Hectorite features

  • Critical materials show mixed price performance in 2014 IM January 2015

    Falling energy prices hit demand for cleantech minerals; CRMs on par with base and precious metals in 2014 Read More

  • Oilfield minerals - a shifting landscape IM June 2014

    North American demand for oilfield minerals has never been stronger, but now other countries, such as China, are looking to increase their production of oil and gas from shale reserves. As a result, the global proppant and drilling mud industries are seeing changes in traditional supply chain patterns, exacerbated by new regulations and changes to product requirements, Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor and Nilima Choudhury, Chief Reporter, discover. Read More

  • Lithium’s clay play April 2010

    Western Lithium is vying to break into the industry’s elite through the world’s first production of lithium from hectorite clay, timing it to coincide with an expected demand boom from the electric car market 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

  • Special clays March Issue 2008

    Special clays are witnessing signifi cant growth as a wide range of niche market applications begin to demand their unique properties. Ian Wilson reviews special clays, and how they are being used in a new generation of markets Read More

  • EU H&S policy February Issue 2006

    SMEs are at the core of the EU’s entrepreneurship policy revamp. Michelle Wyart-Remy, IMA Europe General- Secretary, describes the problems industrial minerals SMEs may encounter when facing the EU health and safety programme. Read More

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