Magnesia features

  • January 2015

    First Nation groups set mining policy and rules in Canada

    31 January 2015

    By developing a strict and clear mining legislation over a vast area in British Columbia, Canada, the First Nation groups aim to set mining procedures for operating exploration companies in an area hosting several industrial minerals projects, including frac sand, graphite, potash and rare earths. This action could push other groups to develop similar rules in other Canadian territories.

  • What next for Greece?

    30 January 2015

    It is too early to tell what the impact of Greece’s new government will be on the mining sector. But the new leftist government raises interesting questions about the relationship the country will have with the rest of Europe and time will tell if any of the anti-austerity measures will extend to the extractive sector.

  • RHI posts good financials for 2014, despite overcapacity burden

    28 January 2015

    The result of a lagging market has taken its toll on RHI, but the financials have not been affected, remaining relatively flat when compared to 2013. However, the company is taking drastic steps to reduce costs and capacity for 2015.

  • IM February Price Movements

    26 January 2015

    IM’s full price listing will now only be published online. If you have any comments or concerns, or wish to discuss any of the grades or prices listed, please contact Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, at lsyrett@indmin.com.

  • Africa’s Industrial Minerals Map

    24 January 2015

  • Africa: projects in the pipeline

    24 January 2015

    Africa has long been viewed as a continent of great possibility when it comes to mining, with vast mineral and metal resources spread throughout its 47 countries. Yet political unrest, financial corruption, community opposition and environmental issues have thwarted the true potential this region offers. Several industrial mineral mining companies have flocked to the region over the past several years in an attempt to overcome these issues.

  • MIIT announces new standard conditions for China’s refractories industry

    24 January 2015

    China’s MIIT hopes its new standard conditions for the refractories industry will help reform business practices.

  • Mining Indaba: Putting capital to work in Africa

    24 January 2015

    With commodity prices down and fresh challenges in Africa, this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, has a lot of ground to cover. Jonathan Moore, managing director of Mining Indaba LLC, spoke to IM about the outlook for Africa’s resources industry.

  • Chinese refractory demand expected to fall to 24m tpa by 2017

    24 January 2015

  • Nedmag to bring more magnesium brine capacity online

    24 January 2015

    While the decision to being more production online was not market motivated, it does underscore Nedmag’s vision of diversifying its portfolio and having product ready so that it can assure security of supply in the future.

  • Mineral makeover

    24 January 2015

    Personal care is often a small part of an industrial minerals producer’s portfolio, with other markets accounting for the lion’s share of revenue and expenditure. However, as Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor, finds, this is a growing industry with ample opportunity for many minerals companies.

  • Chinese officials swoop on magnesia smuggling ring

    24 January 2015

    China has made it clear that it is working to eradicate poor and illegal practices – such as smuggling – from the country’s magnesia industry. There has been some skepticism towards the establishment of a Special Resource Protection Office, but judging by the latest actions, the government clearly means business.

  • Shaking up Shanxi’s bauxite industry

    24 January 2015

    China’s Shanxi province is the world’s biggest producer of refractory grade bauxite, but it is also one of the most corrupt and dysfunctional regions in the country. Albert Li, Shanghai Analyst and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, examine the problems the region is facing and the measures being taken to reform the sector.

  • Innovation and new markets heat up demand for technical ceramics

    24 January 2015

    Specific consumption of refractories in the steel, glass and cement industries has been steadily declining worldwide, while the market has increasingly shifted towards higher quality products. Antonio Torrisi explores how advanced technical ceramics can benefit from new market trends globally.

  • Worldwide halloysite deposits, production and market developments

    24 January 2015

    Halloysite’s main application in ceramics is a traditional market, but new research into high-tech industries such as nanotubes will require scarcer, higher purity material. Ian Wilson* examines some of the main deposits around the world and discusses new opportunities.

