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  • December 2016

    China to release third list of qualified graphite, fluorspar companies

    30 December 2016

    China is about to release it's third list of the graphite and fluorspar companies which have passed the government's industry entry standards.

  • Potash and phosphate: Year in Review 2016

    30 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global potash and phosphate industry.

  • Lithium: Year in Review 2016

    30 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global lithium market.

  • Graphite: Year in Review 2016

    30 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global graphite market.

  • Fluorspar: Year in Review 2016

    30 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global fluorspar market.

  • Bauxite and alumina: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global bauxite and alumina industry.

  • Magnesia: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global magnesia industry.

  • Chromite: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global chromite market.

  • Soda Ash: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global soda ash market.

  • Iodine: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global iodine market.

  • Rare earths: Year in Review 2016

    28 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global rare earth industry.

  • Titanium dioxide: Year in Review 2016

    28 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global titanium dioxide industry.

  • Antimony trioxide: Year in Review 2016

    28 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global antimony trioxide industry.

  • Oilfield Minerals: Year in Review 2016

    28 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global oilfield minerals industry.

  • China cancels graphite, magnesia, magnesite export taxes

    23 December 2016

    China has scrapped export taxes on graphite, magnesia and magnesite.

  • Select Sands appoints new president, ceo

    23 December 2016

    Zigurds "Zig" Vitols will replace Rasool Mohammad as president and ceo at Select Sands as the company moves towards full production.

  • K+S to restart potash production in January

    23 December 2016

    Germany fertiliser producer K+S has received government approval to dispose its wastewater from potash production in Germany. But challenges remain as the disposal volume depends heavily on the water level in the nearby Werra river.

  • Chromite prices close 2016 on five-year high

    23 December 2016

    Suppliers of chromite have been busy as both foundry and chemical grade material posted price upticks right up to Christmas, while buyers hope the market will slow down in 2017.

  • Price Briefing 16-22 December

    23 December 2016

    Trading activities wind down this week ahead of the festive season with most industrial minerals prices unchanged, although chromite prices increased again as buyers are keen to secure 2017 supplies.

  • ITC rules Umicore infringing BASF patents with NMC cathodes

    23 December 2016

    Umicore has infringed upon BASF’s and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) patents, according to an ITC ruling which comes with a complete ban on the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC or NCM) battery cathode materials to the United States.

  • Minerals shipping delayed on push for higher freight rate

    23 December 2016

    Deliveries of some industrial minerals have been delayed as container shipping companies are giving priority loading to higher-value cargo. Minerals suppliers are reportedly having to pay higher freight rates in order to secure space for prompt shipment.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist chromite 47% grade

    23 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals is proposing to delist its chromite 47% dried and bagged grade from the IM Pricing Database.

  • Vesuvius buys Brazilian flux operation

    22 December 2016

    The takeover is aimed at strengthening Vesuvius’ division of Steel Flow Control, and was funded through existing financial resources.

  • China's rare earths industry on track, says association

    22 December 2016

    Consolidation in the rare earths sector in China continued in 2016, leading to an improvement in trading patterns, although market prices remained subdued.

  • Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban to Q1 2017

    22 December 2016

    The moratorium on bauxite mining is due to exceed one full year as the country’s authorities remain firm on reducing existing stockpiles of the material following an unregulated mining frenzy in previous years.

  • Two executives leave Select Sands

    22 December 2016

    The board of directors of the silica sand processor will continue to operate with five remaining members after its chairman and general counsel left the company.

  • K+S potash production at Hattorf will not restart

    21 December 2016

    The German producer was not able to restart potash production despite completed repairs after a fire broke out at the end of November.

  • Outotec lowers guidance over mining challenges

    21 December 2016

    The company has lowered its full year EBIT guidance and announced the establishment of a services business to strengthen its footprint in this area, following a drop in earnings reported last month.

  • Malaysian bauxite stockpiles remain high

    21 December 2016

    The country has banned bauxite mining for 11 months now, although the latest inspections appear to show high outstanding inventories of the mineral. The ban, which is due to last until 31 December, might now be renewed into 2017.

  • Severe transport disruption in Tianjin to hit mineral deliveries

    21 December 2016

    In response to harmful smog levels in Tianjin city, China, the local government has imposed mass restrictions on motor vehicles. The transport disruption is expected to hit industrial minerals deliveries as Tianjin is one of the main export routes from China.

  • Jiangxi continues rare earth consolidation

    21 December 2016

    Authorities in the Chinese province are pushing for consolidation in the rare earth industry, with China Southern looking to absorb smaller firms.

  • China to inspect rare earth firms in illegal mining crackdown

    20 December 2016

    The Chinese government plans to inspect 379 rare earths producers to ensure they are not involved in illegal rare earth mining or smuggling.

  • Alcoa sets bauxite supply deal to China

    20 December 2016

    The latest deal signed means the company will supply a total 2.2m tonnes bauxite to customers across China in 2017. Bauxite will be sourced from its Huntly mine in Western Australia.

  • Production resumes at PotashCorp mine after fire

    20 December 2016

    The company confirmed there were no injuries to workers and no damage was caused to the production site. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

  • UK rules in favour of Third Energy fracking permit

    20 December 2016

    Despite opposition from environmental campaigners, the UK's High Court has ruled that a permit awarded to Third Energy for fracking in North Yorkshire is valid, leaving the company free to go ahead with tests to determine the viability of oil and gas extraction at the site.

  • Graphite News in Brief 20 December

    20 December 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry.

  • K+S buys stake in Saudi Arabia fertiliser producer

    19 December 2016

    The German potash and magnesium manufacturer plans to expand its footprint int the Middle Eastern, African and South-east Asian fertiliser markets through the purchase, which is expected to close in mid-2017.

  • Indian mining index slows down in October

    19 December 2016

    Lower production of bauxite, magnesite and coal dragged down India’s mining and quarrying index in October.

  • Mosaic to buy Vale fertiliser business

    19 December 2016

    Vale will sell its fertiliser business to Mosaic for $2.5bn, giving the fertiliser producer greater access to the growing Brazilian market and enabling the company to be fully integrated through the Brazilian phosphate supply chain.

  • China’s Xinmi shuts 85 refractory factories in 2016

    19 December 2016

    Environmental efforts on the part of local authorities have led to the closure of 85 highly-polluting factories in the city, as the industry is pushed to transition to cleaner energy sources.

  • RHI appoints new COO, CTO

    19 December 2016

    Gerd Schubert will take over both roles and help to implement the RHI-Magnesita merger.

  • Foundry chromite sand prices edge up

    16 December 2016

    The market for foundry grade and refractory grade chromite sand is posting additional upticks against previous weeks as chemical grade chrome product remains stable.

