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  • September 2018

    Price briefing: September 14 - 20

    21 September 2018

    Chromite market still quiet at Q3-end; Antimony metal price drives trioxide prices upward; China's magnesia prices firm on strict environmental inspections; PRICING NOTICE: Launch of frac sand price; Ilmenite price range widens downward in China, defying expectations; Industrial Minerals to track prices in booming frac sand market

  • China’s magnesia prices firm on strict environmental inspections

    19 September 2018

    Magnesia production hubs in China are continuing their efforts to reduce negative environmental impact, while domestic magnesia prices firm and export prices hold steady on low demand.

  • Refractory minerals taken off US tariffs list; TiO2 pigments, ceramic raw materials still included

    18 September 2018

    Graphite, magnesia, alumina and silicon carbide are excluded from the list of China-origin materials subject to a new US tariff, as are antimony, rare earths and barite. Pigments such as titanium dioxide will also be subject to the duty, as will refractory finished products, some ceramic minerals such as kaolin, and lithium.

  • Haicheng govt progresses magnesia industry consolidation

    13 September 2018

    Haicheng's consolidation plan for its magnesia industry has made progress, with 42 companies to be consolidated at first, while magnesia prices temporarily hold steady.

  • Back in business

    06 September 2018

    If you are involved in refractories, chances are you are having a busy 2018 so far, Davide Ghilotti explores in this month's editor's letter.

  • Carol Jackson ‘We are going to be unstoppable’

    06 September 2018

    In a quest to make HarbisonWalker International its customers’ ‘first and only call,’ Carol Jackson has pulled out all the stops. “We are not your old refractory company,” she tells Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin.

  • China’s refractory materials output up 5% in H1 2018

    06 September 2018

    Environmental regulations are keeping Chinese prices for refractory materials high, but demand is also on the rise.

  • Demanding supply

    06 September 2018

    Pollution regulations and their enforcement in China, coupled with the maturity of the steel and refractory industries, are causing a third major disturbance to the global magnesia market.

  • Dissecting alumina supply

    06 September 2018

    The non-metallurgical alumina market is diverse and complex and, over the past year, its main sub-sectors have been under pressure from rising costs and hiccups in supply, limiting availability of white fused, alumina hydrate and calcined alumina to the wider market, independent consultant, Ted Dickson, discovers.

  • Fluorspar market on edge as new participants step in

    06 September 2018

    Moves by Canada Fluorspar and Sepfluor to enter the global fluorspar market have raised questions about how this will affect the worldwide supply and demand dynamic, and how fluorspar prices may be affected.

  • IM Prices - July- August 2018

    06 September 2018

    Industrial Minerals analyses pricing trends across various markets and world regions in July-August, from the September issue of Industrial Minerals Magazine. Updates included on magnesia, soda ash, chromite, titanium dioxide, iodine and lithium.

  • Market fears havoc will result from China’s overhaul of customs rules

    06 September 2018

    China’s customs department has introduced a much stricter system that local exporters and importers must follow to carry out international trading, and which should help to combat illegal trading.

  • Out of the melting pot: A year of change in refractories

    06 September 2018

    After a year of reorganization and changing narratives in the refractories industry – from significant M&A activity to raw material price spikes, and from booming end-market demand to uncertainties in global trade – Industrial Minerals correspondent Myles McCormick takes stock of a changed landscape for companies operating in the sector.

  • Refractories have a new future with renewable energy

    06 September 2018

    Renewable energy has so far been excluded from consideration as an alternative to fossil fuels in the refractory industry, because of the sustained extreme temperatures needed in the production of materials. Amid growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions, new research from Australia may soon help companies to make a partial - or even a complete - switch to solar energy.

  • The rise of the superabrasives

    06 September 2018

    Automotive manufacturers are demanding better accuracy and longer life from abrasive tools, and this has created an opportunity for a new family of high-performance synthetic abrasives, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

  • US considers 25% import tariff on Chinese minerals

    06 September 2018

    Many major minerals could be affected if the US goes ahead with a plan to raise the import tariff on China-origin materials as the trade war between the two countries gathers pace.

  • China’s Dashiqiao magnesia hub closes companies that fail to meet environmental standards

    05 September 2018

    Authorities in China’s magnesia production hub of Dashiqiao have shut down 87 local companies that did not meet new environmental standards. But despite this, China’s magnesia export prices stood still on thin buying.

  • IM's August Price Movements

    04 September 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • August 2018

    China to launch new round of production restrictions in autumn-winter season

    31 August 2018

    The central government is gearing up to impose fresh restrictions on industrial output during the winter months, which are likely to curtail mineral production and processing as they did in 2017.

  • Price Briefing: August 24-30

    31 August 2018

    Slow buying, good supply continue to pressure China's battery-grade carbonate prices; Metal Bulletin brings indexation to the lithium market; Chinese mid-grade magnesia prices fall on lower offers in quiet market; European magnesia market flat, raw magnesite supply tightens; PRICING NOTICE: Extending consultation period on proposal to discontinue soda ash prices

  • Chinese mid-grade magnesia prices fall on lower offers in quiet market

    29 August 2018

    China’s magnesia market remained quiet, dragging mid-grade magnesia prices lower after suppliers cut their offer prices to achieve sales.

  • European magnesia market flat, raw magnesite supply tightens

    28 August 2018

    Prices of fused and caustic calcined magnesia in Europe have remained flat on low availability, but raw magnesite ore prices have edged upward.

  • Sluggish sales weigh on China’s magnesia export prices

    24 August 2018

    Chinese magnesia export prices fell on sluggish trade and the lower value of the yuan against the dollar, while stockpiles gradually increased despite the ongoing mining restrictions.

  • Refractories momentum supports RHI Magnesita’s earnings

    22 August 2018

    The refractories maker posted rises in sales and volumes to both industrial and steel end markets, and is investing in raw material assets and optimization of production lines.

  • China’s refractory materials output up 4.8% in H1 2018

    08 August 2018

    Increasing demand for refractory materials pushed China’s refractories output up to 9.45 million tonnes in the first half of the year. Magnesia and graphite prices remained firm because of the knock-on effects of environmental regulations.

  • IM's July Price Movements

    07 August 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • China's high-grade magnesia export prices fall on sporadic buying

    03 August 2018

    Several Chinese magnesia prices trended lower on soft demand and quiet buying activity. High-grade magnesia in particular saw price declines from several-month highs.

  • US to look at 25% rate for Chinese mineral tariffs

    02 August 2018

    The Trump administration has asked its trade authorities to consider a 25% import duty rate on Chinese minerals rather than the 10% rate it officially proposed in July.

  • RHI Magnesita will merge three Indian subsidiaries to capture growth opportunities

    01 August 2018

    The new company - RHI Magnesita India - will be better positioned to expand its presence in the Indian refractories market, which has significant growth opportunities while steel capacity develops and local companies innovate.

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