Magnesia features

  • June 2017

    Environmental tax to end era of cheap Chinese minerals

    30 June 2017

    As the wave of anti-pollution controls continues across China and the central government in Beijing is pressing ahead with more environmental reforms, many warn that stricter regulation will push minerals production cost higher, ending the era of cheap Chinese products.

  • HWI appoints Carol Jackson as CEO

    30 June 2017

    The appointment follows the retirement of Stephen Delo after over 30 years in the industry, during which he oversaw the combination of three refractory suppliers into what is today the HarbisonWalker group.

  • HWI appoints directors amid investment plan

    29 June 2017

    Gildas Dupouy and Thomas Raught have joined the company’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Group.

  • Europe approves RHI Magnesita merger with conditions

    28 June 2017

    RHI will have to divest its dolomite operation at two production sites in Spain and Italy, while Magnesita’s carbon-bricks business at Oberhausen, Germany, will also have to be sold.

  • RHI Magnesita announces executive team

    28 June 2017

    Stefan Borgas will lead the executive management team as CEO after the completion of the merger, expected in November. Octavio Lopes will be chief financial officer.

  • Imerys’ takeover of Kerneos to be completed in July

    26 June 2017

    The French industrial minerals group has received clearance from European authorities over the proposed takeover of the speciality cement maker Kerneos.

  • Price briefing 16-22 June

    23 June 2017

    A severe supply shortage has lifted fused magnesia prices outside of China; Chinese flake graphite grades post uptick; spot chromite prices fall on lack of Chinese buying; baryte holds unchanged despite heavy rain storm temporarily hitting production in China; antimony trioxide prices under pressure; Chinese producers raise rare earth prices again; ilmenite trading activity slumps leading some to speculate that it could be an end to the rise in prices.

  • Indian mineral production index rises in April

    22 June 2017

    Chromite production increased during the month together with that of limestone, zinc and lead concentrate, while bauxite and magnesite declined.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    21 June 2017

    Chinese output rose by almost two percentage points, as did Turkish and Brazilian production. In Europe, only France posted growth.

  • European fused magnesia prices move up

    21 June 2017

    Lack of material available for export from China has prompted prices of European-produced fused magnesia to increase, while other grades are holding firm.

  • Yingkou urges refractory makers to up prices on magnesia issues

    13 June 2017

    The association of refractory producers in the city of Yingkou has called on local companies to adjust their prices on the back of market tightness and production shutdowns.

  • China Q1 magnesia exports hit record high as values plunge

    09 June 2017

    Exports from January continued to increase; CCM, DBM volumes hit record highs; average value saw steady decline

  • Chinese magnesia disruption worsens

    09 June 2017

    Producers in Haicheng, Dashiqiao shut down; ongoing environmental controls and inspections; export prices stable, EU shippers concerned

  • Higher freight rates and delivery delays frustrate buyers

    09 June 2017

    Container shipping costs increasing since end-2016; Uptrend expected to stay in the near-term; Delays and limited vessels availability

  • Special clays: Gelling new markets

    09 June 2017

    Hectorite has attracted significant attention in the last few years as a potential source of lithium, while clays like attapulgite and sepiolite have for decades been important sources of speciality material. Ian Wilson, Consultant*, offers a snapshot of the special clays sector.

  • Flash back for frac sand

    09 June 2017

    Improvements in oil and gas drilling activity in North America have paved the way for recovery in demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand, barite and bentonite, but as Kasia Patel, IM Correspondent, reports, the rebound has tested suppliers’ ability to respond.

  • IM's May Price Movements

    07 June 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.