  • Galaxy lithium concentrate to reach China in January

    16 December 2016

    The company expects to ship spodumene every month, honouring deals agreed at 2016 prices until March/April, before it begins to move material for prices agreed at significantly higher 2017 levels.

  • Lithium contract prices for 2017 double 2016 levels

    16 December 2016

    Annual contract agreements for the upcoming calendar year have now largely been settled, with prices up sharply from what was paid on material delivered during the current year.

  • Graphite 2017 contracts showing no price change

    16 December 2016

    New year contracts for graphite are being negotiated at the same price levels as the current market rates, as buyers are covering for Q1 while some suppliers hope a rebound in demand may lead to a pickup in prices from Q2 onward.

  • Mass production shutdown in China lifts fused alumina prices

    16 December 2016

    The massive fused alumina production shutdown in China has lifted spot prices and the unexpected wave of output disruption has caught buyers by surprise, as many have not finalised supply contracts for Q1 2017 deliveries.

  • Chinese institute sells high value lithium extraction technology

    16 December 2016

    The Qinghai Salt Lake Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent a decade commercialising technology for the extraction of lithium from salt lakes, which has now been bought for $5.79m.

  • Tikkurila lowers profit guidance as TiO2 prices rise

    15 December 2016

    The Finland-based paints manufacturer expects profit to fall year-on-year as the price of raw materials like titanium dioxide has increased, while negative currency exchange rates have further compounded the problem.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s bauxite, alumina assessment frequency

    15 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the frequency of refractory-grade bauxite and fused alumina price assessments.

  • AkzoNobel completes BASF industrial coatings sale

    15 December 2016

    The industrial coatings acquisition by AkzoNobel will give the company access to end markets such as construction, domestic appliance and wind energy, with the benefits of the transaction expected to be fully felt by 2018.

  • Chemours announces Q1 titanium dioxide price hikes

    15 December 2016

    Following Q1 price hikes by a number of pigment producers, Chemours is the latest to announce planned price increases for TiO2 grades outside of North America in February.

  • India's new fertiliser subsidy process could impact agriminerals buying

    15 December 2016

    The Indian government plans to change the way it distributes the fertiliser subsidy causing concern that the new policy could affect potash and phosphate buying in the market.

  • Albemarle closes Chemetall sale

    15 December 2016

    Company aims to focus on lithium and refinery catalysts business.

  • Finnish city to bid for Tesla European gigafactory

    15 December 2016

    Vaasa authorities hope locally-available lithium supply and established energy technology hub will tempt the EV manufacturer.

  • Lithium boom continues to fuel Chinese majors

    15 December 2016

    Tianqi Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium both saw turnovers more than double in the first nine months of 2016.

  • Industrial minerals in the new Trump era

    15 December 2016

    Trump win ‘positive’ for oil and gas sector while uncertainty surrounds the future of renewables. Meanwhile a lack of clarity remains in terms of foreign trade agreements.

  • Kazakhstan prepares to launch country’s first TiO2 project

    15 December 2016

    The $700m project is expected to launch in 2017 following delays owing to a lack of investment. Supply will target Kazakhstan's domestic market.

  • Commercial Li-ion energy storage lands in UK

    15 December 2016

    Tesla’s Powerpack’s, which Camborne Capital Energy is bringing to the UK, could offer a solution to the problem of storing energy from renewable sources, but costs still need to come down.

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’

    15 December 2016

    CEO tells investors future is bright as Q3 results saw the company's expansion strategy pay dividends. The refractories market remains weak, however.

  • US pressures India on boric acid imports

    15 December 2016

    A recent trade forum saw US delegates prioritise the issue of India’s protectionism in its boric acid trade. Indian buyers, US producers and US diplomats are pushing Indian authorities to fully abandon the country's current import regime.

  • OPEC agrees to curb oil output

    15 December 2016

    Oil prices rallied following an announcement by OPEC that it would set a production limit of 32.5m bbl/d.

  • TZMI: TiO2 moving towards a recovery

    15 December 2016

    Supply and demand is expected to balance in 2017, with consolidation to continue in China. Elsewhere in Asia the construction industry is leading the demand revival.

  • Tianqi to take 20% stake in Rockwood

    15 December 2016

    The Chinese lithium producer will exercise an option to buy a minority share in the subsidiary of its US competitor Albemarle.

  • South African chromite output spikes in September

    14 December 2016

    Production of chromite with 44-48% Cr2O3 content in September was the highest monthly output in 2016 to date.

  • MTI appoints new CEO

    14 December 2016

    Douglas Dietrich will take the reins at MTI following the death of Joseph Muscari in September.

  • Galaxy hikes 2017 spodumene prices

    14 December 2016

    The company’s contracted selling price for 2017 will be up to 50% higher than 2016 levels, depending on the grade of spodumene supplied. Galaxy confirmed 120,000 tonnes in contracts with existing Chinese customers at new 2017 prices, although the company will honour already committed 2016 deals at lower price levels.

  • China announces further plans to tackle illegal rare earths mining

    13 December 2016

    Although local and central governments have introduced measures previously to combat illegal rare earth extraction, the problem still persists in China and is preventing a price recovery.

  • TNG, Sumitomo to develop vanadium redox flow battery market in Australia

    13 December 2016

    The agreement brings TNG, Sumitomo and Energy Made Clean together with the aim of developing vanadium redox flow batteries to sell on the Australian market.

  • Iofina warns iodine H2 production to be below guidance

    13 December 2016

    The US iodine producer does not expect to reach its guidance for H2 iodine production blaming water diversions by suppliers. Its 2016 revenues have surpassed 2015 levels, however, with volumes making up for weaker prices.

  • Norsk Hydro appoints head of bauxite, alumina

    13 December 2016

    The Norwegian aluminium producer has replaced its interim head of the bauxite and alumina department of the group.

  • Prince to acquire Eramet’s manganese chemicals business

    13 December 2016

    Investment group to take over the French miner’s downstream manganese products business, Erachem, while Eramet will retain its manganese ore mining subsidiary.

  • Lianhua authorities look to consolidate calcium carbonate industry

    13 December 2016

    Calcium carbonate is the largest and most profitable industry in the town of Lianhua, Guangxi, China, where the local government is encouraging consolidation in the sector to improve efficiency and technology.

  • Bill Gates among backers of $1bn clean energy fund

    12 December 2016

    Breakthrough Energy Ventures will finance clean energy breakthroughs with zero carbon emissions.

  • PPG restructuring, job cuts approved

    12 December 2016

    Following approval from its board of directors, PPG plans to roll out its restructuring plans in weak regions and markets, which is expected to result in 1,700 job losses.

