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  • August 2016

    Double Crown shifts focus to transport system, from barite

    31 August 2016

    Owing to the slowdown in oil and gas, the company has put its barite business on hold and is focusing on logistics and precious metals.

  • China maintains downstream graphite focus

    31 August 2016

    While stagnant growth in China’s natural flake graphite exports in the first seven months of 2016 backs up the slowing trade in traditional buying markets, spherical graphite exports register a 23.5% growth during the same period.

  • Chinese bauxite imports decline in value in 2016

    31 August 2016

    Imports of bauxite into China have been steadily decreasing in value this year, while data shows a partial uptick in volumes brought into the country.

  • MRC H1 profit declines as sales and prices fall

    31 August 2016

    The company sold only small containerised ilmenite tonnages as prices remained lower, however noted that titanium feedstock activity was picking up, resulting in higher prices and supply enquiries.

  • General Lithium sees surge in H1 profit

    31 August 2016

    Chinese lithium producer General Lithium Corp. has reported a surge in net profit in the first half of 2016 after the company saw demand for its products increase.

  • LiqTech's SiC demand to surge with China JV

    31 August 2016

    The silicon carbide diesel filter maker is aware of the challenge posed by local competition and will seek to drive down its production costs to gain competitiveness against domestic products. The JV will also offer the opportunity to market LiqTech's water treatment range.

  • Base Resources full year net loss deepens

    31 August 2016

    Lower average prices across all of the company's products – rutile, ilmenite and zircon – pulled Base into a deeper net loss, although improvement in TiO2 feedstocks mean the company has negotiated higher ilmenite prices from September.

  • Higher lithium sales, prices drive up Tianqi revenue

    30 August 2016

    Higher lithium prices and sales helped the company increase its year-on-year revenue and profit, a trend that Tianqi expects to persist as the upstream battery industry continues to develop at a fast pace.

  • PotashCorp and Agrium in merger talks

    30 August 2016

    Two of the largest North-American fertiliser producers have announced that they are discussing a potential merger.

  • Low prices affect Chinese SiC trade value

    30 August 2016

    Lower selling prices in the early months of the year brought about lower revenues for Chinese silicon carbide suppliers, as average monthly rates dropped below the $1,000/tonne threshold.

  • Overcapacity stunts China’s AlF3 exports

    30 August 2016

    Destocking of excessive inventories amid dwindling industrial demand has not only pushed China’s aluminium fluoride exports down to their lowest in last two-and-a-half years but also seen average prices reaching under $1,000/tonne mark threatening potential recovery in the fluorine supply chain.

  • ATH flame retardants drive Nabaltec’s H1

    30 August 2016

    The focus on high-value speciality alumina-based products has been key to ensuring Nabaltec’s positive performance amid an overall challenging situation affecting the refractory industry, the company told IM.

  • Export stats show Chinese lithium carbonate prices drop 28% in July

    30 August 2016

    The drop off illustrated by customs data comes in the wake of a consistent decline in price seen on the Chinese spot market over the past number of months.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 23 August – 30 August

    30 August 2016

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

  • Shangdong Ruifu forecasts profit growth

    30 August 2016

    Shangdong Ruifu anticipates increasing profits over the next few years following losses in 2014 and 2015 as the company moved to 100% capacity in the first half of 2016.

  • Ganfeng revenue up with increased focus on innovative lithium products

    30 August 2016

    Net profit and turnover for the Chinese lithium producer increased for the first half of the year as the company has focused research on further processing of lithium products and new materials for Li-ion batteries.

  • Planning decision due for Tianqi WA hydroxide plant

    30 August 2016

    Documents submitted to the Western Australian planning authorities outline plans for a facility in south Perth with an output of around 24,000 tpa lithium hydroxide, costing A$300m. Tianqi has previously indicated that it hopes the additional output will put it in pole position in the lithium market.

  • AkzoNobel breaks ground on Indian coatings plant

    30 August 2016

    Leading coatings producer AkzoNobel has started work on a new powder coatings plant in Mumbai following €9m of investment. The company is looking to strengthen its coatings supply to India as it seeks to benefit from fast-growing demand in the country.

  • Uralkali reaches Indian potash agreement

    30 August 2016

    The recent signing of Chinese and Indian potash contracts has given potash producers hope that a potential recovery in demand and prices is imminent in the second half of the year.

  • Uralkali H1 revenue drops 32% on low potash prices

    30 August 2016

    While market demand was limited in the first half of the year as a result of unsigned Chinese and Indian contracts, resulting in lower sales and prices for potash, Uralkali expects consumption to pick up now that deals have been concluded.

