Magnesia features

  • July 2016

    EU takes action over China export duties

    20 July 2016

    The European Union has launched another legal case against China’s restriction on raw material exports essential for the region’s downstream industries. However, China discounts any deliberate intentions claiming that the restrictions are merely an effort to protect domestic resources and the ecological environment.

  • Oilfield minerals: Drums in the deep

    18 July 2016

    High volatility in energy prices shook commodity markets over the past year, with oil taking a dive headfirst to lows that had not been reached for over a decade. This had negative consequences for oilfield service operators as well as mineral suppliers, who saw demand and prices falling for proppants and barite, while bentonite was, to an extent, spared.

  • When the lights go out

    18 July 2016

    At its peak in 2008, oil (WTI) was trading at $140/bbl, which in turn pushed up the price of natural gas. The high price of fuel prompted investment in alternative energy supply, with countries looking to become self-sufficient, at least in part. Now, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, details how Australia has moved to diversify its supply mix and what this means for oilfield mineral markets.

  • Bridging the Gulf

    18 July 2016

    As the US Geological Survey prepares to issue a special publication on the mineral resources of Iran, the international business community is kicking its heels in frustration about the snail’s pace of progress towards establishing trade links with the Islamic Republic, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, writes.

  • Cobalt supply: Alternatives and additions

    18 July 2016

    With various issues surrounding the use of cobalt in batteries, IM Correspondent, Cameron Perks, looks at potential future supply possibilities as well as substitution of the material.

  • A bright future for halloysite?

    18 July 2016

    HNTs are naturally occurring structures within deposits of the mineral halloysite. Although they are already widely used in ceramics, new research into HNTs is revealing their potential for use in applications ranging from cancer drugs to animal feed, Frank Hart explains.

  • Grinding out: China’s GCC sector needs to work hard to change

    18 July 2016

    Valued as a plentiful source of cheap, basic ground calcium carbonate materials, China now wants to tackle its overcapacity problems by shifting its emphasis onto higher value products – a familiar story with an uncertain ending, as Albert Li, IM China Analyst, explains.

  • US takes action over China export duties

    14 July 2016

    US trade authorities have challenged China’s continued enforcement of export duties on nine essential metals and minerals, which the country agreed to eliminate after joining the WTO, pointing to deliberate efforts by China to increase its competitive edge in downstream product manufacture.

  • Heraeus looks at new markets with Korean office

    13 July 2016

    The German components manufacturer is seeking to cement its presence in South Korea for automotive, electronic and telecommunication applications, while it sees opportunities to penetrate local e-mobility, energy technology and medical care markets.

  • China develops high-end magnesium hydrate

    11 July 2016

    The breakthrough was hailed as a viable method to recycle bischofite that is generated during potash production in salt lake resources.

  • Price Briefing 1-7 July 2016

    08 July 2016

    Fluorspar prices fail to rebound due to weak demand; Chinese TiO2 operators signal yet another price hike; bauxite prices slow down amid persistent issues in consumption; Chinese silicon carbide export values point to lower prices; lithium prices see a degree of stabilisation.

  • Chinese DBM exports, volumes down in 2016

    06 July 2016

    Dead burned magnesia deliveries out of China fell substantially in the first five months of the year, as caustic calcined magnesia and fused magnesia exports recorded a more moderate slowdown.