  • Lithium Australia advances plans to build large-scale pilot plant

    12 December 2016

    A contractor has been appointed to design the facility, part of the process to commercialise Lithium Australia’s proprietary Sileach lithium recovery process.

  • Evonik to acquire Huber's silica business

    12 December 2016

    The speciality chemicals firm is looking to expand its presence in diverse silica end markets, particularly consumer goods in the US and Asia, where Huber has a focus.

  • Black Mountain releases vermiculite resource

    12 December 2016

    The company will plan the update of the existing mining facilities at the Namekara vermiculite site on the basis of the mineral resource estimate released today.

  • Imerys seeks to buy French cement maker Kerneos

    12 December 2016

    The industrial minerals group is seeking to expand its offering of speciality materials for the construction, infrastructure and refractories industries by joining forces with cement maker Kerneos, which owns operations in four continents.

  • Non-OPEC countries agree to oil cuts

    12 December 2016

    Both OPEC and non-OPEC producers have agreed to jointly cut production in the interest of oil producers and consumers.

  • China shuts down polluting TiO2 companies; drives prices up

    09 December 2016

    Following pollution by local industries and a subsequent inspection by the municipal governmnet in Panzhihua, 28 companies have been shut down in the area. Among these were a number of TiO2 and ilmenite producers, which some said has led to spike in short term prices due the resulting market tightness.

  • Chinese fluorspar exports rise as it cuts back on imports

    09 December 2016

    Trade data from China has shown that fluorspar exports from the country saw an increase across all grades – although prices weakened – while imports saw a decline between January and October 2016. However the export of downstream products such as aluminium fluoride and hydrofluoric acid have recently weakened.

  • Phosphate producer OCP sees drop in Q3 revenue

    09 December 2016

    One of the world’s largest phosphate producers, OCP has reported lower earnings in Q3 as weak fertiliser demand and prices hit profits.

  • Price Briefing 2-8 December

    09 December 2016

    Anti-pollution related production shutdown in China has yet to impact spot bauxite and brown fused alumina prices, while iodine prices remained low as producers undercut offer to battle for market shares.

  • Iodine market confounded by continuing low prices

    09 December 2016

    As the price of iodine remains weak, market participants wonder how some suppliers can afford to keep their heads above water.

  • Pollution forces massive alumina, bauxite shutdowns in Shanxi, Henan

    09 December 2016

    Some provincial governments in China have taken extreme measures to combat heightening air pollution levels in the region by enforcing additional production shut downs in Henan and Shanxi. Although many buyers have yet to be hit by this latest output disruption, many are expecting price hikes in refractory minerals due to the supply shortage.

  • Tronox to push up TiO2 prices

    09 December 2016

    Tronox is the latest titanium dioxide producer to push up prices for the pigment mineral starting early next year.

  • Henan Billions expects TiO2 prices to continue increasing

    08 December 2016

    The company has pointed to a number of positive indicators in China that are likely to allow titanium dioxide prices to continue to strengthen.

  • Iluka and Sierra Rutile complete merger

    08 December 2016

    Iluka and Sierra Rutile have confirmed the merger between the companies was completed for $293m.

  • Mt Marion, Mt Cattlin truck lithium concentrate to port

    08 December 2016

    Both new players on the spodumene market are in the process of moving material to port in Western Australia, ahead of shipments to China expected to begin this month.

  • Pricing notice: Delisting sodium sulphate prices

    08 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals has delisted its sodium sulphate prices effective immediately.

  • US rig counts continue positive climb

    07 December 2016

    Monthly rig counts were up in almost every region globally, while US rig counts showed positive growth for the fourth week running.

  • Pricing notice: Update on proposed delisting of graphite prices

    07 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals has delisted the prices of several grades of graphite from the beginning of December.

  • China to stockpile large volumes of minerals under new plan

    07 December 2016

    Rare earths and graphite are to be warehoused in quantities at least 80% of the country’s domestic capacity as China looks to secure supply of materials where demand is on the rise.

  • Peak selects northern England site for REE refinery

    07 December 2016

    The Australian rare earths junior has chosen Tees Valley for its plant, citing factors including proximity to ports, bulk low-cost reagent supplies and a highly skilled workforce. Britain’s impending exit from the EU is not a source of concern for the company.

  • Tertiary to buy additional assets at Lassedalen

    07 December 2016

    The potential sale agreed with Norsk Hydro will add value to the company's fluorspar project in Norway.

  • Pricing notice: Correction to lithium carbonate $/lb price

    07 December 2016

    Price correction for IM's listed lithium carbonate, min 99-99.5% LiC2O3, large contracts, del continental US, $/lb

  • Oil price rally slows as doubts creep in over OPEC cuts

    06 December 2016

    Since OPEC's agreement last week to curb oil output, oil prices have rallied to one-year highs. However, November production figures indicate another rise in output from the organisation.

  • Finnish city to bid for Tesla European gigafactory

    06 December 2016

    Vaasa authorities hope locally-available lithium supply and established energy technology hub will tempt the EV manufacturer.

  • DOE labs given funding to advance fracking research

    06 December 2016

    Despite technology advancements in fracking, oil and gas recoveries remain low. NETL has awarded DOE labs with six projects and funding to investigate fracking technology and proppants to help improve the efficiency of oil and gas production.

  • Baotou INST sees growth in permanent magnet applications

    06 December 2016

    The recently-listed Mongolian company expects growth to continue in NdFeb demand following a number of supply deals agreed with major companies.

  • Iluka, Sierra Rutile merger finally set to close

    06 December 2016

    Concerns relating to tailings dams have been overcome, allowing for closure 7 December.

  • CRP and partners receive Dutch funding for offshore mining research

    06 December 2016

    Chatham Rock Phosphate, which last year had its marine consent application rejected for the mining of phosphate off the coast of New Zealand, has been given funding together with its technical partners from Dutch authorities to conduct further research into deep sea mining.

  • Philippine chromite production rises

    06 December 2016

    Output and value of chromite grew as the overall value of metallic minerals produced in the country fell.

  • Melior considers restart of Goondicum ilmenite mine

    06 December 2016

    After placing its ilmenite mine on care and maintenance last year owing to a weak market, Melior has now completed a PEA for the operation and is looking for a strategic partner to help bring production back online.

  • Freight rate volatility impacts minerals trading

    05 December 2016

    Minerals trading has been increasingly impacted by volatility in freight rates and tight availability of cargo over the last few months against a situation of flatness in raw material prices.

