Magnesia features

  • July 2015

    Vesuvius profit dips 6% in declining steel market

    31 July 2015

    The UK-based refractories producer said that its earnings are on course to meet its full year guidance for 2015, but warned that a return to overall growth in the steel market is not expected before 2017. No mention was made of Vesuvius’ failed bid to buy British rival Morgan Advanced Materials, but indications are that market observers have lost interest in the deal.

  • CGrowth Capital values dolomite reserve at $2.7bn

    30 July 2015

    Preliminary valuations on the Washington dolomite site exceed expectations, putting the company on track to commercialise the project. It intends to target the legal cannabis industry, among others.

  • China quality watchdog releases findings of magnesia brick and rare earths inspections

    30 July 2015

    Both magnesia-carbon bricks and rare earth oxides recorded high qualification rates when assessed against national quality standards. The tests are designed to improve the overall value of Chinese output of these products and encourage better manufacturing practices and volume control.

  • MGX initiates archaeological studies at Driftwood magnesium project

    28 July 2015

    The Canadian explorer has engaged Tipi Mountain to evaluate the impact its project could have on the heritage and environmental character of its site in southeast British Columbia, but anticipates receiving the approvals necessary to commence commercial operations by the end of next year.

  • MGX prepares for phase two drilling at Driftwood magnesia project

    27 July 2015

    The news that the company is continuing to test thick sections of magnesite at the western zone of its Driftwood Creek property, joins a string of fresh announcements unveiled by the firm this month. It comes as MGX’s CEO tells IM that it has picked its magnesia production plant location and is trying to “close it”.

  • MGX Minerals acquires Longworth silica site

    24 July 2015

    The company has consolidated its ownership of the Longworth claims and is aiming to solidify its position in silica in British Columbia as it prepares for the production of ferro silicon to be used to in the manufacture of magnesium alloy and steel.

  • MGX closes first private placement for Driftwood magnesia plant

    22 July 2015

    The company follows hot on the heels of an update on the lease approval process, suggesting that MGX will avoid the financing and permitting delays that often hamper mining projects in Canada.

  • Rank and file: Assessing graphite projects on credentials

    22 July 2015

    The fervour for graphite exploration shows few signs of letting up, but with more and more companies piling into the industry, despite warnings about the comparative narrowness of the future demand window, judging the quality of projects is tricky. Andrew Scogings, Jason Chesters and Bill Shaw take a look at the field and suggest some parameters for assessing individual developments.

  • Far Eastern promise: Dalgraphite to boost Russian graphite production

    22 July 2015

    Dalgraphite is developing the Soyuznoye deposit in Far East Russia. With infrastructural, investment and political hurdles to surmount, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, takes a look at the company’s chances of making it to 40,000 tpa production by 2018.

  • AMG Graphite: Bringing Bavarian intelligence to new markets

    22 July 2015

    Formerly known as Graphit Kropfmuehl, AMG Graphite traces its graphite mining routes in Bavaria back over 100 years. Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, travelled to the company’s mine in Germany to discover how, following a recent equity injection by Alterna Capital, this seasoned company is moving to build on its already formidable stature as a processor of speciality graphite material, spurred by the prospect of growth in new, high value markets.

  • Rio Tinto: Global outlook for borates

    22 July 2015

    Global borate consumption looks set to rise, based on positive trends in urbanisation, energy and worldwide food demand, according to leading producer Rio Tinto Minerals. Here, the company gives its outlook on the industry and discusses its reasons for confidence in consumption growth.

  • Global talc production and markets

    22 July 2015

    Growth in the plastics industry is helping to drive expansion in talc markets, particularly for high purity material used in making lightweight, high performing components for automobiles. Ian Wilson, Consultant, gives an overview of worldwide talc production and consumption and examines some of the key trends shaping the industry.

  • Battery minerals: A question of purity?

    22 July 2015

    Competition to supply raw materials to the burgeoning Li-ion battery market is hotting up. Josie Shillito, Reporter, spoke to experts in the industry to discover the importance of producing the appropriate purity minerals to manufacturers and whether sustainable provenance will hamper efforts to keep costs down.

  • Frac sand demand holds out in drilling decline

    22 July 2015

    While predictions for the oil and gas industry range between bottomed out to a distant turnaround as far away as 2017, so far frac sand has gained market share due to its availability, price and changing trends in fracking, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds.

  • Summer torpor hits industrial minerals early

    22 July 2015

    Positive barite, bromine, soda ash prices stand out; refractory minerals continue to head south; TiO2 feedstocks face gloomy second half of 2015.

  • MGX Minerals on course to obtain mining lease for Driftwood magnesia plant

    20 July 2015

    The company's steady progression through the approvals process for its proposed Driftwood magnesia project in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia could see the company starting to produce 10,000 tpa DBM by Q4 2016.

  • Ma’aaden Q2 net profit falls by 27%

    15 July 2015

    Rather than phosphates and other industrial minerals lowering the miner’s income, price falls for gold and base metals have weighed heavily on Ma’aden’s net profit.

  • Korab receives third proposal to fund Australian magnesite project

    08 July 2015

    The junior has received a third pitch to fund its magnesite quarry based near the south of Darwin and is pursuing discussions with the investor. This is a positive signal given that project financing is tight in the mining sector.

  • MGX Minerals prepares for exploration at Californian magnesite deposit

    07 July 2015

    The company is advancing its industrial minerals portfolio and expanding operations in the US, as it makes preparations to begin phase one of an exploration programme at its White Moon magnesite deposit in California.