Magnesia/Magnesite features

  • China’s magnesia hit by fall in global demand MMM October 2020

    Global demand for magnesia has fallen significantly due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with most magnesia prices falling to their lowest levels since before the market rally in 2017. Read More

  • Chinese magnesia prices challenge other producing regions MMM September 2020

    The European magnesia markets have been very sluggish so far in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic striking while consumers were trying to cut back swollen inventories. Read More

  • INTERVIEW: ‘I believe AK Steel is a diamond in the rough’ - Lourenco Goncalves MMM June 2020

    Battle tested, hard-nosed, and, at times, known to be very blunt, the top executive of the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the US has been called many things in an almost 40-year career spent from one end of the steel supply chain to the other. Fearful is not one of them. Read More

  • Taking the brakes off auto production MMM June 2020

    Steel mills and service centers expect a slow restart to auto making, reports Gregory DL Morris. Read More

  • China reawakens from virus-induced slumber MMM June 2020

    While China’s ports have resumed normal operations, markets for refractories are sluggish. Read More

  • Logistics within China recover after Covid-19 MMM May 2020

    China’s domestic logistics are returning to normal, but overseas demand has been curbed by the Covid-19 virus. Read More

  • Assessing China's logistics challenges after the virus lockdown MMM March 2020

    Delays to exports of minerals from China are inevitable as a result of the nation’s battle to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Davide Ghilotti and Carrie Shi made a mid-February assessment of the impacts. Read More

  • Impact of China’s environmental push on mineral downstream sectors MMM February 2020

    Most provinces in China are still facing strict environmental restrictions during the winter months, with raw materials production and demand from the downstream sector affected to some degree, report Carrie Shi and Sybil Pan. Read More

  • China’s magnesia recovery slows MMM January 2020

    Overcapacity in China’s magnesia sector and shrinking international demand have roiled the domestic market this year, dragging prices to a two-year low and prompting producers to lower output, reports Carrie Shi. Read More

  • INTERVIEW: ‘I am going to transform our company’ - Severstal CEO MMM January 2020

    Alexander Shevelev, CEO of Russian steelmaker Severstal, says that the company has changed its culture quite quickly and substantially to focus on being a solutions provider. Richard Barrett asked him to explain that mission and to recall his path from the shop floor to the top of a company that employs 50,000 people Read More

  • Steely determination: The revival of India’s refractories sector IM September 2019

    Indian refractories output rebounded in 2018, after three successive years of decline. Sunder Singh analyzes what was behind the shift in the industry’s fortunes and hears reasons for both optimism and consternation, from some of the market’s key participants. Read More

  • 'You need a clear vision of your goal, but also a bit of luck' IM September 2019

    When Erik Zobec launched Seven Refractories at the height of the eurozone crisis, few would have believed the company would go on to become one of the world’s leading monolithics producers. As Seven approaches 10 years in business, he talks to Ross Davies about its ascent. Read More

  • Brick by brick: Building an international refractory maintenance company IM September 2019

    US-based Bricking Solutions has been in the refractories kiln maintenance business for more than 50 years and has been led by managing director Heather Harding since January 2019. She shares her views on the business she runs and the wider refractories industry. Read More

  • The peaks and troughs of Eurasian mining IM May - June 2019

    Turkey is the standout performer in Eurasia’s industrial minerals industry but its economic recession is affecting the wider region. Rose Pengelly looks at what neighboring countries are doing to boost their domestic mining sectors. Read More

  • Sibelco benefits from China’s magnesia controls IM December 2018-January 2019

    Strict environmental regulation on magnesite and magnesia production in China has resulted in strong demand for imported products. Cameron Perks, Fastmarkets IM correspondent, looks at how Sibelco’s Australian operations are currently benefiting from this. Read More

  • Out of the melting pot: A year of change in refractories IM September 2018

    After a year of reorganization and changing narratives in the refractories industry – from significant M&A activity to raw material price spikes, and from booming end-market demand to uncertainties in global trade – Industrial Minerals correspondent Myles McCormick takes stock of a changed landscape for companies operating in the sector. Read More

