Magnesia features

  • March 1999

    Bauxite in bother - Refractory bauxite market reviewed

    01 March 1999

    The recent downturn in the North American and European steel industries has hit the refractory bauxite industry hard, and prices have fallen for most grades. With no sign of improvement, refractory bauxite demand will remain static for the rest of the year. On the supply side, the Brazilians are now well established in the world marketplace but the Guyanese industry is currently unsettled amidst the throes of privatisation. Meanwhile, Chinese producers reign supreme in terms of market share whilst coping with the ever changing parameters of the export licence system. This article looks at these current issues and briefly reviews the status of the industry.

  • Building on sand - A TiO2 feedstock review

    01 March 1999

    There seems to be a glut of new feedstock projects and expansions in the pipeline, but delays in commissioning and operational difficulties have stalled the possibility of feedstock surpluses, in the short-term at least. The fortunes of TiO2 feedstock in the long-term are much more difficult to predict and will depend on just how many of these projects come to commercial fruition, and of course the performance of the all important TiO2 pigment industry.

  • Westralian Sands - A newly amalgamated force in minsands

    01 March 1999

    At a time when the mineral sands industry was already brimming with activity, two of Australia s minsand giants, Westralian Sands Ltd and RGC Ltd took the industry by storm in 1998 with the announcement of their merger plans. After a few minor stumbling blocks, the deal went through, and RGC became a subsidiary of Westralian sands. IM looks at the birth of the second largest TiO2 feedstock producer in theworld (see previous feature for a full round-up of global production).

  • Challenges for talc producers - PP compound markets

    01 March 1999

    Talc is a natural hydrated magnesium silicate. In Europe and North America over 300,000 tonnes are used for polypropylene compound production. This article looks at trends in the European talc market, shows how to choose the right talc for a given application, and discusses the challenges for talc producers.

  • In the line of fire - Flame retardants overview

    01 March 1999

    The market for flame retardants is growing annually at around 3%. Alumina trihydrate and magnesium hydroxide are the only mineral flame retardants that are used in large volumes. In this article, Dr R diger Schmidt looks at different test procedures under fire conditions and discusses the market outlook for flame retardant minerals.