Magnesia features

  • February 2015

    Growth markets for new fertilisers

    27 February 2015

    As a raft of new sulphur deficiency-addressing fertilisers hit the international market, James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the reasons for their emergence, and the future of the specialist crop nutrient industry.

  • Thorium and the rare earth value chain – a nuclear renaissance solution?

    27 February 2015

    Rules covering thorium discharge in many of the world’s top rare earths-consuming countries have prevented the development of potentially valuable domestic resources in these regions and helped cement China’s monopoly over the sector. James Kennedy* and John Kutsch** discuss the social and economic disadvantages of this situation and outline how a new nuclear strategy could help solve the problem.

  • Critical minerals: booms, busts and price spike indicators

    27 February 2015

    As the growth in next generation technologies – most notably green energy – continues to gain momentum, scrutiny is intensifying on the supply and sustainability of the raw materials that are facilitating these developments. IM Research analyses the market sensitivity of eight of these critical minerals.

  • Feeding the world: the future role for minerals

    27 February 2015

    As the global population continues to expand rapidly, there is a growing need to increase crop production. Frank Hart* examines the role minerals can play in achieving this goal.

  • Iron oxide: build, or it won’t come

    27 February 2015

    Iron oxide pigment demand is benefitting from growth in new markets such as batteries and cosmetics, but the industry’s main demand driver is the construction sector, where consumption has been hurt by weaker economic growth. Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, takes a look at what construction forecasts might mean for iron oxide and discusses varying preferences for natural and synthetic material.

  • Lithium – an over- hyped commodity?

    27 February 2015

    Lithium has been one of the poster minerals of the green energy revolution, but slower than expected growth in EVs and other battery applications has put a dampener on the industry. IM examines lithium’s rise to prominence and discusses whether the element will be able to fulfil the expectations of its advocates.

  • The Tesla effect: one year on

    27 February 2015

    Tesla’s Gigafactory will create extra demand for lithium and graphite when it comes on line in 2017, but there is question over where it will source its raw materials from. Junior producers will need to look to new and innovative ways of financing their projects to be ready for Tesla, possibly even tapping the electric vehicle maker and other end users, Josie Shillito, reports.

  • RHI posts good 2014 financials, despite overcapacity

    27 February 2015

    RHI will reduce output on weaker demand with FM and CCM production both facing cuts, while 2014 results are expected to be flat year-on-year

  • Financing still a challenge for junior miners

    27 February 2015

    Stubbornly low mineral prices and virtual paralysis in spending in the mining sector means juniors are likely to have little to live on until commodities demand recovers, Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, finds.

  • Glut feeling

    24 February 2015

    Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, comments on the latest activity in the global commodities industry, where the immediate picture does not look promising.

  • Imerys posts strong 2014 results, commit to pursuing growth in new areas

    13 February 2015

    As the world’s largest and most diverse industrial minerals producer, Imerys’s results are always a good litmus test for the industry. These are strong results, and indicate that demand is returning to traditional markets, but the company continues to innovate and expand into novel sectors despite several headwinds.

  • Martin Marietta posts growth in FY2014 in magnesia, look to strong 2015

    10 February 2015

    Martin Marietta’s speciality materials business arm, which encompasses its magnesia business, only accounts for 9% of its revenue stream. However, the company is the largest producer of dolomitic lime in the country and of synthetic magnesia in North America.

  • Slovmag to supply refractories linings to Serbian copper smelter

    06 February 2015

    This is the latest in a suite of agreements that Magnezit has signed which underline its commitment to expanding its reach outside of its operating countries.

  • Obama administration ups USGS budget as demand returns

    06 February 2015

    The latest set of figures released from the USGS underpins the different trends in mining across the world, as well as in the US. Obama’s pledge to increase the budget for 2016 in an election year perhaps indicates that mining will form a bigger part of political manifestos going forward.

  • Magnezit Group signs cooperation agreement with Brazil’s Vamtec

    05 February 2015

    The distribution and research agreement forms part of the Russian magnesia and refractory producer’s strategy to build its global presence. By marketing its products in Brazil it is going up against Magnesita, so any impact is likely to be seen in end of year results 2015.

  • MIIT ask refractories industry for its opinion on standard conditions

    03 February 2015

    The move by MIIT to solicit opinions from refractories companies in China comes after the governmental body already set a deadline for the implementation of its conditions, so it is difficult to gauge what impact the feedback will have on the final set of conditions. It is important to note that the body is pushing transparency however.