Eti Maden, about where the borates industry stands in relation to the EU regulation and what the future holds. Read More

  • Organik Madencilik to open Turkey’s first vermiculite mine IM October 2015

    A JV between Turkey’s Yildrim Group and Greek miner S&B, Organik is planning to produce vermiculite from the Karakoc deposit in central Turkey and is intending to tap into markets where shortages have seen the mineral substituted for perlite in the past. Read More

  • Kaltun: Feelers out for new feldspar markets IM October 2015

    The mining arm of Kaltun Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret is one of the biggest feldspar producers in Turkey, with output of around 2m tpa as well as smaller quantities of mica and quartz. The company is seeking to build on its strong position in the Turkish market by reaching new customers in regions including the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Read More

  • Eti Soda looks to quell doubts over expansion plans IM October 2015

    The company, which is controlled by the Turkish conglomerate, Ciner Group, has seen its two major expansion projects delayed time and again for reasons to do with financing and construction issues. Now, Eti Soda says that its plans that will make Turkey the biggest soda ash producer in Europe by 2018 are back on track. Read More

  • Fluorspar: Made in China? IM October 2015

    China has been dominant in the fluorspar chain over the last 20 years, but recent challenges including downturns in commodity prices and a weakening economy are changing the face of the industry as Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, and Shruti Salwan, IM Analyst, discover. Read More

  • Indian mica: A glittering past but an uncertain future IM October 2015

    Mica production in India has a proud history, but changes in end market demand have raised a question mark over the industry’s future. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, takes a look at trends in the domestic industry and how Indian suppliers are being encouraged to produce more value-added products for new markets in an effort to offset falling global demand. Read More

  • UK Salt: Too little of a good thing? IM October 2015

    Despite having more than 14,000 uses, media attention given to salt tends to focus on the issues of salt in diets and de-icing applications. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, spoke to the secretary general of the UK Salt Association, Peter Sherratt, about how the industry is working to bust myths and promote understanding of the industry. Read More

  • Energy, mining and magnesia – a look at the industry’s power needs and uses IM September 2015

    Global energy sources are evolving and minerals are bound up with this shift, both as users of power and as raw materials used in its extraction and generation. Vasili Nicoletopoulos* takes a look at the world energy market and discusses the place of the magnesia industry within this changing landscape. Read More

  • Global resources and production of magnesite IM September 2015

    Although prices and demand for magnesia are dwindling in line with slowing worldwide consumption of refractories, Ian Wilson*, Consultant, discusses how new high purity sources of magnesite are being developed to target markets that require the best quality material. Read More

  • Cofermin Group: Trading confidence IM September 2015

    Essen, Germany-based Cofermin’s dispersed yet nimble network of operatives can expand the market reach of suppliers and multiply sourcing options for buyers of speciality minerals. With the recent launch of two new businesses, the group is delving into even more niches than it was in before. Cofermin spoke to IM how people are at the heart of its reputation for transparency, efficiency and trust. Read More

  • URC: A private eye on global refractories IM September 2015

    While some refractories producers are seeing revenue decline, Pittsburgh, US-headquartered United Refractories Co. is maintaining its sales. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, spoke to the company about its strategy of creating new product blends according to customer requirements and remaining diverse in a number of markets. 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

  • Chinese soda ash: Mission creep IM September 2015

    Rising supply and contracting domestic demand for Chinese soda ash is upping the rate of overspill into exports. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, looks at how this trend is threatening the market share of other exporters, including the highly influential North American trade body, ANSAC. Read More

  • Rank and file: Assessing graphite projects on credentials IM July August 2015

    The fervour for graphite exploration shows few signs of letting up, but with more and more companies piling into the industry, despite warnings about the comparative narrowness of the future demand window, judging the quality of projects is tricky. Andrew Scogings, Jason Chesters and Bill Shaw take a look at the field and suggest some parameters for assessing individual developments. Read More

  • Far Eastern promise: Dalgraphite to boost Russian graphite production IM July August 2015

    Dalgraphite is developing the Soyuznoye deposit in Far East Russia. With infrastructural, investment and political hurdles to surmount, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, takes a look at the company’s chances of making it to 40,000 tpa production by 2018. Read More

  • AMG Graphite: Bringing Bavarian intelligence to new markets IM July August 2015

    Formerly known as Graphit Kropfmuehl, AMG Graphite traces its graphite mining routes in Bavaria back over 100 years. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, travelled to the company’s mine in Germany to discover how, following a recent equity injection by Alterna Capital, this seasoned company is moving to build on its already formidable stature as a processor of speciality graphite material, spurred by the prospect of growth in new, high value markets. Read More

  • Rio Tinto: Global outlook for borates IM July August 2015

    Global borate consumption looks set to rise, based on positive trends in urbanisation, energy and worldwide food demand, according to leading producer Rio Tinto Minerals. Here, the company gives its outlook on the industry and discusses its reasons for confidence in consumption growth. Read More

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