Magnesia features

  • October 2015

    Sibelco lets 57 workers go at Queensland mine and processing facility

    30 October 2015

    The Belgian-headquartered minerals producer has cut the jobs at its Rockhampton magnesia operation as planned restructuring efforts to reduce output by a quarter come into effect.

  • IM November Price Movements

    23 October 2015

    IM's full price listing for November 2015.

  • Price Briefing 16 – 22 October

    23 October 2015

    Prices for ceramic materials minerals and fluorspar down as rare earths experience slight increase.

  • Mixed results for European ports

    22 October 2015

    Netherlands Rotterdam sees lower dry bulk shipments while rival Belgium Antwerp rises

  • The rigours of rare earths

    22 October 2015

    After yet another trying twelve months for rare earths companies, the future for the industry remains uncertain. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, looks at recent market developments and the prospects for Western and Chinese producers amid conditions of oversupply and soft demand.

  • Australian mining: Down but not under

    22 October 2015

    The Australian resources sector is adjusting to lower commodity prices, which have necessitated a revision of cost structures and spending plans. IM gets a feel for the industry’s sentiments and looks at how the country’s miners are making plans to do business in a post-supercycle environment.

  • New South Wales maps out industrial mineral opportunities

    22 October 2015

    The eastern Australian state of NSW is home to a large number of highly prospective industrial mineral deposits. Cameron Perks and David Forster* outline how the Geological Survey of New South Wales is producing an updated map of the region’s geology in order to showcase its potential to investors, geologists and the wider community.

  • Indian talc: Moving up the value chain

    22 October 2015

    Home to some of the largest and purest talc reserves in the world, India has the potential to tap into growing markets for higher grade forms of the mineral. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the industry and its major players and reports how some have invested in the technology needed to increase the value of their products.

  • Russia to revive Tyumen iodine and bromine project

    22 October 2015

    The Cherkashinskoye industrial site in Tyumen Oblast was assessed for iodine and bromine production from mineral-rich brines towards the end of the Soviet era, but a lack of funding and appropriate technologies scuppered the project. Now, locally-based Tyumen Resources Co. is seeking to deploy a unique new method for extracting iodine, with the support of the local university and regional government, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, reports.

  • HPQ production in Russia gains momentum

    22 October 2015

    Russian Quartz LLC is ramping up its Kyshtym project in the southern Urals to produce 10,000 tpa high purity quartz concentrates from the beginning of next year. In cooperation with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., the company hopes to turn the previously uneconomic project into a major supplier to Asia’s high-tech industries, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers.

  • Rough year for global rare earths as illegal mining takes its toll

    22 October 2015

    The continuation of illegal mining in China, low prices and substitution made 2015 a difficult year for the rare earths industry and miners face a challenging year ahead, Rachel Carnac, discusses.

  • Kaolin’s shifting end markets

    22 October 2015

    Paper, the largest consumer of kaolin, has seen declining demand in recent years in developing nations, owing to the increase of e-media. However, there are still growth opportunities for the clay mineral in a number of consuming industries, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds.

  • Calcined bauxite: In the hands of a few

    22 October 2015

    Change is a constant in the industrial mineral world, but it is accelerating in some sectors in particular – a fact that has implications for the calcined bauxite supply chain. Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, investigates.

  • Europe’s SMEs told not to fear tightening REACH chemicals legislation

    22 October 2015

    The 2018 phase three deadline for registering chemicals made or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more threatens to add administrative and financial costs to a layer of small companies, which until now have been below the REACH radar. However, policy experts say that the legislation will not unduly encumber Europe’s chemical competitiveness, Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, finds.

  • Fall season for industrial minerals

    22 October 2015

    Barite prices decline on soft oilfield activity; Refractory minerals flat to weak in October; lithium prices rise, rare earths steady.

  • Ma’aden Q3 net profit falls by 85% due to lower prices

    20 October 2015

    Profits for the phosphate producer slumped in the third quarter as the average sales price for its products dropped, including its industrial mineral portfolio.

  • Magnesia price weakness threatens to eat into higher purity grades

    19 October 2015

    Domestic Chinese FM prices reported to be softening although international sources say market is flat.

  • Redcar steel plant closure to impact IFGL’s Q2 profits

    16 October 2015

    IFGL used to supply refractories to SSI’s steel plant based in northern England through its UK-based subsidiary, Monocon International Refractories. However, since the plant officially closed down this week IFGL has now lost a lucrative customer and its fiscal 2016 Q2 profits will be affected.

  • China forces down world steel demand, but growth expected in 2016

    13 October 2015

    While rebalancing measures in the investment and real estate sectors in China has caused a sharper than expected slowdown in China, which has consequently impacted steel demand globally and caused a drop in raw materials consumption, world demand is expected to see slight growth in 2016.

  • Junior miners urged to innovate to survive economic downturn

    08 October 2015

    PricewaterhouseCoopers’ analysis of the top 100 junior mining companies listed on Canada’s TSX-V paints a grim picture but not an unexpected one. The industry remains mired in a slump, but, despite the downward trend, the professional services company has warned juniors to start looking at new ideas to keep their projects afloat.

  • IHS analysis suggests new energy era is a mixed bag for minerals

    07 October 2015

    The disruptive arrival of vast supplies of shale gas on the US market has dragged down prices for oil, gas and oilfield minerals, but at the same time created a promising launch pad for growth in the petrochemicals sector, which in turn could drive higher demand for other industrial raw materials.

  • MGX reports positive preliminary drilling results at Canadian magnesium project

    06 October 2015

    While the company undergoes a permitting review, MGX is analysing samples from drilling programmes at Driftwood Creek to compile a mineral resource estimate. Initial analysis has yielded positive results and the company plans to produce high grade magnesia products for the refractory and steel sectors.

  • AkzoNobel launches new coil coating line in Mexico

    02 October 2015

    The opening of the new coil coating line will supply existing steel producers in Central and South America, as well as enabling AkzoNobel to serve new markets and cut its costs and carbon footprint by discontinuing exports from the US to Mexico. The line represents a doubling of coil coating capacity, meaning an increase in consumption of raw materials such as clays, titanium dioxide and iron oxide.

  • MGX closes C$238,300 placement

    02 October 2015

    The diversified miner and owner of the Driftwood Creek magnesium project said that the funds raised would be used for tax purposes, debt settlement and working capital.