  • Letter confirms Apple self-drive plans

    05 December 2016

    A letter to regulators outlines Apple’s intentions to develop driverless cars, likely to fuel EV and, consequently, lithium demand.

  • Pricing notice: Correction to US fluorspar price specification

    05 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals will be revising the specification of its acidspar grade for delivery in US Gulf ports, with effect from 8 December.

  • Albemarle to increase bromine prices

    05 December 2016

    The company cited higher costs of raw material as one of the main reasons driving the increase in prices for brominated flame retardants and some other bromine derivatives.

  • Gulf Alumina accepts Metro’s buyout offer

    05 December 2016

    The two companies will combine their respective bauxite reserves which are expected to exceed 95m tonnes of the ore.

  • Market prepared for TiO2 price increases in early 2017

    02 December 2016

    With pigment capacity utilisation running at higher levels and buyers looking to restock depleted supplies, pricing momentum is expected to continue into next year.

  • Huawei unveils new graphene-based Li-ion battery

    02 December 2016

    The new battery will be able to function at high temperatures and has double the lifespan of standard Li-ion technology.

  • Altech submits kaolin deposit mining plan

    02 December 2016

    The company aims to start developing its kaolin quarry in Western Australia in 2017 to supply feedstock to its proposed high purity alumina production facility in Malaysia.

  • Chinese graphite prices remain stable

    02 December 2016

    Chinese shipments of flake graphite improved in October although posted a decrease in the first 10 months of this year, as average prices declined.

  • Lithium deals for 2017 grind towards closure

    02 December 2016

    A number of annual contracts have been concluded for the coming year, with some large buyers paying double what they did on 2016 deals.

  • Price Briefing 25 November - 1 December

    02 December 2016

    Magnesia prices unchanged amid concerns of further decline, chemical-grade chromite rises and lithium annual 2017 contracts started to conclude following lengthy negotiations. Bauxite, fused alumina prices held unchanged despite more anticipated production shutdowns.

  • Spot prices rise in chemical grade chromite

    02 December 2016

    Chemical chromite prices have increased further as demand remains strong and customers are eager to secure volumes before the festive seasons in western countries and China.

  • Extra soda ash capacity to push high cost production offline: Ciner

    02 December 2016

    Ciner is planning expansions both at its Turkish and US operations, sparking concerns of oversupply in soda ash. However, the company told IM it believes that less efficient production will come offline as a result, allowing the market to balance.

  • More production shutdowns expected in China

    02 December 2016

    More refractory minerals production shutdowns are anticipated amid warning of heightening pollution level around Beijing. Despite the supply disruption, spot prices of bauxite and brown fused alumina remained unchanged amid weak demand.

  • Nordic Mining to up garnet output in favourable market

    01 December 2016

    Nordic Mining, which is in the process of developing plans and conducting a PFS for its Engebo rutile project in Norway, plans to double garnet output at the site after market research revealed sales of the mineral could be more lucrative than anticipated.

  • Industry concerned over China’s magnesia quota affair

    01 December 2016

    The magnesia industry is at a loss as to what the cancellation of the export quota system in place until this year in China will mean for business, as many fear international supply could increase and instigate price cuts.

  • Alkane sends zirconia samples to secure key customers

    01 December 2016

    Alkane has sent zirconia and hafnium oxide samples to potential customers following a successful demonstration plant run at the Dubbo zirconia project in Australia.

  • Tianqi to take 20% stake in Rockwood

    01 December 2016

    The Chinese lithium producer will exercise an option to buy a minority share in the subsidiary of its US competitor Albemarle.

  • Iluka, Vale terminate JV on Tapira TiO2 project

    01 December 2016

    After two years of investigations at a cost of A$6m, Iluka has advised that its Tapira joint venture with Vale has been terminated.

  • INTERVIEW: Solvay moves to secure Italian soda ash capacity with gas turbine

    01 December 2016

    Announcement follows implementation of a cost saving strategy over the past three years.

  • November 2016

    Pricing notice: Update on proposed delisting of fluorspar prices

    30 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals will retain its acidspar, CIF US Gulf Ports price and extend the consultation period for acidspar, China to Japan. Several other fluorspar grades will be delisted.

  • OPEC agrees to curb oil output

    30 November 2016

    Following a ministerial meeting in Vienna, the organisation has announced it will reduce output to 32.5m barrels a day. The much-needed supply cuts could pave the way for an uptick in oil prices, which in turn could help to boost oilfield mineral consumption.

  • Phosphate ’16: Fertiliser demand unlikely to recover before 2018, says Rabobank

    30 November 2016

    Better application rates and policy changes could impact phosphate fertiliser demand but growth is unlikely before crop profitability returns in 2018, Rabobank told delegates at IM's phosphate conference in Amsterdam.

  • Aluminium ’16: Refractory makers eye niche markets

    30 November 2016

    Refractory producers have been hit by the downturn in aluminium demand as much as they have in steel and cement, and are pursuing smaller but growing applications including power generation, chemicals or glass that offer more lucrative business opportunities.

  • Automakers team up on highway charging stations

    30 November 2016

    BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche will come together to roll out a network of charging stations over major European travel routes by 2020, in a further indication of carmakers pivot towards the vehicle electrification which is fuelling lithium demand.

  • Phosphate ’16: Fertecon predicts phosphate rock demand will grow annually

    30 November 2016

    Phosphate fertiliser feedstock demand is forecast to grow 1% annually but high-grade rock production is falling. This could further restrain supply if the EU passes regulation to reduce cadmium levels in fertiliser.

  • Preferred Sands: Permanent proppant shifts

    30 November 2016

    The downturn in the oil and gas sector has caused a shift away from ceramic proppants as E&P firms look to increase productivity and lower costs. IM spoke to Preferred Sands’ Michael O’Neill, who believes a number of these trends are here to stay.

  • Ukrainian sea terminal completes rail expansion

    30 November 2016

    Group DF’s Nika-Tera sea terminal, which handles the transport of fertilisers and refractory products, is continuing with its expansion to enhance efficiency and increase capacity.

  • Aluminium ’16: Mineral suppliers see business as usual despite Brexit, Trump

    29 November 2016

    The latest events on the economic and political front including the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump as US president have brought virtually no change to day-to-day business for minerals operations so far.

  • Additional risks cast doubt over Sierra Rutile-Iluka merger

    29 November 2016

    While the companies received the go-ahead from Germany Antitrust Authorities for the merger last week, Iluka has issued a notice over geotechnical risks at Sierra Rutile's facility, which may threaten the closing of the deal.

  • Nabaltec revenue rises as both ceramics, flame retardants grow

    29 November 2016

    The ceramics and flame retardants producer continued to see growth in its end markets as it passed a decade of being publicly listed.