  • Demanding supply IM September 2018

    Pollution regulations and their enforcement in China, coupled with the maturity of the steel and refractory industries, are causing a third major disturbance to the global magnesia market. Read More

  • Refractories industry remains cool under pressure IM April 2018

    The world’s refractories manufacturers are proving resilient, despite mounting pressures on the sector. How is this most traditional of industries adapting to unpredictable circumstances? Read More

  • Magnesia: market tightness continues to bite IM April 2018

    Magnesia markets have been severely disrupted by the environmental measures undertaken by the Chinese government in 2017 and into 2018. Production at many sites remains shut in and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to when - and indeed whether - all sites will restart, Davide Ghilotti, deputy editor, discovers Read More

  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • Feeling the heat: Bauxite and alumina under pressure IM February 2018

    China’s high-profile disruptions to industrial operations have wreaked havoc in the bauxite and alumina supply chains serving refractories end markets, taking prices to new highs. Read More

  • RHI Magnesita: Brick by brick consolidation IM December 2017-January 2018

    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. Read More

  • The dragon loosens its hold: magnesia supply developments outside of China IM December 2017-January 2018

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

  • A rock and a hard place IM September 2017

    Demand for refractory products is evolving, forcing suppliers to upgrade their offers and processes to stay ahead of the game, while Chinese-origin raw materials are appreciating on the back of supply shortages, making productions costlier, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds. Read More

  • Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution IM September 2017

    One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends. Read More

  • Flame tamers: Brucite, huntite and hydromagnesite IM September 2017

    Magnesium minerals boast several unique properties which make them superlative flame retardants, but as Ian Wilson, Consultant*, explains, despite their wide application many of these minerals are only recovered in a handful of places across the world. Read More

  • Indian refractories sector hopes rising steel tide will lift all boats IM September 2017

    Booming steel production has helped prop up demand for Indian refractories amid lacklustre demand from cement and foundries, but as Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent explains, the country’s relatively healthy market is attracting increased foreign competition. Read More

  • Life after steel: Is there more for magnesia? IM 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. Read More

  • Junior mining: Back from the brink? IM February 2017

    Half a decade on from the collapse of the global mining boom, a rally in commodity markets last year caught many investors off guard and has created a weak but welcome tailwind for the stalled exploration industry, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • World refractories industry: State of play in 2016 IM September 2016

    Jessica Roberts assesses the health of the refractory industry’s key consumers so far in 2016, and outlines longer term trends that look to influence the market this year and beyond. Read More

  • Chinese magnesia and refractories: The new normal IM September 2016

    The Chinese economy is entering a transition from a primarily export-orientated economy to a more consumer-driven economy. At the same time, increasing debt, slower growth and excess production capacity are contributing to what has been labelled as the “new normal” for China. Richard Flook and Ian Wilson examine the effect of this on the Chinese magnesia industry and the Chinese refractory industry. Read More

  • When the lights go out IM July-August 2016

    At its peak in 2008, oil (WTI) was trading at $140/bbl, which in turn pushed up the price of natural gas. The high price of fuel prompted investment in alternative energy supply, with countries looking to become self-sufficient, at least in part. Now, Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, details how Australia has moved to diversify its supply mix and what this means for oilfield mineral markets. Read More

  • Australian magnesite: Recovery and expansion IM April 2016

    Australia hosts some 95m tonnes magnesite reserves and has been a major supplier of the global market for much of the last century. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, and Richard Flook, Consultant*, examine the history of Australian magnesite and discuss some of the new projects underway that look set to restore the sector’s former glory. Read More

  • Magnesia: A Sino-Soviet split? IM April 2016

    China remains the world’s dominant magnesia supplier, but domestic overcapacity and shrinking international demand are unsettling the sector, particularly as the country looks set to lose one of its largest export markets – Russia. Albert Li, IM Analyst and Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, examine Chinese export trends over the last year and look at Russia’s efforts to establish its own magnesia industry. Read More

  • Magnesite and magnesia in Turkey IM February 2016

    Turkey is a magnesite-rich country and has a long history of mining the mineral, both for export and increasingly for its own internal refractories and speciality materials sectors. Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of Turkey’s geological background and profiles some of the country’s main magnesite and magnesia producers. Read More

