Magnesia features

  • December 2008

    Feldspar's fallow future

    01 December 2008

    Tile and sanitaryware are the main end uses for feldspar, but as the global financial crisis hits construction, and therefore ceramics demand, are the markets draining away? And will emerging economies and new applications also get flushed?

  • Saudi silica scene

    01 December 2008

    Industrial minerals are expected to play an important role in Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification policy. Amongst other minerals the country hosts high quality silica sand, quartz, and quartzite deposits. Mian Habib et al examine the country’s investment in high purity silica minerals, and highlights supply and demand

  • Technical ceramics take off

    01 December 2008

    Developments in the technical ceramic’s world have been fast and furious over the last ten to fifteen years. Alison Russell reviews the industry’s new and established markets and outlines where and why minerals are consumed

  • Reflections on ASEAN Glass

    01 December 2008

    Murray Lines reports on the 32nd ASEAN Glass Conference held 7-10 October 2008 in Borneo. Amongst topics and trends covered was the outlook for glass packaging, central to glass minerals’ prospects in the Asia Pacific region

  • Sierra Bauxita ponders withdrawal

    01 December 2008

    PLUS: New Chinese export taxes; Kaolin cut-backs in the Americas; Lithium: handling the hype; Lithium sales & acquisitions; PotashCorp strike deal agreed; Uralkali faces investigation, cuts output; Uralkali under government spotlight; Potash round-up; ANSAC hit by $1m. fine and ban in S. Africa; Bulgarian vermiculite start-up; New Chinese andalusite production; Namibia phosrock from sediments; Imerys reaffirms French mica; Marifil buys into Argentine limestone;

  • November 2008

    Mica's polished performance

    03 November 2008

    From construction to paints to cosmetics, mica is the most versatile of any industrial mineral. While its main construction end market is experiencing a downturn in Europe and North America, the slump is mitigated by demand from a host of other markets

  • Olivine's future in flux

    03 November 2008

    With olivine attracting increasing attention outside of its traditional application as a slag conditioner, is the main market for this strategic mineral about to change?

  • Silicas clean up

    03 November 2008

    Toothpaste, tyres and technology are driving demand for speciality silicas. Future trends in end uses for these niche silica grades are examined

  • Minerals' plastic future

    03 November 2008

    Innovations are expanding markets for mineral use in plastics, demand for which is forecast to rise in the long term. Alison Russell reviews trends in plastics usage and end markets, and industrial mineral consumption

  • Imerys buys Zemex mica

    03 November 2008

    PLUS: Imerys launches Euro30m. refractory minerals investment programme; Galaxy eyes 1m. tpa spodumene output; Chinese magnesia movers & shakers; QMAG/Possehl end MgO relationship; PotashCorp: "Russias new potash market"; Mexican 4.3 SG barytes on verge of production; Financial crash hits mineral freight; Wolkem expands into lime market; Solvay soda ash expands into Africa

  • RHI India expansion

    03 November 2008

    PLUS: Houying starts up new plant; LWB expands Chizhou plant

  • Functional Fillers 2008

    03 November 2008

    A report on the 16th Functional Fillers conference organised by Intertech-Pira, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 22-24 September 2008, and comprised 16 papers spread over four sessions, plus optional seminars on plastic fillers selection and flame retardants.

  • Beijing International Trading

    03 November 2008

    How are Chinese trading companies managing changes in the global economy? IM asked Zhang Daming, general manager of Beijing International Trading Corp., for his secret on keeping customers

  • Industrial Minerals November 2008 Prices

    03 November 2008