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  • Vietnam’s Nui Phao to undergo inspection, says MoNRE 27 July 2016

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) is planning to inspect Masan Resources’ Nui Phao operations following complaints from local residents about the project’s impact on the environment. Read More

  • China’s acid-grade fluorspar exports surge in H1 2016 26 July 2016

    While acidspar exports grew in H1 2016, a decline in aluminium fluoride material shipped out of China during the first six months of the year did little to disguise the sluggish near-term outlook for Chinese fluorspar products. Read More

  • Icynene adopts Chemours' Opteon refrigerants in spray foam 25 July 2016

    Growing initiatives to phase out the production of ozone-depleting substances are facilitating a shift towards a new generation of refrigerants. As activity in Chemours' TiO2 segment remains subdued, the company is banking on industry uptake of its fluorochemicals products to drive growth. Read More

  • Cement and building materials push Eagle Materials Q2 earnings up 25 July 2016

    Increased prices in its building materials segment and higher volumes of gypsum wallboard and paperboard products helped to buoy earnings and revenue for Eagle Materials, as the company's proppants segment continues to suffer through the oil and gas decline. Read More

  • EU takes action over China export duties 20 July 2016

    The European Union has launched another legal case against China’s restriction on raw material exports essential for the region’s downstream industries. However, China discounts any deliberate intentions claiming that the restrictions are merely an effort to protect domestic resources and the ecological environment. Read More

  • Rio Tinto increases Q2 bauxite output 19 July 2016

    The Anglo-Australian miner maintained its bauxite production target for 2016 at 45m tonnes, as volumes in the first half recorded a sizeable increase on last year. Read More

  • Chemours to sell sulphur business to Veolia 19 July 2016

    US-based Chemours is selling off its sulphur segment as part of its streamlining process which will enable the company to focus on titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and its cyanide segment. Read More

  • Indian mineral output grows 1.3% in May 18 July 2016

    The country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased for the second consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-17. Read More

  • Consumers gain from industrial split over fluorspar prices 15 July 2016

    While tightening supply from China saw some domestic producers pushing higher prices onto the market, excessive low-cost supplies from other fluorspar producers meant that the material continues to be traded at lower prices as new demand from consumers in the downstream markets fails to materialise. Read More

  • Brexit leaves door open for UK mineral export duties 14 July 2016

    UK industrial mineral producers face a risk that their exports to the EU will attract duties should the UK government push ahead with plans to leave the EU following the June referendum result. Read More

  • Mexican acidspar exports weak against high prices 13 July 2016

    Mexico’s trade data for acid grade fluorspar points to a difficult market scenario as total export volumes show a declining trend since the start of 2016 against higher average unit values. Read More

  • Saint-Gobain buys three mortar manufacturers 12 July 2016

    The acquisition of two companies in eastern Europe and one in Brazil strengthens Saint-Gobain’s presence in strategic local markets, particularly in Latin America. Read More

  • China to base resource tax on mineral prices 12 July 2016

    The Chinese government has introduced a new resource tax policy on 21 different minerals which will be based on the price of the mineral and will be applicable on the total value of the sales instead of volumes earlier, as the country aims to relieve producers suffering in the current downturn but positions itself to gain longer-term when prices recover. Read More

  • Cost-cutting continues as Alcoa’s H2 revenues drop 12 July 2016

    Alcoa is ploughing ahead with its cost-cutting plan as a way to lighten the business while alumina and aluminium markets remain weak, dampening revenues in 2016 to date. Read More

  • Excess supply continues to stall graphite prices 08 July 2016

    Price Review: Dwindling consumption rates in traditional end markets have stalled any upward movement in graphite flake prices as an over abundance of supply leads the industry to an impasse. Read More

  • Altech updates Meckering kaolin resource 08 July 2016

    The company’s Meckering site in Australia would supply kaolin feedstock to Altech’s proposed HPA plant in Malaysia. Read More

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