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  • May 2014

    SKF launches monitoring system for large or hazardous environments

    30 May 2014

    The SKF Wireless Machine Condition Sensor allows plant engineers to monitor equipment using technology, which could lead to reduced monitoring, improved safety and lower costs.

  • Does Elon Musk really know where Tesla Motors’ battery grade graphite comes from?

    30 May 2014

    COMMENT: The chances are no, and neither do the sellers as the spotlight intensifies on the sourcing of critical minerals and metals that will fuel the new age battery economy

  • China battery-grade graphite exports at 3 year peak - Chart

    30 May 2014

    Downloadable graph: Spherical graphite leads recovery as exports reach highest levels since 2011

  • New Zealand co-op cuts fertiliser prices on weaker international rock phosphate values

    30 May 2014

    Importer of North African phosphate reports declining core ingredient costs but rising prices for magnesium sulphate and boron

  • Prima Fluorspar to relist on TSX-V; Ontario court approves Canada Fluorspar acquisition

    30 May 2014

    Although both Prima and Canada Fluorspar have projects in Canada, albeit on different sides of the country, this week they announced news which emphasises their domestic links.

  • Brazil finds cement “cartel” guilty of price fixing, giving $1.4bn fine

    30 May 2014

    Cement is a key end market for lime and aggregates like sand and gravel. Such an unprecedented conviction by the Administrative Council for Economic Defence will be appealed by the companies which is likely to go on for many years and could plunge the related industrial minerals market into uncertainty for a prolonged period of time. This is particularly significant with the World Cup approaching and claims that Brazil has overspent on the construction of its stadia.

  • Egyptian Cabinet approves Mineral Resources Bill

    30 May 2014

    The approval of the new law paves the way for amendments to existing legislation aimed at boosting mining revenue, promoting sustainable resource exploitation and encouraging foreign investment.

  • FMC Lithium, US DoE partnership could improve Li-ion technology

    30 May 2014

    New research could use SLMP technology to improve battery capacity and performance while at the same time decreasing concerns over safety. Developments are expected to greatly reduce manufacturing costs, boosting the EV industry worldwide.

  • EPA accepts Chatham Rock Phosphate Marine Consent application

    30 May 2014

    The application is the final regulatory hurdle for CRP, which now faces up to a six month wait to find out whether it can go ahead with mining off the coast of New Zealand. CRP plans to provide the country with a steady supply of phosphate rather than relying on imports from Morocco.

  • Smuggling crackdown, stronger manufacturing to boost rare earths prices

    30 May 2014

    Stronger, more stable pricing anticipated as China plans to list rare earths futures on SHFE

  • Miners renew calls for review of mining fees in Zimbabwe

    29 May 2014

    Royalties on Zimbabwean minerals remain among the highest in southern Africa and domestic operators argue that taxes on gross sales are crippling mining companies. This, combined with policy volatility, is deterring investment that would help open up the country’s industrial minerals sector.

  • Iluka share prices increase as company reveals positive 2014 for mineral sands

    29 May 2014

    Although Iluka emphasises that market conditions remain challenging and forecasts are problematic, zircon and rutile sales are expected to exceed production, while TiO2 feedstock prices seem to have reached a floor.

  • Orbite receives funding for HPA facility in Quebec

    29 May 2014

    This facility has the potential to displace the C$3bn in alumina Quebec currently imports annually, before the company looks to export to Europe and the rest of the world.

  • Global Habitat Resources acquires California’s largest perlite mine

    29 May 2014

    Internet-based commerce may be reducing the demand for new retail buildings, a major end market for perlite, but GHR is confident that despite falling production of the mineral in the US, demand will instead come from the “green” building sector, marking 2015 as the year when production could reach new highs.

  • US Port of Tampa Bay boosts limestone exports

    29 May 2014

    Limestone handling at the Florida port has increased, which is likely to be due to a rise in construction activity in nearby Latin American markets. Phosphate exports have remained stable, meanwhile, although the current Panama Canal expansion project could benefit this industry as well as other US east coast mineral businesses.

  • Kenmare shareholders vote against additional bonuses for key staff

    29 May 2014

    Although shareholders voted in favour of a redesigned bonus package to replace the current scheme, in light of a challenging market for TiO2 feedstocks, additional incentives will not be implemented.

  • Orient Refractories posts 16.5% increase in March quarter profits

    29 May 2014

    The Indian monolithics producer is owned by Austrian refractories company, RHI AG, and was cited as a bright spot in the company’s latest earnings statement as Orient’s sales to the Indian steel industry outperform RHI’s operations elsewhere in Asia.

  • Rockwood completes Talison acquisition

    29 May 2014

    By securing new reserves in Australia through the Talison acquisition, Rockwood solidifies its position as a world-leading lithium producer with significant and diverse resources in multiple continents.

  • China leads in global steel production despite its economic slowdown

    29 May 2014

    Despite overcapacity and high raw material costs, global steel production achieved a record high this year. However, China’s dominance over the industry could lessen over the coming years as government plans to shut down inefficient plants comes to fruition.

  • POSCO to potentially engineer and construct TNG titanium vanadium project

    29 May 2014

    The MoU signed between TNG and POSCO, which comes on the back of an agreement signed with major Korean company, Woojin, demonstrates positive backing for the project and a strong outlook for vanadium.

  • Habesha Cement acquires 60 year limestone mining licence in Ethiopia

    29 May 2014

    Growing demand for cement from the country’s construction and infrastructure sector has increased competition to secure captive limestone mines to supply domestic manufacturers with raw materials. Habesha’s permit could see it extract more than half of Ethiopia’s total limestone reserves.

  • Price Briefing 23 – 29 May

    29 May 2014

    Metso confident of mining industry turnaround while Iluka warns of challenges for minsands

  • Graphite price review: 29th May 2014

    29 May 2014

    Prices stand firm despite upward pressures; flake at lowest point in four years

  • Fluorspar price review: 29th May 2014

    29 May 2014

    Acidspar prices unchanged; higher metspar price reported out of China

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 23 – 29 May

    29 May 2014

    Alabama Graphite moves towards PEA; Saint Jean Carbon cancels private placement with Pala Investments

  • Chinese deadburned magnesia prices stable in slow market

    28 May 2014

    Fledgling steel recovery yet to boost refractory raw materials

  • Focus tests reveal high-grade spherical graphite

    28 May 2014

    As lithium-ion battery manufacturers begin to look for increased and secure supply of critical materials such as spherical-grade graphite, future producers like Focus Graphite have positioned themselves as suitable domestic candidates.

