Magnesia features

  • January 2016

    Price Briefing 22 – 28 January

    29 January 2016

    Fluorspar and DBM prices decline on weak demand, as graphene prices come down on increased capacity and US silica raises prices for non-frac sand products.

  • IREFCON 2016: Indian refractories: Bearish or better in 2016?

    29 January 2016

    Falling steel prices led by the slowdown in China’s economy has driven down Indian steel market growth to a rate of 3% per annum and slashed into India’s refractories sector, prompting calls for protectionist policies to preserve the country’s minerals and metals industries.

  • Chinese DBM prices slip by $10/tonne despite lack of trading

    26 January 2016

    Suppliers may be offering early discounts during seasonal quiet period.

  • IM's February Price Movements

    26 January 2016

    IM's full price listing for February 2016.

  • China’s bentonite industry has room to grow

    25 January 2016

    China is believed to host the world’s largest reserves of calcium bentonite, but a lack of sophisticated beneficiation technology has kept the sector’s value low. Albert Li, IM Analyst, discovers how some of the country’s top researchers are seeking to tackle this issue with new technology.

  • Kaolin in India: Cracking high value markets

    25 January 2016

    Growing demand for high quality kaolin in lucrative end markets like ceramics and paints represents an opportunity for India’s kaolin miners, but only a slim proportion of the country’s output is good enough for these applications. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, spoke to India’s top producers of the clay about how they intend to secure a share of an expanding industry.

  • Markets fail to rally ahead of Chinese New Year

    25 January 2016

    Fluorspar and graphite prices weak but stable; Iodine and magnesia decline in January; Chinese soda ash prices bounce on tight supply.

  • The lost continent?

    25 January 2016

    “Do not try searching for a black goat in the night” – an African proverb that probably strikes many as both amusing and indisputably sensible at the same time. Today, it feels like a particularly appropriate maxim for those looking to invest in Africa’s mining sector.

  • Turkish refractories producer Superates shuts its doors after 50 years

    25 January 2016

    Company closed on 31 December 2015; Istanbul plant site sold to property developer.

  • African mining: Investing against the odds?

    25 January 2016

    The African continent is often – many would say wrongly – regarded as a block of opportunity and risk for the mining industry. As the sector prepares for the annual Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, IM reviews some of the challenges the region has faced in recent years and assesses what type of operating environment these create for the resources sector.

  • Bauxite: Bearing the brunt of shrinking refractories demand

    25 January 2016

    Ructions in the global commodities markets have wrought havoc with demand for both metallurgical and non-metallurgical grades of bauxite. While the demise of the former, used for the production of alumina for aluminium metal, has been well documented, the slowdown in the refractory grade bauxite sector has been less obtrusive. IM’s Acting Editor, Laura Syrett, spoke to the industry about how it is dealing with the downturn in refractories consumption.

  • Magnesite and magnesia in Turkey

    25 January 2016

    Turkey is a magnesite-rich country and has a long history of mining the mineral, both for export and increasingly for its own internal refractories and speciality materials sectors. Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of Turkey’s geological background and profiles some of the country’s main magnesite and magnesia producers.

  • Price Briefing 15 – 21 January

    22 January 2016

    Fluorspar and CCM prices slide; vein graphite to remain stable; US soda ash suppliers nail down 2016 contracts.

  • IREFCON 2016: China’s refractories exports flooding Indian market

    21 January 2016

    China’s glut of refractory products and subsequent dumping in export markets is subduing India’s growth potential, with domestic players facing trading pressure as buyers opt for cheaper Chinese material.

  • IREFCON 2016: Indian steel faces continued threat from Chinese imports

    21 January 2016

    As steel production and consumption in India gains pace, domestic producers are concerned about the threat of cheap imports from other Asian suppliers. Measures have been taken to safeguard the industry, but some market participants believe that these may not go far enough.

  • IREFCON 2016: Indian refractories industry to slash costs

    21 January 2016

    As fading steel demand and floundering commodity prices push India’s refractory producers to seek cost-effective substitutes in their manufacturing processes, the temptation to turn to China for cheaper raw materials is likely to damage the country’s mineral producers.

  • Chinese CCM prices ebb in soft trading conditions

    18 January 2016

    Weak demand inside China and in export markets hits price of 90-92% MgO material.

  • Price Briefing 8 – 14 January

    15 January 2016

    Iodine and magnesia prices fall while zircon remains steady; soda ash values rebound in China.

  • Fused magnesia prices decline in China

    13 January 2016

    Slow demand from domestic and export markets weighs down FM values.

  • Turkish refractories producer Superates shuts its doors after 50 years

    06 January 2016

    The Istanbul-based manufacturer has been selling refractory products since 1966, but has now reportedly sold off the land on which its production plant was situated, against a backdrop of a declining refractories industry and rocketing real estate prices in Turkey.

  • Indian magnesite production up around 4% in October 2015

    06 January 2016

    New data from the Indian Ministry of Mines indicates a total of 23,000 tonnes magnesite was mined in the country in October, up nearly 4% year-on-year.