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  • Turkey’s soda ash projects today, and how they got there IM April 2015

    Until 1979, Turkey was unaware that it was sitting on two of the largest deposits of trona ore, the main source of natural soda ash, in the world. Since then, the industry has moved in fits and starts to sit on the cusp of becoming a top contender in the global soda ash market. IM takes a look at the history of Turkey’s soda ash industry and how it hopes to develop in the future. Read More

  • India’s soda ash industry revs up on economic growth IM April 2015

    With installed capacity of around 3m tpa, India is already a significant producer of soda ash for its own domestic needs. But its main market players have ambitions to go increasingly global, Sunder Singh, 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

  • Prices April 2015 IM April 2015

    Indian soda ash market rebounding from slip in glass industry; tigjter supply nudged up TiO2 prices in March. Read More

  • Nemaska charges towards lithium hydroxide production IM April 2015

    The Quebec, Canada-based lithium junior is looking to bring its spodumene-based hard rock lithium deposit to market with the production of lithium hydroxide. Competition to supply Tesla’s potential mineral requirement is heating up, but the company believes offering lithium hydroxide, not carbonate may be key to becoming the favourite. Read More

  • Peaked too soon? IM April 2015

    Excitement over lithium seems to have peaked before its ships have come in. The April issue of IM looks at lithium's traditional markets and the present supply situation as well as markets for soda ash and trends in coatings. Read More

  • Ceramic challenge: why synthetic proppants have it tough 20 March 2015

    Ceramic proppants have long faced stiff competition from their cheaper, more readily available silica (frac) sand counterparts. Now, with oil prices tumbling and hydrocarbon extraction costs rising, manufacturers are experiencing some of the toughest market conditions yet, with some forced to close operations until conditions recover. Read More

  • Price Briefing 6 – 12 March 13 March 2015

    Graphite flat while craft beer pushes up soda ash and TiO2 markets anticipate a price lift. Read More

  • US craft beer cheers North American soda ash prices 13 March 2015

    Rise in popularity of bottled craft brews over canned competitors to boost market. Read More

  • Ineos acquires £30m UK shale gas licences 12 March 2015

    After saying last year that it planned to invest £640m in shale gas exploration in the UK over the next six years, Ineos has purchased £30m worth of shale gas assets from IGas in England and Scotland. Increased activity in the sector may drive demand for proppants, however the company could face public opposition to the development of its projects as the fracking debate in the UK becomes increasingly heated. Read More

  • Lithium News in Brief 26 February – 9 March 10 March 2015

    Airlines call for worldwide ban on lithium battery shipments; No delays to Tesla's Gigafactory. Read More

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