  • Avalon produces lithium-bearing petalite during test work

    28 May 2014

    As Avalon continues to progress operations at its Seperation Rapids project in Ontario, Canada, the glass and ceramics industry can look forward to new supply of petalite concentrate and feldspar – both of which are used as flux ingredients.

  • Hastings Rare Metals to raise A$2.8m from rights issue

    28 May 2014

    Although the company reported net losses in the second half of last year, the funds raised from the rights issue would help to further develop Hastings’ Western Australia prospects, one of which is yet to complete JORC testing.

  • Plain opportunity: Savannah Resources upbeat despite “grim” minsands market

    28 May 2014

    Weak demand and prices for titanium dioxide minerals – ilmenite, rutile and zircon – plus a prolonged chill in the equity finance market for exploration companies makes now a great time to develop a mineral sands project, according to the AIM-quoted junior.

  • LSM14: How lithium can change the solar landscape

    28 May 2014

    While industrial minerals like quartz, silica, feldspar and silicon carbide have traditionally been linked with solar energy applications, it is lithium that could see a 10-fold increase in demand through use in CSP working fluids.

  • Indonesia crude ore export ban - sound economic development, nationalistic fervour, or both?

    27 May 2014

    Regulatory changes affect Indonesian mining; export ban aimed at investment in processing raises concerns

  • Graphite supply squeeze sparks China price rises

    27 May 2014

    List prices increase significantly despite slack demand; fears that Heilongjiang flake graphite action could spread to cleaner areas.

  • Major fertiliser producer Q1 revenues hit by low potash and phosphate prices

    27 May 2014

    Increased volumes not offseting low prices; increased demand as buyers re-enter market

  • Graphene 2014: The path to a ‘killer application’

    27 May 2014

    UK’s AGM to scale up to 8m tpa capacity; Potential for use as a water filtration material

  • Stans Energy’s rare earths assets acknowledged by Russian court

    27 May 2014

    Kyrgyz government ordered to pay damages; Stans to restart production at Kashka

  • Thawing investor sentiment fails to boost mining IPOs

    27 May 2014

    LSE records zero new listings in Q1 2014; Toronto market shows signs of recovery; Graphite junior amongst scant ASX floats

  • Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying Li-ion batteries

    27 May 2014

    Missing flight was carrying around 2.5 tonnes Li-ion batteries; Batteries packed according to IATA regulations

  • LSM14: the true impact of Tesla’s Gigafactory

    27 May 2014

  • Kerneos explores new markets for calcium aluminates

    27 May 2014

    Kerneos opens new R&D centre in China; Products for mortars, sewers

  • Fanya activity and China-Vietnam tensions push up antimony prices

    27 May 2014

    Short term influences veil weak market fundamentals but values may have bottomed

  • Video News: Refractories Special

    27 May 2014

    RHI acquires DBM plant; refractory market hit by Chinese steel shutdowns; Magnesita Refractarios; looks ahead

  • PPG produces more than 100,000 gallons of specialist coatings since January

    27 May 2014

    Since the company’s investment in the small batch processing unit at Little Rock, it has been able to shorten lead times for small batches by over half and addresses demand for small quantity and made-to-order products.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 20-27 May

    27 May 2014

    US lab discovers properties in iron which mirror rare earths in tests; Mexico begins funding drive

  • Nabaltec AG reports strong Q1 results as fillers, refractories, recover

    27 May 2014

    The latest set of results from the speciality alumina producer show that its development of new products in the fillers and flame retardants field has paid off, as well as providing a degree of optimism for refractories markets, looking ahead.

  • BP and Rosneft defy US sanctions to ink shale oil deal

    27 May 2014

    White House-imposed sanctions against the president of Rosneft have not deterred BP and other western firms from forming alliances with Russian companies. Increasing shale oil production in Russia would positively impact frac sand and proppant producers, which may now feel more comfortable trading with Russia in the wake of deals signed by major international oil and gas companies.

  • South Africa's new mining minister pledges to take on strikers

    27 May 2014

    Just a day after being sworn in, new minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi is already getting his hands dirty and dealing with one of South Africa's largest problems - it's failing mining sector. This will be a difficult balancing act for the minister, who has already said that unions "deserve more respect" as official figures show just how badly the industrial action is affecting the nation's economy.

  • IM Mineral Sands News in Brief: May 2014

    27 May 2014

    Sheffield resources launches PFS at Thunderbird; Gunson receives final approval for Australian mineral sands project

  • Proppant demand in UK could be boosted by new land access rules

    27 May 2014

    The government is looking to garner support for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the UK under people’s homes by encouraging firms to provide financial incentives to communities. As an important end market for silica (frac) sand, the growth of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the UK would boost domestic proppants consumption.

  • AlF3 decline stunts Chinese acidspar sales

    23 May 2014

    Overcapacity sees domestic acidspar consumption fall; demand-side pressures delay recovery

  • Tanzania drafts bill to remove tax incentives for miners

    23 May 2014

    Changes to the country’s ‘mining friendly’ tax system could affect plans by international firms to develop industrial minerals deposits in Tanzania, which include Kibaran Resources’ Mahenge graphite project and Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths operation.

  • LSM14: RB Energy to ship first lithium carbonate next week

    23 May 2014

    By joining the handful of current lithium producers, mainly based in South America, RB Energy’s first commercial production of battery-grade lithium carbonate is big news for an industry which has faced a tough few years.

  • Sumitomo Chemical to enter Tanzania’s fertiliser market

    23 May 2014

    Despite the vast tracts of land available for agricultural use in Africa, the region has a low agricultural output. This, analysts say, is due to the limited use of mineral fertilisers. Sumitomo’s foray into Tanzania would boost production, not just for the company, but also provide livelihoods to the millions living in poverty in the country.

  • Tyco Checkfire system saves more than just money

    23 May 2014

    According to the NFPA, underground mining has been by far the global loss leader in fatalities and injuries for all industries from a personnel safety standpoint. Tyco’s new Checkfire system has been developed to protect personnel, equipment, and limit downtime with technology that it says surpasses that of its competitors.

  • Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory to revolutionise critical mineral demand

    23 May 2014

    IM Data’s Simon Moores examines the potential impact of Tesla’s Gigafactory on battery mineral markets

  • Trade agreement sparks Thai fluorspar resurrection

    23 May 2014

    Indian suppliers use India-ASEAN agreement to bypass acidspar tariffs

  • SQM expects iodine prices to suffer further in 2014

    23 May 2014

    Values could drop below $40/kg in 2014 as company strives to regain market share

  • China plans to increase rare earths resource tax

    23 May 2014

    An increase of rare earths ore taxes could push up prices, in line with China’s plans to control mineral resources and reform a market which has been afflicted by smuggling and lower demand in the past two years.

  • Latin Resources sets a plan to fund its heavy mineral sands exploration in Peru

    23 May 2014

    Through a shared purchase plan priced at 10% discount to the market, the Australian junior aims to raise enough money to continue testworks at its Guadalupito heavy mineral sands project to produce magnetite, andalusite and titanium dioxide.

  • Western Lithium’s hectorite clay plant approved

    23 May 2014

    With all the required permits in place, the company can how begin excavating hectorite clay from its two open pit mines in Nevada, which will supply the US’ booming oil and gas drilling industry.

  • First Bauxite underlines money woes in Q2 results

    23 May 2014

    First Bauxite’s predicament – a junior miner with a good asset and offtake agreements but a need for more equity — is a common one. However, as only one of two refractory grade bauxite producers outside of China, it is important for future supply that the project does come to fruition.

  • Canada Fluorspar approves agreement with Golden Gate Capital

    23 May 2014

    The approval of the agreement with the US-based investment advisor for the acquisition of the company’s shares will provide the Canadian junior with the funding to redevelop its fluorspar deposit in Canada.

  • Imerys raises filtration mineral prices by up to 10% in North America

    22 May 2014

    Price increases reflect rising production costs; energy surcharge remains in effect

  • Russia’s Taman port expansion in doubt

    22 May 2014

    Russia’s plans to up dry bulk capacity at the Black Sea port were expected to facilitate an increase in exports of Russian-produced industrial minerals, including potash and sulphur. However, a pressing need to upgrade infrastructure and utilities in Crimea may lead the government to redirect port expansion funds, leaving a question mark over Taman’s future.

  • LSM14: the true impact of Tesla’s Gigafactory

    22 May 2014

    While many remain excited about the impact Tesla’s ambitious EV plans will have on the critical materials industry, those in the know outline what this really means for the global lithium supply chain at this year’s Lithium Supply & Markets conference in Montreal, Canada.

  • RAK Ceramics to invest in tile plants in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, India

    22 May 2014

    The soaring real estate sector in India represents an opportunity for companies like RAK Ceramics, the world’s largest tile producer, but also for other end markets for industrial minerals and producers themselves.

  • Lanxess increases price of rubber chemicals and cuts spending

    22 May 2014

    German chemicals maker hints at need to recoup costs associated with environmental compliance and a stretched R&D programme, following a modest Q1 for the company.

  • Chinese firm to mine 200,000 tpa diatomite in Kenya

    22 May 2014

    The development of Kenya’s diatomite reserves, located along the country’s Rift Valley, will increase global supplies of the filtration mineral at a time of growing demand.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 16 – 22 May

    22 May 2014

    US extends anti-dumping order against China; Great Lakes Graphite Inc. completes Quebec acquisition; Buxton Resources starts drilling in Australia

  • Price Briefing 16 – 22 May

    22 May 2014

    Antimony prices stabilise; Imerys raises charges for diatomite and perlite filtration products

  • Fluorspar price review: 22nd May 2014

    22 May 2014

    Africa rivals China for cheap acidspar supplies; metspar prices under review

  • China’s GengSheng Minerals Inc. receives delinquency letter from NYSE

    22 May 2014

    The halt in trading will come as a blow to GengSheng, which was at pains to emphasise its new leap to OTC trade. However, this is not a permanent condition and can be easily resolved – whether or not the stock will suffer when it is remains to be seen

  • Vulcan Refractories receives £1m investment

    22 May 2014

    Investment in Vulcan Refractories demonstrates the ongoing recovery of the European refractories market despite the difficulties faced in other regions of the world.

  • Graphite price review: 22nd May 2014

    22 May 2014

    Chinese producers stand firm on prices as industry awaits price rises

  • ICCA 2014: Kerneos explores new markets for calcium aluminates

    22 May 2014

    By opening a new R&D centre in China and developing new calcium aluminate cement-based products, the French world leading producer is diversifying, while it expects demand in the refractory and construction markets to rise again in H2 2014.

  • Falling iodine prices hit SQM Q1 results

    21 May 2014

    SQM’s results highlight the negative impact iodine prices have had on the sector, whereas its lithium division showed promise as a result of the expanding electric and hybrid vehicle market, expected to grow by up to 10% more this year, compared to 2013.

  • IM Lithium News in Brief

    21 May 2014

    Latest technological developments from Power Japan Plus, Stria Lithium; Tohoku University, Japan; Renault and LG Chem join forces; POSCO to concentrate on lithium segment of business; RB energy closes $22m deal

  • Tasman and Flinders cancel merger negotiations

    21 May 2014

    This merger would have brought together two companies with assets in some of the largest rare earths and graphite deposits in the world. However, now that negotiations have broken down, Tasman and Flinders intention to expand has become public knowledge, which has the potential of developing further alliances with leading producers of industrial minerals.

  • Israel Chemicals Ltd forced to freeze $1bn of investments in Israel

    20 May 2014

    Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL) claim a windfall tax such as the one proposed, will affect its bromine and potash operations in the Dead Sea, one of the major producing areas in the world. Having reported lower profits this quarter, analysts believe that ICL will have to divert new investments outside of Israel to stay afloat.

  • Trade Review: Chinese graphite Q1 2014

    20 May 2014

    Amorphous and spherical exports increase while lull in demand suppresses flake sales

  • Complacency keeping commodity prices stagnant

    20 May 2014

    Stable low prices for minerals and metals have been a defining characteristic of many markets so far this year, as commodity buyers are lulled by feelings of security in a strengthening global economy. This absence of volatility may be welcomed by commodities consumers, but is it storing up trouble ahead of potential market changing events in future?

  • PhosAgro reports 17% increase in phosphate profit

    20 May 2014

    With India electing a pro-business leader, prices for agricultural commodities increasing and feedstock prices booming, the company is forecasting a positive 2014.