  • Cristal Global joins TiO2 majors in price hikes

    30 August 2016

    As demand and activity picks up in the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment sector, producers are following suit in upping their prices.

  • Buyout of SQM could end CORFO standoff

    26 August 2016

    Fresh ownership of the Chilean miner may end an ongoing legal battle with the state, allowing the company expand its operations, sources have told IM.

  • LiqTech to target China with SiC filter company

    26 August 2016

    The Danish-headquartered catalyst and filters supplier aims to capitalise on China’s tightening emission standards for diesel vehicles, which would boost demand for silicon carbide particulate filters.

  • Interest in fly ash proppant pushes LWP to fast track JV project

    26 August 2016

    Following positive interest and feedback on its fly ash-based proppants, which have been touted as a cheaper and lighter alternative to traditional ceramic proppants, LWP and its JV partner Hallmark Minerals are fast tracking refurbishment at the proppant facility in Pune, India.

  • Ilmenite prices up 50% on March lows

    26 August 2016

    The titanium dioxide feedstock has experienced a lift on the back of tightening supply and increased activity in the pigment sector.

  • TiO2 producers push for 10th price hike

    26 August 2016

    Chinese producers have announced another price hike, the tenth this year, citing the rising cost of raw materials as well as stronger supply/demand fundamentals.

  • Irish salt producer gains from extreme weather

    26 August 2016

    Ireland’s only salt producing company reported a 60% year-over-year increase in turnover for the last fiscal year as icy conditions lead to increased demand for de-icing salt produced from its Kilroot mine. Improved profits largely came on the back of sluggish growth registered in previous years owing to mild winters.

  • Future of US mine permitting overhaul hangs in the balance

    26 August 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.

  • Price briefing 19-25 August 2016

    26 August 2016

    Trading remains quiet in iodine and graphite as prices edge down further, while some fused alumina production is resuming in China following weeks of shutdown. Market activities are expected to increase in the coming weeks as the European holiday season comes to an end.

  • Vancouver port volumes fall

    26 August 2016

    Overall dry bulk at Canadian port falls but picture mixed for potash and sulphur shipments.

  • Avenira to deliver first output by Q3

    25 August 2016

    Senegal-based phosphate producer Avenira Ltd is on track to delivering its first production at the end the third quarter this year, with over 360,000 tonnes already committed.

  • Low-priced offers clog Indian graphite industry

    25 August 2016

    Competition has intensified in the Indian graphite space as additional capacities from Madagascar and Brazil hit domestic producers hard in a sluggish trading environment.

  • Fused alumina production resumes in China

    25 August 2016

    Some white and brown fused alumina producers in Henan have received the green light to restart production but uncertainty remains on whether there would be more disruption in output in September due to renewed anti-pollution efforts.

  • Future of US mine permitting overhaul hangs in the balance

    25 August 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.

  • SQM Q2 revenue stable on strong lithium sales

    25 August 2016

    With sales volumes up across the board, pricing factors led to lower revenues in iodine, potash and nitrates, countering a large increase in lithium revenue during the quarter when compared with the previous year.

  • Tronox announces TiO2 price hike

    25 August 2016

    Tronox is the latest producer to announce an increase in pigment prices to be implemented over the next two months. Analysts meanwhile note the possibility of further price strengthening as feedstock prices are seeing an uptick owing to tightening supply.

  • Flat glass expansion to continue unabated

    25 August 2016

    Global demand for flat glass is forecast to continue increasing as end markets in electronics and energy applications expand, although the pace of growth is expected to decelerate compared with previous years due to the slowdown in China. With insufficient supply, higher prices will be a concern.

  • Iodine spot prices drop further

    25 August 2016

    Spot market prices continues to decline this week as producers aggressively compete to secure business. Market participants predicted that contract prices could follow the downward trajectory in Q4.

  • Iluka acknowledges Sierra Rutile merger concerns

    25 August 2016

    Iluka has been made aware of a possible capital gains tax to be imposed on certain Sierra Rutile shareholders as a result of the proposed acquisition. The company could not confirm whether this will affect the outcome or timeline of the merger.

  • Iluka sinks to $20.9m loss in H1

    25 August 2016

    Iluka Resources posted a $20.9 million after-tax loss mostly due to higher than expected resource development expenditure and lower USD commodity prices, particularly in zircon.

  • Canpotex to extend supply contract to India

    24 August 2016

    Potash marketing JV Canpotex will likely extend its supply agreement with India as fertiliser buyers in the country receive their delayed government subsidy.

