Regulation latest news

  • September 2016

    Iofina’s loss widens as iodine prices remain low

    30 September 2016

    The second largest iodine producer in the US saw its bottom line slip further due to the weak pricing environment, despite increased revenues.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to revise bauxite specifications

    30 September 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to revise all Shanxi-origin bauxite specifications at the end of October.

  • PwC: More tough times ahead for SA mining

    30 September 2016

    For the first time since it began publishing its SA Mine report, the South African mining industry reported an aggregated net loss. Although PwC predicts the bottom of the cycle has been reached, cost pressures and low commodity prices mean a quick recovery is not expected.

  • Tata installs turbine to power soda ash unit

    30 September 2016

    Tata Chemicals Europe has received EU funding to install a new energy-efficient turbine in its power plant. The equipment will ensure sustainable supply for the energy-intensive production of synthetic soda ash at the group’s Cheshire, UK plant.

  • Tecnargilla ‘16: Refractory machinery makers target SE Asia

    30 September 2016

    Emerging markets that are boosting their productions are increasing demand for oven and furnace equipment – such as fuel burners – although sources noted that existing financial issues can pose a hurdle to business.

  • China’s flake graphite exports jump in August 2016

    30 September 2016

    Trade Review: Natural flake graphite exports from China rose by 42.1% in August over the previous month leading total exports for the first eight months up by 0.6% vs. 2015; export values and average prices, however, displayed a sloping trend.

  • EuroChem opens Hungary fertiliser distribution centre

    30 September 2016

    In line with its strategy of expanding into Central and Eastern Europe, EuroChem has launched a centre for the distribution of its premium fertiliser and technology products, as well as for the sale of fertilisers produced by Fertilia.

  • Price Briefing 23-29 September

    30 September 2016

    Most industrial minerals' spot prices remained unchanged week-on-week as the Chinese market shut ahead of the Golden Week national holiday. Ongoing weak demand for steel and cement pulled metspar prices down.

  • IBAR-Cofermin deal eyes EU magnesia market

    29 September 2016

    IBAR is aiming to provide European buyers with an alternative source of dead burned magnesia, but aggressive prices from China and slow demand for refractory magnesia products in Europe may pose hurdles to market penetration.

  • Mineral Sands News in Brief 29 September 2016

    29 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the mineral sands and titanium dioxide industry.

  • China metspar prices drop in September

    29 September 2016

    Lower grade fluorspar products out of China see prices falling for the third consecutive week in the last month; demand from steel and cement remains bleak

  • Low rare earth prices continue to hurt Lynas

    29 September 2016

    Large production increases of NdPr and rare earth oxides generally were more than countered by weakening prices, causing the company’s net loss to widen by 14% in the 2016 financial year.

  • Aachen ’16: Andalusite buyers 'relieved' at Imerys-AR merger failure

    29 September 2016

    Hiking andalusite prices will not be made easier, according to sources talking to IM, as the status quo of the global market remains unchanged following the conclusion of merger negotiations between the two South Africa-based miners.

  • Aachen ’16: Steel plants need improved flexibility

    28 September 2016

    Insufficient knowledge of wear patterns of refractory materials in steel ladles and lack of data gathering result in long upgrading times and high costs for steelmakers – an approach that has to change.

  • Directa Plus offers graphene-enhanced 3D printing material

    28 September 2016

    Italy-based Directa Plus has launched a new generation of polylactic acid-based graphene-enhanced filaments, manufactured using the company’s graphene-based product, which it says offers enhanced properties at a competitive price.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 28 September

    28 September 2016

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

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 22-28 September 2016

    28 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the lithium industry.

  • FLSmidth signs JV with Chinese mining tech firm

    28 September 2016

    The Danish mining equipment provider is targeting growing demand from mid-market and capex sensitive customers via its recently signed JV with Northern Heavy Industries.

