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  • October 2016

    ABx continues targeting non-met bauxite sales

    31 October 2016

    The Australian miner is expanding its pool of customers that require bauxite for cement or fertiliser applications. Though niche, smaller end markets for bauxite ABx believes both are more "buoyant" than the oversupplied metallurgical market.

  • Rio Tinto dismissed from talc lawsuits

    31 October 2016

    The sale of the talc mine in 2011 removes Rio from culpability in the case against talcum powder producer J&J, as new owner Imerys is hit with a $2.5m fine.

  • Talga edges towards graphene commercialisation

    31 October 2016

    The graphite and graphene firm reported a busy quarter, with its graphene business model outlined, a deal signed to investigate the use of graphene in polymer flow batteries and the commissioning of its phase two German plant.

  • Chinese producers continue to raise TiO2 prices

    31 October 2016

    Both Chinese and international TiO2 players continue to raise product price at the end of October, many of them have raised over ten times already in 2016.

  • PPG completes precipitated silica expansion

    31 October 2016

    The company has added 15,000 tpa precipitated silica capacity at its factory in the Netherlands as it suppliers higher volumes of the filler to tyre makers such as Goodyear, which use the material to enhance tyre performance.

  • FMC enters lithium carbonate supply deal with Nemaska

    31 October 2016

    The agreement will support FMC’s plans to triple its lithium hydroxide capacity by 2019.

  • Orocobre reports first full quarter of production

    28 October 2016

    No mention of nameplate capacity in the results as the company indicates a 24% rise in prices.

  • Huntsman progresses TiO2 business spin-off

    28 October 2016

    The company announced a slight uptick in income today despite lower revenues. However, low prices in titanium dioxide continue to plague the pigments business, which Huntsman now hopes to spin off in the first half of 2017.

  • Chromite spot prices remain high

    28 October 2016

    Chemical chromite prices remain firm after last week’s sharp increase, while the effect of the appreciation of metallurgical chrome is moving offers for foundry sand slightly upwards.

  • Iodine industry foresees end of price slide

    28 October 2016

    As prices reportedly fall below cost in the battle for market share, market participants pointed to indicators that some producers have had enough.

  • Vesuvius ups 2017 savings target

    28 October 2016

    As the company’s exposure to the steel industry continues to bite, Vesuvius will close two plants in Italy and aims to rake up additional £5m in savings by the end of next year.

  • Price Briefing 21-27 October

    28 October 2016

    Antimony trioxide price increase, while chromite continued its uptrend on tight supply. In iodine, the price war to gain market share may be coming to an end.

  • Demand lifts antimony trioxide spot prices

    28 October 2016

    Antimony trioxide prices rise this week as small volume buying in the spot market supported the flame retardant mineral’s value.

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’

    28 October 2016

    Imerys’ executives believe the most challenging phases in the market have now passed, as the company posts positive results and bets on the recent SPAR acquisition and the positive progress of the Alteo takeover to revamp its refractory and foundry operations.

  • BASF expects full year financials below 2015 levels

    28 October 2016

    The global chemicals firm reported a 20% drop in third quarter sales in addition to lower prices. While an uptick in demand for its products was seen in the automotive and construction industries, BASF said the global environment remains “volatile and challenging”.

  • EU approves Imerys' Alteo acquisition

    28 October 2016

    Imerys' executives said the company has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission to take over Alteo's fused and tabular alumina operations, as it aims to strengthen its refractory materials business through acquisitions.

  • PotashCorp hits record Q3 potash sales volumes

    27 October 2016

    Canandian producer PotashCorp's potash sales volume in Q3 jumped year-on-year as demand improved in the second-half of 2016, and the company expects a positive outlook in the agrimineral market in 2017.

  • Imerys post growth as refractories still challenging

    27 October 2016

    The positive injection of revenues from strategic acquisitions carried out in 2015 has been key for Imerys’ finances, as the company recorded improvement in both revenues and margins in the nine months of 2016. The refractory divisions remain weak, as the Alteo merger is hoped to be concluded by year-end.

