Perlite features

  • Growing stronger: vermiculite and perlite IM July - August 2019

    Driven by demand from multiple sectors - from construction and horticulture to fire protection and steelmaking - the global vermiculite and perlite market remains in growth mode, underscored by a healthy supply-demand balance, reports Ross Davies. 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

  • Growing gains: Perlite and vermiculite IM July-August 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. Read More

  • A growing market: vermiculite and perlite in horticulture IM April 2014 issue

    Reporter, Antonio Torrisi, and Senior Reporter, Kasia Patel, take a look at the uses of vermiculite and perlite in the horticultural industry. Read More

  • People and places IM January 2014 issue

    IM speaks with Gregg Jones, president of EP Minerals as well as looking at other recent developments for industrial minerals people and places. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Mixed reaction from results, all change (or not) from US and China? December 2012 issue

    November was a month which saw both the long-awaited outcome of the US Presidential election, and also - significantly - a change in leadership in China. Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Price Briefing: Year-end company accounts show true health of minerals industry April 2012

    By March most companies had submitted their end of year accounts with differing forecasts for the year ahead. While a producer is unlikely to emphasise a fall in sales or volume, most seen so far have been relatively bullish when mentioning prices Read More

  • End User Focus: Diatomite’s clean fight March 2011

    The muscle of the filtration world, diatomite, looks to maintain its leading market share as new applications in fuel and water filtration emerge Read More

  • Minerals on Milos June Issue 2008

    IM19’s field trip discovered how S&B Industrial Minerals has balanced the island of Milos’ natural beauty with one of the world’s largest bentonite and perlite operations Read More

  • NZ zeolite and perlite April Issue 2008

    Blue Pacific Minerals pursues zeolite and perlite markets in New Zealand’s challenged industrial minerals sector Read More

  • Blood sweat & beers January Issue 2008

    Filtration minerals reviewed. With garnet producers taking a hit from mineral supply issues and economic constraints in the USA pressuring zeolite players, beer filtration is driving diatomite and perlite. Read More

  • Minerals of Italy August Issue 2007

    A significant processor of domestic minerals and overseas mineral sources, particularly ceramics and paper, Ian Wilson, examines how Italy’s minerals industry has survived and grown through high quality grades and consolidation Read More

  • Head to Head - Cat litter: clays v non-clays August Issue 2007

    Efforts in the cat litter industry are focused on improved litter products using a range of clay and non-clay materials. But it seems that issues outside the litter box could shape the future market Read More

  • Hardly gold dust May Issue 2007

    Freight Market Report: NOT A REFERENCE to the extravagant rates in the freight market but at this time of the year huge swaths of yellow dust swirl from the deserts of Mongolia across northern China, down the Korean peninsula enveloping both south and north Korea; after a mild winter experts believe 2007 could be the worst on record. To address this China, Korea and Japan have been meeting to help Mongolia to create a green belt across the Gobi desert and are giving $1.2 m. to promote forestation. Now in the second quarter, Capesize Owners can look back to the start of the year with huge satisfaction: the BCI soared to over 8000 points an increase of 2000 since early January – owing to a 23.4% rise at 100.2mt in first quarter Chinese imports on 2006, and massive congestion. Read More

  • Turkish mineral delight May Issue 2007

    Turkey’s industrial minerals sector gathered in Izmir to discuss the latest trends and developments Read More

  • Greece is the word April Issue 2007

    Greece continues to hold leading positions in world magnesite, bentonite, perlite, and pumice production and exports. The country is also the leading producer of bauxite in the EU and a dominant player in the global cement market. Kiki Hatzilazaridou and Ioannis Marantos of IGME review the industry’s status, developments, and outlook Read More

  • Expanded perlite: low in density, high in use December Issue 2006

    Perlite is a multi-talented mineral and expanding it opens up a plethora of varied end use applications from acoustic tiles to fruit juice filtration. Graham Ellicott takes us through the key markets for expanded perlite. Read More

  • Termolita: northern Mexico's perlite producer December Issue 2006

    MEXICO ACCOUNTS FOR 10% of world perlite production making it the fifth largest producer after the USA, China, Greece, and Japan. Production is dominated by Termolita SA de CV and Grefco Minerals. Read More

  • Minerals boost for Yemen December Issue 2006

    New IFC initiative to modernise mining regulation and boost investment Read More

  • Lightweights fight it out July Issue 2006

    The ability to expand to several times their original size when heated forces vermiculite and perlite to share many markets. But to what extent do the two minerals differ, and how does this affect their use? Read More

  • New Mexico April Issue 2006

    Industrial minerals in the Land of Enchantment: Industrial minerals constitute some two thirds of New Mexico’s non-fuel mineral output value, with the state as top US producer for potash, perlite, zeolites, and travertine. Pumice, gypsum, clay, scoria, and magnetite are also notable products. Read More

  • EU H&S policy February Issue 2006

    SMEs are at the core of the EU’s entrepreneurship policy revamp. Michelle Wyart-Remy, IMA Europe General- Secretary, describes the problems industrial minerals SMEs may encounter when facing the EU health and safety programme. Read More

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