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Ceramics end users seek large formats

    28 September 2016

    Consumption of ceramic tiles and slabs for residential and office applications is moving away from standard sizes towards much larger formats, as producers see a clear shift in demand patterns in western markets.

  • Shipping firms eye bottom of market

    28 September 2016

    Companies consider investing in dry bulk carriers with rates likely to bounce.

  • Chinese titanium industry sees positive growth in H1

    27 September 2016

    Figures presented by China's Nonferrous Industry Association at the 25th China Western Goods Trade Fair show increasing output and higher prices for titanium products in China including titanium slag and ilmenite.

  • Battery Show ’16: Six things we learnt

    27 September 2016

    Here are six things we learnt at the Battery Show 2016 Conference, held on 13-15 September in Novi, Michigan, US.

  • Lanxess to acquire Chemtura

    27 September 2016

    The deal will expand the German chemicals producer’s reach in North America and create a significant player in the additives business.

  • Rising demand forecast for ATH flame retardants

    27 September 2016

    North America and Asia to drive growth; Regulation and environment key factors; Construction and electronics main markets

  • Galaxy delays Mt Cattlin spodumene shipments

    27 September 2016

    First lithium shipment in December; Cargo delayed by three months; Concerns for 2017 contract prices

  • Tianqi set to buy 2% stake in SQM

    27 September 2016

    The deal marks further expansion by the Chinese lithium producer, which had already indicated an interest in acquiring a share of its Chilean rival via an alternate route.

  • Phoshate producer OCP posts lower Q2 revenue

    27 September 2016

    Morocco’s fertiliser producer OCP reported lower Q2 revenue due to weak phosphate-based fertiliser prices. It believes that the market is close to the bottom and is heading for a gradual recovery in 2017.

  • Flat glass expansion to continue unabated

    27 September 2016

    Electronics and energy drive growth; Supply insufficient to meet demand; Concerns over price hike

  • BHP Billiton to stall Jansen potash production

    27 September 2016

    Jansen project to be stalled; BHP blames weak demand; Partner being sought

  • Oil prices unlikely to increase above $50/bbl until 2018

    27 September 2016

    Oil and gas output increasing; New oil fields coming on stream; Price increases delayed until 2018

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Demand for secondary raw materials exceeds supply

    26 September 2016

    Producers have been increasingly considering switching part of their mineral raw material needs from primary to secondary, or recycled, materials which carry lower costs, but limited availability means the segment remains undersupplied.

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Innovation takes hold in ceramics

    26 September 2016

    As the 25th edition of Tecnargilla, the global ceramics and brickwork trade show, open its doors this week in Rimini, Italy, IM talked with the event’s project manager, Angela Bellavista, about the trends shaping the ceramic sector in Italy and abroad and the hurdles operators have to face.

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Price gap between Chinese and EU refractory makers shrinking

    26 September 2016

    Rising internal costs in China and a parallel slowdown in European refractory demand may be denting the ability of Chinese suppliers to keep prices down.

  • UK Labour government to ban fracking if elected

    26 September 2016

    While the UK’s current Conservative party has implemented policies to speed up fracking and accelerate the UK’s energy independence, the potential future Labour party has pledged to ban the oil and gas extraction process if elected in order to focus on clean energy.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 22 – 26 September 2016

    26 September 2016

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

  • KGLL seeks partnership for graphite value addition

    26 September 2016

    Sri Lanka’s major graphite producer, Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Limited, has rebutted claims that it is planning to sell off a 49% stake in its mine. The company is, however, seeking a business partner(s) for graphite value addition, KGLL's chairman told Industrial Minerals.

  • China to accelerate green mining development

    26 September 2016

    The Chinese minister of land and resources has said that the government is committed to developing an environmental friendly mining industry, and it will press ahead with plans to eliminate overcapacity and stockpiles.

  • Soda Ash 2016: Glass sector enjoys stability

    23 September 2016

    While the soda ash sector has strengthened owing to the stability currently being enjoyed by the glass sector, producers of the glass-making raw material should be mindful of the potential threat to its market share caused by recycling.

