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  • Growth markets for new fertilisers IM March 2015

    As a raft of new sulphur deficiency-addressing fertilisers hit the international market, James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the reasons for their emergence, and the future of the specialist crop nutrient industry. Read More

  • Thorium and the rare earth value chain – a nuclear renaissance solution? IM March 2015

    Rules covering thorium discharge in many of the world’s top rare earths-consuming countries have prevented the development of potentially valuable domestic resources in these regions and helped cement China’s monopoly over the sector. James Kennedy* and John Kutsch** discuss the social and economic disadvantages of this situation and outline how a new nuclear strategy could help solve the problem. Read More

  • Critical minerals: booms, busts and price spike indicators IM March 2015

    As the growth in next generation technologies – most notably green energy – continues to gain momentum, scrutiny is intensifying on the supply and sustainability of the raw materials that are facilitating these developments. IM Research analyses the market sensitivity of eight of these critical minerals. Read More

  • Feeding the world: the future role for minerals IM March 2015

    As the global population continues to expand rapidly, there is a growing need to increase crop production. Frank Hart* examines the role minerals can play in achieving this goal. Read More

  • Iron oxide: build, or it won’t come IM March 2015

    Iron oxide pigment demand is benefitting from growth in new markets such as batteries and cosmetics, but the industry’s main demand driver is the construction sector, where consumption has been hurt by weaker economic growth. Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, takes a look at what construction forecasts might mean for iron oxide and discusses varying preferences for natural and synthetic material. Read More

  • Lithium – an over- hyped commodity? IM March 2015

    Lithium has been one of the poster minerals of the green energy revolution, but slower than expected growth in EVs and other battery applications has put a dampener on the industry. IM examines lithium’s rise to prominence and discusses whether the element will be able to fulfil the expectations of its advocates. Read More

  • The Tesla effect: one year on IM March 2015

    Tesla’s Gigafactory will create extra demand for lithium and graphite when it comes on line in 2017, but there is question over where it will source its raw materials from. Junior producers will need to look to new and innovative ways of financing their projects to be ready for Tesla, possibly even tapping the electric vehicle maker and other end users, Josie Shillito, reports. Read More

  • Financing still a challenge for junior miners IM March 2015

    Stubbornly low mineral prices and virtual paralysis in spending in the mining sector means juniors are likely to have little to live on until commodities demand recovers, Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, finds. Read More

  • Africa’s Industrial Minerals Map IM February 2015

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  • Africa: projects in the pipeline IM February 2015

    Africa has long been viewed as a continent of great possibility when it comes to mining, with vast mineral and metal resources spread throughout its 47 countries. Yet political unrest, financial corruption, community opposition and environmental issues have thwarted the true potential this region offers. Several industrial mineral mining companies have flocked to the region over the past several years in an attempt to overcome these issues. Read More

  • Mining Indaba: Putting capital to work in Africa IM February 2015

    With commodity prices down and fresh challenges in Africa, this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, has a lot of ground to cover. Jonathan Moore, managing director of Mining Indaba LLC, spoke to IM about the outlook for Africa’s resources industry. Read More

  • Mineral makeover IM February 2015

    Personal care is often a small part of an industrial minerals producer’s portfolio, with other markets accounting for the lion’s share of revenue and expenditure. However, as Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor, finds, this is a growing industry with ample opportunity for many minerals companies. Read More

  • Shaking up Shanxi’s bauxite industry IM February 2015

    China’s Shanxi province is the world’s biggest producer of refractory grade bauxite, but it is also one of the most corrupt and dysfunctional regions in the country. Albert Li, Shanghai Analyst and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, examine the problems the region is facing and the measures being taken to reform the sector. Read More

  • Innovation and new markets heat up demand for technical ceramics IM February 2015

    Specific consumption of refractories in the steel, glass and cement industries has been steadily declining worldwide, while the market has increasingly shifted towards higher quality products. Antonio Torrisi explores how advanced technical ceramics can benefit from new market trends globally. Read More

  • Worldwide halloysite deposits, production and market developments IM February 2015

    Halloysite’s main application in ceramics is a traditional market, but new research into high-tech industries such as nanotubes will require scarcer, higher purity material. Ian Wilson* examines some of the main deposits around the world and discusses new opportunities. Read More

  • Critical materials show mixed price performance in 2014 IM January 2015

    Falling energy prices hit demand for cleantech minerals; CRMs on par with base and precious metals in 2014 Read More

  • 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

  • Drilling grade barite: the global outlook IM January 2015

    As unconventional shale oil and gas exploration and development continues at pace in North America and further afield, Andrew Scogings, Industrial Minerals Consultant, provides an executive summary of IM’s upcoming research report on drilling-grade barite. Read More

  • Lithium: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    It has been an interesting year for lithium markets with two major mergers taking place and news of a Gigafactory, which ignited interest in the sector. Read More