  • Kenmare H1 revenue falls on low mineral sands prices

    24 August 2016

    While a large number of contracts were signed towards the end of 2015 for H1 2016 resulting in lower prices throughout the first half of the year, Kenmare said tightening ilmenite supply was starting to give way to higher prices as it looks to secure contracts for the second half of the year.

  • Mineral Resources to divest Mt Marion stake

    24 August 2016

    Mineral Resources Ltd is set to sell its stake in the Mount Marion lithium project, whilst retaining its life of mine operating contract.

  • Indo-Japanese cooperation revives rare earth trades

    24 August 2016

    The Indo-Japanese partnership for the exploration and production of rare earths in India has revived the domestic sector as shipments of rare earth oxides out of the country gain momentum.

  • Select Sands to buy plant near Arkansas mine

    24 August 2016

    The miner stated the direct availability of the processing plant will contribute to reduce the silica sand production costs for two of its main grades.

  • H1 profits dive at two Chinese refractory makers

    24 August 2016

    Two large Chinese refractory manufacturers recorded double-digit profit decreases in 2016 to date on the back of slower business in main end markets, leading companies to scale back or cancel existing projects.

  • AMG completes Colorminas buyout, focuses on lithium plans

    24 August 2016

    The acquisition of full interest in a Brazilian feldspar-producing partnership will streamline the company’s structure so that it can focus on its lithium ambitions.

  • India’s mineral production index up by 4.7% in June 2016

    23 August 2016

    The commodities market in India has been on a slow yet steady growth path as the country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased by 4.7% y-o-y for the third consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-2017.

  • Pacasmayo to spin off Peruvian phosphate asset

    23 August 2016

    Peruvian cement producer Cementos Pacasmayo will spin off its phosphate junior mining company to a separate entity as part of its restructure.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 18 August – 23 August

    23 August 2016

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

  • Chinese alumina output drops

    23 August 2016

    Alumina production decreased by almost 2% in the first seven months of 2016 while environmental inspections at plants continue and the local industry tries to consolidate.

  • Albemarle to acquire lithium conversion assets from Chinese partner

    23 August 2016

    The purchase will allow Albemarle to process some of the spodumene feedstock it receives from its Talison joint venture rather than relying on a third party tolling agreement.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 16 – 23 August

    23 August 2016

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

  • Oriana Resources and Graphene Lighting deal falls through

    22 August 2016

    The cancellation of the deal between the two companies means that Graphene Lighting Plc will not become an Oriana subsidiary while Oriana will need to seek another route to becoming a Tier 1 or Tier 2 issuer on the NEX board of the exchange.

  • Trade surges on Baotou Rare Earth Exchange

    22 August 2016

    Trading volumes on the exchange recorded a notable rise January and July 2016, compared with the same period last year.

  • Lithium metal battery to offer double the power

    22 August 2016

    The new development in battery technology replaces graphite anode material with a thin lithium metal foil, reportedly doubling the energy capacity against existing lithium batteries while allowing for smaller size and lower weight.

  • K+S restarts potash production in Germany

    22 August 2016

    K+S has restarted potash production in Germany but output volume is unlikely to reach its full capacity due to the ongoing waste water disposal restriction. Deliveries to customers will also continue to be delayed.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist spodumene, petalite grades

    22 August 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist several spodumene concentrate and petalite grades at the end of September.

  • Bass Metals takes control of graphite mine

    22 August 2016

    Bass Metals has completed it's purchase of the Graphmada graphite mine, making it the only ASX-listed company to produce and sell graphite concentrates.

  • Iluka acquisition of Sierra Rutile set to proceed

    22 August 2016

    The terms of the takeover have been approved by both boards. The deal values Sierra Rutile at £215m and is expected to add around 130,000 tpa rutile to Iluka's capacity.

  • Imerys eyes Alteo buyout to revamp refractory arm

    22 August 2016

    Imerys offers to buy Alteo and Alufin as H1 2016 results show refractories slump.

  • India AMCR could hinder mineral sands production

    22 August 2016

    India's atomic minerals proposals have been criticised as the mining community warns there could be serious repercussions.

  • Is India’s new mining law a blueprint for growth?

    22 August 2016

    India’s government has made big promises for its Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Amendment Act, which came into force last year. Shruti Salwan, IM Analyst, spoke to Balvinder Kumar, secretary for the Indian Ministry of Mines, about how the Modi administration plans to achieve these targets.

