Magnesia features

  • March 2015

    Chinese refractories output falls for first time in ten years

    30 March 2015

    2014 saw the first drop in China’s refractory production since 2004 as domestic demand from the steel, cement and glass sectors continues to weaken in the wake of slowing GDP growth. Exports jumped last year, meanwhile, as suppliers sought international buyers for surplus production.

  • World steel output broadly flat in February

    23 March 2015

    Peak steel in China is now being spoken of by many as a past event. Figures by worldsteel and continued projections from mining giant BHP Billiton may serve to lighten the gloomy atmosphere.

  • Vesuvius grows profits by 2% despite slip in revenues after mixed 2014

    23 March 2015

    Margin improvements boosted full year earnings for Vesuvius while strong performance in Asia rewards investment. The company is now planning a shift towards tech for future growth.

  • India’s soda ash industry revs up on economic growth

    20 March 2015

    With installed capacity of around 3m tpa, India is already a significant producer of soda ash for its own domestic needs. But its main market players have ambitions to go increasingly global, Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, discovers.

  • Turkey’s soda ash projects today, and how they got there

    20 March 2015

    Until 1979, Turkey was unaware that it was sitting on two of the largest deposits of trona ore, the main source of natural soda ash, in the world. Since then, the industry has moved in fits and starts to sit on the cusp of becoming a top contender in the global soda ash market. IM takes a look at the history of Turkey’s soda ash industry and how it hopes to develop in the future.

  • REM: A song for Sonora

    20 March 2015

    UK AIM-listed Rare Earth Minerals Plc has taken Bacanora Minerals Ltd’s Sonora lithium project under its wing and is now singing, or rather shouting, from the top of the wall about the project’s credentials. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, speaks to REM’s CEO, Kiran Morzaria, about his company’s ambitions for the Mexico-based deposit.

  • Recharging lithium supply

    20 March 2015

    With much of the lithium industry transfixed by demand projections based on new market growth, James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the ability of the existing lithium suppliers to meet these forecasts.

  • Lithium’s ‘traditional’ markets and their price buffer role

    20 March 2015

    Attention to lithium’s traditional applications in ceramics and glass has been usurped by a focus on the energy storage market. However, non-energy storage uses like greases and ceramics continue to take up at least two thirds of worldwide lithium production. Josie Shillito examines how this may change as demand for lithium in energy storage grows.

  • Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

    20 March 2015

    Manchester is looking to lead the UK in its efforts to keep up in the global graphene race.

  • The importance of Manchester’s “Graphene City”

    20 March 2015

    Graphene has continued to generate a buzz in both research and mining communities over the past year as companies search for that killer application that will bring the nano-material out of laboratories and into the commercial mainstream. Emma Hughes, Special Projects Editor, looks at how Manchester is leading the charge in the UK.

  • Coatings turn to new products

    20 March 2015

    Changes in regulation and customer preference are driving the emergence of exciting new products in the coatings industry, but behind the headlines many producers are concerned about weaknesses in key consuming sectors.

  • Leaving lab status: Graphene’s various routes to industrial application

    20 March 2015

    The commercialisation of graphene is complicated by the many forms in which it can be obtained as well as its multifarious potential applications. Marko Spasenovic takes a look at the present state of the industry and assesses how the material is progressing from the research market to industrial products.

  • Currency fluctuations crunch export earnings

    20 March 2015

    Global soda ash market in for a positive 2015; zircon prices expected to remain flat in near term; currency depreciation hits phosphate and TiO2.

  • Magnesita 2014 results triumph over flat steel production

    17 March 2015

    Magnesita overcame headwinds in the steel market to deliver robust 2014 earnings, half of which came from new growth markets. The company is looking to the stainless steel and mini mills end market in North America for its 2015 growth.

  • Orbite presses ahead with patents; installs HPA refractory system

    17 March 2015

    Orbite has been active in getting its red mud technology patented, with notices of allowance now received for both Canada and the United States.

  • K+S potash price recovery sustains results

    12 March 2015

    K+S claims that potash price recovery will spill into 2015, despite demand for the product being forecast down. The agrichem producer's cost and operational efficiencies are up to scratch, protecting against any downside.

  • ICL and workers return to negotiating table

    03 March 2015

    Talks have recommenced with the Israel Chemicals Ltd business and its workers over planned cost cutting layoffs.The strikes affected ICL's full year results prompting the company to announce plans to collaborate with its employees on cost-cutting efforts.