  • Asia leads world steel production growth in August

    23 September 2016

    While China registered a 3% y-o-y increase in crude steel production, Japan managed growth at 1.5% from corresponding figures in 2015, with India topping the chart with a 9.4% increase in its crude steel production.

  • Sibelco to restructure mineral sand mine

    23 September 2016

    The company is to restructure the Stradbroke Island mineral sand operation as mining in the area is brought to an end.

  • NY meeting boosts support for Montreal Protocol amendment

    23 September 2016

    Ahead of official negotiations at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Rwanda next month, the US hosted a gathering of countries in New York to rally support for the earlier phase-out of HFCs. More than 100 countries called for an “early freeze date” on their use, while $80m was pledged in support to countries in need of assistance in improving energy efficiency.

  • Haydale to acquire silicon carbide maker ACMC

    23 September 2016

    The graphene technology company is seeking to boost its operations in North America while at the same time strengthen its own business with ACMC’s silicon carbide expertise.

  • Indian mineral output up 0.8% in July

    23 September 2016

    Despite the domestic mining industry experiencing regulatory changes and global commodities turmoil, India’s mineral production index in July has managed to increase by 0.8% y-o-y for the fourth consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-17.

  • Cheap freight rates make Chinese graphite attractive

    23 September 2016

    Graphite buyers head towards China as low freight costs intensify competition amid weakening downstream demand; flake prices stable at current lows.

  • Frac Sand '16: Six things we learnt

    23 September 2016

    Here are six things we learnt at Industrial Minerals’ Frac Sand 2016 Conference, held on 12-13 September in Minneapolis.

  • Price Briefing 16-22 September

    23 September 2016

    Most minerals' prices remained stable with little trading activities following the mid-autumn festival holiday in China. Imerys has raised its calcium carbonate prices while Orocobre expects its lithium prices to reach $10,000/tonne.

  • China's largest flake graphite mine found

    23 September 2016

    The resource is estimated to harbour over 300m tonnes flake graphite.

  • Soda Ash 2016: Ciner moves closer to starting new Turkish production

    22 September 2016

    The new operation takes Turkey to a leading position in the global soda ash supply, poised to make an impact on world trade.

  • Chemours launches TiO2 line in Mexico

    22 September 2016

    The leading North American pigment producer has added 200,000 tonnes to its capacity, which the company says will increase efficiency and bring down costs by $20m a year.

  • Moly Mines bids for bauxite junior

    22 September 2016

    The proposed acquisition is aimed at setting up a direct shipping ore operation to supply bauxite to alumina customers across south-east Asian markets.

  • Soda Ash 2016: Freight rates stagnant until 2018

    22 September 2016

    Overcapacity in vessel availability is making for a slow recovery process in freight rates, which are expected to remain low for another two years, delegates at the Soda Ash conference in Lisbon were told.

  • SQM to more than double lithium hydroxide capacity

    22 September 2016

    A 7,500 tpa increase for the battery compound is planned for the end of 2017, driven by growing demand from electric vehicles.

  • Long-term BDI outlook bleak

    22 September 2016

    Rates for dry bulk vessels to slump despite recent rise.

  • Bushveld secures approval for vanadium deposit

    21 September 2016

    The company aims to set up a vanadium production operation with a view to serve multiple end markets, including manufacturers of redox flow batteries.

  • Pilbara, Mineral Resources in spodumene offtake dispute

    21 September 2016

    A disagreement over a first right of refusal on material from the Pilangoora site in Western Australia has been escalated with a second sale notice called into question.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 14 – 21 September 2016

    21 September 2016

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

  • Imerys to increase calcium carbonate price

    21 September 2016

    The hike will take place in December, driven by the rising costs of mining and processing.

  • Hidrovias do Brasil eyes bauxite shipping

    21 September 2016

    The logistics company is expanding its operations to reach new areas both in Brazil and in the rest of Latin America for the handling of mining cargo, and will supply local alumina producer Alunorte.

