Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • June 2015

    Imerys divests West Virginia refractories facility

    30 June 2015

    The industrial minerals giant has decided to divest its US-based refractory plant and stop commercial activities relating to the Chinese minerals it was trading which include bauxite, brown fused alumina and alpha star, as the firm concentrates on producing its own refractory materials including mullite and white fused alumina.

  • Orbite Technologies receives Australian patent for alumina processing kit

    30 June 2015

    The Canadian company, which has recently rebranded, is spreading its geographical tentacles as it receives a patent from Australia for its chloride technology which can be used to transform red mud into a high value mineral feedstock by extracting all the valuable constituents, including rare earths and alumina.

  • Cuadrilla UK fracking licence rejected in "surprise" decision

    29 June 2015

    Although the Lancashire planning officers had recommended fracking activity go ahead at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site, the Lancashire Council has rejected the energy firm's licence on the basis of noise and visual pollution. While the company is now considering an appeal for all of its rejected licences, the government has been called on to review the decision making process, which in this case was dragged out to 15 months.

  • Altech completes BFS three months early for HPA project

    29 June 2015

    The company is making moves to secure the required debt funding and equity to rapidly develop its Malaysian HPA plant after completing its BFS three months ahead of schedule. Subject to successful funding, Altech will see campaign mining commence at its Meckering plant around Q4 2016.

  • OFM Houston 2015: Minerals hold up in slow oil and gas recovery

    26 June 2015

    Predictions of a recovery point in the oil and gas markets vary between the end of 2015 and some point in 2016. So far, oilfield minerals have been relatively resilient. Although ceramic proppants have been the hardest hit, frac sand has gained market share due to its availability, price, and changing trends in fracking. Barite meanwhile remains essential as a weighting agent and prices are holding steady.

  • Altech teams up with kiln supplier for HPA project

    23 June 2015

    The formation of a partnership with a leading supplier of drying and thermal process technologies is the latest news to be announced by Altech, as it moves a step closer to developing its Malaysian HPA project.

  • Malaysia approves Altech site assessment for HPA plant

    19 June 2015

    The Australian company is pushing ahead with plans to become a large-scale HPA producer as it receives news that its PAT has been approved by Malaysia’s Department of Environment.

  • Preferred Sands' garnet RCS outperforms existing proppants by 90%

    18 June 2015

    While activity in the oil and gas market remains subdued following the highs of 2014, proppant suppliers such as Preferred Sands are attempting to engineer increasingly innovative solutions to help increase conductivity, address operational issues faced by fracking companies and increase rates of return on products.

  • GIFA 2015: Foundry suppliers bow to green pressure

    17 June 2015

    Tighter regulation on emissions and pressure to reduce raw material consumption is driving a raft of innovative philosophies and products in the refractories and foundry materials industries, as increased competition threatens to leave the slow responders behind.

  • Alumina sector urged to increase collaboration to move industry forward

    17 June 2015

    Australia-based trade body AMIRA says that alumina companies that are facing pressure to cut costs risk missing the opportunities and value of collaborative technology development, which it claims is needed to create a sustainable, productive future.

  • Orbite Aluminae changes name to Orbite Technologies

    16 June 2015

    The company is due to change its name tomorrow, as it gears up for commercial production of its HPA plant in Quebec for the fourth quarter of this year and develops its red mud technology.

  • CUMI to close bubble zirconia plant and alumina factory in South Africa

    15 June 2015

    The refractories company has decided to shut down two facilities in South Africa and is shifting its equipment to India, as the operations turned out to be less profitable than expected.

  • Orbite pushes back commercial production date for HPA plant

    12 June 2015

    Commercial output at the company’s planned HPA facility will take a little longer to start than anticipated, as Orbite’s refractory installation process has run into delays. Orbite still anticipates commencement of commissioning in Q3 2015. The news comes as the firm receives more finance from the Quebec government.

  • UK fracking could begin in summer 2016

    10 June 2015

    Cuadrilla Resources hopes to gain permission to begin two fracking operations after addressing issues raised by planning officers earlier this year. A green light could see the UK’s first full-scale shale gas exploration project going ahead by next summer.

  • Morgan launches new kaolin-alumina insulating fire brick

    10 June 2015

    The British refractories company is expanding its high-density series brick range with the unveiling of a new product which has higher than standard cold crush strength and is designed for use in ceramics, chemicals and glass manufacturing.

  • Chinese alumina and refractories sectors pushed to increase energy efficiency

    05 June 2015

    Tighter controls on pollution and energy consumption in China’s refractories industry is eliminating capacity but also spurring manufacturers to invest in new, energy efficient technology.

  • Altech teams up with HCI specialist to develop HPA project

    05 June 2015

    The Australian company is pushing ahead with its strategy to appoint key equipment and plant suppliers to develop its HPA project, as it plans to finish a BFS by the third quarter of this year.

  • Indian mining auction kicks off with enhanced provisions

    05 June 2015

    Nearly 105 mines in mineral-rich states of Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha are set to be auctioned by the end of the year, while the Ministry of Mines makes provision for a ‘composite mining licence’. Further advancement is also likely in the sector as Indian mining department goes digital.

  • Morgan teams up with Loughborough University to swap steel for alumina in flow meters

    04 June 2015

    The UK-based refractories producer’s thermal ceramics business is investigating whether alumina can be used in new generation ultrasonic flow meters employed in water and gas smart meters. Global demand for smart meters is increasing, which may create growth opportunities for the industrial mineral.

  • Refractories recycling has “limited impact” on demand for primary minerals

    04 June 2015

    Pressure to pursue closed loop manufacturing processes to improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions is growing globally and in Europe in particular, however this trend has so far not made any significant impact on demand for virgin raw materials.

  • Anti-fracking protesters target UK shale developers

    02 June 2015

    Grassroots action network Reclaim the Power staged a series of small demonstrations to emphasise its disapproval of energy firm and fracking industry strategies, with Cuadrilla and Ineos among those targeted.