Magnesia features

  • March 2016

    Tata Steel closure of UK business latest death knell for refractories

    30 March 2016

    The closure of Tata Steel's UK plants is expected to weigh heavily on industrial minerals markets. At the time of writing it was not clear whether or not the operations would be closed down, sold off or rescued by the UK government. Whatever the outcome, Tata's decision to pull out of its British steel business is a body blow for UK and European refractories producers, which rely on steel consumers.

  • West High Yield magnesium: The friendliest element on earth?

    18 March 2016

    TSX-V-listed WHY is developing the Record Ridge magnesium project in British Columbia. As well as plans for calcined and fused magnesia production at the site, the company sees opportunities for magnesium in batteries and lightweight metal alloys, which could gain traction as part of a wider shift to a greener global economy.

  • Russia: Open for olivine

    18 March 2016

    JSC North Urals Dunites is planning to mine dunite as a source of olivine from the Iovinsky deposit in Russia’s Ural Mountains, which promises to be the world’s second largest project of its kind. Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers how the company is dealing with environmental opposition and the challenge of finding new markets.

  • Australian magnesite: Recovery and expansion

    18 March 2016

    Australia hosts some 95m tonnes magnesite reserves and has been a major supplier of the global market for much of the last century. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, and Richard Flook, Consultant*, examine the history of Australian magnesite and discuss some of the new projects underway that look set to restore the sector’s former glory.

  • Caustic soda: Corrosion or progression?

    18 March 2016

    The alumina industry is the largest consumer of caustic soda, but smelter closures across the world are threatening to eat into this market, while regulatory pressures on the chemical’s production are also forcing change in the industry.

  • Graphene: The good and the great

    18 March 2016

    The nanocarbon is gradually beginning to appear in consumer products, but as Laura Syrett, Acting Editor and Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discover, there is a tension between getting graphene commercialised quickly into useful but ordinary items and the more time consuming business of realising the material’s game-changing potential.

  • Alumina advances in technical ceramics

    18 March 2016

    Alumina is the most widely used raw material in technical ceramics production, accounting for up to 80% of the total used. Jessica Roberts* looks at some of the key raw materials in advanced ceramics and their supply chains and outlines which sectors are poised for growth.

  • Carbon nanotubes: The next industrial revolution?

    18 March 2016

    CNTs have the potential to revolutionise electronics, health and even sports equipment and the environment. Frank Hart* takes a look at the industry and examines the relationship of the nanotechnology to graphene and graphite.

  • Magnesia: A Sino-Soviet split?

    18 March 2016

    China remains the world’s dominant magnesia supplier, but domestic overcapacity and shrinking international demand are unsettling the sector, particularly as the country looks set to lose one of its largest export markets – Russia. Albert Li, IM Analyst and Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, examine Chinese export trends over the last year and look at Russia’s efforts to establish its own magnesia industry.

  • Minerals in plastic

    18 March 2016

    While other markets are still suffering a downturn, the use of minerals in plastics is steady, as traditional materials in packaging, construction and the automotive sector are being switched for more lightweight and durable alternatives, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers.

  • Henan refractories companies plan expansions

    11 March 2016

    A new refractory brick plant has been given the go-ahead in Gongyi city, while Chinalco has received approval to open a 100,000 tpa bauxite mine in Sanmexia city.

  • Magnesita DBM sales prop up lacklustre full year results

    10 March 2016

    The Brazilian refractories producer’s earnings figures highlight the importance of its industrial minerals offering in a tough steel market, as well as the favourable currency effect.

  • West High Yield seeks funding as magnesia project permitting enters final stage

    08 March 2016

    The Canadian junior is looking to bring a fused magnesia project in British Columbia online, after almost 12 years of trying to secure mine approvals.