Magnesia features

  • May 2016

    India’s Orient Refractories posts positive Q1

    25 May 2016

    The monolithic and refractory products manufacturer recorded increased sales and profit margins in the first quarter of the year.

  • Jindalee gains license to explore Tasmanian magnesite

    24 May 2016

    Australian exploration miner Jindalee Resources has obtained a license to explore the Arthur River and Lyons River magnesite deposits in Tasmania, estimated to harbour one of the largest local reserves of the ore.

  • Soaking it up: Bentonite’s global reach

    21 May 2016

    Recent growth in bentonite consumption has been driven largely by foundry, oil drilling and iron ore pelletising markets. However, the latest downturn in oil and steel prices is likely to see volumes in the latter two markets decrease in the short to medium term. Andrew Scogings* gives an overview of worldwide bentonite production and consumption.

  • Talk From The Top: What those at the helm make of the last two years in industrial minerals markets

    21 May 2016

    While the majority of industrial mineral market participants are bracing themselves for another tough year, IM spoke to key industry players about adapting to current conditions and seeking out new markets.

  • Mineral health check – what do Q1 results say about the state of the industry?

    21 May 2016

    IM looks at first-quarter performances of the leading industrial mineral companies and what the financials say about the state of the sector.

  • A rocketing opportunity: technical ceramics and SiC take off in aerospace

    21 May 2016

    Boeing developing a CMC nozzle; NASA using SiC CMC components; minerals in aerospace – a growing opportunity?

  • Kyanite: A strategic alternative for Russia’s aluminium industry?

    21 May 2016

    As Russia looks at reducing its bauxite imports amid geopolitical tensions, developing the Bolshie Keivy kyanite deposits near Murmansk to supply alumina to the domestic aluminium industry is a possible, if unlikely, route to self-sufficiency, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, writes.

  • Supply Security Report: Mineral Sands

    21 May 2016

    Mineral sands industry sentiment has been a mixed bag throughout 2015 and into 2016. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, takes a look at the ups and downs of 2015 and asks whether mineral sands markets will register any improvements in 2016.

  • India's mining industry: Challenges and potential

    21 May 2016

    The Indian mining industry is best described as a success story still in the making. Despite holding reserves of 89 different minerals, Shruti Salwan, IM Analyst, examines why growth in the domestic mining industry has been relatively stagnant, failing to reap the benefits of an emerging middle class.

  • Where the sun shines

    21 May 2016

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is at last experiencing its heyday after decades spent at the periphery of the energy market.

  • Driving it forward: Buses in the EV Boom

    21 May 2016

    Often overshadowed by the automotive industry, the electric bus industry is set to soar in the coming years, writes Myles McCormick, Reporter.

  • Europe funds domestic rare earths mining project I2MINE

    21 May 2016

    An EU-funded project has developed innovative deep-mining strategies that are set to cut Europe’s dependence on the imported rare earth elements (RE) within four years, while also curbing environmental damage.

  • Lithium-ion continues to charge up

    21 May 2016

    With the battery boom continuing, electric vehicles are set to account for 35% of automotives produced in 2040, leading even big oil to embrace green technology.

  • Growth in energy harvesting for ceramics picking up speed

    21 May 2016

    The increased uptake of EVs and the growing interest in various types of battery components is fuelling demand for ceramics in energy harvesting, which so far has accounted for a fraction of the industry. Kasia Patel

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    21 May 2016

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  • HarbisonWalker: Beyond branding

    21 May 2016

    After bringing together its cluster of operations under a unique global flag, HarbisonWalker International is betting on rebranding to solidify its position on the market.

  • Crude steel production continues to slide globally

    20 May 2016

    The latest crude steel figures for April from worldsteel show another y-o-y production decline. Oversupply and fierce price competition in the sector have resulted in another drop in capacity utilisation for the largest refractories end market, while worldsteel's recent downward revision of its steel growth forecast adds to the uncertainty.

  • Magnesita's losses worsen in Q1

    16 May 2016

    The refractory manufacturer saw a decrease in sales, profits and net income in the first quarter of the year amid persistent weak conditions in steelmaking, as it seeks to contain costs and limit spending.

  • IFGL Q1 2016 results

    16 May 2016

    India's IFGL Refractories Ltd, the specialised refractories producer, today released its FY2015 results, which demonstrate the impact of the steel slowdown.

  • RHI Q1 2016 results

    13 May 2016

    RHI Q1 results show that the group has moved to optimise its operations. It is buying cheap magnesia on the Chinese market and using its own, higher-quality product for its own steel output. The results also highlight the falling prices in refractory raw materials an the impact of a sluggish steel market.

  • Vesuvius bets on restructuring amid weak performance

    12 May 2016

    Restructuring remains a core focus of Vesuvius’ strategy for the rest of the year as market conditions for both its foundry and steel divisions remain difficult, the company stated in a trade update today.

  • Martin Marietta posts record magnesia sales in Q1

    06 May 2016

    Martin Marietta posted record turnover and net earnings in the first quarter of 2016 on the back of increased revenues in its aggregates and cement businesses, as well as an important contribution from a strong-performing magnesia operation.

  • Toyota heralds breakthrough in magnesium battery technology

    06 May 2016

    Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) claim advances in magnesium batteries may lead to their eventual replacement of lithium-ion. This process could take decades, however, if it happens at all.

  • Nigeria harbours billions worth of mineral resources

    04 May 2016

    Authorities estimate the West African country could amass almost $25bn per year if it taps into its extensive mineral resources including magnesite, limestone, diatomite, ilmenite, rutile and many others.