  • Baker Hughes narrows Q3 loss

    27 October 2016

    Despite a decline in revenue, Baker Hughes managed to reduce its loss by 44% sequentially. But the company noted that the oil and gas landscape remains challenging, with an uptick in activity in some regions offset by lower rates of operation in others.

  • Fluorspar 2016: Shift to HFO unlikely to impact fluorspar, says Chemours

    27 October 2016

    Although the push by developed nations to move from HFCs to HFOs in the refrigerant market is gaining pace, demand for fluorspar is unlikely to be significantly affected.

  • Carbo Ceramics reports loss as E&P operators cut costs

    27 October 2016

    The US-based ceramic proppant producer saw its product sales continue to decline in Q3 as activity in oil and gas remains weak and operators continue to cut costs, opting for cheaper proppants such as sand or purchasing lower cost ceramic proppants from China.

  • Bulgaria's Kaolin launches five-year renovation plan

    27 October 2016

    The investment programme is aimed at renovating manufacturing equipment at three sites in Bulgaria as well as expanding the portfolio of speciality product, but an increase in total capacity is not expected.

  • Tesla turns a profit

    27 October 2016

    Q3 results reveal a net income for the first time in three years

  • AMG appoints Outotec to construct Brazilian lithium plant

    27 October 2016

    AMG gets the ball rolling on its proposed Brazilian facility, where it will recover lithium concentrates from tailings of its existing tantalum operations, with the appointment of Outotec.

  • Huntsman hikes TiO2 pigment prices further

    27 October 2016

    The latest titanium dioxide pigments price hike is the second increase by Huntsman in recent months.

  • Cuadrilla given go ahead for Lancashire fracking

    27 October 2016

    Local council ban overturned allowing fracking at Preston New Road; Fate of Roseacre still unclear.

  • Dry bulk volumes fall at Antwerp, Rotterdam ports

    27 October 2016

    Industrial mineral shipments fall at European ports, but economic uptick may reverse trend with some indicators showing strength at the start of Q4.

  • Global Mining Finance: Investing in Iran getting ‘easier’

    27 October 2016

    With a treasure trove of 68 minerals and the government's will to bring in international capital, investors were told that they should be looking at Iran as a business prospect for mining commodities including dolomite, bauxite and rare earths.

  • Ceramic tiles supply turns to exports

    27 October 2016

    China’s demand for ceramic tiles is shrinking as the industry will increasingly rely on other markets including Vietnam, India and Brazil to drive consumption in the coming years.

  • Australian rare earths: A healthy alternative to Chinese supply?

    27 October 2016

    China’s dominance over rare earths supply has long kept would-be producers like Australia at bay. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, assesses the health of the Australian rare earths industry and where it can go from here.

  • Cement demand to fall in China by 2020

    27 October 2016

    China's cement demand is set to fall, while flat glass consumption is to increase. Elsewhere the plans to double the country's high speed rail network should boost rare earths demand.

  • RHI and Magnesita form global refractories giant

    27 October 2016

    The merged entity will have over 50 facilities globally, with a foothold in Europe, the Americas and Asia and direct control over raw materials.

  • Graphene output falls short of expectations in China

    27 October 2016

    Policy supports industry upgrades; only few producers able to operate; more shutdowns expected.

  • Soda Ash 2016: Glass sector enjoys stability

    27 October 2016

    Soda ash sector strengthening as glass end markets remain stable. However, materials recycling has started gathering speed. In fluorspar news, fluorsid buys AlF3 Odda operation with sulphuric acid buy likely to follow.

  • ICL must supply 330,000tpa potash to Haifa Chemicals

    26 October 2016

    A subsidiary company of Tel Aviv-based ICL has been ordered by arbitration ruling to supply 330,000 tpa of potash to fertiliser producer Haifa Chemicals for 13 years.

  • Fluorspar 2016: Can Mongolia replace China’s depleting supply?

    26 October 2016

    Delegates at IM’s Fluorspar conference in Toronto disagreed on the rate of China’s resource depletion and whether or not Mongolia might be able to step in to fill the supply gap.

  • Metro joins race to acquire Gulf Alumina

    26 October 2016

    Fellow Australian explorer Metro Mining goes head to head with Moly Mines over the acquisition of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina, citing existent partial ownership and placing a reportedly higher bid than its rival.