  • South Africa rejects Imerys-Andalusite Resources merger

    21 September 2016

    The regulator cited evident competition issues that would have led to a situation of monopoly in South African andalusite supply and could have resulted in higher prices as well as lower availability to local customers.

  • Smart Sand looks to raise $100m

    20 September 2016

    Frac sand producer Smart Sand will use the proceeds from a planned IPO to repay debt and redeem outstanding preferred shares as the company looks to triple its capacity. The recent uptick in oil prices is generating increased activity in the frac sand space, but market participants have questioned whether the increase is sustainable.

  • New anode material for Li-ion batteries developed

    20 September 2016

    South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has improved the performance of silicon-anode material for lithium-ion batteries by increasing natural graphite content in the composite to offer lighter and longer-lasting batteries.

  • Kazakhstan Potash secures export route to China

    20 September 2016

    The Australian listed potash junior has signed an agreement with the Kazakhstan national railway network, which will enable material to be transported through Kazakhstan and on into Chongqing to supply Chinese fertiliser producers.

  • India’s AMCR rules seek clarity over monazite

    20 September 2016

    While the Indian beach sand mineral industry is yet adapting to the newly introduced provisions Under the Atomic Mineral Concession Rules 2016, clarity over monazite remains opaque as the government has sought help from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in demarcating this area.

  • Lithium Juniors News in Brief 13-20 September 2016

    20 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the lithium industry.

  • Chinese downstream industries output in H1

    19 September 2016

    Data from the Association of China Refractories Industry highlights the performance of downstream industries that employ refractory products, including steelmaking, construction and nonferrous materials.

  • No impact from sinkhole on Mosaic phosphate operations

    19 September 2016

    A sinkhole the company first became aware of in late August caused a phosphogypsum stack to drain. The company said that the leak of radioactive water had caused no offsite impact and that operations remained uninterrupted.

  • China’s fluorspar prices fall on low demand

    19 September 2016

    Falling demand for acid grade fluorspar has compelled Chinese suppliers to decrease their offers approaching autumn, a period likely to see lower trades amid intense competition, as metspar prices follow suit.

  • Hindalco to divest Brazilian alumina operation

    19 September 2016

    The development could reshape the Indian-based minerals and metal producer's supply of non-metallurgical alumina out of Latin America, which serves the chemicals, ceramics and refractory industry.

  • Orocobre hit by FX costs as lithium ramp up ongoing

    19 September 2016

    The company expects to be selling lithium carbonate at $10,000/tonne by year-end. Borates revenues fell following a shift away from higher value refined products.

  • Ceramic-grade kaolin prices stable ahead of 2017 contract talks

    19 September 2016

    As the industry gears up for 2017 contract negotiations the price of kaolin from Vietnam continues to hold steady as even some supply disruptions fail to offset the weak demand outlook.

  • SQM: lithium exports comply with nuclear rules

    16 September 2016

    Local press reports of an investigation into the miner by the Chilean Nuclear Commission have prompted SQM to assert it has submitted all necessary information to prove its adherence to nuclear regulations.

  • Battery Show '16: Standardisation key to electric bus adoption

    16 September 2016

    A common framework on charging stations will provide greater interdependence between OEMs and spur the development of the electric bus industry. In China, meanwhile, there is a call to provide ever greater efficiency as the industry is weaned off subsidies.

  • Price Briefing 9-16 September 2016

    16 September 2016

    Mineral sands prices moved up on increased activity in titanium dioxide and tighter supply from China; antimony trioxide continues to rise on the back of strength in antimony metal; suppliers of chemical grade chrome ore have raised their quotes further but the degree of acceptance from the market remains to be seen.

  • Antimony trioxide prices rise in US

    16 September 2016

    Antimony trioxide prices continued to be strong on the back of increases in antimony metal.

  • Rutile and ilmenite prices increase

    16 September 2016

    Increased activity in titanium dioxide and tighter supply from China is edging up mineral sands prices.

