Magnesia features

  • December 2012

    Magnezit Group signs distribution deal with Shindong Enercom

    31 December 2012

    Refractories and magnesia producer continues consolidation campaign

  • Year in Review 2012: Magnesia

    27 December 2012

    A year of consolidation and acquisition as steel demand slides

  • Industrial Minerals Prices: January 2013

    21 December 2012

  • End User Focus: Cutting edge minerals

    21 December 2012

    Medical applications for minerals might not be the main market driving factor or the biggest consideration for producers, but speciality applications in the medical industry are undeniably important for our everyday lives and advances in healthcare

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Titanium dioxide feedstocks

    21 December 2012

    Prices for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstocks saw unprecedented rises during 2012, leading to increased profit margins for many existing producers and improved project economics for junior developers.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Titanium dioxide

    21 December 2012

    What a difference a year makes. The entire makeup and trends of the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment market have changed since its 2011 boom to give a radically changed landscape during 2012

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Soda ash

    21 December 2012

    2012 was a year of mixed fortunes for the soda ash industry. The impact of the global economic crisis, which had been building since 2008, seemed to wait until this year to bite deep into the soda ash market

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Potash

    21 December 2012

    Although the global uncertainties which hung over 2012 could continue to affect the fertiliser industry in the short term, the sector has strong long-term fundamentals as the scenario for fertiliser minerals is simple: people need food and therefore fertilisers.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Graphite

    21 December 2012

    The graphite industry entered 2012 on a positive note Wwith prices still high and both miners and carbon mterials producers riding high on the surge of interest in 2011.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Rare earths

    21 December 2012

    Following a quiet start to the year for rare earths (RE), leading newcomer to the industry US-based Molycorp Inc. signed a definitive agreement to buy the processing firm Neo Material Technologies Inc. for Canadian dollar C$1.3bn ($1.31bn) in March.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Magnesia

    21 December 2012

    Magnesia experienced a difficult year in 2012, hit by the global economic crisis and a weak performance in refractories, its main end market, which is driven by steel demand.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Frac sand

    21 December 2012

    The US frac sand industry dominated the headlines in 2012 as mining activity boomed almost as fast as fracking opposition mounted.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Talc

    21 December 2012

    2012 saw the declining use of talc as a filler in the paper industry more than offset by good growth of the use of talc in polymers, especially for automobile parts.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Kaolin

    21 December 2012

    The trend of consolidation of the major kaolin producing companies in recent years continued into 2012 with Imerys’ acquisition of Goonvean and KaMin’s purchase of CADAM SA from Vale.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Fluorspar

    21 December 2012

    China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc. acquired 60% of Wuchuan Dongsheng Mining Co. Ltd under an agreement through its subsidiary Xiangzhen Mining Ltd and Wuchuan’s shareholders.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Zircon

    21 December 2012

    Starting off the year in a bad place, things just got tougher for zircon with overstocks and substitute minerals looming

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Iodine

    21 December 2012

    With almost 12 uninterrupted months of stable high prices, iodine producers have undoubtedly been among the winners of 2012

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Chromite

    21 December 2012

    The past 12 months have seen a change of pace in the non-metallurgical chromite industry.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Phosphate

    21 December 2012

    The phosphate market was hit this year as the downturn in economic climate filtered through to the fertiliser markets. As a result of this dip, 2012 spelled a slowdown for short-term fertiliser demand, especially in the Asian and European markets.

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Antimony

    21 December 2012

    Antimony exploration in 2012 was characterised by a worldwide drive to increase global production

  • Soda ash: rising from the economic cinders

    21 December 2012

    The financial downturn that has plagued manufacturing industries around the world for almost four years is finally drawing to a close. Yet, while economies were beginning to lift towards the end of 2012, many core mineral-consuming industries remained weakened in the aftermath of the downturn – and soda ash was no exception. IM digs down into this topic to uncover the true impact of this recession. Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor

  • November 2012

    Cookson sets out Vesuvius’ future

    30 November 2012

    Vesuvius to be split into three segments; solar crucible facility closed

  • Queensland Magnesia implements roster changes at Kunwarara

    30 November 2012

    Magnesia workers will switch to five day week, Parkhurst working 24hr/day

  • Magnezit Group signs agreement with Lucks Feuerfesttechnik

    28 November 2012

    Latest move adds to consolidation strategy; work in Europe across industries

  • A moveable feast? - The logistics and options of mineral transportation

    26 November 2012

    Ajay Kulshreshtha* looks at the history of mineral transportation and some of the problems encountered and considers the merits of container versus bulk carrier and the case for containers over bags

  • Bentonite: a swelling market

    26 November 2012

    As the global recession loosens its grip on the world economy, IM considers how bentonite has weathered the storm, looking at its most important end markets and their economic drivers

  • TiO2 or tai bai fen? China’s dominance to rise

    26 November 2012

    John Ollett reports from the sidelines of this years TZMI conference in Hong Kong, where he finds the conversation has turned to the TiO2 processing route and China’s position in the market.

  • The grade unknowns: graphite mining projects

    26 November 2012

    As graphite producers relax momentarily during a period of relative price stability, IM looks at some graphite developments and projects that have not hit the headlines

  • Defining opportunities: Lomiko Metals

    26 November 2012

    IM’s Kasia Patel speaks to Lomiko Metals Inc. CEO, Paul Gill, about the company’s Quatre Milles project and the need for caution when entering the graphite race.

  • Graphite: elsewhere in the world

    26 November 2012

    The final quarter of 2012 has been a busy few months in the graphite industry. IM’s Laura Syrett takes a wide-angle view of some of the most notable developments in the sector in the run-up to the year end.

  • End User Focus: Liquid assets: picking the right mineral for wastewater treatment

    26 November 2012

    Increased regulation and cost pressures mean that more than ever companies are looking to see which products better suit them. Siobhan Lismore looks at the industrial minerals used in wastewater treatment, with particular emphasis on magnesium hydroxide and lime, and speaks to key figures about how the market is progressing

  • Price Briefing: Mixed reaction from results, all change (or not) from US and China?

    26 November 2012

    November was a month which saw both the long-awaited outcome of the US Presidential election, and also - significantly - a change in leadership in China.

  • Industrial Minerals prices December 2012

    26 November 2012

  • The proppant choice

    21 November 2012

    The wrong choice of proppant for hydraulic fracturing wells can hamper production, wasting time and money for oilfield drillers. But what is the right choice and how should the choice be made?

  • IFGL refractories profits plummet in tough steel market

    21 November 2012

    Struggling Europe and Latin America plus high costs eroding profits, says IFGL

  • IM Inside Edge

    09 November 2012

    Imerys, Goonvean, RHI, refractory bauxite, fused magnesia, all change in China and US

  • RHI open fused magnesia plant, marks independence from China

    08 November 2012

    Magnesia market “stable” for next six months with upward movement from Q2

  • Price Briefing 1– 8 November 2012

    08 November 2012

    US presidential elections – but what will happen with China?

  • RHI post higher EBITDA despite lacklustre steel performance

    06 November 2012

    Refractories maker says Premier Periclase acquisition pushes up raw materials