  • IM Phosphate News in Brief

    20 May 2014

    Chatham Rock Phosphate stands by pro-environmental claims of New Zealand deposit; Focus Ventures reports phosphate grades; EPM Mining Ventures receives permit for sulphate of phosphate

  • Prima Fluorspar stopped negotiations on acquisition of fluorspar assets in Mongolia

    19 May 2014

    By terminating the non-binding letter of intent entered with New-York based Firebird in August last year, , the Canadian junior company will not purchase Berkh Uul’s fluorspar project in Mongolia and could miss the opportunity to expand its fluorspar assets and diversify its future market.

  • Antimony prices steady as Fanya ramps up stocks

    19 May 2014

    Trioxide grade and ingot values level out after April declines

  • Tertiary Minerals doubles fluorspar capacity despite losses

    19 May 2014

    The tough fluorspar market has been reflected in the junior’s six-month results. Despite the pace of activities at its projects in Sweden, Norway and Nevada, US, Tertiary’s share prices have still fallen over the last few weeks.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief 13 – 19 May

    19 May 2014

    US Rare Earths to uplist on NYSE; Hastings Rare metals report deposit results; Commerce Resources Corp. completes winter drill programme

  • Western Lithium receives funds to complete Nevada lithium project

    19 May 2014

    The advancement of funds means the company can move towards completion and commercialisation of its Nevada lithium plant and its demonstration plant in Germany.

  • Magnesita looks ahead to positive impact of graphite and talc projects

    17 May 2014

    The Brazilian refractories and minerals producer’s Q1 results show that vertically integrated supplies of raw materials are becoming increasingly important for Magnesita’s balance sheet.

  • Global feldspar production to increase 4% annually through 2017

    16 May 2014

    A growing middle class in emerging economies in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe is causing a boom in the housing construction sector as well as increasing demand for automotive glass, both important end markets for feldspar.

  • Imerys to bring Nedmag’s magnesium hydroxide to European paper market

    16 May 2014

    This alliance will expand Nedmag’s European footprint through Imerys’ contacts in the paper sector, while promising a product which could significantly improve the efficiency of pulp production lines and reduce costs.

  • IM Potash News in Brief

    16 May 2014

    Over the last few weeks, major potash producers have announced profits losses as potash prices stay low. However potash juniors, such as Premier African Minerals and Elemental Minerals, have continued with the development of their resources, indicating long term confidence and solid market fundamentals.

  • Victory Nickel reports Q1 net losses; remains optimistic on frac sand market outlook

    16 May 2014

    Alongside this Canadian exploration company, other major players in the silica sand industry are forecasting huge demand as a result of the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom in North America and rising levels of flat glass in construction and automotive glass. Despite negative results, Victory has a three-pronged expansion plan for its frac sand plant.

  • Alkane Resources advances Dubbo rare earths and zirconia project in Q1 2014

    16 May 2014

    Commencing production of gold from its Australian deposits, the junior company will ensure capital funding to secure advanced development of its rare earths and zirconia project in Australia and meet the targeted production in H1 2016.

  • India: a beacon of hope for flagging fluorspar demand

    16 May 2014

    Infrastructure developments and a hot summer breathe life into Indian fluorocarbon sector

  • Malaysia’s Bintulu port to diversify with dry bulk

    15 May 2014

    The country is hoping that by encouraging the development palm oil and metal casting in its Sarawak industrial region, the north coast port of Bintulu will handle greater quantities of dry bulk cargoes and reduce its dependence on liquefied natural gas exports

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 9 – 15 May

    15 May 2014

    Graphite One Resources raises funds for Graphite Creek deposit; Alabama Graphite to speed up exploration of Coosa project; graphite mine shutdowns in China could drive up graphite prices

  • ICL income falls 57% despite fertiliser market demand increases

    15 May 2014

    Following a difficult 2013 for potash and phosphate, increased demand in North and South America is enabling fertiliser producers to increase sales volumes. Unfortunately, increased volumes have still not been enough to offset price declines.

  • New financing becomes top priority for Molycorp

    15 May 2014

    After posting wider year-on-year losses for Q1 2014, the US-rare earths producer is looking for options to raise new cash to improve its rare earths and rare earth magnets production, in the attempt to recover profits and meet a targeted output of 20,000 tonnes rare earths oxides.

  • RHI acquires Turkish DBM plant; fire breaks out in Norway

    15 May 2014

    RHI’s results show that it is continuing to press on with its vertically integrated strategy and demonstrate that it is also addressing the issues it encountered in Norway in 2013. While revenues and sales overall do remain low, there are some beacons of positivity coming from the company’s raw material business.

  • CRP submits marine consent application for offshore phosphate project

    15 May 2014

    The submission, should it be accepted, will be the last approval required by the company, which has already received a permit for phosphate extraction. However, considering the environmental opposition the project has faced, this may be the most difficult hurdle CRP faces.

  • Global bromine production approaching 867,000 tonnes by 2018

    15 May 2014

    This first quarter of 2014 has seen the major bromine producers report strained margins due to low selling prices. With world output forecast to increase appreciably over the next four years, bromine companies are hoping that demand will grow to keep pace with output, or will face further margin pressure from market competition and excess capacity.

  • Vesuvius underscores “disappointing” foundry market, gives update on China

    15 May 2014

    The refractories manufacturer is putting quality above quantity, it highlighted in its interim management statement, released today. Although the management indicated it had seen some revenue growth, the company is clearly moving towards delivering better products out of China, which will put it ahead of competitors.

  • S&B Minerals record lower profits in Q1 2014 on higher costs

    15 May 2014

    Lower year-on-year profits in the first three months of this year reflect a moderate increase in sales of industrial minerals for foundry and specialty industries and lower demand from the construction and horticulture. The company will have to reduce debts in order to offset the negative impact of currency exchange on its profits.

  • US Silica given all-clear following sulphuric acid leak at silica sand plant

    15 May 2014

    The accident at US Silica’s plant could lead to further scrutiny of the silica sand industry, which is already under pressure from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce occupational exposure levels to respirable crystalline silica, which can lead to a form of lung disease called silicosis.

  • Australia banishes MRRT, but company tax remains high

    15 May 2014

    Australia’s controversial MRRT tax is finally thrown out – which has no real implications for industrial minerals markets as these were excluded for the tax in 2012. However, the indication by the Minerals Council that heavier company taxes await in the new Budget could cause issues for juniors operating in Australia.