  • Phosphate '16: Cadmium level caps in European phosphate will be challenging

    29 November 2016

    Producers’ association Fertilizers Europe outlined the challenge in the EU’s proposal to regulate cadmium levels in phosphate fertiliser. Results from the EU consultation will be announced in summer 2017.

  • Shanxi stops all production in Taiyuan due to air pollution

    29 November 2016

    Mineral producing and consuming companies in the capital city of Shanxi province in China have been forced to stop production for the rest of the year due to air pollution problems.

  • Phosphate '16: Chinese fertiliser output cut to support phosphate market

    29 November 2016

    Under the Chinese government’s drive to eliminate inefficient and polluting industries, phosphate fertiliser production in China could fall, and reduced Chinese supply is expected to support the phosphate market, according to major producer PhosAgro.

  • Cristal to increase TiO2 prices

    28 November 2016

    Pigment producer Cristal joins leading producers in announcing TiO2 price hikes from January.

  • Fire delays production at K+S Hattorf site

    28 November 2016

    K+S has faced a number of fertiliser production restrictions this year owing to issues with waste disposal in the Hesse-Thuringia potash district. However, just days after restarting production at its Hattorf site in Germany, the company has announced that a fire, which broke out on Friday, could hinder operations for another month.

  • Orocobre pairs up with Advantage Lithium

    28 November 2016

    Advantage Lithium will advance Orocobre's exploration projects in the northern provinces of Argentina in a deal that will see Orocobre take over 30% stake in the company.

  • Strandline confirms additional HMS mineralisation in Tanzania

    28 November 2016

    Strandline Resources has continued to test for heavy mineral sands at its Tanzanian deposit, confirming the potential of extending new zircon and rutile resources along the 25km mineralised corridor.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    28 November 2016

    The publication of Industrial Minerals’ price assessments will be affected by the Christmas holidays.

  • Price Briefing 18-24 November

    25 November 2016

    Fluorspar prices remain stable, iodine and antimony trioxide increase while higher raw material cost boost white fused alumina value.

  • Spiralling raw material cost lift WFA

    25 November 2016

    White fused alumina spot prices rose amid higher raw material cost, but increases in China are steeper compared with elsewhere as continuing environmental pressure restricted output amid stronger domestic demand.

  • Antimony trioxide prices drop as producers dump material

    25 November 2016

    A rush for cash towards year-end has caused another drop off in prices of the flame retardant compound.

  • Iodine price optimism short lived

    25 November 2016

    The spot price of iodine crystal has continued its downward trajectory as producers compete for market share.

  • Commercial Li-ion energy storage lands in UK

    25 November 2016

    Tesla’s Powerpack’s, which Camborne Capital Energy is bringing to the UK, could offer a solution to the problem of storing energy from renewable sources, but costs still need to come down.

  • Fluorspar prices remain stable amid increasing supplies

    25 November 2016

    Spot fluorspar prices in Europe have remained unchanged despite increased supplies in the market. Many expect the recovering steel sector to support feedstock metspar prices.

  • BPC to supply potash to China in 2017-19

    24 November 2016

    Belarusian potash Co. will be supplying 1.5m tonnes of potash to China in the next three years, following the successful implementation of a previous MoU.

  • Lithium prices fuel SQM Q3 revenue jump

    24 November 2016

    A 28% jump in lithium prices drove an increase in revenue for the Chilean producer, while it continued to increase iodine sales volumes as prices dropped further.

  • Steel output grows 3% in October

    24 November 2016

    China, India and Italy posted growth in their steel volumes for the month, while the US, Germany, Spain and Brazil were down against last year.

  • PotashCorp to curtail production in 2017

    24 November 2016

    One of the world largest fertiliser producers, PotashCorp will cut production at several mines in early 2017 but the lower output is not expected to affect deliveries.

  • Spain’s Huelva opens new terminal

    24 November 2016

    Southern port expands to handle additional dry bulk minerals and storage facilities.

  • Association predicts continued growth in Chinese TiO2 presence

    23 November 2016

    At its second annual meeting, China’s TiO2 Association noted the importance of the Lomon-Billions merger, which will strengthen China’s position on the pigments world stage and drive innovation in chloride-route processing. Meanwhile Chinese producers have announced additional TiO2 price increases.

  • Altech expects HPA demand to triple by 2024

    23 November 2016

    The ASX-listed company is developing a kaolin deposit in Western Australia, which it plans to use as feedstock to produce 4,000 tpa HPA in Malaysia. Altech’s recently commissioned report has indicated that demand growth in the sector will enable the market to absorb its additional planned output as the company takes advantage of higher activity in Li-ion batteries and LEDs.

  • China continues with graphite exploration

    23 November 2016

    Local authorities in China are keen to explore and invest into new graphite projects although local operators are concerned this may compound overcapacity issues.

  • Imerys confirms income growth forecast

    23 November 2016

    The minerals supplier, which recorded strong performance in consumer goods and construction despite weakness in steel and paper, is on track for meeting its net income target for the year.

  • NETZSCH acquires Spanish machinery supplier

    23 November 2016

    The equipment producer is aiming to expand its presence in the mineral sector, capitalising on Ecutec’s experience in dry processing for mineral products.

  • Titanium Dioxide News In Brief 22 November

    22 November 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the TiO2 and mineral sands industries.

  • Saint-Gobain sells off shuttered ceramics factory

    22 November 2016

    The site previously produced ceramic and refractory products for use in glass and steel furnaces although it was closed due to operational losses.

  • OCP to set up Ethiopian fertiliser plant

    22 November 2016

    The company expects to serve 100% of the country’s fertiliser demand, with raw products sourced from both Ethiopia and Morocco.

  • Chinese ministry criticises rare earths pollution

    22 November 2016

    The Ministry of Environmental protection in China has criticised the rare earths industry in Jiangxi province for its polluting practices and failure to carry out restoration work following the completion of mining operations.

  • International REE committee calls for mining standards

    22 November 2016

    The ISO rare earth technical committee has proposed a number of rare earth production standards, following a meeting held in Beijing in October. A proposal by China Northern Rare Earth Hi-Tech marks the first international rare earth standard led by the country.

  • Athabasca reports Q3 net loss

    21 November 2016

    Canadian aggregates producer Athabasca was hit by wildfire issues and subdued oil and gas activity in the second quarter of this year. While the company has reported a Q3 loss, it noted significant increase in demand sequentially.

  • BASF increases kaolin prices

    21 November 2016

    The company’s latest price hike is applicable to all kaolin products with the increase based on application and grade.

