Magnesia features

  • February 2016

    Magnezit to up fused magnesia production to 50,000 tpa in Krasnoyarsk

    26 February 2016

    The Russian refractories group has signed a deal to boost its FM output in southern Siberia as part of an socio-economic development agreement, which will also see it add additional fusion capabilities for a total capacity of 100,000 tpa.

  • Producing soda ash from nepheline in Russia

    24 February 2016

    The production of soda ash as a byproduct of extracting alumina from nepheline ores could be a lucrative, low-waste option for Russian companies, but, as IM Correspondent Vladislav Vorotnikov explains, there are a number of caveats to using the technology, particularly in a commodities market dogged by low prices.

  • Quebec: A province with a plan

    24 February 2016

    The province of Quebec is one of the most active in Canada in terms of industrial mineral development. IM spoke to its government about its Plan Nord initiative, designed to support its mining sector through the commodities downturn and beyond.

  • Australia: The land of lithium?

    24 February 2016

    Australia was the biggest producer of lithium in 2015, according to the USGS, but its place in the market has often been overshadowed by the brine suppliers of South America. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of the Australian lithium mining sector and looks at where this industry could go, if projected the growth in demand for Li-ion batteries materialises.

  • Yukon’s mineral industry – looking back and moving ahead

    24 February 2016

    Low metal prices are keeping a lid on exploration, but as the Yukon Government’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources explains, the territory is using the downtime to improve the industry’s regulatory framework, ready for a turnaround.

  • Industrial minerals in British Columbia

    24 February 2016

    Canada’s most southwesterly province has a long history of industrial mineral mining. George Simandl and Michaela Neetz of the British Columbia Geological Survey at the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines give a detailed over view of its non-metallic mineral activity and potential.

  • Ontario’s mineral sector: “Enriching the future”

    24 February 2016

    Home to some of the world’s leading mining technology specialists, Ontario has long been at the forefront of the modern mining industry. Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines, outlines how the province is working to reinforce its status as a global mining destination.

  • Saskatchewan’s industrial minerals

    24 February 2016

    Saskatchewan is best known for its potash mining, but as the staff of the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy explain, the Canadian province has many more minerals to offer.

  • Ceramics minerals: Taking the floor

    24 February 2016

    While technical ceramics may be a growing application for minerals such as kaolin and zircon, the majority of these are still consumed by traditional applications like construction and tiles. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, looks at some recent developments in the sector.

  • Fertilisers: Facing the future

    24 February 2016

    As the agriminerals industry comes under pressure from a skewed supply-demand balance, James Sean Dickson, IM Correspondent, discovers how fertiliser producers are coming up with new products and making use of the latest technology to ensure profitability.

  • EU to fund €5.4m critical minerals exploration programme

    23 February 2016

    The four year research project is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative, aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness in terms of raw materials and technology to ensure industrial leadership and technological development, will be led by the UK’s University of Exeter.

  • Nedmag outlines $135m investment plan

    22 February 2016

    The Dutch company has signalled that it intends to exploit its resources further and it is keen to innovate to target new markets, or improve its production processes.

  • Slow steel market docks $9m from Martin Marietta’s magnesia business

    09 February 2016

    The company said little about its speciality magnesia arm, which was one of its worst performing divisions last year thanks to softness in the steel sector, while broader strong economic activity in the US bolstered its aggregates businesses.

  • LKAB standardises refractory portfolio as recycling demand grows

    03 February 2016

    With a greater emphasis on sustainability and cost cutting without compromising on performance, LKAB says demand for recycled refractories in Europe is growing.