  • Ma’aden net profit declines 48% as prices dip across all products

    15 May 2014

    Phosphate-based fertiliser producer Ma’aden saw its profits slashed despite increasing volumes sold, as prices of DAP and ammonia have remained low over Q1 2014. However, the company’s continuing development in its King Abdullah phosphate project indicates it believes the investment will pay off and markets will pick up.

  • Price Briefing 9 – 15 May

    15 May 2014

    Battery grade graphite prices rise on Chinese closures while South African acidspar values fall

  • FLSmidth profit increases 229% despite mineral processing challenges

    14 May 2014

    Like many mining technology providers, the Danish processing company has seen a reduction in mining capex. However, growth is being driven by a focus on the mining aftermarket with producers focusing on increased productivity and operational improvements rather than new projects.

  • Thawing investor sentiment fails to boost mining IPOs

    14 May 2014

    Last year was one of the worst in history for new mining listings and the performance of mining company stocks on the world’s exchanges. Latest stock market figures suggest that while there has been an increase in available capital for miners, the chances of successfully floating a new company remain slim to none.

  • RB Energy announces Q1 losses of C$2.6m

    14 May 2014

    As a consequence of Tesla Motors’ announcement to build a lithium Gigafactory in North America, RB Energy is confident the investment it has made in its Quebec lithium project will be worth the losses it has suffered this quarter.

  • Europe schedules ban of HFC-based refrigerants

    14 May 2014

    New stringent regulations on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) set by the European Council are likely to impact fluorspar demand in the refrigerants market, but open new opportunities of business for eco-friendly hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs)-based refrigerants as companies plan to sell new refrigerants based on these compounds.

  • Trade Review: Chinese fluorspar Q1 2014

    14 May 2014

    March upturn disguises difficult quarter for Chinese market

  • Supply cuts in China graphite could be over 40%

    14 May 2014

    Heilongjiang and Shandong flake graphite production cuts could see almost 25% come off global market in two years

  • Nemaska Lithium feasibility study predicts boost to lithium prices

    14 May 2014

    The growth of the electric vehicle market is expected to increase the supply/demand gap, and boost prices for both lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide.

  • K+S revenue declines as potash turmoil continues to affect prices

    14 May 2014

    Low potash prices continue to hit producers as potassium chloride revenue dropped 35% for the company. Lower prices have, however, encouraged demand, which K+S hopes will continue throughout the remainder of the year.

  • US Silica hikes glass and building sand prices by 20%

    13 May 2014

    Increases follow negligible Q1 profit growth for company’s industrial and speciality segment

  • Sunrise Resources US deposit potentially hosts high quality diatomite

    13 May 2014

    Recent analysis on diatomite samples from the company’s reserves in Nevada, US, indicates high quality mineralisation and low level of impurities, which could give Sunrise the possibility to develop a commercially viable product and enter the US fillers and filters market.

  • Incitec sees profit increase 7% despite weak fertiliser prices

    13 May 2014

    The company’s fertiliser business saw a 2% increase in EBIT, owing to strong domestic demand in Australia despite drought, where reasonable planting is expected to continue.

  • LKAB Minerals to build $67m bentonite facility in Sweden

    13 May 2014

    Following the rebranding of LKAB Minerals from Minelco earlier this year we can now see how the two businesses will feed into one another as LKAB Minerals prepares to increase its bentonite production for use in iron ore markets.

  • Lanxess sees earnings grow in its performance chemicals business

    13 May 2014

    Despite seeing its overall sales revenue decline as a result of lowering prices, the German chemicals producer recorded positive growth in sales in its performance chemicals business, which it expects to grow further in 2014, especially for iron oxide and chromium oxide-based pigments.

  • Outotec continues drive for sustainability with WWF partnership

    13 May 2014

    Low prices and a volatile market in mining is keeping capex for mining companies low, leading to some companies such as Outotec focusing more on water, waste and environmental solutions, for which demand is expected to increase.

  • Chinese graphite price rises to hit battery grades

    13 May 2014

    Increases of 5-10% affect high purity products; refractory grade values remain unchanged

  • Orbite Aluminae eyes H2 2014 for costings on 5 tpd HPA facility

    13 May 2014

    Despite some speakers at this year’s Bauxite and Alumina conference saying that high purity alumina projects which used kaolinic clay as a feedstock would struggle to be commercially successful, Orbite’s set of results show that the company continues to advance and plan for the future.

  • Video News: Malaysia Airlines MH370 was carrying Li-ion batteries

    13 May 2014

    US kaolin prices remain flat; Russian Federation to meet with EU over energy regulations; BGS survey finds wars have both helped as well as hindered the development of the industrial minerals sector

  • Graphite closures: 40% of Shandong’s producers remain offline in China

    12 May 2014

    22 companies fail to meet standards as environmental inspections continue; $5m invested in upgrades over Q1 2014

  • Highfield drilling results could increase scale of Spanish potash project

    12 May 2014

    The latest intersection of what is presumed to be a large potash seam at the Javier potash project in Northern Spain is expected to enable Highfield to up the size of the project. These drilling results, coupled with a likely positive PFS in the coming months, could boost the company’s value.

  • Refractory market could suffer from Chinese steel company shutdowns

    12 May 2014

    The government’s actions against the steel, cement and glass industries, to reduce pollution and cut overcapacity would impact industrial minerals like alumina, andalusite, bauxite, graphite, magnesia and zircon

  • Indian cement producers look for gypsum overseas

    12 May 2014

    New investments in infrastructure planned by India’s government will put pressure on gypsum supply to Indian cement producers, which are already seeking opportunities to acquire deposits overseas as an alternative to relying on imports from neighbouring countries.

  • Liberty Phosphate and Coromandel merger approved

    12 May 2014

    Filing of the court order approval means that Indian fertiliser producer will increase its SSP capacity to more than 1m tonnes through the amalgamation of Liberty Phosphate, which holds 14% of India’s market share – a region that has been problematic for fertiliser producers over the last few years.

  • IFGL Refractories move to increase US, Indian refractories capacity

    12 May 2014

    The latest set of results for the India-headquartered company show that the steel industry is picking up worldwide as orders increase for the company’s products

  • Agrium to sell $85m slow release fertiliser business to Koch Agronomic Services

    12 May 2014

    As part of a strategic review undertaken last year, the North American fertiliser producer will sell its Turf and Ornamental business. Russian PhosAgro is another fertiliser producer attempting to streamline its business in a difficult market, as the company recently announced the reorganisation of two of its subsidiaries.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief 5 – 12 May

    12 May 2014

    Great Western Minerals and Frontier Rare Earths complete feasibility studies and process improvements for their rare earths project in South Africa; Rare Element Resources keeps losses flat in Q1 2014, while developing its Bear Lodge project in Wyoming, US; Government officials and experts discuss rare earths deep seabed mining in Cook Islands.