  • Lynas lenders offer lifeline

    26 October 2016

    The embattled rare earths producer has reached a deal with its lenders to restructure its repayment plan as a weak rare earths market continues to weigh it down.

  • Post-Brexit currency volatility hits mineral trading

    26 October 2016

    The weakening British pound against the US dollar post-Brexit has hit industrial minerals trading in the UK with many market participants concerned that the uncertainty will continue into 2017.

  • Orbite cuts production time at HPA plant

    26 October 2016

    Less than a month after commissioning, the facility has produced enough material to calcine 10 tonnes high-purity alumina, as purity levels are said to be satisfactory.

  • Iluka, Sierra Rutile extend talks to 4 Nov

    26 October 2016

    Discussions between the two companies extended while German authorities continue to investigate the merger. Meanwhile Sierra Rutile has come to an agreement with the government of Sierra Leone on capital gains tax payable by shareholders based in the country.

  • Galaxy receives port permits for spodumene shipments

    26 October 2016

    Spodumene will be exported from Western Australia’s Port of Esperance, now that mica content conditions have been reached.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist graphite grades

    25 October 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist a number of graphite prices at the end of November.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist fluorspar grades

    25 October 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist the following grades of fluorspar at the end of November.

  • South African chromite output decreasing

    25 October 2016

    Monthly average output at South African chromite mines recorded a decrease in the first half of this year against H2 2015, which affected both low-grade chrome as well as 44-48% purity product, confirming a situation of tightening supply reported by market participants.

  • Daimler to build second German Li-ion factory

    25 October 2016

    Construction of the new plant marks the automaker’s further commitment to electrification as electric vehicles move further into the international spotlight.

  • Pilbara, MinRes agree settlement in spodumene dispute

    25 October 2016

    Mineral Resources is to receive a A$50m-stake in Pilbara Minerals in exchange for giving up claims over the Pilangoora resource.

  • China Northern holds REE prices in October

    24 October 2016

    The world’s largest rare earths producer published an October price list on par with September levels, though most prices are lower than they were in July, while fellow Big-Six producer Minmetals risks delisting if it fails to turn a profit in 2016.

  • South32's quarterly alumina hydrate output improves

    24 October 2016

    The company stated it remains on track to achieve its annualised rate of production of alumina hydrate at the operation in Worsley, Australia, as production increases in Q1 2017 sequentially.

  • Chinese pour funding into graphite projects

    24 October 2016

    One of the three main graphite producing areas in China, Heilongjiang Province is home to a cluster of graphite processors whose operations to manufacture anode materials for lithium-ion batteries has attracted high investments from both local and central government.

  • Chinese soda ash makers call for price hike

    24 October 2016

    Higher production costs, strengthening downstream markets and a tighter supply picture are likely to have motivated the proposed price hike.

  • Vale potash, phosphate output rise in Q3

    21 October 2016

    The Brazilian miner reported higher potash and phosphate production in Q3 as facility performance improved following unplanned maintenance in the previous quarter.

  • Lithium offer prices higher than anticipated: buyers

    21 October 2016

    Initial offers from China have exceeded buyer expectations, although South American producers are said to still be holding off on making price proposals. Suppliers, meanwhile have expressed frustration at the “unrealistic” expectations of some buyers.

  • Sierra Rutile output rises on better demand, efficiencies

    21 October 2016

    The Sierra Leone-based mineral sands miner reported an increase in rutile production as ramp up at its Gangama dry mine continues in response to customer demand. With all of its rutile output committed for the remainder of the year, Sierra Rutile expects a strong final quarter.

  • OCP to build fertiliser plants in India, Rwanda

    21 October 2016

    The world largest phosphate producer OCP has partnered with a major Indian fertiliser co-operation to build a plant in India. The state-owned Moroccan company has also signed an MoU with Rwanda for future development in the country.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 21 October

    21 October 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activity in the lithium industry.

  • Production unaffected by fire at K+S site

    21 October 2016

    A fire broke out in German fertiliser and salt producer K+S’s waste disposal facility but no injuries were reported and mining operations have not been affected.