  • Germany agrees to Iluka-Sierra Rutile merger

    21 November 2016

    The country’s regulators have given the go-ahead for the merger between the two mineral sands producers, which is set to be completed at the end of November.

  • India’s September mineral output index falls

    21 November 2016

    Bauxite output in the country fell in September while magnesite and chromite increased.

  • China Minmetals caps rare earth output

    21 November 2016

    One of the largest rare earth producer in the country, China Minmetals has announced further production measures to limit output due to weak prices.

  • BASF to divest inorganic specialities business

    18 November 2016

    BASF hopes to sell the division to Edgewater Capital Partners in the first quarter of next year, including its boron compounds, potassium metal and sodium potassium production

  • PPG completes sale of Asian fibre glass JV

    18 November 2016

    PPG has completed the divestment of its 50%-owned PFG Fiber Glass company to its JV partner Nan Ya Plastics for approximately $170m as the company continues the restructuring to streamline its business, marking a move away from glass and a focus on chemicals and paints.

  • Foundry chromite spot market widens

    18 November 2016

    Strong demand and prices in Asia contrasts with a slower price trend in other markets such as Europe.

  • BDI breaks 1,000 and keeps climbing

    18 November 2016

    The Baltic Dry Index surpasses levels not seen since August 2015 but signs are it could slow

  • Price Briefing 11-17 November

    18 November 2016

    Industrial minerals spot markets were mostly quiet this week but chromite prices continued their ascent amid tight supply.

  • Quartz Corp HPQ mine has 40 year lifespan

    18 November 2016

    The JV between Norwegian Crystallites and Imerys is targeting high-value applications including solar, fibre optics and semiconductors.

  • China announces more supportive policy for rare earths industry

    17 November 2016

    The municipal government of Ganzhou has suggested a number of policy changes including tax cuts and subsidies to encourage the development of rare earth production in Jiangxi.

  • Tesla signs permanent magnet supply deal

    17 November 2016

    ZKSH will supply its permanent magnet to Tesla for the next three years.

  • Gulf Alumina to accept Metro’s takeover offer

    17 November 2016

    The board of the junior bauxite miner sees Metro Mining’s offer as a better deal against a previous buyout offer by Moly Mines.

  • Rio sacks minerals boss amid Guinea scandal

    17 November 2016

    Alan Davies is to be dismissed, following his suspension last week. Bold Bataar, managing director of iron ore sales and marketing will succeed him.

  • Outotec begins process to cut 200 jobs

    17 November 2016

    The Finnish mining technology producer has said it is looking to restructure and streamline its business owing to a prolonged weak market situation in metals refining, which could result in the loss of 200 positions in Germany, Finland and other countries.

  • China fails to set magnesia export quota

    16 November 2016

    Magnesia and talc are not mentioned in the official register of export quotas Beijing released for 2017, leading to suspicions that the quotas in place for over two decades may have been quietly scrapped.

  • TNG enlists Wogen to sell TiO2 from own project

    16 November 2016

    TNG’s fully-owned Mount Peake project is expected to produce vanadium pentoxide, titanium dioxide and pig iron, as the company is eyeing binding deals with sellers to market the commodities.

  • Galaxy begins Mt Cattlin lithium concentrate production

    16 November 2016

    With supply remaining tight, the Australian lithium producer’s entry onto the market has been much anticipated by the industry. Initial shipments from the site are expected in December.

  • Chinese soda ash price rises to continue

    16 November 2016

    As Chinese soda ash producers have already secured price increases, market participants expect momentum to continue. However, a slowdown in China’s real estate sector and increasing imports as a result of the price hikes could curb price growth for domestic manufacturers.

  • Titanium Dioxide News in Brief 15 November

    15 November 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the TiO2 and mineral sands industries.

  • Oil and gas could turn to 3D printing, says Lux Research

    15 November 2016

    While the use of 3D printing in industries such as automotive and aerospace has been successful, there are unexplored opportunities in oil and gas, according to Lux Research.

  • Fracking application approved for UK energy firm

    15 November 2016

    IGas has been granted planning permission for the development of a hydrocarbon wellsite and the drilling of up to two exploratory wells to assess fracking potential in North Nottinghamshire, UK.

  • Graphite and Graphene News in Brief 15 November

    15 November 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activities in the graphite and graphene industries.

  • LiqTech bets on China as profits plunge

    15 November 2016

    Revenues and profits took a dive in LiqTech’s main markets on the back of weak sales for both particulate filters and membranes, as the silicon carbide processor takes aim at China to improve its depressed finances.

  • Kazakhstan prepares to launch country’s first TiO2 project

    15 November 2016

    After 10 years’ delay, TOO Tenir-Logistic is finally in a position to develop the 500m tonne Tymlay deposit and establish local titanium dioxide manufacturing to supply the domestic market.

  • TZMI 2016: TiO2 supply/demand to balance in 2017

    14 November 2016

    Research consultancy TZMI believes that titanium dioxide supply and demand fundamentals will be balance in 2017 but warns that producers still need discipline in production and will need to avoid price wars to maintain the cycle.

  • IFGL benefits from steel rebound

    14 November 2016

    An slight increase in the world steel capacity utilisation rate in September and a drop off in Chinese exports boosted the Indian refractory maker’s bottom line.

  • Weak markets hit Magnesita's Q3 as earnings improve

    14 November 2016

    The company, which is in the process of merging with European refractory maker RHI, was affected by a downturn in steel output in its main exporting markets, while earnings improved against last year.

  • Liqtech sets up second Chinese SiC JV

    14 November 2016

    The new company will sell silicon carbide membrane filtration systems for use in water and wastewater treatment as Liqtech pushes to increase its Chinese presence.

  • Black Mountain returns to ASX trading

    14 November 2016

    The Australian developer is now in control of the Namakera vermiculite mine in Uganda, whose acquisition has meant the company’s shares could be relisted for trading on the ASX.

  • Fertilisers drag down Tata Chemicals in Q2

    14 November 2016

    Significant fall in fertiliser revenue following suspension of production at phosphate facility affected the company's financials in Q2 .

  • PPG acquires rest of Italian paint JV

    14 November 2016

    The glass and paint producer is now the sole owner of the Italian paint and coatings manufacturer, as it seeks to expand its presence in the country and in western Europe.

  • TZMI 2016: More funds could invest in minsand projects, says Hannam & Partners

    11 November 2016

    Mining speciality funds could potentially invest in mineral sand mining projects as, following years of downturn, market demand and prices are finally starting to improve in 2016.

  • High sales, acquisition boost Lanxess Q3

    11 November 2016

    The world’s largest producer of synthetic iron oxide raised its earnings guidance, with the company reporting a 51% increase in Q3 income as performance chemicals saw an increase in sales and all segments posted higher margins.

