Feldspar features

  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • Is India’s glass industry broken? IM May 2017

    Low per capita glass usage has marked India out as a major potential growth market for glass minerals, but so far this projected expansion has failed to materialise. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, looks at how geographical concentration and pressure from imports are hampering India’s domestic glass industry. Read More

  • Bridging the Gulf IM July-August 2016

    As the US Geological Survey prepares to issue a special publication on the mineral resources of Iran, the international business community is kicking its heels in frustration about the snail’s pace of progress towards establishing trade links with the Islamic Republic, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, writes. Read More

  • Yukon’s mineral industry – looking back and moving ahead IM March 2016

    Low metal prices are keeping a lid on exploration, but as the Yukon Government’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources explains, the territory is using the downtime to improve the industry’s regulatory framework, ready for a turnaround. Read More

  • Ceramics minerals: Taking the floor IM March 2016

    While technical ceramics may be a growing application for minerals such as kaolin and zircon, the majority of these are still consumed by traditional applications like construction and tiles. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, looks at some recent developments in the sector. Read More

  • Feldspars in Turkey IM December 2015

    Having recently overtaken Italy as the world’s largest producer of feldspar, Turkey dominates global supply of the ceramic and glass mineral and is expected to remain on top as global demand recovers, Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • Kaltun: Feelers out for new feldspar markets IM October 2015

    The mining arm of Kaltun Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret is one of the biggest feldspar producers in Turkey, with output of around 2m tpa as well as smaller quantities of mica and quartz. The company is seeking to build on its strong position in the Turkish market by reaching new customers in regions including the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Read More

  • South East Asia: Room to grow IM December 2014

    Although regulatory difficulties in the past may have discouraged foreign investment, South East Asia is being touted as a region ripe for development with many underexploited resources and demand for industrial minerals in a variety of markets including refractories, glass, ceramics, construction and proppants. Andrew Scogings, IM Correspondant, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, and Tran Kim Phuong, Contributor Read More

  • Appraisal of Industrial Minerals in Turkey IM June 2014

    Turkey has an abundant variety of industrial raw materials and is in an ideal location to deliver high volume industrial minerals to European, Asian and African markets at competitive prices. Read More

  • Greenland critical of expert economic-independence report IM March 2014 issue

    There are rare earths, olivine and feldspar deposits on Greenland, but hopes for independence lie with Denmark Read More

  • Feldspar's market through the looking glass IM January 2014 issue

    Demand for feldspar is recovering from the global economic crisis and opportunities in ceramics and glass markets are expanding Read More

  • Glass: a fragile industry? IM April 2013 issue

    Glass manufacturing is a large consumer of many industrial minerals, including soda ash, quartz and limestone. It is also used in a wide variety of industries, such as construction, manufacturing and home ware. But with the economic recession still leaving a trail of devastation in many industries, how will the glass supply chain fare in 2013? Read More

  • Feldspar’s future in flux July 2012

    Consumption trends in the global market for feldspar and nepheline syenite are largely defined by demand from their major end-user industries of ceramics and glass. Read More

  • End User Focus: Playing ceramic catch-up July 2012

    There are three main sectors for production of ceramics in the world: porcelain/tableware, sanitaryware and tiles. In all of these markets, China is the world’s leading producer and consumer and it is just the global ceramic tiles sector that will be considered in the following. Read More

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  • Indian ceramics eye new heights May 2012

    India’s ceramics industry has emerged as a modern, world-class sector, ready to take on global competition. Consultant Ajay Kulshreshtha outlines the country’s main ceramic producers and raw material sources Read More

  • End User Focus: Welding boosts rutile prices April 2012

    Minsands focus could turn to welding as global demand increases for the sector Read More

  • Greece seeks mineral lifeboat January 2012

    While economic difficulties for Greece continue, Ananias Tsirambides and Anestis Filippidis highlight the wealth of the country’s mineral resources and suggest how they could contribute to assisting its financial future Read More