  • GengSheng announces voluntary delisting from NYSE

    12 May 2014

    The delisting of its common stock and instead looking to trade in an OTC manner represent the company’s desire to function in a more transparent market-friendly way. It has also been open about its struggles within the domestic refractories market and the difficulties it has faced with the US market.

  • Omya takes on Synthomer’s US distribution from 1 July

    12 May 2014

    The growing polymers market has been referenced by several minerals producers over the last week, but now end producers are officially joining forces in order to market products in regions perceived to be key to growth

  • African Potash raises funds for drilling at ROC potash project

    12 May 2014

    Funds raised will enable the company to continue exploration at the Lac Dinga potash project in Africa, which it hopes will prove to have as much potential as surrounding projects in exploration, ideally located to take advantage of the underserviced African potash market.

  • Improved logistics to come to US bentonite hub

    12 May 2014

    Poor logistics in the US is limiting price rises for bentonite, so a new rail terminal for the bentonite hub in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, could boost production, and with it prices.

  • US Navy scientists create harder spinel for armoured vehicle glass

    12 May 2014

    The use of spinel as glass in armoured vehicles is not a large end market, but if this new application becomes commercialised it could be a new demand facet for the synthetic material.

  • Graphite market shows price recovery potential

    09 May 2014

    Enquiries surge moving into buying season; excess supply remains despite China closures

  • Quality adjustments fuel fluorspar price divergence

    09 May 2014

    Focus on purity sees greater price disparity; high inventories expose differences in ore quality

  • Soda ash market to reach highs of 70m tonnes by 2020

    09 May 2014

    Demand for flat glass in construction and automotive industries from emerging economies will significantly increase growth in the market, as reflected in positive Q1 results from some of the major soda ash players.

  • Geovic Mining could become a potential supplier of chromite from South Pacific

    09 May 2014

    Following exploration of its chromite bearing sands deposits in New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea, US-based junior Geovic Mining could become an important supplier of foundry grade chromite to Asia and Australia-Pacific, expanding diversification of sources in a global market, currently bound to South Africa’s supply.

  • Sheffield Resources looks to raise $11.5m for Thunderbird mineral sands

    09 May 2014

    The company recently published a positive scoping study, and the strong demand it says it has seen for the capital raising puts the company well on track to 2017 target production.

  • Tasmania Minerals Council slams Green Party on mining tax

    09 May 2014

    Australia’s minerals industry in the last two years was characterised by lower commodity prices, high industry costs and the scaling back of capital expenditure plans. Minerals associations in the country are calling for more legislative support to boost production volumes.

  • MTI concludes $1.7bn merger with AMCOL

    09 May 2014

    After months of a bidding war to acquire the world’s largest bentonite producer, the transaction is nearing its end. By the close of business today, MTI will wholly own AMCOL creating a $2bn company that will dominate both the precipitated calcium carbonate and bentonite markets.

  • Chinese rare earths permanent magnets producers see profit in 2014

    09 May 2014

    Despite rare earths oxides oversupply in its domestic market, China’s rare earths-based permanent magnets industry is growing and it could experience a supply shortage of dysprosium, as the government is to set stringent quotas on rare earths productions.

  • Graphene 2014: The path to a ‘killer application’

    09 May 2014

    Much of the R&D conducted in the decade since graphene’s discovery has focused on cost and commercial viability, looking at its potential use in electronics or membranes. Discussions at Graphene 2014 in Toulouse, France, uncovered some more obscure uses which could propel the nano-material from the laboratory into the marketplace.

  • Ilmenite supply shortages lead to losses for Cochin Minerals

    09 May 2014

    The Indian producer was forced to import ilmenite for its synthetic rutile production as the country’s ban on mineral sands beach mining begins to have a tangible effect on revenues, driving up raw material costs.

  • Kerala Clays denies pollution rumours

    09 May 2014

    Unrest at one of India’s largest kaolin producing plants over allegations of cancer-causing contamination could have a knock on effect on production.

  • Production at Mosaic potash facility suspended following warehouse collapse

    08 May 2014

    Although no one was injured in the incident, it is unclear what caused the collapse at Mosaic’s Carlsbad potash facility and production has been suspended until further notice while investigations take place.

  • Port of Rotterdam to develop Brazilian port

    08 May 2014

    The Netherlands dry bulk hub has entered into a joint venture agreement to serve the fertiliser, drilling and steel mineral needs of Espirito Santo in southeast Brazil, a move which will help bolster the growing Latin American economy’s raw material consumption.

  • Kronos Q1 results show company back in the black

    08 May 2014

    The latest set of results show that Kronos has worked hard to turn around the situation it found itself in last quarter. Although TiO2 prices remain low, sales have slipped and it still felt the impact of industrial action, these results demonstrate the difference between using a spot feedstock price and improved production capabilities and longer-term contracts.

  • OCI achieves 15.6% increase in earnings for Q1

    08 May 2014

    Increased prices and production volumes has led to yet another soda ash company announcing good first quarter results. The global market is expected to grow at a rate of 3-4% over the next ten years as a result of increased demand from the glass and detergent markets.

  • Graphene 2014: UK NGI adds to calls for graphene standards

    08 May 2014

    As hype continues to swirl unabated around graphene and its many possibilities, confusion about what constitutes true graphene and what the material is really useful for remains a sticking point for the industry. In a bid to eradicate misconceptions, product standards for nano-carbon materials should be established, according to the UK’s National Graphene Institute.

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 2 May – 8 May

    08 May 2014

    MoUs signed by Syrah Resources and Asmet in Mozambique, and Kiberian Resouces and Richland Resources in Tanzania; Energizer Resources, provides project update; Alabama Graphite starts trading on OTCQX

  • CF Industries earnings increase as company completes phosphate business sale

    08 May 2014

    Despite low prices in nitrogen and phosphate hitting revenues, the company saw its profit increase as it completed the offload of its phosphate business, choosing instead to focus on the expansion of its nitrogen segment.

  • Molycorp posts wider losses in Q1 2014 as prices keep falling

    08 May 2014

    The effect of low prices in the rare earths market continues to hit Molycorp revenues, with the company recording a net loss in the first quarter of 2014 of $86m, which could impact its business for the rest of year.