  • TZMI 2016: Growing housing demand in Asia to support TiO2 – B+L

    11 November 2016

    Construction and real estate consultancy B+L forecast that China and India will be the main drivers in the Asian housing building boom, which will in turn support titanium dioxide (TiO2) consumption.

  • Price Briefing 4-9 November

    11 November 2016

    The TiO2 industry sees improving demand, chromite prices continue their weekly increases amid firm demand and lithium buyers expressed frustration as producers hike annual contract rates.

  • Lithium buyers express frustration as suppliers call shots

    11 November 2016

    High prices, long terms commitments and contract peculiarities are among the features being flagged by buyers during ongoing lithium contract negotiations.

  • Chemical chrome spot prices spike, foundry follows slowly

    11 November 2016

    As the chrome industry came together at two leading industry events this week in Shanghai and Prague, the latest spot deals for chemical grade continue their upwards trend as there appears to be a growing gap in foundry grade chromite sand prices between Europe and Asia.

  • Low phosphate prices slash EuroChem Q3 earnings

    10 November 2016

    EuroChem reported lower Q3 earnings as weak phosphate prices offset higher sales volume.

  • Pilbara signs lithium ore offtake deal with Shandong Ruifu

    10 November 2016

    The agreement is for delivery of almost 2m tonnes unprocessed ore over two years, with proceeds be used to finance construction of Pilbara’s processing plant.

  • India to subsidise fertiliser shipping

    10 November 2016

    Government to give subsidies to coastal and inland phosphate and potash shipments.

  • Low potash, magnesium prices cut K+S Q3 earnings

    10 November 2016

    German salt and potash producer reported lower Q3 earnings due to weak agrimineral and magnesium product prices. The ongoing production cap at its mines has also severely impacted its revenue, and further mining disruptions could occur for the rest of 2016.

  • Group DF increases cargo handling as it diversifies into refractories

    10 November 2016

    The subsidiary of Group DF, Nika-Tera LLC, managed to increase the handling of cargo at its Ukrainian sea terminal as the company has diversified its mineral shipments to offset the loss of traditional freight traffic.

  • Scotland publishes fracking research as it mulls over moratorium

    10 November 2016

    The Scottish government has released a series of reports on the impact of fracking in the country pertaining to economic, environmental and health impacts of the practice. While a moratorium on fracking is currently in place, the government is expected to make a decision on the future of the unconventional oil and gas industry next year, following a public consultation.

  • Low mining capex hit FLSmith's mineral turnover

    09 November 2016

    The company reported an increase in revenue and profit in the third quarter of 2016 owing to strong activity in its service segment, while low investment in greenfield projects and pressure in minerals mean the mining technology provider has had to announce further lay-offs.

  • Moly ups game in Gulf Alumina M&A race

    09 November 2016

    Moly has put forward a higher cash option and a cash plush share option as it seeks to come out on top against rival Metro Mining on the buyout of junior bauxite developer Gulf Alumina – a deal which is crucial for Moly’s shares to resume trading on the ASX.

  • TZMI 2016: Freight costs could rise by 2017, says Braemar

    09 November 2016

    Rising demand for handysize vessels could impact freight costs for the mineral sands market, according to Peter Malpas, director of Braemar ACM Shipbroking.

  • TZMI 2016: Sibelco to keep Stradbroke open for next three months

    09 November 2016

    Sibelco Australia will not be halting mineral sand production at Stradbroke Island, reversing its earlier decision on a potential suspension pending on market demand.

  • Rio suspends minerals chief

    09 November 2016

    Authorities have been notified after an investigation revealed $10.5m in payments had been made to a contractor at the Simandou iron ore project

  • TZMI 2016: More consolidation to come in Chinese TiO2 – Henan Billions

    09 November 2016

    The trend of industrial consolidation in China's TiO2 sector is set to continue, producer Henan Billions said during the TZMI conference in Hong Kong.

  • TZMI 2016: Global zircon output to peak in 2017, says TZMI

    09 November 2016

    Zircon production is forecast to peak in 2017 but output could fall after next year with no new mine supply coming on-stream. The market could plunge into deficit by 2020 as growing demand outstrips supply.

  • Chemours to continue driving TiO2 price hikes

    08 November 2016

    Following positive improvements in titanium dioxide prices sequentially, the world's leading producer, US-headquartered Chemours, will continue to push for modest prices increases as the company believes its TiO2 products are still undervalued in many markets.

  • Kronos maintains net income growth in Q3

    08 November 2016

    Like other titanium dioxide producers, Kronos has announced a strengthening of TiO2 prices sequentially and higher volumes sold for the quarter, resulting in higher production levels and operating rates.

  • TZMI 2016: Southern Ionics ramps up mineral sands production

    08 November 2016

    The US mining company, which cut staff and output earlier this year, is bringing production back on stream in in Georgia in response to stronger demand and pricing environment, delivering increased ilmenite tonnages to Europe.

  • Albemarle's lithium revenue up 30% in Q3

    08 November 2016

    The chemicals producer saw its lithium sales and earnings pick up, but not to the dramatic extent of some of its rivals.

  • Solvay records low sales, high earnings in Q3

    08 November 2016

    Weak demand across several end markets affected turnover for all of Solvay’s main segments, while price improvements and lower costs boosted earnings for the chemicals group.

  • BYD commences lithium projects in Qinghai

    08 November 2016

    The carmaker is targeting large-scale battery production in the Qinghai lithium district, where authorities have set ambitious targets to develop local capacity for production of carbonate and anode materials for electric vehicles.

  • TZMI 2016: TiO2 industry 'recovering' – RTIT

    08 November 2016

    RTIT believes that the titanium dioxide (TiO2) industry seeing evidence of a recovery, driven by increased construction but warned that excess inventories need to be drawn down before the market is in balance.

  • Battery-grade lithium pricing methodology webinar 11 Nov

    08 November 2016

    Lithium carbonate and hydroxide spot prices have sky-rocketed during the course of 2016. Industrial Minerals has been tracking that movement every step of the way via its independent assessments. To find out more about IM’s pricing methodology tune in to our webinar on 11 November.

  • Chemours posts profit as TiO2 prices improve

    07 November 2016

    Overall sales experienced a decline year-on-year, stronger prices for titanium dioxide products and higher demand for the company’s Opteon refrigerants resulted in a sequential improvement, reflected in Chemours’ Q3 financial results.

  • Saint-Gobain expands mortar business in Asia

    07 November 2016

    The buyout of mortars and plasters supplier E-Mix would enhance Saint-Gobain’s existing presence in emerging markets in South-east Asia, only months after the group bought three other mortar makers in Albania, Slovenia and Brazil.

