Magnesia features

  • April 2016

    UPDATE: Thyssenkrupp to supply clinker line to German cement maker

    25 April 2016

    Thyssenkrupp AG has closed a deal to supply German cement manufacturer HeildelbergCement AG with a high-efficiency cement clinker production line for an undisclosed sum.

  • Time to shine

    25 April 2016

    Siobhan Lismore-Scott, editor, highlights the features in this month's magazine which will inform and delight subscribers.

  • MagMin 2016: Networking talks reveal the true nature of magnesia industry

    25 April 2016

    Traders selling off export quota licences European cement sector: challenges in 2016 Chemicals gain as refractories market shrinks

  • Chinese Refractory Association meeting reveals gulf in struggling industry

    25 April 2016

    Poor investment and lack of innovation in sector Liaoning progress trailing other provinces Steel debt burden weighs on domestic sector

  • Chinese steel debt burden weighs on domestic refractories sector

    25 April 2016

  • How Australia’s silica industry is growing without fracking

    25 April 2016

    Unlike the US, Australia’s silica sand industry has not benefitted from a fracking boom. But as Cameron Perks*, IM Correspondent, explains, the country’s sand producers have a diverse range of expanding markets to choose from.

  • Russia seeks incentives for lithium development

    25 April 2016

    All of the lithium raw materials consumed by Russia are currently imported from abroad, but the country is looking at advancing a number of potential internal sources. However, the uncertainty of domestic demand growth and questions over how production would fit into the global lithium market could constrain new developments, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • ¡Vámonos!: South America’s lithium rush

    25 April 2016

    As excitement abounds around the potential of the “lithium triangle”, Myles McCormick visits South America to investigate the hype.

  • SQM: Outside the box; inside the triangle

    25 April 2016

    The embattled lithium major is looking to reform itself as it deals with the fallout from a number of allegations, Myles McCormick, Reporter, writes from the company’s operations in northern Chile.

  • Refractories down but not out

    25 April 2016

  • Diary Dates

    25 April 2016

    Upcoming industry events

  • Global steel output shrinks by 3.6% in Q1 2016

    21 April 2016

    First quarter figure released by the World Steel Association shows that steelmaking is still on the slide, which is bad news for the global refractories industry, although the erosion in production steadied towards the end of the three month period.

  • MagMin 2016: Terna Mag turnaround

    19 April 2016

    The Greek miner only started shipping magnesite in 2014 and has already seen some of the most difficult conditions in the industry’s history. However, it believes that by building on its advantages and making a specific value proposition to the market, Terna Mag can successfully differentiate itself from its competitors.

  • MagMin 2016: Turkish magnesia targets high value markets

    19 April 2016

    While traditional refractories markets for magnesia products come under strain, companies with material suitable for use in a range of niche applications are working to expand these sources of demand.

  • MagMin 2016: Networking talks reveal the true nature of magnesia industry

    18 April 2016

    While papers at this year's MagMin conference focused on the potential positives of the industry, despite a lagging steel sector, talks during the networking sessions among Chinese delegates revealed the real impact of environmental protection orders and how the secret trade in export licences meant magnesia companies could report a profit without mining an ounce of the material.

  • MagMin2016: Magnesia chemicals gain ground as refractories market shrinks

    18 April 2016

    Chemicals and speciality applications for magnesia make up a vast array of niche markets, but many of these are showing steady annual growth rates while the mineral’s main end use sector, refractories, is facing a slowdown in response to a weakening steel industry.

  • MagMin 2016: Glass growth and what it means for refractories

    15 April 2016

    Delegates at this year’s MagMin2016 were told that there were opportunities for growth for refractories producers in the glass market.

  • MagMin 2016: Chinese policies may help magnesia supply chain

    14 April 2016

    Although the Chinese refractories industry is in a state of depression, which threatens to continue to hinder the supply/demand dynamic of magnesia markets, the central government is implementing policies which are intended to help prop up the lagging industry.

  • Archer upgrades magnesite project to JORC 2012

    13 April 2016

    Archer Exploration has upgraded part of its magnesite mining project in South Australia in accordance with JORC code 2012, as it continues to develop the Leigh Creek site, the single largest magnesite deposit globally.

  • Quality controls intensify for China’s refractories

    08 April 2016

    Chinese refractory operators are paying greater attention to the quality profile of products manufactured in the country, while investments are taking place to take production profile up a notch.

  • RHI results: Earnings down but could be worse

    08 April 2016

    The RHI group has recorded a positive revenue and while earnings are down, they are not as bad as they could have been. The company has taken the decision to shut in production at several of its plants and cancel upgrades in some areas, as weak industrial production and slow growth in emerging markets has led to price declines for many refractory minerals.

  • Price Briefing: Lithium contract price stable, but spot market is tight

    08 April 2016

    While Chinese refractories companies are licking their wounds after a bearish and bloody 2015, battery producers are reveling in increased profit margins as demand ticks up. TiO2 markets look set to recover also - but will this be passed onto mineral sands producers?

  • China struggles to reform Liaoning magnesia industry

    06 April 2016

    As the centre of China’s magnesia industry, Liaoning should be the focus for improving efficiency in the sector. However poor investment decisions and a lack of innovation has left the region trailing other refractories-producing provinces.

  • Chinese refractory companies highlight advances made in 2015

    04 April 2016

    Despite the current downturn in refractories and steel markets, Chinese companies are taking advantage of local and national support to either be listed, restructure or consolidate, IM learned during this year's Chinese Refractories Association meeting, held last week.

  • China’s refractories output falls 6.5% in 2015 as weak demand pulls prices down

    04 April 2016

    Figures released by the China Refractory Association reveal how export volumes and prices for Chinese materials declined almost across the board last year, forcing domestic producers to cut output in response to shrinking returns.

  • Price briefing 24 - 31 March

    01 April 2016

    Prices for fluorspar, mineral sands and lithium