Magnesia features

  • August 2016

    IM's August Price Movements

    25 August 2016

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • H1 profits dive at two Chinese refractory makers

    24 August 2016

    Two large Chinese refractory manufacturers recorded double-digit profit decreases in 2016 to date on the back of slower business in main end markets, leading companies to scale back or cancel existing projects.

  • Jinding USA to bring JDMG magnesia to Americas

    22 August 2016

    Jin Ding Magnesite has named newly-formed Jinding USA as its exclusive distributor in the region as the companies plan to supply refractories manufacturers with additional Chinese fused magnesia. Kasia Patel

  • Refractory mineral demand down in H1

    22 August 2016

    Chinese DBM exports, volumes down in 2016; Cost-cutting continues as Alcoa’s H1 revenues drop; Chinese bauxite demand falls 12% in June; Iron Mountain plans low-cost bauxite supply to China.

  • Phosphogypsum: Another Russian rare earths pipe dream?

    22 August 2016

    A plan to recycle waste from fertiliser plants to produce pure rare earths and gypsum is the latest to come out of Russia’s metallurgical science community, but this project is already facing many of the obstacles that have scuppered previous similar endeavors, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • Cut and thrust in the global abrasives market

    22 August 2016

    The global abrasives market is a fairly steady one, but new innovations in application technology are helping to compensate for areas of shrinking demand, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, discovers.

  • Smelting point? An update on major refractories for glass smelters

    22 August 2016

    Fused cast blocks have dominated the market for glass refractories since the early 20th century. Carlo Ratto takes a look at some of the alternative products which have emerged over the years and assesses the future uptake prospects for these materials.

  • India’s refractories industry: Ready to recover?

    22 August 2016

    India’s economy and steel sector have been among a select few worldwide to post healthy levels of growth amid stagnant global GDP rates, but Chinese steel dumping and overcapacity have curtailed growth in the country’s refractories industry, Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, explains.

  • China’s refractories market: Managed decline

    22 August 2016

    A policy to reduce steel capacity in China has neutralised the impact that rising steel production might have had on refractories demand in the first half of this year, while the tough trading conditions have prompted some companies to exit the market altogether, Albert Li, IM Analyst, finds.

  • World refractories industry: State of play in 2016

    22 August 2016

    Jessica Roberts assesses the health of the refractory industry’s key consumers so far in 2016, and outlines longer term trends that look to influence the market this year and beyond.

  • Chinese magnesia and refractories: The new normal

    22 August 2016

    The Chinese economy is entering a transition from a primarily export-orientated economy to a more consumer-driven economy. At the same time, increasing debt, slower growth and excess production capacity are contributing to what has been labelled as the “new normal” for China. Richard Flook and Ian Wilson examine the effect of this on the Chinese magnesia industry and the Chinese refractory industry.

  • Seven Refractories to join Dalmia in Indian JV

    16 August 2016

    The Slovenian monolithic refractory maker sees the partnership with the Indian supplier as strategic to pursuing its growth plans in the promising Indian steelmaking market.

  • Chinese refractories H1 trade review

    12 August 2016

    IM takes a look at the export stats for China’s refractory materials over the first half of the year including fused magnesia, caustic calcined magnesia, dead burned magnesia, alumina, graphite and silicon carbide.

  • Magnesita heals losses despite weak steel sales

    11 August 2016

    Sales of refractory products to the steel sector were hit by weak output in Latin America and Europe, but ongoing cost-cutting measures are bearing fruit.

  • Will India’s steel roadmap benefit upstream markets?

    10 August 2016

    India’s Ministry of Steel has been reviewing its roadmap to protect the domestic steel sector. However, the measures may not be enough to revive the country’s ailing steel industry, failing to address demand for refractories or refractory raw materials.

  • ICL income jumps as agriminerals prices remain weak

    10 August 2016

    Tel Aviv-headquartered ICL reported higher net income for the second quarter as strong performance in the company’s speciality solutions offset weak agriminerals prices. ICL expects potash sales volume to increase for the rest of 2016 although at lower prices.

  • Sluggish steel division hinders RHI’s H1

    09 August 2016

    Slow business in the steel industries in Europe, China and Latin America led to lower revenues for the German refractory manufacturer in H1 as cement, glass and energy also saw some decline.

  • Construction boost drives Martin Marietta’s Q2

    03 August 2016

    Increasing demand in various parts of the US for infrastructure and residential construction have been driving sales of aggregates and HBM in the second quarter.

  • Imerys eyes Alteo to revamp refractory arm

    01 August 2016

    Faced with persisting weakness in its refractory products operations, the French producer is capitalising on its experience in acquisitions to revamp the business through external input.