  • Q2 results roundup: Lower prices and uncertainty continue

    22 August 2016

    Struggle continues for Vesuvius in H1; Solvay Q2 income up despite lower prices; Saint Gobain warns of uncertain outlook in post-Brexit UK; Baker Hughes loss deepens in Q2; Carbo reports Q2 loss, expects better H2 for ceramic proppants.

  • Tesla’s loss widens as EV production increases

    22 August 2016

    Increase in capex leads to Q2 loss despite higher revenue at $1.3bn is up y-o-y; plans to buy Solar City for $2.6bn.

  • EU takes action over China export duties

    22 August 2016

    EU launches third legal case against China, who has argued that “restrictions protect environment”.

  • BHP Billiton to stall Jansen potash production

    19 August 2016

    Mining giant BHP Billiton has decided to stall the completion of its Jansen project in Canada amid weak potash demand and global oversupply. The company is also seeking a joint venture partner to share the investment cost of the project.

  • China introduces 18 rare earths standards

    19 August 2016

    The new set of Chinese standards are aimed at achieving better uniformity of average production in the sector, which has so far been unregulated and its output determined on a case-by-case basis by each producer.

  • Chinese rare earths prices differ in August

    19 August 2016

    Guidance prices for rare earths products released this month for southern and northern China show a notable difference, with price levels in the north of the country declining as southern rates remain stable.

  • Price Briefing 12–18 August 2016

    19 August 2016

    Ahead of the US presidential election in November, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has appointed former interior secretary, Ken Salazar, to chair her presidential transition team - a move that was seen by some as positive for the struggling fracking industry.

  • Clinton appoints pro-fracking Salazar

    18 August 2016

    While the appointment of Ken Salazar may be good news for the struggling fracking industry, US presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton has been criticised for undermining her climate promises following the placing of Salazar at the head of her presidential transition team.

  • Rising demand supports chromite prices

    18 August 2016

    Prices for chemical grade product continue to edge up slowly, according to buyers and sellers, who cited supply tightness and some increasing demand as the key drivers.

  • AVL sells first vanadium battery storage system

    18 August 2016

    The company is completing the setting up of a pilot plant to develop high-purity vanadium electrolyte. Separately, TSX.V-listed Sparton Resources has bought five inactive vanadium redox flow battery manufacturers.

  • Great Lakes limestone and salt trade falls

    18 August 2016

    North American dry bulk shipments flat to lower year-on-year owing to sluggish construction activity and warmer weather.

  • Chinese nonmetallic industry participants outline targets to 2020

    18 August 2016

    At the 2016 China Nonmetallic Minerals Industry Conference held in Guilin in late July, organised by China's Nonmetallic Minerals Industry Association (CNMIA), a number of industry figures outlined key targets that the nonmetallic mineral sector needs to take to ensure its future.

  • DFI to purchase Madagascan zircon resource

    17 August 2016

    Canadian diamond exploration company Diamond Fields International is looking to expand into zircon through the acquisition of the Beravina zircon deposit in Madagascar.

  • Ilika, Johnson Matthey to team up on Li-S battery

    17 August 2016

    The three-year project aims to overcome some of the existing issues in the development of lithium-sulphur batteries that have so far prevented their commercialisation, despite the technology being slated as the successor to lithium-ion due to its superior energy density.

  • Talga Resources delivers first graphene product

    17 August 2016

    ASX-listed advanced materials company Talga Resources has delivered its first value-added graphene-based product to a coatings company, which will now test and assess the metal pre-treatment coating.

  • Compass Minerals to buy Brazilian fertiliser maker

    17 August 2016

    North American potash and salt producer Compass Minerals will become the new owner of a Brazilian fertiliser company following its latest acquisition.

  • Seven Refractories to join Dalmia in Indian JV

    16 August 2016

    The Slovenian monolithic refractory maker sees the partnership with the Indian supplier as strategic to pursuing its growth plans in the promising Indian steelmaking market.

  • Shenghe blames losses on China's rare earth stockpiling plan

    16 August 2016

    The mixed results of China’s national stockpiling programme in boosting market prices and supporting the depressed rare earths industry have been cited as reasons by the local producer for its declining financial results.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 10 August – 16 August

    16 August 2016

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

  • Declining prices force ICL UK to cut Boulby potash output

    16 August 2016

    The UK subsidiary of ICL plans to bring forward production of polysulphate and reduce its potash output as global prices continue to fall, resulting in 140 job losses.