  • China ramps up steel output in September

    21 October 2016

    Chinese crude steel output recorded a notable increase in September and led Asia figures to grow slightly while all other main regions saw reduced production.

  • Price Briefing 14-20 October 2016

    21 October 2016

    Fluorspar prices stable, iodine rates falling while chromite prices continues to appreciate.

  • Chemical chromite spot prices rise 20%

    21 October 2016

    Spot prices for chemical grade chromite have moved upwards by over 20% as metallurgical ore appreciates, while uneven demand for foundry sand is creating volatility in Asia while Europe remains more stable.

  • Iodine contract price tracks spot market downward

    21 October 2016

    A battle for market share between producers in an already oversupplied market continues to push down prices. Foreseeing no immediate end to the fall, distributors are reluctant to build up stock.

  • AkzoNobel records increased profitability in Q3

    21 October 2016

    Although overall sales volumes remained flat during Q3 though AzkoNobel noted positive volumes for decorative paints in Asia and stronger demand for industrial coatings.

  • PPG looks to restructure following Q3 loss

    21 October 2016

    US-based paints and coatings supplier PPG reported some positive demand improvements in architectural coatings in North America. However, with weaker than expected demand in Europe and other regions anticipated to continue into Q4, the company will be looking at restructuring options to reduce costs.

  • Belarus delivers potash to Australia

    20 October 2016

    Belarus has sent its first potash shipment to Australia for more than two decades and state-owned producer Belaruskali is hoping to expand its business there.

  • Rio borates production increases as demand rises

    20 October 2016

    Borates output grew on the back of strong market activity. TiO2 production also increased year-on-year, while salt output remained relatively stable.

  • Fluorspar prices hold as buyers expect further cuts

    20 October 2016

    Consolidation within the downstream markets leaves producers with little hope for any price recovery as consumers push for further downward revisions amidst thin trading – a trend particularly seen in the acidspar space.

  • Rio Tinto’s bauxite, speciality alumina output rising

    20 October 2016

    Rio Tinto’s bauxite output for the nine months of 2016 increased by 10% against last year, while speciality alumina production also grew.

  • Gearbulk, Grieg Star form dry bulk joint-venture

    20 October 2016

    The two Norwegian companies have chosen to combine forces in order to navigate the increasingly competitive dry bulk market.

  • Improvements in rig counts buoy Halliburton's Q3

    20 October 2016

    Although the oilfield services provider saw its revenue drop year-on-year, revenue was in line with Q2 figures and the company moved into profit during the third quarter as it took advantage of a rebound in North American rig count.

  • SE Asia kaolin demand to remain weak in '16

    19 October 2016

    Weak demand for ceramic goods in Asia is capping kaolin consumption – the main raw material for production. Demands are unlikely to pick up in the remaining of 2016, market participants said.

  • Refractory industry sees more mergers after RHI-Magnesita

    19 October 2016

    RHI and Magnesita’s proposed merger into a global company with presence over three continents has been a hot topic in the sector, as industry participants predict consolidation is inevitable in the shrinking market.

  • China to increase REE production cap to 140,000 tpa by 2020

    19 October 2016

    The country’s Rare Earth Industry Development Plan 2016-2020 also outlines plans to occupy 50% of the high end market by the end of the decade, as well as measures to reduce pollution.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 14 – 19 October

    19 October 2016

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

  • Higher costs to lift magnesia prices, producer says

    18 October 2016

    Chinese-origin magnesia prices could rise as a result of higher costs due to new regulations on maximum truckload volumes, but some doubt buyers would accept the increases.

  • Largo expects vanadium price rise on supply issues

    18 October 2016

    As production hits nameplate capacity at its Brazilian vanadium mine, Largo Resources is aiming to further expand output as it pursues high-value applications in the battery, chemicals and aerospace industries, while it expects prices to pick up following two years of weak markets.

  • Southern Graphite to expand production by 2017

    18 October 2016

    The world's largest amorphous graphite producer plans to build a new purification facility in southern China to increase production of high-purity graphite.