  • Uralchem phosphate output triples

    07 November 2016

    Full capacity at the company’s Voskresensk subsidiary put MAP production up significantly versus last year.

  • Slow ceramics sales affect Morgan’s trading

    07 November 2016

    The company continues to report a challenging scenario for technical ceramics as end markets remain sluggish, while it seeks to expand its speciality materials offering.

  • Lithium boom continues to fuel Chinese majors

    07 November 2016

    Tianqi Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium both saw turnovers more than double in the first nine months of 2016.

  • Pricing notice: Kaolin price delisted

    07 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals has delisted its UK kaolin price.

  • US Silica sees signs of oil and gas recovery

    07 November 2016

    While the company reported a net loss year-on-year, revenues from its oil and gas segment have increased sequentially on the back of higher frac sand sales. Unfavourable mix issues and pricing pressure continued throughout most of the third quarter.

  • Pricing notice: Changes to bauxite grades

    07 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist all Shanxi-origin bauxite specifications as of next week, and replace the listings with four new grades.

  • Pricing notice: Chromite sand price delisted

    07 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist the moulding grade chromite sand from next week.

  • Speciality alumina sales drive Tor Minerals Q3 results

    04 November 2016

    Sales and profit increased year-on-year as the company's speciality alumina business continued to grow, despite lower volumes and prices in titanium dioxide pigments.

  • Savings pay off as MTI boosts earnings

    04 November 2016

    Some key end markets such as oil and gas and steelmaking remained sluggish and affected overall sales, but the company saw improvement in earnings in Q3.

  • Ciner Resources Q3 income falls as soda ash prices remain low

    04 November 2016

    Soda ash prices fell both internationally and domestically y-o-y as the company attempted to gain market share. However an improvement sequentially resulted in stronger results quarter-on-quarter.

  • New product lines boost Q3 at AMG

    04 November 2016

    Higher sales in its engineering division on the back of innovation in product lines for furnaces brought in new revenues in the third quarter, but weak prices continue to hinder the critical materials division.

  • Price Briefing 28 October – 03 November

    04 November 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers continue to look for price increases while graphite, bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged and lithium carbonate and hydroxide 2017 contract offers show a wide range.

  • Chinese-origin bauxite, fused alumina prices hold

    04 November 2016

    Despite weak seasonal demand, Chinese-origin bauxite and fused alumina prices have held unchanged so far in November as higher productions costs continue to support the market.

  • FMC lithium segment continues to outperform

    04 November 2016

    The company reported a huge increase in net income for the third quarter as its lithium segment remains strong. Disappointing results from other segments however pulled revenue down on a year-on-year basis.

  • Fairmount Santrol sees sequential improvement in revenues

    04 November 2016

    Although uncertainty continues to prevail in the oil and gas sector, the company saw frac sand volumes and revenue improve on a sequential basis, indicating early signs of improvement in the proppant market.

  • Agrium plunges into Q3 losses

    03 November 2016

    Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium reported losses for Q3 as low potash, phosphate prices and one-off expenses related to the PotashCorp merger pulled down earnings. But the company has a positive outlook for the remaining 2016 and early 2017.

  • Solvay opens HD silica plant in South Korea

    03 November 2016

    The facility will product highly dispersed silica, or HDS, which is used as reinforcing filler in tyres.

  • Graphite suppliers talk 2017 contracts

    03 November 2016

    Spot market prices showed no sign of movement as negotiations to set new contract prices for graphite supplies in 2017 are well under way.

  • Producer offers on lithium contracts span wide range

    03 November 2016

    The range of offers for 2017 lithium carbonate and hydroxide contracts is particularly wide this year, according to market participants who added that terms being offered also vary greatly.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM's metallurgical chromite grades

    03 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist two grades of chromite, and replace them with two new grades.

  • Titanium dioxide news in brief

    03 November 2016

    Rio Tinto invests C$16m in Sorel-Tracy plant; Strandlines resources reports progress at Tanzanian mineral sands project.

  • Dry bulk shipping still ‘gloomy’

    03 November 2016

    Despite a rise in freight rates, conditions for shipowners are still tough with demolition rates slowing.

  • Baker Hughes to absorb GE’s oil and gas business

    03 November 2016

    Following its failed merger with Halliburton earlier this year, Baker Hughes has now signed an agreement with GE Oil & Gas to combine with the company’s energy business in order to create a leading global oilfield technology provider.

  • Tronox narrows loss as pigment prices rise y-o-y

    03 November 2016

    Although lower CP titanium slag and pig iron volumes brought down revenue in the company's titanium dioxide segment, improving sentiment in the pigments sector helped to grow sales as prices rose year-on-year.

  • Intrepid reports Q3 loss despite higher potash sales

    02 November 2016

    US-based Intrepid Potash Inc. reported higher Q3 sales volumes but revenue remained squeezed by weak potash prices. The company has completed production ramp-up of its speciality fertiliser, which in turn cut its potash output.

  • Henan Billions, Lomon plough ahead with merger

    02 November 2016

    Financial backing has been secured with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which will provide credit to support the Billions, as both TiO2 producers posted good performances in Q3 and are looking ahead to chloride route expansion.

  • Yichang graphite mine’s sink holes under repair

    02 November 2016

    Twenty-two months have passed since sink holes appeared in the graphite mine waste pond in Yichang, in China’s Hubei province. Now workers have entered the site and expect to finish sealing the pond by the end of 2016.

  • Martin Marietta's Q3 boosted by construction sector

    01 November 2016

    Shipments of aggregates and heavy building materials to residential markets in the US saw further increases in Q3. The company remains bullish as infrastructure and non-residential end markets are expected to record higher activity into next year.

  • Mosaic expects stronger Q4 potash, phosphate sales

    01 November 2016

    North American agriminerals producer the Mosaic Co. reported higher Q3 potash and phosphate sales volume and the company expects strong result in Q4 too.

  • Moly hopes to close Gulf Alumina deal by Dec

    01 November 2016

    The developer aims to relist the company on the ASX through the acquisition of the Gulf Alumina bauxite project at Skardon River, Australia.

  • Chemtura Q3 sales revenue decline by 7%

    01 November 2016

    Weakness of the oil and gas sector again blamed as additive sales fall. Lanxess takeover, meanwhile, is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

  • Silica sand demand to grow by 5% in N America: Freedonia

    01 November 2016

    Weak energy prices will continue to affect demand for silica sand in fracking applications, although other end uses are expected to show a clearer growth trend, including construction, chemicals and flat glass.