Magnesia features

  • October 1999

    The state of China's mining industry - Cause for concern?

    01 October 1999

    In China, the traditional mining industry is mainly composed of large state-owned mines and small town-owned, or township mines. Thus, the mining industry is mainly divided into these two sectors, according to ownership, and associated policies. This situation has now caused some concern, and in this article, Prof. Guan outlines the differences between the two camps, explains the rapid increase in size of the country’s mining sector, and offers views and policies on the way forward for the industry as a “dual structure”.

  • Chinese fluorspar - An overview of production and market trends

    01 October 1999

    Recent years have seen much fluorspar production transfer from direct state control to the private sector, and the importance of quality control become more widely recognised. A range of complicated export licence and quota systems introduced in the mid-1990s led to the development of illegal exports of fluorspar, but, although they have since been modified several times, flaws remain. This feature gives a snapshot of the Chinese fluorspar industry as it stands today.

  • In a state of flux - Feldspar and nepheline syenite reviewed

    01 October 1999

    This feature reviews consuming markets for feldspar and nepheline syenite, examines the main players in Europe and North America and discusses Turkey as the formidable new force in the global feldspar arena. It also introduces a new definition for feldspar products within the EU which has been established by Eurofel, the European Association of Feldspar Producers.

  • Powder processing - The dry way to two microns for limestone and talc

    01 October 1999

    New dry grinding technology by Hosakawa Alpine has achieved a fineness of particle size that was previously only possible with wet grinding systems. The best results have been achieved with limestone and talc.