Magnesia features

  • September 2016

    Tecnargilla ‘16: Refractory machinery makers target SE Asia

    30 September 2016

    Emerging markets that are boosting their productions are increasing demand for oven and furnace equipment – such as fuel burners – although sources noted that existing financial issues can pose a hurdle to business.

  • IBAR-Cofermin deal eyes EU magnesia market

    29 September 2016

    IBAR is aiming to provide European buyers with an alternative source of dead burned magnesia, but aggressive prices from China and slow demand for refractory magnesia products in Europe may pose hurdles to market penetration.

  • Aachen ’16: Steel plants need improved flexibility

    28 September 2016

    Insufficient knowledge of wear patterns of refractory materials in steel ladles and lack of data gathering result in long upgrading times and high costs for steelmakers – an approach that has to change.

  • Kaolin’s opportunity

    27 September 2016

    Although kaolin has long been associated with the paper industry, new opportunities are presenting themselves in new markets, such as ceramics. Ian Wilson, Consultant, details how each producing country in the world is responding to new calls for demand.

  • Australian agricultural limestone: What’s eating Australia?

    26 September 2016

    With soil acidification eating at Australia’s multibillion dollar agricultural market, Richard Flook, Consultant, and Cameron Perks, IM Australian Correspondent,* take a look at what is being done to help farmers improve their productivity and the growth required in the Australian agricultural limestone industry.

  • New Zealand agricultural limestone: Fertilising middle earth

    26 September 2016

    New Zealand may be best known as Tolkien’s “Middle Earth” but it is also a powerhouse in agricultural production. The lush green fields have long relied on agricultural limestone but recently more attention has been focussed on optimising performance. Richard Flook, Consultant, and Cameron Perks, IM Australian Correspondent examine how fine grades of agricultural limestone, either spread or granulated, are becoming increasingly popular.

  • Asia leads world steel production growth in August

    23 September 2016

    While China registered a 3% y-o-y increase in crude steel production, Japan managed growth at 1.5% from corresponding figures in 2015, with India topping the chart with a 9.4% increase in its crude steel production.

  • Chinese downstream industries output in H1

    19 September 2016

    Data from the Association of China Refractories Industry highlights the performance of downstream industries that employ refractory products, including steelmaking, construction and nonferrous materials.

  • Shrinking profits affect China's refractory makers

    16 September 2016

    The survival of Chinese refractory producers and exporters is jeopardised by persistant weak market conditions, which brought about a decrease in revenues and profit margins in the first half of 2016 and is causing immediate financial issues for operators.

  • Chinese refractory output drops in H1

    15 September 2016

    Production of refractory products in China suffered a slowdown in the first half of the year, while exports of refractory mineral raw materials also saw double-digit declines. Prices continue to edge downwards.

  • India’s turn towards monolithic refractories

    02 September 2016

    As the much hoped-for improvement in Chinese steel production is struggling to materialise, southern neighbour India is enjoying a stable steel output while the local industry is renovating in techniques and equipment. All in, India is seen as a shining light for refractory products manufacturers.