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

By Laura Syrett
Published: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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A swath of first quarter exploration and production results released in May for industrial mineral companies revealed that both demand and prices are broadly stable across refractory materials, while consumption is rising for minerals used in pigments, fertilisers and drilling fluids. Excess capacity in some markets, including rutile and refractory grade...

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