Published: 02 Dec 2016
More refractory minerals production shutdowns are anticipated amid warning of heightening pollution level around Beijing. Despite the supply disruption, spot prices of bauxite and brown fused alumina remained unchanged amid weak demand.
Published: 25 Nov 2016
Export quotas for magnesia have disappeared from the latest government list released for 2017, as the news prompted mixed reactions from the domestic industry. As things stand, export taxes could be scrapped by year-end.
Published: 18 Nov 2016
The Namibian government has halted what would have been the world’s first offshore phosphate mine, retracting its approval of the project after a public disagreement between government ministries came to a head.
Published: 11 Nov 2016
IM takes a first look at how the US presidency of Republican Donald Trump could shape key sectors of the economy, domestic and internationally.
Published: 04 Nov 2016
Liaoning province is regarded as the capital of Chinese magnesia, but rising production costs and slowing demand for refractories are causing the industry to struggle.
Published: 28 Oct 2016
A recent trade forum saw US delegates prioritise the issue of India’s protectionism in its boric acid trade. Indian buyers, US producers and US diplomats are pushing Indian authorities to fully abandon the country's current import regime.