Magnesia features

  • October 2017

    Price Briefing: 20-26 October

    27 October 2017

    Iodine price hits 15-month high after CPHI; TiO2 market holds firm while paint producers lift prices; Ilmenite market stalls, rutile tightens; chemical chromite slows down; European fused magnesia on the up again.

  • European fused magnesia market continues surge higher

    25 October 2017

    Availability of fused magnesia is tight, which is a factor driving prices higher. The dependence on graphite electrodes in the FM production process is contributing to this upward price trend.

  • Aachen ’17: Raw materials, consolidation troubling refractory makers

    20 October 2017

    Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about new pressure coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when competition from large players getting larger through M&As.

  • China sees local economies buoyant despite pollution clamp-down

    19 October 2017

    Government growth figures for refractory-production centres suggest resilient growth, which is likely to add support for further inspections.

  • RHI Magnesita eyes 27 Oct LSE listing

    17 October 2017

    The Dutch financial authority gave its go-ahead to the LSE listing of the group’s shares, as the year-long merger process is expected to be completed in the next 10 days.

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • UniteCR ’17: Andalusite supply contracts expected to be shorter, costlier

    12 October 2017

    Market patterns governing andalusite trade are expected to change next year, as suppliers say they will seek shorter contracts amid a situation of high demand and limited output.

  • European fused magnesia prices rise further

    11 October 2017

    Spot prices of fused magnesia material in Europe have risen by up to $400/tonne on average as Chinese FM grades also appreciated after the Golden Week holiday.

  • Chinese fused magnesia prices extend rally after holidays

    10 October 2017

    Prices are rising, but a shortage of feedstocks is limiting gains for producers.

  • Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

  • Metal Bulletin Group completes its first independent benchmark assurance review

    05 October 2017

    Metal Bulletin Group, a leading provider of information to the steel and metals industry, has completed its first external assurance review of selected benchmark prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Buyers brace for higher raw material prices in '18

    05 October 2017

    Several consumers of refractory minerals gathered in Santiago told IM they are certain that “everything will appreciate” next year as shortage of materials will trigger higher contract prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Refractories recycling takes centre stage as shortage bites

    04 October 2017

    With the markets of several raw materials currently experiencing short supply and surging prices, refractory makers should invest into recycling options, delegates were told in Santiago.

  • China's magnesia exports surge in August

    03 October 2017

    While exports of caustic calcined magnesia, dead burned magnesia and fused magnesia surged in August, after a decrease over the summer, the average value per tonne of material exported continued to appreciate as domestic supply constraints feed through to international markets.

  • IM's September Price Movements

    02 October 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • RHI to restart fused magnesia plant in Norway

    02 October 2017

    The major refractory producer plans to increase fused magnesia production at its Norwegian site as Chinese supply continues to be curtailed by environmental control, pushing prices to record highs.

  • RHI divests dolomite business to Intocast

    02 October 2017

    RHI is divesting its dolomite operations in Spain and Italy, which will be taken over by Germany’s Intocast, following European directives prior to the merger with Magnesita. Separately, the company is also selling off the fused cast refractories for glassmaking business in Italy and Russia.

  • Woolly topic: The challenges of analysing artificial fibres

    02 October 2017

    Mineral wools are artificial fibres typically made from spinning or drawing molten minerals and widely used as insulating and building material, in close proximity to humans. Here, three experts* on chemical analysis of mineral wool outline some of the most important considerations when evaluating these products for safe use in everyday applications.

  • Comment: Spice it up

    02 October 2017

  • The end is nigh: A bleak future for Bolivian antimony

    02 October 2017

    Producers foresee little prospect for continued antimony operations in a country that once was a major player in the industry, as regulations strangle business, writes Myles McCormick, IM Correspondent, from La Paz.

  • IM Prices September 2017

    02 October 2017

    See article below, from the October-November issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: fluorspar, chromite, magnesia, zircon, graphite, ilmenite, bauxite, alumina, lithium, titanium dioxide/TiO2 and iodine.

  • Genie in a bottleneck: How a supply squeeze has worked magic for TiO2

    02 October 2017

    As environmental inspections cut Chinese titanium dioxide output and producers elsewhere in the world fail to pick up the slack, prices for the pigment chemical have staged a surprise turnaround, William Clarke, IM Reporter, finds.

  • Zircon 101: where will new demand come from?

    02 October 2017

    Zircon is important - and some would argue irreplaceable - in markets such as ceramics, which accounts for around 50% of demand. But, as Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, discovers, there are new sources of interest within that same industry - and demand projections vary wildly.