  • IATA calls for tougher enforcement of Li-ion transport rules

    16 August 2016

    In conjunction with various battery trade groups, the international transport association is pushing governments to tighten up adherence to international regulations on lithium battery transportation in a bid to stamp out “rogue traders”. The groups are concerned that without a crackdown, airlines may move to unilaterally ban Li-ion battery shipments.

  • Alkane signs zirconium supply deal with Minchem

    16 August 2016

    Technical ceramics minerals supplier Minchem Ltd will become the exclusive global distributor for all zirconium materials produced by Alkane Resources’ Dubbo Zirconia Project in Australia.

  • Decision looms on Imerys-Andalusite Resources merger

    16 August 2016

    A decision is looming in the drawn out merger case between the two South Africa-based andalusite miners. In a hearing earlier this month the companies said the deal would unlock new export opportunities while opponents argued that a merger would result in a monopoly that would affect local customers.

  • India’s Ministry of Mines reviews mining sector performance

    15 August 2016

    A year and a half after introducing the MMDR Amendment Act, 2015, India’s Ministry of Mines has highlighted the impact of the mining reforms in expanding and promoting the country’s mining sector.

  • Low AlF3 prices attract fluorspar buyers

    15 August 2016

    With fluorspar downstream prices facing demand side pressure compounded by significant inventories, the raw material continues to lose the market against low-priced downstream products – a trend mainly prevalent in aluminium fluoride – as aggressive price undercutting spreads.

  • Agrium keeps potash mine closed following accident last week

    15 August 2016

    The Vanscoy mine in Saskatchewan, which produces 7,000 tpw potash, remains closed in the wake of an incident last week which has resulted in the death of a worker.

  • Hi-Crush to purchase Blair frac sand facility

    12 August 2016

    Despite a loss reported for the second quarter in addition to lower frac sand volumes sold, Hi-Crush plans to acquire the Blair facility in Wisconsin, giving it access to additional processing capacity and Northern White reserves.

  • FLSmidth lowers guidance as Q2 revenue misses target

    12 August 2016

    Lower mining activity and investment in larger projects meant that the processing company's profit more than halved in Q2. Expecting the rest of the year to remain subdued, FLSmidth has narrowed its full-year guidance to the lower range of previous estimates.

  • Price Briefing 5–11 August 2016

    12 August 2016

    Producer reported higher bromine prices in Q2; more pigments producers announced TiO2 price increases; lithium 2017 contract talks to begin and brown fused alumina prices tick higher.

  • Phase II review for Dow and DuPont merger starts

    12 August 2016

    The review process for a merger between DuPont and the world's second largest titanium dioxide producer, The Dow Chemical Co., has entered its second stage by the EC. The companies expect the merger to close by the end of 2016, although it is too soon to tell what effect this will have on Dow's TiO2 production.

  • Lithium industry prepares to talk 2017 contracts

    11 August 2016

    As lithium producers and consumers are readying themselves for 2017 annual contract negotiations, the Chinese lithium spot price has again dropped towards levels seen on quarterly deals.

  • Supply shortage lifts BFA spot prices

    11 August 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices have increased due to supply shortages as production clamp downs continue amid intensifying anti-pollution checks in the country. Although many suppliers have been selling from existing inventories, stock is depleting.

  • China kick-starts new rare earth projects

    11 August 2016

    China continues to tighten its grip against illegal mining and exports of rare earths, while it encourages improved industry standards and R&D.

  • India to build new minerals port

    11 August 2016

    Plans for a new port located at the mouth of the Mahanadi river are expected to facilitate the import of foundry sands and refractories as well as the export of chromite, mineral sands and bauxite.

  • Magnesita heals losses despite weak steel sales

    11 August 2016

    Sales of refractory products to the steel sector were hit by weak output in Latin America and Europe, but ongoing cost-cutting measures are bearing fruit.

  • Bromine buoys Q2 income for Gulf Resources

    11 August 2016

    Average bromine prices saw double-digit increases in Q2 against the same period in 2015, while both chemicals and crude salt suffered from weaker revenues amid sluggishness in the Chinese economy.

  • K+S delays Legacy potash production to Q2 2017

    11 August 2016

    K+S will be postponing potash production at its Legacy mine in Canada amid falling revenue and disrupted output in Germany. The producer has warned that full-year earnings will halve and the pending approval on waste water disposal could further impact business.

  • EuroChem’s Q2 gross profit falls on weak phosphate prices

    10 August 2016

    Russian phosphate and nitrogen fertiliser producer EuroChem reported a decline in gross profit in the second quarter due to weaker fertiliser prices. New phosphate and potash supply coming on stream in the remainder of the year will likely cap agrimineral prices.