  • IM prices February 2015

    24 January 2015

    Magnesia prices steady despite uptick in exports

  • Price Briefing 16 – 22 January

    22 January 2015

    Barite shortage ups price of Moroccan drilling grade; Chinese magnesia prices fall

  • World steel production up 1.2% in 2014

    22 January 2015

    Steel consumption has remained on an upwards trajectory — just. The levels produced are below those expected and there is a marked difference from Asia's rate of growth as well as the CIS levels in 2014.

  • Yangquan, China, announces measures to revitalise refractory industry

    22 January 2015

    The latest meeting, held at local government level, forms part of a wider initiative to revitalise and consolidate China’s refractory industry. For now, no parameters or fines have been set for the 65 companies who were in attendance at the meeting, but it is unlikely that a levy for noncompliance won’t be issued.

  • Ma’aden profit falls despite higher sales in 2014

    21 January 2015

    The Saudi Arabian miner was hit by lower prices for its phosphate products last year, but is continuing to expand this arm of its business as well as diversify into the magnesia market as it pursues earnings growth.

  • Chinese magnesia prices drop ahead of Spring Festival

    20 January 2015

    Cheaper fuel and increased competition bring prices down as volumes rise

  • Ube Materials reports fire at magnesia clinker plant

    19 January 2015

    Although the fire was extinguished promptly and there were no injuries, it remains to be seen whether or not it will impact supply in the longer term.

  • WISCO Refractory Materials Co., Ltd sign first Chinese strategic agreement with steel company

    16 January 2015

    The strategic agreement is the first such agreement in China between a refractories company and a steel and iron producer, which may be the start of a more integrated industry pattern. It also shows the effort individual companies are making to implement the government’s plans to reform the refractories industry in China.

  • Zibo refractories companies inspected by Environmental Bureau

    16 January 2015

    The latest round of inspections show that officials mean to work fast on their pledge to clean up the refractories industry in Zibo city, Shandong Province. This policy has already led to the shutdown of 43 companies and it remains to be seen whether more will follow.

  • Chinese refractory demand expected to fall to 24m tpa by 2017 — China Refractory Association

    16 January 2015

    The comments by China’s leading refractory association confirm what has been suspected for a while – that the country’s refractories industry is struggling to maintain traction in a bearish market. Further, it underlines what the possible impact of the government actions to modernise the industry could be. However, the forecast is not one which has been supported by other analysts, which broadly believe Chinese refractory demand will grow

  • MIIT announces new standard conditions for China’s refractories industry

    16 January 2015

    The fresh set of rules shows how far the government is willing to go to rejuvenate the Chinese refractories industry. The new standard conditions could be regarded as disruptive, as they seek to completely change working practices in China. In the long run however, the impetus to build a sustainable and competitive refractories industry is clear.

  • Critical materials show mixed price performance in 2014

    10 January 2015

    Falling energy prices hit demand for cleantech minerals; CRMs on par with base and precious metals in 2014

  • Chinese officials swoop on magnesia smuggling ring

    07 January 2015

    China has made it clear that it is working to eradicate poor and illegal practices – such as smuggling – from the country’s magnesia industry. There has been some skepticism towards the establishment of a Special Resource Protection Office, but judging by the latest actions, the government clearly means business.

  • Nedmag to bring more magnesium brine capacity online

    07 January 2015

    While the decision to being more production online was not market motivated, it does underscore Nedmag’s vision of diversifying its portfolio and having product ready so that it can assure security of supply in the future.

  • Final payment in Holcim-Cemex deal cements European consolidation

    06 January 2015

    Holcim has completed a series of consolidative transactions for its European business arms with Cemex. By focusing on their respective key markets, both companies will hope to increase construction demand and the consumption of construction minerals.

  • IM January Price Movements

    05 January 2015

    IM’s full price listing will now only be published online. If you have any comments or concerns, or wish to discuss any of the grades or prices listed, please contact Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, at lsyrett@indmin.com.