Magnesia features

  • February 2002

    ATH - Flexing its strength

    01 February 2002

    Alumina trihydrate (ATH) – a major non-metallurgical intermediate product on the route from bauxite to aluminium – is a multifunctional commodity with roles as chemical feedstock, filler, and flame retardant. Its properties are prized by hundreds of individual applications, including water treatment, catalysts, zeolites, paper, paint and plastics. Asia holds the most promise for overall ATH growth, with its burgeoning plastics and electronics industries, and potential for ATH-based zeolites to replace phosphates in detergents.

  • Mineral demand in European plastics - Capture of value the key

    01 February 2002

    The plastics market continues to be a major consumer of high value industrial minerals. This report focuses on the main trends and the demand for minerals in Europe’s thermoplastic compounding industry. This sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of technological development, where the key to success for raw materials suppliers is in the “capture of value”.

  • Special clays - Quality before quantity

    01 February 2002

    Compared to mainsteam clays special clays have a lower consumption rate and few commercially developed deposits.  However, their versatility and exceptional characteristics make these clays highly desirable in a number of niche markets, which are continuing to grow.

  • Polish ceramics - Miles of tiles

    01 February 2002

    Polish ceramics is one of the fastest developing sectors in the national economy.  The current value of the ceramic production amounts to around US$700m.  Tiles have reported the largest development in terms of both production and consumption.  As demand for raw materials is not entirely satisfied by domestic suppliers, Poland imports white-firing clays, kaolin, and feldspar.

  • Boron minerals

    01 February 2002