  • Excess supply keeps graphite prices down

    16 September 2016

    Graphite producers have received few enquiries over the past week as excess supply, excessive capacity and growing competition looms large over the weak trading environment.

  • Battery Show '16: Solid state to take on Li-ion in medium term

    16 September 2016

    State-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries may ultimately be replaced by solid state alternatives, with lithium metal taking the place of graphite in anodes.

  • Chemical chromite prices move up

    16 September 2016

    Suppliers of chemical grade chrome ore are raising their quotes further as the met grade price continues to appreciate, but the degree of acceptance from the market remains to be seen.

  • Shrinking profits affect China's refractory makers

    16 September 2016

    The survival of Chinese refractory producers and exporters is jeopardised by persistant weak market conditions, which brought about a decrease in revenues and profit margins in the first half of 2016 and is causing immediate financial issues for operators.

  • Wealth aims to be next in line in lithium M&As

    15 September 2016

    The junior explorer is amassing licenses in lithium deposits in Chile as its executives are drawing on previous investment experiences and the hype around lithium products to boost the market value of the company in the eyes of prospective buyers.

  • EFSA finds no health concerns for food grade TiO2

    15 September 2016

    The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that there is no information in existing data indicating that the ingestion of TiO2 is harmful. The authority has however recommended that further studies are carried out.

  • Battery Show '16: Bright outlook for vanadium redox flow in ESS

    15 September 2016

    While the battery technology behind energy storage systems of the future will depend on application, work is being carried out on vanadium redox flow batteries to improve chemistries and reduce costs.

  • Chinese refractory output drops in H1

    15 September 2016

    Production of refractory products in China suffered a slowdown in the first half of the year, while exports of refractory mineral raw materials also saw double-digit declines. Prices continue to edge downwards.

  • Sierra Rutile and Iluka to continue merger talks

    15 September 2016

    Mineral sands producers Sierra Rutile and Iluka will continue to discuss how to proceed with the merger following Phase II proceedings initiated by the German Antitrust Authority at the start of September.

  • Shipyard orderbooks dry up

    15 September 2016

    Depressed rates result in decreased orders for new dry bulk mineral vessels in Asia.

  • Frac Sand '16: Shift to brown sand

    14 September 2016

    As low oil prices force market participants to reduce costs as much as possible, a demand shift towards brown sand has been noticed in the market, according to speakers and delegates IM’s Frac Sand conference in Minneapolis this week.

  • M-I SWACO barite mine gets go ahead

    14 September 2016

    This is the company's second attempt to secure approval for the development of the UK's Duntalich barite mine to replace depleting supply from from its Foss mine and enable the UK to become self-sufficient in the mineral.

  • Frac sand '16: More consolidation ahead

    14 September 2016

    The wave of restructuring and bankruptcies seen in the US fracking sector since the decline in the oil market is not over, according to John Daniels, director of Simmons and Company.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 06 – 14 September 2016

    14 September 2016

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

  • Battery Show '16: China continues to lead the EV charge

    14 September 2016

    IM attended the Battery Show in Novi, where delegates heard that on demand movement is set to be a strong driver in the Chinese EV market in coming years as the country continues to dominate the industry.

  • Investment needed to avoid ilmenite shortage

    14 September 2016

    Shrinking output from China has resulted in higher imports of TiO2 feedstocks while increased activity in pigments could result in higher demand and prices for ilmenite and rutile. Additional supply sources are needed as sulphate ilmenite inventory is being worked off.

  • Battery Show '16: Lithium prices not a game changer for Li-ion

    14 September 2016

    Speakers at the Battery Show held in the US pointed to lithium's relatively small proportion of the cost profile of Li-ion batteries, potential substitution in industrial markets and the possibility of recycling, among others, as reasons that lithium price increases should not concern battery makers.

  • Frac Sand '16: Sand demand poised to grow in 2017

    14 September 2016

    Suppliers forecast improvements in demand for frac sand next year, as larger drilling sites require higher volumes of proppants employed in each job.