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global magnesia industry. Read More

  • Which materials are “critical” and which are “strategic”? IM December 2015

    The terms “critical” and “strategic” used to describe the importance of various minerals and metals to different countries and organisations are often applied without definition or context. George J Simandl, Carlee Akam and Suzanne Paradis outline the case for appropriate use of these terms to avoid misunderstandings and misrepresentations. Read More

  • New South Wales maps out industrial mineral opportunities IM November 2015

    The eastern Australian state of NSW is home to a large number of highly prospective industrial mineral deposits. Cameron Perks and David Forster* outline how the Geological Survey of New South Wales is producing an updated map of the region’s geology in order to showcase its potential to investors, geologists and the wider community. Read More

  • Mining in Turkey – now and then IM October 2015

    Turkey’s mineral diversity is well known and the country is home to some of the world’s leading producers of borates, soda ash and magnesite. However, political uncertainty and recent instability in Turkey’s mining legislation has hindered its development as a mining nation, Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, explains. Read More

  • Energy, mining and magnesia – a look at the industry’s power needs and uses IM September 2015

    Global energy sources are evolving and minerals are bound up with this shift, both as users of power and as raw materials used in its extraction and generation. Vasili Nicoletopoulos* takes a look at the world energy market and discusses the place of the magnesia industry within this changing landscape. Read More

  • Global resources and production of magnesite IM September 2015

    Although prices and demand for magnesia are dwindling in line with slowing worldwide consumption of refractories, Ian Wilson*, Consultant, discusses how new high purity sources of magnesite are being developed to target markets that require the best quality material. Read More

  • Chinese refractories sector consolidation is positive for the wider industry, says Magnesita chief IM June 2015

    With overall and specific consumption of refractories in the steel industry on a downward trend, producers of refractory and raw materials are keeping a keen eye on potential pockets of growth and wider trends in the market. IM spoke to Octavio Pereira Lopes, CEO of leading Brazilian refractory materials producer, Magnesita, to discover his views on the industry. Josie Shillito, Reporter Read More

  • Magnezit: Putting Russian-made refractories on the global map IM June 2015

    With a production history dating back to 1900, Russian refractories producer Magnezit Group has been exporting materials throughout its business life. The company is stepping up capacity and increasing the range and quality of its products and its CEO, Sergei Odegov, told IM that Magnezit expects to be a competitive supplier well beyond the CIS within the next few years. Read More

  • Flame retardants continue to fire demand for MDH IM May 2015

    Modest end market growth and the gradual appearance of new competitor products for magnesium hydroxide-based fire safety solutions are unlikely to scupper the expansion of this market before 2019, IM discovers. Read More

  • Relative positioning: Magnesia producers adjust to new industry conditions IM May 2015

    With declining refractories consumption in key consuming sectors like steel and cement manufacturing, the balance of supply against demand is worrying many in the magnesia industry. Josie Shillito, Reporter, looks at the global trading picture and examines how magnesia companies are shifting their positions to adjust to new market dynamics. Read More

  • The silent treatment: How minerals are giving water a new lease of life IM May 2015

    With around 2m tonnes of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste discharged into the world’s waterways every day, it is crucial that wastewater is treated thoroughly. Liz Gyekye, Chief Reporter, examines how minerals form a key part of many wastewater treatment systems. Read More

  • New projects set to boost Russian magnesia production IM May 2015

    Russia has historically depended on imports of magnesia for its refractories and other downstream industries, but the development of new projects in Siberia, the Far East and potentially North Korea could see the country become a net exporter of the mineral by 2020, Vladislav Vorotnikov, reveals. Read More

  • Feeding the world: the future role for minerals IM March 2015

    As the global population continues to expand rapidly, there is a growing need to increase crop production. Frank Hart* examines the role minerals can play in achieving this goal. Read More

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    It has been a year of ups and downs for the magnesia industry as demand has waned and supply has remained robust. Read More

  • Lessons from 100 years of mineral data IM January 2015

    With the recent publication of data for 2012, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has 100 years of continuous mineral production data - but what do they tell us about worldwide industrial mineral production? Teresa Brown analyses some of these trends and what they say about the industry as a whole. Read More

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