  • Pilbara, MinRes dispute to avoid court

    18 October 2016

    A spodumene offtake disagreement between the ASX juniors will now be settled over the next week by an independent expert, with an application approved to prevent proceedings reaching the Western Australian Supreme Court.

  • Graphene falls behind expectations in China

    18 October 2016

    Despite policies encouraging industry developments, only a handful of companies in China are able to produce single layer graphene.

  • RHI Magnesita: 'Consolidation makes sense'

    17 October 2016

    IM spoke to RHI’s Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer and Magnesita’s Octavio Lopes, who said that optimising costs to up margins, improving logistics and battling rising competition from China are some of the main factors that brought the two companies together on the refractory global stage as pressure builds up for the industry to consolidate.

  • India launches illegal mining satellite monitoring system

    17 October 2016

    The Ministry of Mines in India has launched a satellite-based surveillance system to clamp down on illegal mining activities across the country.

  • Mining Finance: Investing in Iran getting 'easier'

    14 October 2016

    With a treasure trove of 68 minerals and the government's will to bring in international capital, investors were told that they should be looking at Iran as a business prospect for mining commodities including dolomite, bauxite and rare earths.

  • US calls on WTO to review China’s export caps

    14 October 2016

    Trade authorities in the US have requested the World Trade Organization to advance the settlement of disputes over China’s export restraints on key industrial raw materials that are claimed to be putting American businesses at a disadvantage.

  • Base Resources' Q3 mineral sands sales improve

    14 October 2016

    Higher sales volumes of rutile, ilmenite and zircon with stronger prices particularly in rutile reflect the continued strengthening of the titanium dioxide market, Base said.

  • EC delays decision on Imerys-Alteo merger

    14 October 2016

    The European antitrust authority has delayed its preliminary decision on the Imery’s acquisition of Alteo ARC’s fused alumina operations to the end of October.

  • Tight supply pushes up chemical chromite prices

    14 October 2016

    Chemical grade chrome prices rose on the spot market this week as market participants said the tightness in available volumes may also affect foundry grades as well.

  • Price Briefing 7-13 October 2016

    14 October 2016

    Chinese-origin bauxite and fused alumina spot prices gained and chemical grade chromite tags rose on tight supply. while metspar prices fell and 2017 lithium contract talks continued to stall.

  • Chinese metspar prices plunge as demand falls

    14 October 2016

    With demand for metallurgical grade fluorspar going out-of-season owing to the winter slowdown and weak steel demand, metspar prices from China registered a drop this week; although markets elsewhere saw little to no movement in prices.

  • Fused alumina, bauxite spot prices rise

    14 October 2016

    Chinese-origin fused alumina and bauxite spot prices gained as raw material and transportation costs rise. While many buyers are reluctant to accept the increase, some producers warned that the uptrend could continue amid supply tightness.

  • Iluka Q3 sales up, zircon prices drag revenue down

    13 October 2016

    While rutile sales were up 27% y-o-y, reflecting improvements in the high grade feedstock market, zircon sales were softer than expected with lower prices putting pressure on revenues.

  • Kenmare reports record output for Q3

    13 October 2016

    Higher y-o-y finished product output as power supply at the Moma mineral sands mine remained stable and costs fell have led Kenmare to revise its full year ilmenite and zircon guidance up.

  • Lithium market sceptical on oversupply forecast

    13 October 2016

    Lithium buyers and sellers this week played down a forecast of a future supply glut in the market as efforts remain focused on settling the 2017 contract prices.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 13 October 2016

    13 October 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activities in the graphite industry.

  • Mining Finance: Public opinion 'moving against capital'

    13 October 2016

    Public outcry on capital held in offshore jurisdictions and the political will to monitor the movement of capital between countries more closely is creating concerns on the part of investors in mining projects, who are being urged to ensure they are legally covered.

  • Iofina on track to meet H2 production target

    13 October 2016

    The company is set to meet its production targets for the second half of the year, despite a lower year-on-year production level in Q3, following earthquake-related restrictions imposed by the Oklahoma authorities.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist chromite sand price

    13 October 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist the chromite sand moulding grade UK price at the end of October.