  • Latin Resources recovers premium andalusite from test works

    08 May 2014

    By obtaining a high-grade andalusite sample from its test works, the Australian junior is in a favourable position to start production and sell this mineral at high prices in a market with few suppliers.

  • Tronox Q1 results affirm stabilising pigment market

    08 May 2014

    After a difficult few years for the sector, Tronox has reported the fifth consecutive quarter of improvement in its pigment division, indicating that improvements in feedstock market conditions may follow.

  • Price Briefing 2 – 8 May

    08 May 2014

    Refractory bauxite prices stable while rutile and fertiliser minerals offer bleak outlooks

  • Cost pressures fuel Indian fluorspar mixing

    07 May 2014

    Indian consumers blending low cost African imports with Chinese supply to cut costs

  • EPM granted water rights and funds for SOP project development

    07 May 2014

    The company is now one step closer to production from its Sevier Lake Playa project in Utah, which will produce the speciality fertiliser needed for chloride-sensitive crops.

  • Rutile market conditions “tough” to “terrible” despite steady demand

    07 May 2014

    Prices squeezed by Chinese competition but Ukraine crisis could spark panic buying

  • Malaysian Iris Corp to acquire diatomite deposits in New Zealand

    07 May 2014

    The acquisition of diatomite-rich assets in New Zealand by the Malaysian technology company Iris Corp. places the country in a strategic position as a future supplier of natural fertilisers in the Asian and African market.

  • Graphite supply squeeze sparks China price rises

    07 May 2014

    List prices increase significantly despite slack demand; fears that Heilongjiang flake graphite action could spread to cleaner areas

  • Australia to increase salt production in 2014 by 22%

    07 May 2014

    Figures from a recent report indicate that Australia is the world’s leading exporter of salt and will remain in this position, as production has increased during 2014, but revenue from the overall industrial minerals industry is expected to decline in the next year.

  • Production of oilfield minerals to increase as G7 reduces reliance on Russian gas

    07 May 2014

    Russia’s annexation of Ukraine has led to European concerns on energy security, with G7 members calling for increased domestic production of oil and gas, which would boost demand for the industrial minerals needed to extract fossil fuels.

  • Agrium blames cold winter for 92% first quarter profit slump

    07 May 2014

    Traditionally low first quarter earnings were exacerbated by the coldest North American winter in some regions for 30 years. The potash and phosphate producer also faced low prices year-on-year and logistical challenges, which hampered international sales, and show no sign of abating.

  • Victory Mountain Ventures completes preliminary study of Canadian frac sand property

    07 May 2014

    The rapid development of shale gas exploration in Canada, in plays such as Duvernay, Montney, Canadian Bakken and Horn River is leading an increase in demand for frac sand in Alberta and British Columbia. This increase is also being felt across the border in the US, in plays such as the Marcellus shale.

  • FMC shows growth as lithium and soda ash recover

    07 May 2014

    FMC is the second multi-faceted producer to point to gains in the soda ash space in as many days, but it is also interesting that the producer pointed to an increase in demand in the lithium space from the energy storage sector.

  • Rockwood profit increases despite poor lithium results in weak potash market

    07 May 2014

    The company’s profit increased as Rockwood’s surface treatment business offset lower sales of potash, produced as a lithium by-product, in the difficult potash market.

  • Chinese suppliers confident on praseodymium-neodymium oxide price

    06 May 2014

    Stockpiling rumours prompt higher offer values but overall market remains down

  • ICL joins JV partner Allana in promoting potash in Ethiopia

    06 May 2014

    Fertiliser producer Israel Chemicals has made a contribution to the ATA, supporting its programme for sustainable farming methods in Africa. As Ethiopia’s largest sector, agriculture has significant growth opportunities for fertiliser producers.

  • Refractory bauxite prices stable on level demand

    06 May 2014

    Market steady but consumers not moving to restock inventories

  • Imerys expands talc facilities to serve growing compounds market

    06 May 2014

    Imerys’ announcement demonstrates that the company is serious about expanding into markets which show the promise of growth. It also marks a step into vertical integration for the company. It does mean that with MTI and Imerys both producing talc products for the domestic market, there will be relative overburden in the near term from exporting countries, which could drive prices lower.

  • Lynas to raise equity and delay payments to after rare earths price slump

    06 May 2014

    The plan to raise of additional equities and delay debt repayments should help the Australian rare earths producer to overcome the present difficulties experienced within the international market, but investors doubt about its long-term effects.

  • Valmet moves forward with pulp and board contracts in China and Brazil

    06 May 2014

    Valmet Corp.’s recent spate of orders show that demand for the latest pulp production facilities are in demand in both Brazil and China. Pulp and board markets consume minerals such as talc, kaolin, gypsum and calcium carbonate, so Valmet’s news highlights potentially growing markets for producers of these minerals.

  • Hudson Resources commences licensing of Greenland anorthosite project

    06 May 2014

    The White Mountain Anorthosite project, will provide new sources of feedstock, alumina and filler material to the European, North American and Asian market, increasing Hudson’s global presence.

  • Mosaic Q1 profit falls 43% as low fertiliser prices linger

    06 May 2014

    As is the case with most other fertiliser producers, higher sales volumes have failed to offset lower potash and phosphate prices, leading to lower revenues year-on-year. Though Mosaic expects stabilising prices in 2014, it will need to continue with cost cutting measures to increase profitability.

  • Nemaska Lithium to acquire permitting for Whabouchi project

    06 May 2014

    Many analysts are predicting success for the lithium-ion market, expecting it to reach $24.2bn by 2018, as a result of the increasing demand in electric vehicles and renewable energy. Despite Canada not having made much of an impact on the Li-ion market in recent times, additional producers in the country could put it back on the map.

  • Solvay to boost Green River production; shows Q1 soda ash price effect

    06 May 2014

    Soda ash markets are improving is the message taken away from the latest set of results from Solvay. While the company seeks to boost its own production it also highlights the gains made in this market, against losses made elsewhere.

  • Loesche to deliver vertical roller mill to Saudi Arabian cement company

    06 May 2014

    According the processing company, the mill technology offers significant advantages such as lower energy demand and a modular design which saves on maintenance time.

