Phosphate features

  • 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

  • Potash and phosphate: Demanding industries IM July-August 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. Read More

  • US exiting Paris Treaty not expected to impact minerals sector IM July-August 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 Read More

  • Fertilisers: Facing the future IM March 2016

    As the agriminerals industry comes under pressure from a skewed supply-demand balance, James Sean Dickson, IM Correspondent, discovers how fertiliser producers are coming up with new products and making use of the latest technology to ensure profitability. Read More

  • Potash and phosphate: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global potash and phosphate industries. Read More

  • China adapts to ‘new normal’ of dwindling high grade phosphate reserves IM May 2015

    The decline in the amount of mineable high grade phosphate rock in China has prompted the country’s government to look at new ways of conserving its resources, which have included export quotas, cuts to domestic taxes and processing innovation – but more will need to be done to protect the industry from becoming uncompetitive in the next decade. Read More

  • Growth markets for new fertilisers IM March 2015

    As a raft of new sulphur deficiency-addressing fertilisers hit the international market, James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the reasons for their emergence, and the future of the specialist crop nutrient industry. 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

  • Africa’s Industrial Minerals Map IM February 2015

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  • Potash and Phosphate: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Compared with 2013, 2014 was a quiet and settled year in agriminerals, though again defined by movements in the potash sector 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

  • Clouds gather for minsands as energy minerals renege on premature optimism IM October 2014 issue

    Potash prices strong to 2017, says SocGen; lithium and graphite’s Tesla boost flattened Read More

  • Diary Dates IM October 2014 issue

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  • Mineral industry gears up for post-summer activity IM September 2014

    Potash miners unlikely to accept price erosion; Soda ash prices buoyed by capacity decreases; Substitution threat looms over zircon prices Read More

  • Summer holiday for agriminerals, no break for mineral sands IM August 2014

    Agrimineral demand recovery continues as flame retardant chemical price growth stutters; no gains in sight for mineral sands Read More

  • Is there any room for additional fertiliser supply? IM August 2014

    Owing to its solid long term fundamentals, producers and juniors have been developing new fertiliser projects. But with recent developments, lower prices and uncertain demand, this is not a race that all will finish. Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Phosphate IM January 2014 issue

    The phosphate market stalled slightly in 2013, with developments in India and Russia holding the world's attention for most of the year Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Just when we couldn’t sink any further, we did IM January 2014 issue

    It has not been a good year for the industrial minerals industry. There have been some shining lights, of course Ñexploration continues at an astonishing rate in some markets despite falling demand and, consequently, prices - but on the whole producers and suppliers have felt the pinch. Read More

  • Minor bulks, major gains: industrial minerals boost handysize ship market IM December 2013

    Rates for smaller dry bulk vessels are continuing to grow as the fleet size remains tight and demand from the minor bulk sector generates more orders for shippers, Wayne Yamada explains. Read More

  • Potash potential: EuroChem enters the competition IM May 2013

    With Chinese and Indian contracts negotiated and global potash consumption increasing, EuroChem is one of a handful of producers looking to capitalise on the expanding fertiliser market. Kasia Patel, Reporter Read More

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Phosphate January Issue 2013

    The phosphate market was hit this year as the downturn in economic climate filtered through to the fertiliser markets. As a result of this dip, 2012 spelled a slowdown for short-term fertiliser demand, especially in the Asian and European markets. Read More

  • Timab plans for international growth May 2012

    Timab, a subsidiary of France-based Roullier Group, plans to become a world-class player in magnesia and phosphates used for fertilisers and animal feed through further consolidation Read More

  • End User Focus: Minerals’ flame gain August 2011

    The emerging markets’ hunger for commodities promises to drive long-term demand for flame retardants with mineral raw materials underpinning this sector, as Professor Roger Rothon discusses here Read More

  • Fuelling the future March 2011

    Fuel cells, the power source of the future, are already a multi-million dollar market. Sandra Curtin discusses their primary uses and the potential opportunities for industrial minerals in fuel cell development Read More

  • End User Focus: Feeding the future February 2011

    Food security has risen to a challenge of global proportions and animal feed minerals such as magnesia have a crucial role to play in securing food for the future Read More

  • End User Focus: Fertilisers see green shoots January 2011

    Fertilisers are getting back to pre-crisis levels but a phosphate shortage is expected in the mid-term while potash is expected to remain stable Read More

