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  • November 2004

    Aguas Blancas ownership change

    28 November 2004

    4  November  2004
    Atacama Minerals Corp. has taken control of Atacama Minerals Chile

  • Wester expands microgrits capacity

    28 November 2004

    4  November  2004
    Market demand has prompted Wester Mineralien GmbH to increase production capacity of fused alumina microgrits and start up silicon carbide microgrits production in early 2005.

  • Sardabauxiti restart

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    Bauxite production at Sardabauxiti Spa’s Olmedo mine on Sardinia has resumed after a period of idling that lasted about two years.

  • E-P diatomite & perlite price rise

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    EaglePicher Filtration & Minerals Inc. of Reno, Nevada, has announced price rises for its diatomite and perlite products.

  • Elementis Chromium price increase

    28 November 2004

    4  November  2004
    Elementis Chromium has announced price increases of 10 to 15% across its range of chromium chemicals worldwide, effective from 1 December 2004, or as contracts allow

  • Imerys buys Lafarge Refractories

    28 November 2004

    12  November  2004
    Imerys has signed a definitive agreement with the Materis Group for the acquisition of 100% of Lafarge Réfractaires Monolithiques (LRM).

  • CVRD consolidates kaolin

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    In late October 2004, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) re-organised the ownership structure of its kaolin assets.

  • Corhart Refractories to close plant

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    Corhart Refractories Co., a division of Saint-Gobain Ceramics is planning to close its facilities at 1600 West Lee Street, Louisville, USA.

  • Iluka unveils new minsands prospect

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    Leading global zircon and rutile supplier Iluka Resources Ltd has announced the discovery of a new zircon-rich mineral sands prospect in South Australia.

  • Corus halts brick plant sale to Wonjin

    28 November 2004

    24  November  2004
    Initial plans for European steelmaker Corus to sell its refractory brick plant to South Korean refractories major, Wonjin Worldwide Co. Ltd have been described as “officially off”.

  • Monto Minerals to proceed with BFS

    28 November 2004

    4  November  2004
    Monto Minerals Ltd is to proceed with a bankable feasibility study into the development of the company’s feldspar-ilmenite-apatite Goondicum industrial minerals project in central Queensland.

  • Zemex minerals price rise

    28 November 2004

    4  November  2004
    Zemex Industrial Minerals has announced that they will be increasing their prices on industrial minerals by an average of 5%-10% for 2005.

  • October 2004

    Lafarge aims to divest lime j-v stake

    30 October 2004

    22  September  2004 
    Lafarge SA is seeking the sale of its 40% stake in Carmeuse North America, the North American lime j-v with Carmeuse Group of Belgium.

  • Hostombe exits China bulk minerals

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    UK-based R. Hostombe Ltd (RHL) has decided to withdraw from the Chinese commodity minerals business and to divest its Spanish arm, Nervion Prominer SA, in Bilbao.

  • SMI opens German PCC plant

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI) has opened a new merchant PCC facility in Walsum, near Duisberg in Germany focused on the paper coating market.

  • CVRD's IOP boost for bentonite

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    Leading world iron ore supplier Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) is in the process of expanding its iron ore pelletising (IOP) production at the Tubarao pellet, port and railroad complex in Espirito Santo state, north of Rio de Janeiro.

  • Cambior finalises Guyana bauxite deal

    30 October 2004

    27  September  2004
    Cambior has finally sealed its involvement in Guyanese bauxite with the announcement of the privatisation of Linden Mining Enterprises (Linmine)

  • Carmuese' Romanian investment

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    Carmeuse Group, one of the world's largest producers of lime, is to strengthen its presence in eastern Europe with a major investment in Romania that is being supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

  • SOKA to divest AGS stake

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    French kaolin producer Societe Kaoliniere Armoricaine (SOKA) has announced the imminent divestment of its 47.5% stake in AGS Mineraux, the calcined clays, kaolin and chamotte producer based in Clerac, Bordeaux.

  • Resource Capital to buy QMAG

    30 October 2004

    27  September  2004
    Troubled ASX listed Australian Magnesium Corp. Ltd (AMC) is to sell off its magnesite and magnesia operation Queensland Magnesia (QMAG) to US-based Resource Capital Fund III LP (RCF).

  • Zemex closes barytes plant

    30 October 2004

    25  October  2004
    North American industrial minerals group Zemex Corp. has closed its barytes operation in Murphy, North Carolina due to location and feedstock cost considerations.