  • India’s feldspar fortunes December 2011

    Ajay Kulshreshtha reports on the feldspar industry of India and the country’s production hub, Rajasthan, discussing the outlook for key ceramic and glass consumers Read More

  • Volume cost in plastics applications July 2011

    Mineral fillers are widely used in the plastics industry to enhance polymer properties and reduce ingredient costs. But, as Siddartha Roy demonstrates, over-use of fillers can be a false economy Read More

  • End User Focus: China’s sanitaryware dominance continues May 2011

    In just over 25 years, China’s sanitaryware industry has grown more than 2,000% to 174.1m. pieces. Eileen Hao and Ian Wilson outline the country’s main producers and examine growth challenges for the future Read More

  • Glass loses its shine November 2010

    One of the first markets to be dramatically impacted by the financial downturn, the glass industry slowly starts cracking the window to recovery in Europe but pre-crisis levels are still far away Read More

  • Peninsula prospects June 2010

    Although there remain challenges, an abundance of untapped mineral deposits, increasing demand, and clear political will and support to develop the mineral sector has brought the Arabian Peninsula under the investor spotlight Read More

  • Tile boom cracks May 2010

    After many prosperous years, the ceramic tile industry saw its first real slowdown in 2008. Asia and the Middle East now lead the way to recovery, while Europe and the USA remain sluggish Read More

  • North Africa builds its minerals’ future March 2010

    Even though the global downturn has slowed growth, North Africa is looking forward to realising its phosphate and other mineral resources Read More

  • Sunny days for solar power July issue 2009

    One ray of sunshine in the current economic climate is the photovoltaic cell (PV) market, which is growing year on year. Certain industrial minerals used in specific PV applications, such as silicon carbide and fused silica, are already seeing growth in demand. Alison Russell reviews the state of the industry and its future prospects Read More

  • Saudi Arabia minerals review June 2009 issue

    Seeking Saudi mineral potential: A shift in national policy to diversify into non-oil resources has prompted domestic development and overseas interest in Saudi Arabia’s considerable wealth of untapped industrial minerals Read More

  • Filler minerals: Auto doom & gloom stalls market April issue 2009

    IM reports on the 4th High Performance Fillers for Polymer Composites conference, held 4-5 March 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, covering market outlook, new filler grades, plus developments in nanofillers and mineral processing by Jessica Roberts, Assistant Editor Read More

  • European rock and role February Issue 2009

    The EU’s position in global mineral supply, commodity trends, EU industries and policies, and future challenges are examined by Linda Hetherington and Andrew Bloodworth Read More

  • Reflections on ASEAN Glass December Issue 2008

    Murray Lines reports on the 32nd ASEAN Glass Conference held 7-10 October 2008 in Borneo. Amongst topics and trends covered was the outlook for glass packaging, central to glass minerals’ prospects in the Asia Pacific region Read More

  • Feldspar's fallow future December Issue 2008

    Tile and sanitaryware are the main end uses for feldspar, but as the global financial crisis hits construction, and therefore ceramics demand, are the markets draining away? And will emerging economies and new applications also get flushed? Read More

  • Functional Fillers 2008 November Issue 2008

    A report on the 16th Functional Fillers conference organised by Intertech-Pira, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 22-24 September 2008, and comprised 16 papers spread over four sessions, plus optional seminars on plastic fillers selection and flame retardants. Read More

  • Minerals' plastic future November Issue 2008

    Innovations are expanding markets for mineral use in plastics, demand for which is forecast to rise in the long term. Alison Russell reviews trends in plastics usage and end markets, and industrial mineral consumption Read More

  • Egypt's clay potential October Issue 2008

    Ceramic clay development in Egypt hinges on satisfactory processing techniques. Nagui A Abdel-Khalek reviews their optimum beneficiation Read More

  • Chinese ceramics seek southern comfort October Issue 2008

    China's need for ceramics raw materials is increasing. The response from southern sources is examined Read More