  • Prolonged crisis to alter dry bulk: BIMCO

    13 October 2016

    The prolonged crisis in the dry bulk shipping market will lead to consolidation and fundamental changes in how the market operates, according to international shipping association BIMCO.

  • Chloride-route TiO2 to overtake sulphate-route in 10 years

    13 October 2016

    As China's role in TiO2 continues to grow, increasing regulation in the country and a focus on chloride-route technology is anticipated to pave the way for increased capacity.

  • China's extended rail network to boost rare earths demand

    12 October 2016

    China’s plans to double the extension of its high speed rail network in the next decade, coupled with new policies on environmental protection, could foster demand for rare earths used in these end markets.

  • Spanish port sees higher bauxite, magnesite cargo

    12 October 2016

    Higher volumes of industrial minerals bauxite and magnesite were recorded going through the ports of Ferrol and San Cibrao in northern Spain in September.

  • Samsung cuts Q3 earnings over Note 7 wind down

    12 October 2016

    As Samsung stops production of the mobile device and slashes earnings over safety concerns, players in the lithium market remained unfazed regarding the potential of any knock-on effects to consumer perception of lithium-ion technology.

  • Logistics cost set to rise as China cuts truckload volume

    12 October 2016

    The Chinese ministry of transportation has cut the maximum truckload volume with effect from 21 September. This new regulation was set to raise logistic cost as it becomes more expensive to transport minerals from mine to port in China – one of the world’s biggest producers.

  • Rio Tinto enters into new consortium agreement with Savannah

    11 October 2016

    The terms of the new agreement will enable mineral sand exploration operations to start immediately in Mozambique on the same commercial terms as previously agreed, which include a 100% offtake agreement with Rio Tinto.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 4-11 October 2016

    11 October 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activities in the graphite industry.

  • Oil and gas drilling decline slowing, says API

    11 October 2016

    Figures from the American Petroleum institute and the latest Baker Hughes rig count indicate that the steady decline in oil and natural gas drilling could be slowing, a positive for producers of oilfield minerals such as frac sand, barite and bentonite.

  • Chemours expands low-GWP refrigerant portfolio

    11 October 2016

    The NYSE-listed chemical producer has expanded its portfolio of lower-GWP refrigerants under its Opteon XL series based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology for refrigeration and air conditioning applications.

  • Morgan increases SiC output at UK plant

    11 October 2016

    The company is seeing higher demand for silicon carbide products from European customers in its seals and bearings division.

  • Altech resource will support 30 years of HPA production

    11 October 2016

    The company's estimated maiden ore reserve for its Meckering kaolin deposit in Australia will support HPA production at its Malaysian plant for an initial mine life of 30 years. A resource of 12.7m tonnes alumina also offers room for expansion, as the company expects growing uptake of Li-ion batteries to fuel HPA demand.

  • Steel demand set to grow in '17, says worldsteel

    11 October 2016

    Steel consumption is expected to remain challenging in the next two years although China is looking better than it used to which, along with growth in emerging economies, is preventing further decreases in demand.

  • Cement demand to fall in China by 2020 – MIIT

    11 October 2016

    The Chinese government estimates that cement demand in China will fall while flat glass consumption will increase by 2020 as the country switches to greener building materials as part of its 13th five-year development plan.

  • Pricing Notice: Correction to calcined magnesia prices

    10 October 2016

    Correction for IM's listed magnesia calcined prices.

  • TanzOz bets on graphite market recovery

    10 October 2016

    The Australian explorer is bringing its graphite project online in one year’s time, hopeful that weak graphite prices would recover in the meantime. The company aims to capitalise on traceability, logistics and chemical-free processing to compete against Chinese exporters.

  • Nedmag appoints Bruning as MD

    10 October 2016

    Dutch magnesium-based products supplier Nedmag has appointed Bert Jan Bruning as its new managing director effective 1 October, succeeding outgoing director Paul Schipper.

  • Select Sands to buy drying facilities

    10 October 2016

    A month after it concluded the buyout of wet processing facilities, Select Sands announces a new agreement to acquire dry processing equipment on the back of higher demand from the energy sector.

