Slowing downstream consumption pushes upriver for minerals

By Laura Syrett
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

Potash producers secure higher contract prices; TiO2 outlook still offers little cheer for feedstocks; refractory minerals mixed on steel

Waning demand from major industrial mineral-consuming segments such as paints, plastics and refractories is filtering back to raw materials suppliers with increasing clout.
Fluorochemicals, pigments and carbon materials used in steel production have been among the hardest hit, with participants in these industries telling IM that even with inventories running...

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