  • Glass minerals strike gold October Issue 2008

    Murray Lines examines the main glass minerals and highlights trends in the rapidly expanding Asia Pacific market, dominated by China. Read More

  • A minerals passage to India August issue 2008

    As the word continues to seek a passage into India's industrial minerals industry, the country has continued to strengthen through domestic expansions and international acquisitions. Read More

  • Serving China's ceramics May Issue 2008

    China's ceramics production has increased rapidly to meet domestic and export market demand, and is now the largest consumer of ceramic raw materials.  Robert Baylis and Eileen Hao track mineral supply and demand in this growth sector as domestic mineral producers get close to (and often match) specifications for higher quality ceramic products. Read More

  • Ermad export future April Issue 2008

    Having established a solid position in the domestic Turkish feldspar and quartz markets, Turkish producer Ermad sees a bright export future in all minerals, including its olivine production Read More

  • Turkey aspires to ceramic heights November Issue 2007

    Turkey's ever increasing production power and reserves of high quality ceramic raw materials, particularly feldspar has the leading European producing countries of Spain and Italy looking over their shoulders. Read More

  • Feeding the hungry Dragon & Tiger October Issue 2007

    Ian Hanks examines why ASEAN countries are well positioned to supply minerals to Asia's industrial growth markets, as well as emerging as a potential replacement of Chinese and Indian supply for certain industrial minerals to North American and European markets. Read More

  • Minerals on the EU agenda August Issue 2007

    Access to raw materials and sustainable use of natural resources have become core policy and discussion issues for the EU. Michelle Wyart-Remy reflects on the EU’s efforts in this direction and notes the need for more transparency and dialogue Read More

  • Minerals of Italy August Issue 2007

    A significant processor of domestic minerals and overseas mineral sources, particularly ceramics and paper, Ian Wilson, examines how Italy’s minerals industry has survived and grown through high quality grades and consolidation Read More

  • Magnetic separation: a floatation alternative July Issue 2007

    Paul Fears explains new thinking on wet high intensity magnetic separation of feldspar, serving to reduce reliance on the environmentally unfriendly and costly flotation process Read More

  • Turkish mineral delight May Issue 2007

    Turkey’s industrial minerals sector gathered in Izmir to discuss the latest trends and developments Read More

  • Hardly gold dust May Issue 2007

    Freight Market Report: NOT A REFERENCE to the extravagant rates in the freight market but at this time of the year huge swaths of yellow dust swirl from the deserts of Mongolia across northern China, down the Korean peninsula enveloping both south and north Korea; after a mild winter experts believe 2007 could be the worst on record. To address this China, Korea and Japan have been meeting to help Mongolia to create a green belt across the Gobi desert and are giving $1.2 m. to promote forestation. Now in the second quarter, Capesize Owners can look back to the start of the year with huge satisfaction: the BCI soared to over 8000 points an increase of 2000 since early January – owing to a 23.4% rise at 100.2mt in first quarter Chinese imports on 2006, and massive congestion. Read More

  • Chinese sanitaryware May Issue 2007

    As the “ceramic capital” of the world, China is the largest producer of sanitaryware, a major consumer of ceramic minerals. Ian Wilson examines the rapid growth of the business and reviews raw materials supply, production, exports, and China’s share of the world market Read More

  • North-west Russia April Issue 2007

    The republics of Murmansk and Karelia, in northwest Russia, account for a significant share of Russia’s industrial minerals production, as well hosting the world’s sole source of baddeleyite. Dmitri Magazanik, of Infomine Research Group, highlights these key mineral sources and assesses the region’s outlook Read More

  • Greece is the word April Issue 2007

    Greece continues to hold leading positions in world magnesite, bentonite, perlite, and pumice production and exports. The country is also the leading producer of bauxite in the EU and a dominant player in the global cement market. Kiki Hatzilazaridou and Ioannis Marantos of IGME review the industry’s status, developments, and outlook Read More

  • Minerals boost for Yemen December Issue 2006

    New IFC initiative to modernise mining regulation and boost investment Read More

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