  • PPG plans cost cutting ahead of weak Q3

    07 October 2016

    The company is expecting a loss of up to 77 cents per share in the third quarter despite higher volumes sold year-on-year, as the slowdown in Europe was more pronounced than expected.

  • Improved enquiries fail to lift flake graphite prices

    07 October 2016

    Despite observing a surge in enquiries, suppliers failed to raise quotations for flake graphite material after facing greater resistance from industrial consumers.

  • Price Briefing 30 September - 7 October

    07 October 2016

    TiO2 prices increases in the US and China, antimony trioxide price drop following a spike in September, iodine value fell, chromite price increase while lithium annual contract talks stall. Graphite, bauxite and brown fused alumina price flat week-on-week.

  • Chromite prices edge up as China returns to work

    07 October 2016

    China’s Golden Week holiday is almost over and chromite trading activity is expected to pick up next week as suppliers reckon they will close new orders, while offers for both chemical and foundry grade showed a further uptick.

  • Iodine prices slip as suppliers vie for space

    07 October 2016

    Competition for market share between Chilean producers continues to push prices down.

  • Fluorsid acquires Boliden’s AlF3 operations

    07 October 2016

    Italian fluorochemical producer Fluorsid Spa has acquired the standalone Noralf operations producing aluminium fluoride and synthetic anhydrite from leading metal producer, Boliden Odda.

  • Bauxite, alumina prices flat amid supply disruption

    07 October 2016

    More stringent environmental regulations restricting production in China have failed to lift Chinese bauxite and brown fused alumina spot prices. Trading remained quiet amid the Golden Week holiday where businesses in China were shut between 1-9 October.

  • Further dry bulk vessel purchases

    07 October 2016

    Shipowners buy more vessels which adds to sentiment that charter rates have bottomed out.

  • Antimony trioxide prices drop

    07 October 2016

    Slow trading during the Chinese Golden Week holiday has seen prices fall from recent peaks.

  • Producers play a waiting game with 2017 lithium contracts

    07 October 2016

    Some indication that 2017 contracts may be on similar levels to current quarterly contracts as Mt Cattlin delay frustrates the market.

  • TiO2 Summit: China pursues chloride-route

    06 October 2016

    Only four of China’s 42 TiO2 producers currently manufacture chloride route titanium dioxide, but encouragement from the Chinese government and technology improvements by existing producers is creating optimism that the country will be able to raise chloride route output.

  • TiO2 Summit: US price rises as industry recovers

    06 October 2016

    Titanium dioxide producer price hikes in the US are seeing some degree of acceptance in the market as the health of the overall industry is recovering following a long period of oversupply.

  • ICL axes Ethiopia potash project

    06 October 2016

    Tel Aviv-headquartered potash and fertiliser producer ICL will terminate its potash project in Ethiopia due to what it called the failure of the Ethiopian government to provide necessary infrastructures and regulatory framework.

  • PPG sells off flat glass arm to Vitro

    06 October 2016

    The sale includes four production facilities in the US, which would add to the existing sites that the Mexican flat glass manufacturer has across Latin America, central and North America.

  • Uralkali Q3 potash output falls

    06 October 2016

    Leading Russian producer Uralkali reported lower Q3 potash output volume.

  • Cuadrilla given go ahead for Lancashire fracking

    06 October 2016

    Fracking set to proceed at Preston New Road site; more information to be provided regarding Roseacre site.

  • RHI and Magnesita agree to merge

    06 October 2016

    The new company to be set up, RHI Magnesita, will have a foothold in Europe and Latin America and control the sourcing of key raw materials - such as magnesite-based DMB, CCM and DBD - used in refractory production, ensuring global supply with over 50 facilities.

  • US DoD to double stocks of Li-ion cathode materials

    05 October 2016

    The DLA has doubled the volume of lithium-ion battery cathode materials lithium cobalt oxide and lithium nickel cobalt aluminium oxide that it is permitted to add to the national defense stockpile during the upcoming financial year.