  • Mongolia rocks! January 2011

    As China shifts its focus from exports to domestic demand-led growth, Mongolia has an opportunity to supply China as well as neighbouring countries. Alexander Czarnecki assesses the country’s industrial minerals potential and its attraction to foreign investors Read More

  • Logistics Supplement 2010: Minemakers phosphate plans roll on November 2010

    How a 240-km railway is central to developing Australia’s multi-billion phosphate project in the Northern Territories Read More

  • Vietnam’s resource vision November 2010

    Strong government support is seeing increased development of Vietnam’s key mineral resources, but red tape threatens to hold back over-eager foreign investors Read More

  • Peninsula prospects June 2010

    Although there remain challenges, an abundance of untapped mineral deposits, increasing demand, and clear political will and support to develop the mineral sector has brought the Arabian Peninsula under the investor spotlight Read More

  • Australia: Land of Plenty April 2010

    Despite a recent dip in exploration expenditure, Australia remains a host for key industrial mineral targets, some close to fruition, spurred on by state government initiatives Read More

  • North Africa builds its minerals’ future March 2010

    Even though the global downturn has slowed growth, North Africa is looking forward to realising its phosphate and other mineral resources Read More

  • Forgotten fertiliser March 2010

    As government attention turns to kick starting shattered economies, global food security and the role of fertiliser minerals is put on the back burner Read More

  • Brazil’s rise to recovery January 2010

    Brazil leads the South American economies out of recession, with particular focus on developing its fertiliser minerals market and rejuvenating mineral exploitation with a new Mining Law for 2011 Read More

  • Phosphate face-off December 2009

    The drying up of credit lines and an uncertain short term future has resulted in a buyers strike for phosphate. After production and price cuts, all suppliers of the fertiliser mineral can do now is play the waiting game Read More

  • Saudi Arabia minerals review June 2009 issue

    Seeking Saudi mineral potential: A shift in national policy to diversify into non-oil resources has prompted domestic development and overseas interest in Saudi Arabia’s considerable wealth of untapped industrial minerals Read More

  • Fertiliser loses its mineral appetite April issue 2009

    A review of the fertiliser minerals sector reveals how, since a record breaking 2008, producers are reacting to a severe slowdown in demand and the impact this has on future expansion plans by Simon Moores, Senior Assistant Editor Read More

  • Fuel for thought May Issue 2008

    Fuel cell mineral potential reviewed: as industry and markets embrace green initiatives, industrial mineral suppliers are on standby as fuel cells creep to full commercialisation. Read More

  • Holding tight: Asian agriminerals and markets April Issue 2008

    Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for fertilisers. But regional sources of quality fertiliser raw materials such as phosphate and potash, two of the most important nutrients for plant growth, are scarce. Here we examine the supply/demand dynamic and its affect on prices and trade for the region Read More

  • Industrial minerals: a generation of change October Issue 2007

    In marking IM's 40th anniversary, Peter Harben examines how the industry has evolved over the last forty years and what the future holds for a new generation of industry players. Read More

  • Tanzanian minerals drive September Issue 2007

    Government measures continue to push towards modern mineral sector and development Read More

  • Mineral flame retardants August Issue 2007

    With increasing legislation against certain halogen based flame retardants, and more end products of plastic having to meet stringent safety specifications, Roger Rothon and Juergen Troitzsch consider the outlook for mineral flame retardants as positive Read More

  • Vietnam: another China? June Issue 2007

    Vietnam has made significant progress to liberalise its foreign investment framework over the past 20 years. Edward Russell of Tractus Asia looks at how far the country has come, and highlights what remains to be done 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

  • Saudi minerals prospects May Issue 2007

    Saudi Arabia has always been known for its oil wealth, but with the forthcoming construction of a grand-scale minerals railway, and the potential exploitation of a number of large industrial mineral deposits, the country has proved that it is worth a lot more Read More

  • Tanzanian industrial minerals April Issue 2006

    Investment needed to unleash the potential of abundant reserves Read More

  • Brazilian minerals February Issue 2006

    Brazil's mineral producers are stepping up to meet the challenging requirements of global customers across a range of industries.  This article reports on Brazil's evolving industry and its leading players Read More

  • Flame retardants Mg[OH]2 February Issue 2006

    Mineral-based products play an important role in the modern flame retardants market.  For magnesium hydroxide, a relative newcomer to the business, there is plenty of growth potential provided new technical solutions are available 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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