Magnesia features

  • October 2018

    Russian Mining targets flame retardants sector with expanded magnesium hydroxide plant

    17 October 2018

    Russian Mining has increased its capacity for magnesium hydroxide by 50% in line with growth in the flame retardants market, although alumina hydrate (ATH) remains the most widely used material in volume terms.

  • All DBM kilns closed in Dashiqiao; China's domestic DBM prices up

    16 October 2018

    Dashiqiao city in Liaoning province has shutdown all DBM kilns, pushing China’s domestic DBM prices up again, while export prices are stable on weak demand with only low-grade DBM edging up.

  • China's DBM price edges up on magnesia industry consolidation in Haicheng

    09 October 2018

    China’s dead-burned magnesia (DBM) prices showed a slight increase due to Haicheng province's consolidation plan for its magnesia industry being moved forward.

  • Aachen 2018: What we learned

    04 October 2018

    Key takeaways from the 61st International Colloquium on Refractories, held September 25-26 in Aachen, Germany

  • September 2018

    China’s refractory industry looks for positive response to US tariff

    28 September 2018

    Refractory products have been included in the list of materials subject to a new US tariff, and China’s refractory industry is recommending an ‘active’ response. Although refractory raw materials were not included this time, demand for these will be affected indirectly in the long term.

  • Price Briefing: September 21-27

    28 September 2018

    China’s domestic magnesia prices edge up on regulatory restrictions, export prices unchanged; China’s unshaped refractory materials output up 10% in August; Aachen 2018: Prices of refractory minerals expected to remain firm

  • Aachen 2018: Prices of refractory minerals expected to remain firm

    27 September 2018

    Most delegates seem to agree that prices for raw materials, including bauxite, alumina, magnesia and graphite, will continue at high levels with small fluctuations.

  • AACHEN 2018: Raw materials, price evolution in the spotlight

    26 September 2018

    Attendees discuss how market participants will secure supply for the coming year, and how prices are expected to perform going forward.

  • China’s unshaped refractory materials output up 10% in August

    26 September 2018

    China's unshaped refractory materials output rose in August, supported by the strong demand downstream.

  • China’s domestic magnesia prices edge up on regulatory restrictions, export prices unchanged

    25 September 2018

    China’s domestic magnesia prices edged up due to stricter environmental regulations, while export prices stood still ahead of China’s National Day holidays.

  • PEOPLE MOVES: RHI Magnesita names Ian Botha new CFO

    24 September 2018

    The former chief financial officer of Anglo Platinum, Ian Botha, will replace Octavio Pereira Lopes in the role at RHI Magnesita next year.

  • 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.