  • Will India’s steel roadmap benefit upstream markets?

    10 August 2016

    India’s Ministry of Steel has been reviewing its roadmap to protect the domestic steel sector. However, the measures may not be enough to revive the country’s ailing steel industry, failing to address demand for refractories or refractory raw materials.

  • Huntsman announces TiO2 price hikes

    10 August 2016

    Recent increases in titanium dioxide activity and sales in Europe, North America and China have resulted in price hikes by major producers of the pigment mineral.

  • ICL income jumps as agriminerals prices remain weak

    10 August 2016

    Tel Aviv-headquartered ICL reported higher net income for the second quarter as strong performance in the company’s speciality solutions offset weak agriminerals prices. ICL expects potash sales volume to increase for the rest of 2016 although at lower prices.

  • BASF, Toda Kogyo in collaboration talks over cathode businesses

    10 August 2016

    The two companies are looking at pooling their CAM assets in North America in anticipation of strong growth in the Li-ion battery sector.

  • Agrium shuts potash mine following accident

    09 August 2016

    Cananda-headquartered Agrium has shut its Vanscoy potash mine following an accident. It is unclear when production will resume at the mine as an investigation into the incident is underway.

  • Momentive posts improved silicone, quartz earnings in Q2

    09 August 2016

    Sales of silicone and quartz improved sequentially but slowed down on a year-on-year basis, as demand in Asia/Pacific decreased.

  • Sluggish steel division hinders RHI’s H1

    09 August 2016

    Slow business in the steel industries in Europe, China and Latin America led to lower revenues for the German refractory manufacturer in H1 as cement, glass and energy also saw some decline.

  • EV watch: Cobalt prices rise as consumer interest mounts

    09 August 2016

    IM and sister publication Metal Bulletin track the latest news and developments in the electric vehicle sector, and monitor the price moves in lithium and cobalt – essential raw materials for the all-important batteries.

  • Low Q2 sand sales take Emerge Energy into net loss

    09 August 2016

    Prolonged weakness in oil prices and issues in the fracking sector in North America affected the second quarter performance of the silica sand miner, which is divesting its fuel business as it seeks to improve its situation.

  • Focus achieves 99.99% purified flake graphite

    09 August 2016

    Canada-based Focus Graphite has managed to achieve 99.99% purity level of fine flake graphite sourced from its Lac Knife deposits in Quebec, for the highly purified materials’ consumption in lithium-ion batteries.

  • Major Minor: The lithium market is pushing full-steam ahead, but can traders still get on board?

    09 August 2016

    There are few more frustrating things for a metal merchant than a train leaving the station without you on it. The lithium train is one of them. Minor metals trader and guest columnist Anthony Lipmann, aka Major Minor, shares his views.

  • Soda ash, salt sales lift Tata Chemicals' Q1

    09 August 2016

    Sales of soda ash and salt products improved for the Indian-based fertiliser and chemicals business. Tata noted stable global soda ash demand in key markets although price increases were limited.

  • Chemours sales down across the board in Q2

    09 August 2016

    The chemicals producer reported weaker revenue figures across its titanium dioxide and fluorochemicals divisions, though a cost cutting programme meant its bottom line saw no decline. The company also said it will hike its TiO2 prices from September.

  • China develops cerium magnet to balance rare earths consumption

    09 August 2016

    Research and development has been underway for years to balance the consumption of different rare earths in varying applications. Now the development of cerium as a magnetic material could replace up to 50% of praseodymium and neodymium consumption.

  • ABx looks to cement place in bauxite industry

    09 August 2016

    ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has delivered its second shipment of bauxite since April this year, bound for buyers in the cement industry.

  • Rare earths companies struggle as NdFeB better off

    08 August 2016

    Chinese upstream rare earth miners forecast a worsening of their financials in the first half of 2016 as prices remain low and conditions difficult, while NdFeB suppliers expect a better situation overall. Rare earths guidance prices remain unchanged.

  • India to tweak offshore mineral development act

    08 August 2016

    In a bid to enhance mining of offshore minerals by making the allocation of mineral blocks more transparent, India’s Ministry of Mines is aiming to amend existing regulations along the lines of previous changes made to the Mines and Minerals Amendment Act, 2015.

  • Fairmount Santrol Q2 loss continues to grow

    08 August 2016

    As rig counts once again fell sequentially, Fairmount Santrol reported a deeper loss on the back of lower frac sand volumes and prices.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 26 July – 8 August

    08 August 2016

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

  • Kibaran to supply graphite to Japan’s Sojitz

    08 August 2016

    Kibaran Resources will supply Sojitz with natural flake graphite sourced from the Epanko project in Tanzania. The volumes from the 14,000 tpa deal will target the refractories markets as well as the Li-ion battery sector.

