Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • February 2015

    Imerys posts revenue growth for 2014, turns back on spherical proppants

    27 February 2015

    Positive results for energy despite oil price Refractories improve in North America Time to look at new shapes for proppants

  • TOR Minerals to limit rutile production and focus on alumina

    26 February 2015

    TOR Minerals said in its full year 2014 results that it is shifting its focus to alumina as the depressed TiO2 pigment market continues to hold back the company’s performance. Closing a portion of the synthetic rutile plant will prop up the TiO2 division until demand improves.

  • Bauxite & Alumina 2015: Why Guinea is not exporting bauxite

    25 February 2015

    With potential resources of 100bn tonnes according to AMC Bauxite, it is surprising that the Republic of Guinea is not exporting any of its material, given the decline in Indonesian shipments and China’s growing demand. A closer look at the industry reveals that regulatory issues and logistical challenges are preventing Guinean bauxite from being developed further.

  • Kerneos strengthens position in Greece through S&B bauxite business purchase

    20 February 2015

    The sale allows Kerneos to potentially add an additional 1m tpa bauxite sales to its portfolio, which, coupled with its investment in fellow Greek bauxite supplier Elmin, will enable Kerneos to increase exports of the mineral to the metallurgical and construction industries.

  • Altech completes plant simulation phase of HPA project BFS

    20 February 2015

    The company is hitting the necessary milestones to bring its HPA plant online and expects its BFS to be completeted by the third quarter of this year.

  • SME 2015: Time to move on from spherical proppants in fracking, says Imerys

    18 February 2015

    Global industrial minerals leader Imerys believes that current spherical proppant technology has reached its full potential and that research is now likely to start examining different shaped proppants in fracking to enhance conductivity.

  • Orbite receives $4.5m grant to transform red mud into feedstock

    17 February 2015

    Orbite is developing technology to transform alumina and coal by-products red mud and fly ash. A grant will give this initiative legs, and possibly lead to a roll-out of this environmentally-friendly processing technology in other industries.

  • Imerys posts strong 2014 results, commit to pursuing growth in new areas

    13 February 2015

    As the world’s largest and most diverse industrial minerals producer, Imerys’s results are always a good litmus test for the industry. These are strong results, and indicate that demand is returning to traditional markets, but the company continues to innovate and expand into novel sectors despite several headwinds.

  • Cuadrilla granted additional environmental permits for shale gas exploration in UK

    06 February 2015

    Cuadrilla has been exploring for natural gas in Lancashire for almost four years and this is the second environmental permit it has received for its Lancashire operations. However, despite receiving previous permits for its Preston New Road operation, Lancashire council already deferred its planning permission decision in January, so the company may still have a long wait before extraction takes place.

  • Tests demonstrate Fairmont technology reduces shale oil production costs

    04 February 2015

    Recent field tests have demonstrated that Fairmont Santrol’s Propel SSP transport technology is able to increase fracking efficiency and decrease the cost per BOE – a particularly timely development in the industry at time when low energy prices are forcing oil and gas producers to curb spending and cancel less lucrative projects.

  • MIIT ask refractories industry for its opinion on standard conditions

    03 February 2015

    The move by MIIT to solicit opinions from refractories companies in China comes after the governmental body already set a deadline for the implementation of its conditions, so it is difficult to gauge what impact the feedback will have on the final set of conditions. It is important to note that the body is pushing transparency however.

  • ICL completes divestment of paper chemical and water treatment business

    02 February 2015

    As the company works to strengthen its core business, news that striking workers have brought its bromine operations to a halt underline the fractious relationship between the company, its workers and the government.