Magnesia features

  • April 2015

    Martin Marietta generates record sales and profit in magnesia arm for Q1 2015

    30 April 2015

    The US magnesia producer has reported its first quarter profit for the first time since 2008, helped by record sales and “significant contributions” from its magnesia specialities business.

  • GCC resources, production and markets of Asia

    28 April 2015

    The biggest end uses for ground calcium carbonate are the paper, plastics, paints and sealants industries, with Asia representing one of the sector’s largest markets. Ian Wilson* looks at overall GCC production in Asia and assesses the industry by country and market share.

  • Flame retardants continue to fire demand for MDH

    28 April 2015

    Modest end market growth and the gradual appearance of new competitor products for magnesium hydroxide-based fire safety solutions are unlikely to scupper the expansion of this market before 2019, IM discovers.

  • Price analysis: Chinese magnesia price wars; Asian challenges for GCC

    28 April 2015

    Anonymous bidders drive down prices in magnesia at a time when industry still burdened by high inventories. Steel sector overcapacity a looming concern. In calcium carbonate meanwhile prices hold steady as market leaders control values, though end market overcapacity in Asia may hit demand. Producers seek margins on high grade products.

  • Steady as a rock

    28 April 2015

    After a tumultuous year for the mining and minerals industry in 2014, early indications for the first quarter of this year are that the sector has entered a period of relative calm.

  • Relative positioning: Magnesia producers adjust to new industry conditions

    27 April 2015

    With declining refractories consumption in key consuming sectors like steel and cement manufacturing, the balance of supply against demand is worrying many in the magnesia industry. Josie Shillito, Reporter, looks at the global trading picture and examines how magnesia companies are shifting their positions to adjust to new market dynamics.

  • China adapts to ‘new normal’ of dwindling high grade phosphate reserves

    27 April 2015

    The decline in the amount of mineable high grade phosphate rock in China has prompted the country’s government to look at new ways of conserving its resources, which have included export quotas, cuts to domestic taxes and processing innovation – but more will need to be done to protect the industry from becoming uncompetitive in the next decade.

  • Kumas: capitalising on vertical integration in refractories

    27 April 2015

    Turkish refractories producer Kumas is one of only a few suppliers in the sector able to control its raw material requirements through a vertically integrated business model – a position which helps the company to ensure quality and consistency across its product range sold to customers throughout Europe. James Sean Dickson, Reporter

  • The silent treatment: How minerals are giving water a new lease of life

    27 April 2015

    With around 2m tonnes of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste discharged into the world’s waterways every day, it is crucial that wastewater is treated thoroughly. Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, examines how minerals form a key part of many wastewater treatment systems.

  • New projects set to boost Russian magnesia production

    27 April 2015

    Russia has historically depended on imports of magnesia for its refractories and other downstream industries, but the development of new projects in Siberia, the Far East and potentially North Korea could see the country become a net exporter of the mineral by 2020, Vladislav Vorotnikov, reveals.

  • Chinese refractories industry buckles under overcapacity pressure

    27 April 2015

    Production falls for first time in a decade; industry must face up to steel cuts, association warns while demand from cement and glass is also on the slide.

  • Harbison Walker refractories plant shut down in strike dispute

    21 April 2015

    Talks to resolve a conflict between workers at an Ohio refractory plant and the plant's managers have collapsed, resulting in the shut down of the plant by its management. The facility produces clay refractory linings and the company is focusing on resolving the issue to prevent any prolonged disruption to production.

  • Taiwan calcium carbonate drugs scare identifies 19 companies

    20 April 2015

    Taiwan's industry body appears to be taking the presence of industrial grade magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate in stomach medicine very seriously. Its ongoing investigation has revealed even more over the counter drugs at risk

  • MGX Minerals nears decision for Canadian magnesia plant location

    07 April 2015

    MGX is in discussions regarding where to situate its 220,000 tpa magnesia processing facility, which will produce DBM and CCM using ore from the Driftwood Creek property in British Columbia and expects its other mineral assets in the region to benefit from economies of scale offered by the project.

  • Price Briefing 27 March – 2 April

    02 April 2015

    Antimony prices fall by 50% since 2011; price wars put pressure on Chinese magnesia.

  • Price wars put pressure on Chinese magnesia prices

    01 April 2015

    Aggressive bidding for refractory mineral tenders is forcing down the price of magnesia, while stricter environmental rules, policy mistakes and overcapacity are also putting pressure on refractories producers and their raw material suppliers.