Potash features

  • Plentiful potash sector sees no need for change IM July - August 2019

    Abundant reserves, robust price forecasts and a lack of major catastrophes have dampened enthusiasm for innovation in the global potash industry, but does this approach risk missing important chances to improve production of one of the world’s most important minerals? Rose Pengelly reports. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Critical minerals: booms, busts and price spike indicators IM March 2015

    As the growth in next generation technologies – most notably green energy – continues to gain momentum, scrutiny is intensifying on the supply and sustainability of the raw materials that are facilitating these developments. IM Research analyses the market sensitivity of eight of these critical minerals. 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

  • 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

  • Potash and barite supply tightens while fused magnesia faces overcapacity IM November 2014

    Antimony, iodine suffer from slow China growth; Tough times continue for TiO2 pigment market; FM producers storing up trouble for the future 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

  • SUPPLY SITUATION REPORT: Potash: things can only get better IM March 2014 issue

    The potash industry has experienced its share of ups and downs over the last few years. Senior Reporter, Kasia Patel, takes a look at the highs and lows of 2013 and asks whether producers think this year will be any better. Read More

  • Chinese New Year fails to boost mineral markets IM February 2014 issue

    Fluorspar, iodine and lithium prices sink; Magnesia markets slow to pick up in January 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

  • Rare earths bucking the trend as other markets decline IM October 2013 issue

    The majority of the industrial mineral industry is still waiting for the post-summer resumption of buying activity to take effect, pricing information gathered by IM in September suggests. Read More

  • Price Briefing: Titanium dioxide hikes unlikely to stick IM May 2013

    Recent titanium dioxide (TiO2) price hikes by major producers are unlikely to be accepted by pigment endusers, analysts told IM. 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: Potash January Issue 2013

    Although the global uncertainties which hung over 2012 could continue to affect the fertiliser industry in the short term, the sector has strong long-term fundamentals as the scenario for fertiliser minerals is simple: people need food and therefore fertilisers. Read More

  • Bullish Uralkali set sights on potash number one spot September 2012

    Difficulties in China and India have not deterred ambitious expansion plans to capture global potash production market Jack Elliot Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Price Briefing: Shaky fundamentals felt in minerals markets as economy wobbles June 2012

    With bearish headlines flashing across screens this month it would be logical to come to the conclusion that all markets, minerals ones included, were failing. 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

  • 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

  • Arab Potash brings Dead Sea to life February 2010

    IM reviews Arab Potash’s mine to market chain to see how it has established itself as one of the leading potash producers in the Middle East Read More

  • Tomorrow’s drilling world February 2010

    Despite increasing attempts to pursue green technologies, the world’s thirst for oil and gas is set to ensure robust drilling mineral demand for decades 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

  • Iranian potash promise June 2009 issue

    Ten years in the making, Iran welcomes its first potash production. Sohrab Mehrabian reports on Iran Potash Co.’s activity in the Khor playa and the potential for magnesia and sodium chloride production Read More

  • Potash global review: tunnel vision May issue 2009

    As potash soared towards $1,000/tonne in 2008 it was hailed as the first mineral to smash the high bulk, low value perception of industrial minerals. When the global economy crashed in September of that year, demand for potash quickly evaporated. Despite this, producers remain highly focused on significantly expanding existing operations by Simon Moores, Senior Assistant Editor 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

  • South America's minerals reviewed March Issue 2009

    Economic clouds gather over South American minerals. Production cuts, divestments, and uncertainty grips South America’s industrial minerals and markets as the wave of economic gloom hits the continent. by Simon Moores, Senior Assistant Editor 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

  • From Russia with potash October Issue 2007

    John Helmer examines the global potash market and introduces the new swing producer, Uralkali, as Russian potash prices push thorugh $300/tonne Read More

  • Minerals on the EU agenda August Issue 2007

    Access to raw materials and sustainable use of natural resources have become core policy and discussion issues for the EU. Michelle Wyart-Remy reflects on the EU’s efforts in this direction and notes the need for more transparency and dialogue 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

  • 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

  • Indian potash feldspar April Issue 2006

    Jumbo Mining taps into Andhra Pradesh’s feldspar bounty Read More

  • SQM grows April Issue 2006

    Strong growth and higher prices for iodine, lithium and potassium nitrate boosts investment plans 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

  • 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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