Alumina/Bauxite features

  • December 2014

    Bauxite and Alumina: Year in Review 2014

    31 December 2014

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

  • IM prices January 2015

    27 December 2014

    External pressure on bentonite and bauxite prices to continue in 2015

  • November 2014

    Pressures in Asian markets squeeze refractory and chemical minerals

    28 November 2014

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

  • Australia: End of the mining gloom?

    26 November 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.

  • Prime Meridian enters global market with ceramics proppants buy

    25 November 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

  • September 2014

    Diary Dates

    22 September 2014

  • Raw materials trends in refractories

    03 September 2014

    Over the last two years IM has reported on the shifting trends in the refractories industry, with China looking to reduce wastage and increase energy efficiency. Ted Dickson* explores these various trends and asks – how will this shift impact raw material supply?

  • June 2014

    Speciality product prices outstrip mineral values in traditional volume markets

    27 June 2014

    Antimony prices settle for summer months; Magnesia stabilises as spot market sleeps

  • May 2014

    Prices lag rising consumption in industrial markets while speciality grades look up

    27 May 2014

    Bauxite values stable following Q1 price rises; Paper grade kaolin prices increase as costs bite; Rutile “tough” business in China-led market

  • February 2014

    Diary Dates March 2014

    21 February 2014

    Industry Events for the industrial minerals market

  • LKAB Minerals looks to sustainability

    21 February 2014

    LKAB Minerals highlighted the issue of sustainability in refractories at a number of events in the last 12 months, emphasising the need for renewable energy and more recycling.

  • Chromite conundrum: how to bring demand back into an abating market

    05 February 2014

    South Africa, the world’s leading producer of chromite, has seen its mining sector threatened by strikes and demonstrations since 2012, resulting in the death of 34 miners following clashes at a platinum mine. As calm returns to the sector, Antonio Torrisi, Graduate Reporter, investigates the nation’s chromite supply situation.

  • January 2014

    Alumina and its many uses

    24 January 2014

    Despite a well-documented fall in demand for alumina from the refractories market, other applications such as flame retardants and water treatment have remained stable.

  • Proppant potential for bauxite

    24 January 2014

    The shale gale and dash for gas continues unabated, and with it increasing demand for proppants required in hydraulic fracturing operations. It’s a golden opportunity for proppant feedstock suppliers - silica sand, bauxite, kaolin - to pursue this growth market. But the key questions are: Which material makes the grade? Where else outside the US is the market likely to catch fire?

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