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  • Shippers uneasy about International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulfur cap

    Thursday, 14 November 2019

    The approach of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulfur cap has sparked concern among international shipping companies, with many questioning how they will comply with the new regulation.

  • Seven Refractories ups production capacity

    Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Expanded capacity in Slovania adds a new production line for advanced monolithic refractory materials, as the company seeks to improve flexibility in delivery and maximise its ability to respond to short-term inquiries.

  • Pace of US drill rig count decline softens

    Thursday, 11 June 2015

    The worst of the effects of the oil prices on oil exploration and thus industrial mineral demand from drilling activity appears to have passed. With high-cost rigs now removed from the demand equation, the decline in the drill rig count has slowed, a rare positive development in a depressed oilfield minerals market.

  • Steel capacity use drops in July

    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    Capacity utilisation drops for third straight month to 75% as output lags 2008 levels

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  • Coatings turn to new products

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    Changes in regulation and customer preference are driving the emergence of exciting new products in the coatings industry, but behind the headlines many producers are concerned about weaknesses in key consuming sectors.

  • Japanese pyrophyllite

    Wednesday, 01 November 2006

    Occurrences and applications: Pyrophyllite is used in refractories, pottery, tiles, cement, agricultural chemicals, and glass fibres. Rather more popular in East Asia than elsewhere, Gaku Yano and Tadataka Hida, review Japan’s supply and demand of pyrophyllite.

  • Japanese industrial minerals

    Saturday, 01 April 2006

    The mighty soga sosha: the unique position of Japan’s mineral industry lies in the power of the general trading companies and industry consumers, contrasting with the relative lack of availability of domestic resources. However, direct investment by foreign suppliers remains relatively limited

  • EU H&S policy

    Wednesday, 01 February 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.

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