Magnesia features

  • July 2017

    MagMin 2017: Have China's environmental inspections changed the magnesia industry?

    28 July 2017

    IM analyst Albert Li visited Chinese magnesia-producing city Dashqiao during MagMin 2017 to see the impact the environmental controls have had on the city.

  • Saint-Gobain boosts sales, profits in H1

    28 July 2017

    Demand for flat glass and construction materials continued to rise in the first half of the year, as the several acquisitions carried out by the company over the past year led to positive group effect and injected extra turnover.

  • Price briefing 21-27 July

    28 July 2017

    Strict environmental restrictions on production continued to support Chinese magnesia and fused alumina prices; while raw material supply shortage lifts bauxite prices; antimony trioxide increases on consumer restocking; ilmenite prices rebound; Foundry chromite falls; iodine edged higher

  • Higher steel production supports Vesuvius’ H1

    27 July 2017

    Rising steel output globally in the first half of 2017 supported Vesuvius’ sales to steelmakers, leading to higher profits and turnover, but rising raw material prices are a concern.

  • Chinese magnesia prices exceed 2016 levels

    26 July 2017

    Following weeks of uncertainty surrounding magnesia supply out of China, prices of CCM, DBM and FM material for exports have surged.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesite resource consolidation would be 'devastating' for industry

    21 July 2017

    A move towards consolidation in the Chinese magnesia sector and transport restrictions could be very damaging as market participants vow to 'fight back'.

  • MagMin 2017: Dynamite ban uncertainty hurting Chinese magnesite output

    20 July 2017

    The ban on the use of dynamite in China is severely restricting the output of magnesia and other minerals, and the lack of clarity over when the restrictions may be lifted is spreading uncertainty in the market.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesia vs Fluorspar

    20 July 2017

    Albert Li looks at the difference between the magnesia and fluorspar sectors in China and how they are managed.

  • MagMin 2017: Magnesia supply shortage won't last long, China says

    20 July 2017

    MagMin conference delegates heard from the Chinese government that the severe supply squeeze that has hit the sector will not last long but no timescale can be given.

  • Magnesia prices continue to rise in China

    17 July 2017

    Turbulence continues in the Chinese magnesia markets with prices of dead burned magnesia following fused magnesia upwards.

  • Brazil authority approves Magnesita and RHI merger

    14 July 2017

    The Magnesita and RHI merger this week received clearance from the Brazilian authorities following EU approvals last month.

  • Chinese magnesia exports fall back from record levels in May

    11 July 2017

    Shipments remain well ahead of last year's pace, after export quotas were scrapped.

  • Yingkou urges refractory makers to up prices on magnesia issues

    07 July 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.

  • Chinese magnesia industry must meet new standards or face shutdown

    07 July 2017

    All magnesia companies in Yingkou city must comply with new environmental standards by 30 September, as part of Beijing’s drive to reduce pollution. Producers which failed to meet the strict environmental standards will be shut down.

  • Feed me

    07 July 2017

  • Potash and phosphate: Demanding industries

    07 July 2017

    The need for food is growing in step with a swelling global population and the mineral fertiliser industry is under pressure to ensure that nutrient supply keeps up with consumption, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, finds.

  • IM Prices June 2017

    07 July 2017

    See article below, from the July-August issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: magnesia, ilmenite,chromite, barytes,bauxite, graphite, lithium, fluorspar, alumina, soda ash, antimony trioxide.

  • Growing gains: Perlite and vermiculite

    07 July 2017

    As two niche mineral sectors that have largely lacked innovation, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, considers whether there could be more in store for vermiculite and perlite than tall buildings and tomatoes.

  • What goes up…

    07 July 2017

    As the dust settles following a price war that has quartered the market value of iodine in recent years, IM reports from Chile on the causes of the roller coaster ride in the market and looks to the future of demand for the mineral.

  • Processing: Going green

    07 July 2017

    Although the number of industrial minerals covered by IM is far reaching and the technology required for their production often varies by sector, the mining industry is seeing increasing calls for corporate social responsibility and greener technology, particularly in light of the growing role renewable energy has to play in the everyday lives of consumers.

  • US exiting Paris Treaty not expected to impact minerals sector

    07 July 2017

    In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that the US will be pulling out of the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty, IM looks at the significance of this move and the possible impact this will have on the industrial minerals market. By Mark Rowe

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    07 July 2017

    Global steel output rose in May as increases from China, the US, Turkey and Brazil offset declines in Europe, worldsteel data show.