  • Alumina boosts Q2 income for Tor Minerals

    05 August 2016

    Increased investments and capacity expansions in its speciality alumina segment have paid off for Tor Minerals, as the company has shifted focus from its loss-making TiO2 division.

  • Fluorspar Price Tracker: H1 2016

    05 August 2016

    IM outlines the key acidspar price trends seen in H1 2016.

  • TiO2 China exports continue to surge

    05 August 2016

    Chinese TiO2 export volumes rose by 44.5% year-on-year in June while the value of the material dipped 14.37%. This comes despite nine producer price hikes since the start of 2016.

  • MTI revenues fall as energy segment takes hit

    05 August 2016

    The diversified industrials producer saw sales in its energy services segment fall dramatically in Q2, extending the trend seen in Q1, as other segments remained static. PCC sales fell slightly as a result of US closures while refractories saw a productivity boost.

  • Price Briefing 29 July – 4 August 2016

    05 August 2016

    Chinese TiO2 producers announced ninth price hike; graphite trading slows in the summer season, while Chinese chromite buyers hold back from the market; stricter anti-pollution checks in China are continuing to hit on fused minerals production, and reduced output has supported prices.

  • China's TiO2 producers issue ninth price hike

    05 August 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers in China have announced another price hike, the ninth this year.

  • Lynas considers public forum to ease concerns

    05 August 2016

    Lynas Corp has confirmed that it is willing to participate in a public forum in response to community environmental concerns in regards to the company’s rare earth processing plant in Malaysia.

  • Slow graphite market stunts price recovery

    05 August 2016

    Weakening transaction volumes, excessive inventories and slowing industrial activity continue to plague graphite price recovery, forcing producers to trade at even lower levels.

  • Agrium’s Q2 net profit falls on weak global fertiliser prices

    04 August 2016

    Canadian fertiliser mineral producer Agrium reported lower second quarter earnings as ongoing weak global nutrient demand weighs on profits. The producer expects potash and phosphate consumption for the rest of 2016 to improve, supported by a number of positive factors.

  • Chinese WFA output hit by anti-pollution efforts

    04 August 2016

    Chinese-origin white fused alumina output has been hit by stricter environmental checks in China but weak refractory demand has limited gains in the mineral’s prices. Reduced production in China could lift trades elsewhere as buyers in Europe seek alternative supply.

  • Chromite prices adjust to slow trading

    04 August 2016

    Chromite market participants have seen traded volumes dwindle lately as Chinese buyers delay the placement of new orders in the hope of price decreases whilst suppliers maintain that higher operating costs mean the market can not go lower.

  • Huntsman to sell European surfactants business

    04 August 2016

    US-based pigment producer Huntsman expects to close the sale of its European surfactant business by the end of this year as part of its strategy to generate free cash flow and spin off its TiO2 segment.

  • Tesla’s loss widens as EV production increases

    04 August 2016

    Capital expenditure on increasing vehicle production capacity and bringing its battery Gigafactory online saw Tesla’s loss in Q2 grow.

  • Lack of fresh cargo pushes BDI to "depressing levels"

    04 August 2016

    BDI sees additional declines, sinking again this week.

  • Weak commodity prices hit AMG’s Q2 turnover

    04 August 2016

    AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group reported weak revenues for Q2 as double-digit drops in commodity prices affected its critical materials segment. The impact was partially offset by higher revenues in engineering.

  • Albemarle’s Q2 lithium sales up as bromine falls

    04 August 2016

    Lithium sales rose 24% while bromine dropped by 8%. Overall sales were down 7%, meanwhile, on the back of various business unit divestitures. The company aims to continue to focus on expansion in the lithium market, with bromine proceeds being used to support this end.

  • US Silica to buy proppant logistics firm

    04 August 2016

    US Silica plans to purchase frac sand logistics company Sandbox, which it says will help to manage the proppant supply chain and lower costs – something the company is focusing on following its Q2 net loss.

  • Tronox sees TiO2 turnaround; soda ash prices raised

    04 August 2016

    Titanium dioxide gained momentum over the second quarter and the company believes the uptick in pigment prices will be followed by feedstock values. In soda ash Tronox raised its prices for all grades as the segment continues to operate at sold-out levels.

