Magnesia features

  • May 2015

    Vesuvius acquires Sidermes but reduces 2015 capex programme

    28 May 2015

    Vesuvius’ acquisition of Italian industrial probes supplier Sidermes underscores its commitment to new technology. The refractories producer delivered stable results in the first four months of 2015, but is cautious about the backdrop of declining steel and foundry production. As a result, Vesuvius is deferring capital expenditure decisions and reducing its existing capex programme by one third.

  • RHI posts stable Q1 2015 results despite dip in FM demand

    28 May 2015

    RHI is continuing to reduce production of fused magnesia at its Porsgrunn Norway plant to help reduce costs, due to weak demand for its raw material products from emerging markets. However, the company is positive about its industrial and steel division results.

  • MagMin 2015: Chinese competition squeezes Europe’s CCM producers

    28 May 2015

    China’s overcapacity overflowing; Terna Mag holds off on third expansion phase.

  • MagMin 2015: New spot trading centre to aid development of Chinese magnesia industry

    28 May 2015

    Liaoning aims to regulate magnesia business; centre will offer price discovery and financing.

  • Chinese refractories sector consolidation is positive for the wider industry, says Magnesita chief

    28 May 2015

    With overall and specific consumption of refractories in the steel industry on a downward trend, producers of refractory and raw materials are keeping a keen eye on potential pockets of growth and wider trends in the market. IM spoke to Octavio Pereira Lopes, CEO of leading Brazilian refractory materials producer, Magnesita, to discover his views on the industry. Josie Shillito, Reporter

  • Re-elected UK government pledges support for domestic energy production

    28 May 2015

    The UK's Convervative party has pledged to support fracking in a bid to boost domestic energy production. Emma Hughes explores what this means for industrial minerals.

  • People and places: Robin Steger, M!NERALS GmbH

    28 May 2015

    People moves: IM speaks to Robin Steger, managing partner for Cofermin Rohstoffe GmbH & Co. KG’s M!NERALS GmbH subsidiary.

  • Strict specifications: UK frac sand potential

    28 May 2015

    The UK is actively looking at the potential production of shale gas and, as a result, the country’s extractive minerals industry is looking at the role it can play in providing minerals that could be used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). One such mineral is silica sand, which is used as a proppant, commonly referred to as “frac sand”. Clive Mitchell, Industrial Minerals Specialist, provides an educated guess as to where this frac sand could come from in the UK.

  • What the future holds for US proppants

    28 May 2015

    The US has long enjoyed a successful fracking industry, having drilled more than a million wells to date. Yet, with plummeting oil prices causing some to question the short-term success of this process, Vasili Nicoletopoulos* provides an executive summary of IM’s latest research report on the US proppants market.

  • Overcoming the oil price decline

    28 May 2015

    North America’s fracking industry was rocked towards the end of 2014 after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which controls nearly 40% of the world oil market, failed to agree on production curbs. This, coupled with a US oversupply situation, sent the oil price tumbling. With rig counts, drilling activity and proppant demand taking a hit as a result, many began to question the impact this decision would have on the future of fracking and, as a result, proppants.* Emma Hughes and Vasili Nicoletopoulos

  • Active Growth Capital and Alliance Magnesium scrap takeover

    27 May 2015

    The decision to cancel the business partnership, which was announced in March this year, was taken by both companies owing to market conditions. Active Growth Capital now plans to focus on confirming its Portage magnesium/dolomite historical resource estimate and then seek a partner to advance to advance to drilling stage as current market conditions are making financing difficult.

  • Alteo: Abrasive ambition

    27 May 2015

    Gardanne, France-based Alteo is a leading supplier of speciality alumina products to the global refractories and ceramics industries, but its main focus is on abrasives, as it seeks to capitalise pockets of “tightness” in supply. In order to take advantage of slim opportunities in what is a fiercely competitive market, the company has had to reinvent itself as a business with a reputation for reliability and consistency, Diego Audemard, commercial director for Alteo ARC Fused Aluminas, told IM.

  • Magnezit: Putting Russian-made refractories on the global map

    27 May 2015

    With a production history dating back to 1900, Russian refractories producer Magnezit Group has been exporting materials throughout its business life. The company is stepping up capacity and increasing the range and quality of its products and its CEO, Sergei Odegov, told IM that Magnezit expects to be a competitive supplier well beyond the CIS within the next few years.

