Magnesia features

  • December 2017

    Magnesia: A year in review

    25 December 2017

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global magnesia market.

  • Price Briefing: 15-21 December

    22 December 2017

    Chromite prices remain stable, as do European magnesia markets; Huber announces increases in ATH prices for next year, while Orocobre expects a 25% rise in lithium carbonate contracts for H1 2018. Proposal to delist zircon grades, and Christmas pricing schedule.

  • IM's December Price Movements

    22 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    19 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals will be closed from December 25 until January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • European magnesia markets quiet at year-end

    19 December 2017

    Fused magnesia (FM) prices in Europe have more than doubled in the second half of the year amid a severe shortage of material but have held steady this month, albeit at high levels.

  • Industrial minerals industry welcomes new EU anti-dumping rules

    15 December 2017

    The European industrial minerals industry has reacted positively to the European Union Council of Ministers’ formal approval on December 4 of new anti-dumping rules.

  • Back to black

    14 December 2017

    The graphite industry has gone through a year marked by abrupt changes in supply patterns and market prices - various factors shook up the sector after years of weakness. Demand from refractories and batteries is growing, injecting new hope to the industry, Industrial Minerals deputy editor, Davide Ghilotti writes.

  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze

    14 December 2017

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes.

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

    14 December 2017

    Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about additional pressures coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when larger market participants get even larger through mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

  • Microwave treatment offers greener option for graphite processing

    14 December 2017

    Microwave irradiation has recently emerged as a promising method to process high-grade natural graphite from mineral ores in a way that is less environmentally damaging than many conventional beneficiation techniques, Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

  • RHI Magnesita: Brick by brick consolidation

    14 December 2017

    The merger between RHI and Magnesita ‘makes sense’ because the refractory industry tends toward consolidation, while raw material shortages in China may lead supply to diversify elsewhere, according to the new company’s chief executive officer, Stefan Borgas.

  • Andalusite market tightens up

    14 December 2017

    Market patterns in the andalusite trade are likely to change next year because suppliers are fixing shorter contracts while demand is high and output is limited - prices are set to increase.

  • IM's November Price Movements

    11 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • The dragon loosens its hold: magnesia supply developments outside of China

    08 December 2017

    With Chinese magnesia supply dwindling, or ceasing altogether in some markets, consultant Ian Wilson, discusses the supply situation outside of China.

  • China to announce first list of regulation-compliant refractory companies

    07 December 2017

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is preparing to publish its first list of domestic refractory companies that comply with industry regulations.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to discontinue magnesia grades

    05 December 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue three of its fused magnesia prices.

  • China's refractory materials output down 12% in Jan-Sep

    05 December 2017

    Reduced demand, supply shortages and the burden of environmental inspections combined to reduce China's refractories output to 14.22 million tonnes in the first three quarters of the year.

  • RHI Magnesita completes mandatory divestments

    01 December 2017

    The European Commission has granted buyer approval for German group Intocast to take over the dolomite production sites in Italy and Spain and the carbon bricks operation in Oberhausen.