  • Coca Cola to remove bromine chemical from drinks by end of year

    06 May 2014

    The world’s largest beverage maker has announced that it intends to remove the bromide-based additive BVO from its products following public pressure over the chemical’s effects on human health.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief 2 – 8 May

    06 May 2014

    Stans Energy more confident on a favourable verdict for its Kutessay II project in Kyrgyzstan; Avalon Rare Metals receives permits to develop Nechalacho in Canada; UK-based Rare Earth Minerals to start rare earths drilling operations in Australia and Greenland

  • Environmental pressures mount as Chinese graphite consolidation nears

    06 May 2014

    Heilongjiang production comes under media scrutiny; Exploration permits granted to SOE

  • Stans Energy’s rare earths assets acknowledged by Russian court

    03 May 2014

    Having received a favourable ruling from the International Arbitration, the junior rare earths company will have a strong position in negotiating a new mining licence with the Kyrgyzstan government and restart exploration and test works at its Kutessay II rare earths project.

  • Clariant posts net loss despite sales growth in developing economies

    02 May 2014

    Net losses for the Swiss chemicals producer show the negative impact of unfavourable currency exchange on geographically diversified businesses. Recent divestments and unfavourable weather also impacted on the company’s profits, but will help Clariant reduce costs in 2014.

  • TNG continues Mount Peake development as vanadium market picks up

    02 May 2014

    According to the company, which has made much progress over the last quarter developing its Australian titanium vanadium iron oxide project, recent developments in the market indicate a strong outlook for vanadium.

  • NYCO Minerals to receive wollastonite permits after final public hearing

    02 May 2014

    US miner NYCO will be able to evaluate the possibility of expanding its wollastonite reserves in New York State’s protected Adirondack Park following a last public hearing on the proposals, which is expected to end in June this year.

  • MTI extends AMCOL tender offer deadline

    02 May 2014

    Mineral Technologies’ acquisition of the world’s largest bentonite producer has gained a lot of media traction over the last few months. If this merger completes, MTI will not only have access to calcium carbonate, but will also be able to dominate a recovering bentonite market.

  • Oilfield minerals at risk as Russia files dispute with WTO against EU

    02 May 2014

    A World Trade Organization ruling against Russia could further sour the country’s relationships with the EU. This could in turn risk the security of Europe’s supplies of gas and oilfield minerals from Russia, as well as curtailing Russia’s own imports of these materials.

  • IM Mineral Sands News in Brief

    02 May 2014

    Hunstman selects Protea for product distribution in sub-Saharan region; Image Resources expects feasibility study later this year

  • Missing Malaysia Flight MH370 was carrying Li-ion batteries

    02 May 2014

    Now that it has been confirmed that the missing Malaysia airlines flight was carrying around 2.5 tonnes Li-ion batteries, a spotlight has once again been placed on the fuel cells, which have previously been held responsible for incidents including smoke, fire, extreme heat or explosion.

  • Kaolin market poised for growth

    02 May 2014

    Kaolin markets face growth, as reported by two separate sources this week, however while one report focuses on its application as a paper filler, the area of growth which has been skirted over is its potential in the growing unconventional gas market.

  • Indian cement producers to improve efficiency in limestone mining

    02 May 2014

    Implementation of beneficiation plants by limestone and cement producer Ramco Cement paved the way to the optimisation of limestone mining and processing in India that was recently urged by mining experts as necessary to meet future domestic demand.

  • Pakistan dry bulk port moves forward

    01 May 2014

    New facilities at Port of Qasim should be up-and-running in two years and are set to boost cement mineral demand, inlcuding limestone, and cement refractory minerals such as bauxite, mullite, and andalusite.

  • Ultra Lithium commences drilling on Serbian lithium and boron sites

    01 May 2014

    Serbia is considered underexplored despite its wide spectrum of mineral deposits. The country contains high quality lithium and boron, two valuable elements used in batteries and the pharmaceutical industry and to encapsulate radioactive waste, respectively. Ultra is following in the footsteps of Rio Tinto, which has already discovered deposits of lithium and boron.

  • Intrepid Potash records Q1 2014 loss despite higher sales volumes

    01 May 2014

    Producers are continuing to drive volumes in an attempt to mitigate lower average prices but lower revenues are still being seen from most manufacturers. The company however remains committed to its strategy as it expects prices to stabilise in 2014.

  • Speciality alumina market looks promising

    01 May 2014

    If the spate of recent reports is to be believed, there could be areas of growth in the high purity alumina market, which have not been considered by developers. Rising Chinese interest and new markets are encouraging for those developing projects, such as AMMG or Orbite Alumina

  • Athabasca posts net losses from its aggregates in Canada

    01 May 2014

    Although the Canadian producer expects aggregates business to ramp up in Q2 and the rest of 2014, net losses in the first quarter of this year might impede the company to raise cash for developing its silica sand, granite and dolomite deposits in Canada.

  • Lynas posts record rare earths sales but costs rise

    01 May 2014

    The Australian rare earths producer has increased its sales, but in meeting its targeted annual production capacity the company has seen its costs escalate, which could undermine its capital position, particularly as rare earths prices remain fragile.

  • Arab Potash 2013 revenue drops 34% as production costs rise

    01 May 2014

    The company saw profits fall as the cost of potash production increased over the course of the year. However, it hopes that cost-cutting measures and a more stable potash market will help it maintain profitability.

  • Tor Minerals continues to see pressure from China TiO2 market

    01 May 2014

    Until today the impact of Chinese TiO2 producers has not been explicitly mentioned in results, rather low pricing and a lack of demand. But Karasch’s comments — that Chinese supply is now close to 35% of global output and that the export price is unsustainable — will have far-reaching consequences if he is correct.

  • Emergency application against K+S water discharge dismissed

    01 May 2014

    The emergency application against the company’s saline wastewater discharge permit from its Werra potash plant has been dismissed by the Kassel Administrative Court, allowing K+S to continue with production without any supply disruptions.

  • Orocobre to complete lithium-potash-boron project in August

    01 May 2014

    As well as moving its lithium carbonate activities towards commercial production level, Orocobre is ramping activities through its Borax Argentina operations, with the potential for significant new Argentinian mineral supply by the end of this year.

  • Latin Resources raises net cash for Peru mineral sands project development

    01 May 2014

    The sale of its iron ore Mariela project in Peru enables the Australian company to raise positive net cash in the first quarter 2014, guaranteeing enough funds to continue developing its Guadalupito heavy mineral sands project.

  • Price Briefing 25 April – 1 May

    01 May 2014

    Alumina and lithium prices strengthen while kaolin and TiO2 show weakness