Magnesia features

  • April 2017

    Flat glass, construction drive Saint-Gobain’s Q1 sales

    28 April 2017

    The company saw improvement in sales in all geographical areas and divisions, and expects further growth in construction in emerging and developed markets during 2017.

  • Cracking under pressure? Glass markets in Europe

    27 April 2017

    The global economic downturn and the subsequent lull in construction has taken its toll on the global float glass market. Now however, as Sarah Gibbons and Liz Newmark discover, the industry is looking to a brighter future - despite there still being challenges for producers and the raw material markets which supply them.

  • Brazil doubles magnesia exports in Q1

    27 April 2017

    Exports more than double in Q1; US demand still strong; Trade value surge

  • China’s refractory customers show strength in 2016, but refractories output falls

    27 April 2017

    Downstream markets record growth; Refractories export value down

  • Ringfenced: Will traditional lithium users be left behind?

    27 April 2017

    With almost every new and established lithium producer choosing to focus on supplying the lucrative battery market, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, looks at whether traditional industrial lithium consumers in the glass and ceramics industries risk being left behind.

  • The ins and outs of China’s lithium industry

    27 April 2017

    Chinese lithium demand is ballooning on the back of steep rises in demand from the electric vehicle and battery sectors, but despite having rich domestic lithium reserves, the country continues to rely heavily on imports and is worried about where future supply will come from, Albert Li, IM Correspondent, writes.

  • Is India’s glass industry broken?

    27 April 2017

    Low per capita glass usage has marked India out as a major potential growth market for glass minerals, but so far this projected expansion has failed to materialise. Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent, looks at how geographical concentration and pressure from imports are hampering India’s domestic glass industry.

  • Roll up: Borates - an oligopoly with little room for change

    27 April 2017

    With the downturn in construction, demand for the group of minerals known as borates has been sluggish over the last few years. However, as glass markets start to pick up and producers look to diversify their products to meet growing demand in new regions such as Asia Pacific, this market looks set for a second wind, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, IM Consultant Editor, finds.

  • Progressing global lithium projects

    27 April 2017

    After a couple of fallow years when there was insufficient investor interest to take projects forward, last year’s surge in lithium prices and projections for battery demand growth has given a boost to new and dormant lithium developments around the world. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, looks at some of the most advanced operations.

  • IM's April Price Movements

    27 April 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Surging freight rates in Asia push mineral shipping costs higher

    25 April 2017

    Rising freight rates in Asia continued to lift transportation costs for a number of industrial minerals from China, with buyers telling IM that vessel space is limited despite the higher cost.

  • Puyang Refractories reports steep loss in 2016

    24 April 2017

    The Chinese company posted a drop in profits exceeding 300% owing to an underperforming steel market and lower demand from cement makers, while the raw materials divisions performed better.

  • Zibo to halve refractory capacity in transition plan

    24 April 2017

    The aim of the governmental initiative is to boost production of high-value materials while, at the same time, keep a close eye on companies’ tax payments and environmental practices.

  • Yingkou to control magnesite mining volumes

    21 April 2017

    The magnesia-producing city wants to consolidate the local industry while, at the same time, clamp down on pollution and overcapacity.

  • Chinese state agencies co-operate to combat tax evasion, minerals smuggling

    21 April 2017

    Following an announcement by the Chinese tax authority to clamp down on import and export checks on 20 April, three different government bodies have signed an information sharing agreement as part of Beijing’s intensifying efforts against illegal smuggling activities and tax evasion.

  • China clamps down on tax evasion

    21 April 2017

    Beijing has intensified efforts to clamp down on tax evasion on industrial minerals imports and exports to and from China.

  • Indian mineral index grows 3% in February

    21 April 2017

    Larger output of coal boosted the index for the month, as well as industrial minerals including bauxite and chromite.

  • Price briefing 7-13 April

    13 April 2017

    Chemical grade chromite prices declined; Chinese fused magnesia prices increased; Chinese producers raised offer prices for antimony trioxide; and China's largest rare earths producer hiked its prices for the fourth time in 2017.

  • Fused magnesia prices increase in China

    12 April 2017

    Intermittent production issues are starting to have an effect on Chinese export prices for fused magnesia, while caustic calcined and dead-burned magnesia are holding for the moment. Meanwhile demand for European material is on the rise, according to market participants.

  • Brazil doubles magnesia exports in Q1

    10 April 2017

    Volumes of fused, caustic calcined and dead burned magnesia shipped abroad by Brazilian exporters more than doubled in the first quarter as US demand continues to fare strongly.

  • Pricing notice: Magnesia FOB China prices updated online

    05 April 2017

    Please note that due to a technical issue Industrial Minerals' FOB China magnesia prices were not published on 4 April 2017.

  • Life after steel: Is there more for magnesia?

    03 April 2017

    The global steel industry may have taken a turn for the better, but refractory magnesia continues to face oversupply. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, looks at why the decline of magnesia’s largest end market is failing to deter new entrants to the sector.

  • IM's March Price Movements

    03 April 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Kümas – ready to rumble

    03 April 2017

    With one eye fixed on China and the other on its internal investment programme, Turkish refractories supplier Kümas is positive the magnesia market will bounce back.

  • China’s magnesia industry: Changing or reforming

    03 April 2017

    China’s refractory magnesia sector has been nominally targeted for reform by the country’s government for a number of years, but while change in the industry is evident, Albert Li, IM Correspondent, considers whether these amendments are for better or worse.