  • Kenmare Q2 mineral sands shipments hit record

    03 August 2016

    Dublin-headquartered Kenmare reported higher mineral sands shipments for the second quarter and expects production to continue improving in the second half of the year, as it benefits from higher ilmenite prices.

  • Construction boost drives Martin Marietta’s Q2

    03 August 2016

    Increasing demand in various parts of the US for infrastructure and residential construction have been driving sales of aggregates and HBM in the second quarter.

  • Rio reports constant borates revenue; TiO2 drops off

    03 August 2016

    In line with its recent production figures, there was no major movement in Rio’s H1 financial results for its borates business, while titanium dioxide feedstock division saw earnings dip.

  • Vietnam’s Nui Phao affirms compliance with international environmental standards

    03 August 2016

    Masan Resources has agreed to co-operate with an environmental impact inspection by Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) as it insists that operations at it's Nui Phao project meet international standards countering concerns raised by local residents.

  • Nabaltec’s US ATH plant to shut for ‘9-12 months’

    03 August 2016

    The temporary suspension of production at Nabaltec-owned aluminium hydroxide site in the US, due to the closure of Sherwin Alumina, will start in September and last up to one year while a way forward for the plant is negotiated.

  • FMC triples lithium earnings

    03 August 2016

    A combination of higher prices, higher sales volumes and lower costs saw the company up its lithium revenues and profit as the sector continues to boom.

  • PPG invests $20m in fibreglass plant

    03 August 2016

    The upgrade will enable the glass and pigment manufacturer to produce higher quality product while increasing plant efficiency.

  • Lower agrimineral prices pull Mosaic into Q2 loss

    02 August 2016

    Mosaic, the world’s top fertiliser producer, saw second quarter earnings fall to a loss amid lower potash and phosphate prices and sales volumes. The producer believes that potash prices have bottomed out and agrimineral prices will rise in the next quarter.

  • China’s amorphous exports slump in H1 2016

    02 August 2016

    Dwindling industrial activity and slowing growth in demand from steel saw exports of amorphous graphite slump in January to June 2016.

  • Chinese bauxite demand falls 12% in June

    02 August 2016

    The year-on-year decrease in bauxite imports took the overall value shipped into China down by over 18% against June last year.

  • Intrepid Potash Q2 loss deepens

    02 August 2016

    US-based Intrepid Potash Inc’s net loss in the second quarter this year deepened despite higher potash sales volume. The company will continue production ramp up of its speciality fertiliser product to replace lower potash output in order to optimise the group’s cost profile.

  • KaMin announces kaolin clay price increase

    02 August 2016

    Sources named factors including reduced global supply and prolonged flatness of kaolin prices as some of the main reasons behind the price increase announced by the US and Brazil-based kaolin clay producer.

  • Hazer produces high purity synthetic graphite

    02 August 2016

    ASX-listed technology development company, Hazer Group, has succeeded in producing synthetic graphite with 99% TGC from its proprietary Hazer Process, which enables the effective conversion of natural gas and similar feedstocks into high quality graphite. The company plans to pitch the high-grade graphite to the rapidly growing lithium-ion battery market.

  • Tesla to buy Solar City for $2.6bn

    01 August 2016

    The move brings together solar energy production, energy storage and electric vehicle production in a bid to vertically integrate across the energy supply chain.

  • Volt confirms jumbo flake graphite in Tanzania

    01 August 2016

    ASX-listed graphite exploration company, Volt Resources’, metallurgical test-work results have confirmed the presence of 81.3% of the super jumbo, jumbo and large flake graphite distribution at its Namangale project in Tanzania, with which the company aims to supply lithium-ion battery manufacturers.

  • Imerys eyes Alteo to revamp refractory arm

    01 August 2016

    Faced with persisting weakness in its refractory products operations, the French producer is capitalising on its experience in acquisitions to revamp the business through external input.

  • Mexichem Q2 revenues hit by plant blast charges

    01 August 2016

    Mexican fluorochemical producer has reported a loss in Q2 amid weaker revenue and sales owing to currency fluctuations, weakening resin prices and the aftermath of the explosion at Pajaritos petrochemical plant in Veracruz.

  • Chemours finalises sale of its sulphur segment

    01 August 2016

    US-based Chemours has sold its sulphur segment to Veolia, as part of its streamlining process which will enable the company to focus on titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and its cyanide segment.

  • Iluka acquisition of Sierra Rutile set to proceed

    01 August 2016

    The terms of the takeover indicated last week have now been approved by the boards of both companies. The deal values Sierra Rutile at £215m and will add around 130,000 tpa rutile output to Iluka’s books.