Magnesia features

  • February 2017

    IM's February Price Movements

    28 February 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • China's January magnesia, graphite exports surge, values plummet

    27 February 2017

    When China quietly cancelled the export tax for both graphite and magnesia in December, both Chinese associations and producers were left in doubt, while market participants questioned whether it would lead to more material being sold at cheaper prices. Customs data for January appear to show that has become a reality.

  • Magnesia next in line in China’s anti-pollution crackdown?

    24 February 2017

    As Chinese authorities continue the clampdown on polluting industries to clean up local operations, the focus is shifting to magnesia processors. After the rapid downfall in magnesia prices out of China following the scrapping of the quota system, some suggest the downtrend may be reversed if the shutdowns lead to a supply shortage.

  • Morgan records profit growth in 2016

    23 February 2017

    All three main operations in thermal products, technical ceramics and composites/defence systems posted solid increases in sales, supported by a favourable exchange rate.

  • A new era for the salt supply chain

    23 February 2017

    Salt demand is closely linked to predictable factors such as population growth, but also to erratic phenomena like weather patterns, making the outlook for the industry hard to predict. David McNeill*, Senior Analyst at Roskill Information Services, assesses current trends in the global salt market.

  • Storing up potential

    23 February 2017

    Falling prices of renewable energy, increased interest in energy storage and demand for versatile off-grid applications spell good news for the expanding vanadium battery market, Davide Ghilotti, Chief Reporter, finds.

  • Solid state batteries: The next evolution in Li-ion technology?

    23 February 2017

    Lithium-ion batteries have been plugged as the enablers of countless next generation electronic devices, but there remain kinks in the technology that engineers are struggling to iron out. Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, spoke to high-tech materials developer Ilika about how solid state designs may provide some of the answers battery users are looking for.

  • Charging forward

    23 February 2017

    Two months after the production cogs began to churn out battery cells at Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’, Myles McCormick, Reporter, investigates the arrival of lithium-ion battery megafactories, the hurdles they face and their significance for raw material demand.

  • Special agent on mission to solve snags in commodity shipping

    23 February 2017

    Newly-launched shipping agency WaterFront Maritime believes that there has been a loss of expertise in seaborne commodities transport in recent years and that the sector’s uncertain trading conditions present a perfect opportunity to offer tailored logistics services, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • RHI shows revenue decline in 2016 in preliminary figures

    22 February 2017

    Revenues in 2015 were hit by a depressed steel markets and rising inventories for RHI, while preliminary results for 2016 show a further drop is anticipated.

  • TiO2 feedstocks turn a corner

    22 February 2017

    A rebound in titanium dioxide prices and demand has paved the way for positive momentum in the mineral sands sector. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, and Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, look at current industry trends and planned new projects in the sector.

  • Calderys UK buys refractory service supplier

    20 February 2017

    The acquisition of NG Johnson Northern confirms Calderys’ focus on providing a vertically-integrated service to customers, from design of the refractories all the way to post-installation servicing and maintenance.

  • China uncovers magnesia smuggling ring

    20 February 2017

    Up to 15,000 tonnes magnesia was indicated as having been smuggled over two years. Separately, Liaoning province continues with its environmental efforts to regulate local magnesia companies.

  • HarbisonWalker to set up monolithic refractory plant

    17 February 2017

    The plant will add to the existing capacity HarbisonWalker has in the US and represents the company's strategy to reinforce its position in refractories.

  • Acquisitions boost Imerys’ 2016 revenues

    16 February 2017

    Imerys’ long list of recently completed acquisitions brought in over €140m in additional revenue, boosting the company’s yearly turnover, as income showed robust growth while refractories remained difficult.

  • Double-digit sales growth for Martin Marietta

    15 February 2017

    Recovery in construction led to improved performance in all three geographical areas Martin Marietta operates in, while the new Trump government’s focus on infrastructural spending bodes well for the future of the sector.

  • Price Briefing 3-9 February

    10 February 2017

    Trading remains quiet in the first week after the Chinese New Year holiday, but a number of industrial mineral miners have announced production update. Antimony trioxide spot prices increased while chromite held firm.

  • Brazil cuts magnesia exports in 2016

    06 February 2017

    Magnesia exports from the leading Latin American producing nation saw a double-digit decline in value, as shipments to the US alone fell by almost $15m.

  • Danakali receives mining license for Eritrean potash project

    01 February 2017

    The Eritrean government has granted Australian potash junior producer Danakali a mining license for the development of the 1.3bn-tonne Colluli potash project.