  • Slewed oil

    27 May 2015

    May offered little respite for those whose fortunes depend on the price of oil - Laura Syrett, Acting Editor discusses the slow down in drilling activity and how refractory producers are responding to low steel demand.

  • Reinventing the wheel: Mineral tyre technology

    27 May 2015

    Industrial minerals play a number of roles in improving tyre performance. Silica or rare earths additives can help enhance the efficiency of tyres – a growing requirement as populations increase and more people become vehicle owners – and innovative suppliers such as PPG are taking advantage of the green trend. In graphene, meanwhile, Switzerland-based Vittoria has launched a new range of graphene-based bicycle tyres, which it says has smashed existing performance standards in the industry. Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, Laura Syrett, Acting Editor

  • Diary Dates July 2015

    27 May 2015

    Forthcoming events in the mining industry.

  • MGX teams up with mining tech experts to develop Canadian magnesia plant

    27 May 2015

    The company is beefing up its strategic alliances by linking up with North America-based firms in order to develop its proposed magnesia facility at its Driftwood Creek site in British Columbia. It is hoped that the deal will help MGX to fast-track its goal of starting commercial production by late 2016.

  • Price Briefing 15 – 21 May

    22 May 2015

    Magnesia industry gloomy on China; Australian zircon industry optimistic for price rises.

  • MagMin 2015: Tokyo Olympics to boost Japanese magnesia demand

    20 May 2015

    Japanese magnesia producer Ube Materials said it is expecting strong demand for magnesia from the construction industry over the next five years, as Japan’s capital city gears up to host the Olympics in 2020. This means Japan’s reliance on Chinese magnesia imports is unlikely to decline significantly in the next five years.

  • MagMin 2015: New spot trading centre to aid development of Chinese magnesia industry

    20 May 2015

    The establishment of a magnesia trading platform in Liaoning last year aims to help regulate and mature China’s magnesia business and its pricing, although its strategy remains unclear and the dubious efficacy of similar Chinese bourses for rare earths and graphite pose tough questions for the scheme.

  • MagMin 2015: China to curtail “wasteful” magnesite mining

    20 May 2015

    A mounting glut of magnesia products and the destruction of valuable mineral reserves for little or no profit has forced the Chinese government to intervene in its domestic magnesia industry in an effort to halt the rapid erosion of the market.

  • MagMin 2015: Rock bottom Chinese prices drag down global fused magnesia market

    19 May 2015

    FOB China prices below $500/tonne for 97% MgO material reported as overcapacity burdens industry.

  • MagMin 2015: Chinese competition squeezes Europe’s CCM producers

    19 May 2015

    Magnesia producers in countries like Greece pride themselves of state-of-the art facilities, which are clean and efficient, but investment in technology is not being matched by companies in China, which continue to undercut European suppliers, even in their local markets.

  • Magnesita's Q1 sales increase 12.1% despite steel slump

    15 May 2015

    Over the past two years, Brazil-based refractories producer Magnesita has been carefully positioning itself to gain market share in its sales to the steel industry, in the face of flat global steel production. Expansion in established markets like mini-mills and stainless steel mills, and in new segments like integrated mills and Mexico, continues to pay off for Magnesita, which has just posted the latest in a series of sales gains in its quarterly results.

  • RHI posts stable Q1 2015 results despite dip in FM demand

    14 May 2015

    RHI is continuing to reduce production of fused magnesia at its Porsgrunn Norway plant to help reduce costs, due to weak demand for its raw material products from emerging markets. However, the company is positive about its industrial and steel division results.

  • Vesuvius acquires Sidermes but reduces 2015 capex programme

    14 May 2015

    Vesuvius’ acquisition of Italian industrial probes supplier Sidermes underscores its commitment to new technology. The refractories producer delivered stable results in the first four months of 2015, but is cautious about the backdrop of declining steel and foundry production. As a result, Vesuvius is deferring capital expenditure decisions and reducing its existing capex programme by one third.

  • MGX Minerals identifies thick sections of magnesite at Driftwood Creek

    13 May 2015

    MGX is pushing ahead with the rapid advancement of its Driftwood Creek project, as it moves ahead with its strategy to become a cornerstone producer of magnesium oxide for the North American markets and tries to locate a golden spot for its planned magnesia production plant.