  • Market mixed about Imerys-Alteo merger

    05 October 2016

    Ahead of the EU’s preliminary decision on the Imery’s acquisition of Alteo’s fused alumina operations, the potential merger is attracting mixed reaction from the industry. If the acquisition goes ahead, Imerys will become the largest fused alumina supplier for both the refractory and abrasive sectors in Europe.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist kaolin grade

    05 October 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist the UK kaolin price at the beginning of November.

  • India’s MoEF notified over environmental clearance for sand mining

    05 October 2016

    The Ministry of Environment and Forest in India has been issued a notice by the National Green Tribunal to decentralise the granting of environmental clearance for mining of sand and other minor minerals.

  • Pilbara, MinRes offtake dispute continues

    04 October 2016

    A disagreement between the two lithium juniors over a spodumene offtake deal has escalated, with MinRes pushing for the involvement of the Western Australia Supreme Court while Pilbara insists an expert opinion should be allowed to resolve the matter.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 4 October

    04 October 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activitiy in the graphite industry.

  • Compass acquires Brazil's Produquímica

    04 October 2016

    North American potash and salt producer Compass Minerals has become the new owner of the Brazilian fertiliser company as it aims to expand geographical reach and reduce dependency on winter weather.

  • EuroChem to expand Kazakh phosphate project

    04 October 2016

    EuroChem has committed to further investment in Kazakhstan to build a fertiliser plant in the central Asian country as part of its phosphate expansion plan.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 4 October

    04 October 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activity in the lithium industry.

  • Panasonic develops new Li-ion battery

    04 October 2016

    A new thin, flexible battery developed by the Japanese technology firm will target wearables and card devices.

  • Avenira delays first phosphate shipment to Q4

    04 October 2016

    Senegal-based phosphate producer Avenira Ltd will be delaying its first phosphate shipment as wet weather slowed processing and drying of the mined products.

  • Orbite starts operations at Canada HPA plant

    04 October 2016

    The high-purity alumina facility has finally started running as initial batches of ACH crystals are tested for purity criteria prior to calcination into HPA. Production output will gradually be ramped up during 2017.

  • China’s acidspar & HF acid exports climb; AlF3 exports plunge

    04 October 2016

    Fluorspar trades from China display a diverging trend in exports of upstream versus downstream products as acidspar gains for the first time since 2013 against crippling AlF3 exports with HF acid exhibiting greater resilience to the slowdown in the downstream markets for the first eight month of 2016.

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Ceramic tiles supply turns to exports

    04 October 2016

    China’s demand for ceramic tiles is shrinking as the industry will increasingly rely on other markets including Vietnam, India and Brazil to drive consumption in the coming years.

  • Rutile sales boost Sierra Rutile revenue

    03 October 2016

    The Sierra Leone-based mineral sands producer saw its net loss widen, however, due to various once off costs and charges.

  • Tesla on track for H2 deliveries

    03 October 2016

    The EV producer maintained its H2 delivery guidance after increasing Q3 deliveries by 70% over Q2.

  • China secures higher spherical graphite trade

    03 October 2016

    Spherical graphite exports show fresh signs of improvement as they reach five-year highs between January and August, gaining from improved demand in high-tech applications.

  • Calderys buys Swedish refractory service supplier

    03 October 2016

    The latest acquisition comes only a month after Caldery’s buyout of US monolithic refractory producer SPAR, and is seen as a way to integrate the refractory supply chain in the Nordics.

  • China continuing to lead EV charge

    03 October 2016

    China still leading EV demand with on demand movement fleet a key driver. Europe, meanwhile, is leading in EV standardisation.

  • CPG: Phosphate operations unaffected by protests

    03 October 2016

    The Tunisian phosphate producer played down the significance of demonstrations at its facilities, insisting factory production continues as normal.

  • Future of US mine permitting overhaul hangs in the balance

    03 October 2016

    A bill to limit the amount of time taken to approve mining permits in the US is looking increasingly unlikely to be passed by the end of the current presidential cycle as time to conference legislation passed by the two Houses of Congress runs short, Myles McCormick, Reporter, finds.

  • LiqTech’s SiC demand to surge with China JV

    03 October 2016

    LiqTech to set up JV in China; Aims to sell SiC DPFs in the local market; Expects its SiC requirement to surge