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    It has been a year of ups and downs for the magnesia industry as demand has waned and supply has remained robust. Read More

  • Bauxite and Alumina: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Antonio Torrisi tracks the highs and lows of the bauxite and alumina industry in 2014 Read More

  • Potash and Phosphate: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Compared with 2013, 2014 was a quiet and settled year in agriminerals, though again defined by movements in the potash sector Read More

  • Lessons from 100 years of mineral data IM January 2015

    With the recent publication of data for 2012, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has 100 years of continuous mineral production data - but what do they tell us about worldwide industrial mineral production? Teresa Brown analyses some of these trends and what they say about the industry as a whole. Read More

  • Rare Earths: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Despite new production coming online from US-based Molycorp in 2012 and Australia-based Lynas Corp. in 2013, China still retained almost 90% of global rare earths production in 2014. Read More

  • Oilfield Minerals: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    An increase in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) over the past few years means that demand for oilfield minerals has never been stronger. Continued drilling and exploration kept demand high for minerals such as frac sand, bauxite, kaolin, bentonite and barite over the course of 2014. 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

  • Graphite: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    2014 has been a tumultuous year in graphite markets. While steel demand has edged up, this has not translated into volume or price growth for graphite. Meanwhile, the hype that has surrounded potential growth in the Li-ion battery sector has also failed to deliver short-term demand increases. Read More

  • Tough times for many in 2015 IM January 2015

    Energy minerals still waiting for battery lift off; chromite market bearish over next 12 months Read More

  • IM prices January 2015 IM January 2015

    External pressure on bentonite and bauxite prices to continue in 2015 Read More

  • Pressures in Asian markets squeeze refractory and chemical minerals IM December 2014

    Global increases for calcium carbonate and kaolin Refractory minerals under strain in China Read More

  • The Indian graphite industry - why we need to take notice IM December 2014

    As companies battle to bring their graphite projects, IM looks at the possibilities emerging in India. Read More

  • Graphite projects and reserves - are we facing an oversupply situation? IM December 2014

    This year has seen two graphite mines —Woxna and Loharano — come into production and a lot of excitement as Tesla’s Gigafactory was announced. However, prices have remained muted and as time ticks on, a strategic partner is yet to be announced to supply the electric vehicle producer. IM Editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott asks the industry their opinions on the market and projects in the pipeline — both existing and, in the case of Vietnam and India, potential for growth. Read More

  • Talga eyes graphene potential IM December 2014

    Graphene has the potential to cause a high-tech revolution in a number of industries, but the material’s commercial breakthrough has been hindered by the difficulty of producing pristine graphene on a bulk scale. Talga resources claims to have broken this impasse, following metallurgical developments at its Vittangi project. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, visited the company’s site in Sweden to assess its progress. Read More

  • Graphite: The six steps to striking success IM December 2014

    This report aims to compare and contrast 21 listed graphite plays (13 ASX, seven TSX and one AIM) and shed some light on important factors to consider when assessing graphite (and indeed other industrial mineral) projects1. Andrew Scogings, IM Consultant, and Jason Chesters, Resource Analyst at Patersons Securities, look into the listed companies using parameters set out by Patersons in August. The project list is by no means exhaustive, and should be seen as a general perspective on the current state of play. 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

  • Diary Dates December 2014 IM December 2014

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  • Prime Meridian enters global market with ceramics proppants buy IM December 2014

    The Canadian junior hopes to gain a strategic foothold in the region through the majority acquisition and expansion of Indian ceramics proppants producer, Hallmark. Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor Read More

  • Alkane well positioned to bring Dubbo to fruition IM November 2014

    Alkane look to zircon markets with the Dubbo project 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

  • Northern’s dysprosium hopes with Brown IM November 2014

    Andrew Scogings, IM Correspondent, looks into Northern Minerals’ Brown project in Western Australia and discusses the rare earths markets it is targeting. Read More

  • Rare earths recycling and recovery: the two sides of the industry IM November 2014

    The rare earths supply risk and consequent panic buying that emerged in 2011 paved the way for sluggish demand, oversupply and low prices. In light of this, recycling rare earths from downstream products might appear an unnecessary economic burden. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter, investigates how this technology can integrate with new mining projects to promote future stability and sustainability in the rare earths market. Read More

  • Fluorspar hopes pinned on a fluorochemical winter solstice IM November 2014

    Fluorspar has experienced a depressed market, characterised by sluggish demand and low prices in the last two years. Now, the industry is facing a crucial moment with new regulations on refrigerants that could irreversibly affect future consumption. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter, explores the possible consequences for the fluorspar market and the new markets that could help sustain its future demand. Read More

  • The Battery Show ’14: The future of Li-ion batteries IM November 2014

    Raw materials and R&D costs “prohibitive”; energy storage solutions key to future demand 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

  • IM Prices IM October 2014 issue

    Zircon buyers thrift; ilmenite further to fall 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

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