  • Albemarle to explore Argentine lithium resource

    13 September 2016

    The US lithium producer stated that the Argentine deposit could turn out to be the largest lithium resource in the country.

  • Hi-Crush reopens frac sand plant

    13 September 2016

    The amendment of customer contracts has given the company higher visibility of demand, prompting the reopening of Hi-Crush's Augusta facility in Wisconsin, US.

  • Frac Sand '16: Role of oilfield services increasingly important

    13 September 2016

    The downturn in the oil and gas sector has altered the structure of the industry, with management consultancy Bain noting that partnerships between oilfield services and equipment providers and E&P firms are growing in importance.

  • Frac Sand '16: In-basin supply key to company survival

    13 September 2016

    While the market is currently dominated by a handful of large producers, Headwaters MB predicts that cost cutting will lead to smaller frac sand companies supplying basins closest to them.

  • Tianqi to bid for stake in SQM

    13 September 2016

    Tianqi is reportedly to seek ownership of almost one quarter of the Chilean lithium miner.

  • C4V to advise Magnis on battery development

    13 September 2016

    ASX-listed Magnis Resources has appointed Charge CCCV (C4V) as a core advisor for the development of natural graphite anode material for use in battery applications.

  • Frac Sand '16: Oil prices unlikely to be above $50 until 2018

    13 September 2016

    A number of constraints, such as increases in oil output as new projects come online in 2017 and an anticipated mild winter, are likely to delay sustained price increases in oil and gas. This in turn is likely to keep drilling activity low and weaken demand for oilfield minerals like frac sand, barite and bentonite.

  • FMC to up butyllithium prices by 10%

    13 September 2016

    The company is bringing its butyllithium product ranges in line with the increases previously applied on its other lithium products, in the wake of higher demand.

  • Southern Ionics aims to fill ATH supply gap in US

    12 September 2016

    Southern Ionics is seeking to fill the supply gap in the North American ATH market following the disappearance of large operations belonging to Sherwin Alumina and Alcoa.

  • Nabaltec ups hydroxide prices by almost 10%

    12 September 2016

    The flame retardants manufacturer cited tightness in supply following the closure of US operations and an increase in demand as reasons driving the price increase for its alumina trihydrate. The company expects the ATH market to appreciate next year.

  • PotashCorp and Agrium merger receives first approval

    12 September 2016

    Two of the largest North American fertiliser producers have board of director approvals for a merger, which will form one of the biggest crop nutrient producers in the world. Expected to complete in mid-2017, the deal still needs to secure regulatory and Competition Bureau approvals.

  • Recovery in natural graphite trades stalling

    12 September 2016

    With global demand stagnating in a continually weak market, prices for high-purity grades remain unmoved while excessive capacity of low purity grades could see a greater price disparity moving into Q4 2016.

  • Cabot to set up fumed silica JV in China

    12 September 2016

    Cabot’s new operation is aimed at increasing distribution of fumed silica to the local Chinese industry in the wake of growing demand.

  • Nordic Mining increases Engebo rutile resource

    12 September 2016

    As part of the work for its prefeasbility study the company has increased measured and indicated resources at its Engebo mineral sands project, which is to produce rutile and garnet.

  • Select Sands completes plant buyout

    09 September 2016

    The silica sand miner has finalised the acquisition of Tutle’s wet processing facilities in Arkansas.

  • Israel Chemicals CEO Stefan Borgas resigns

    09 September 2016

    Tel Aviv-headquartered ICL’s CEO Stefan Borgas has resigned after four years with the company.

  • Baltic Dry Index rises further

    09 September 2016

    BDI gains ground, rising again this week.

  • Price Briefing 2-8 September 2016

    09 September 2016

    Mongolia fluorspar producers secured higher 2017 contract prices, antimony trioxide spot prices continued to climb, chromite suppliers raised their offers amid firm demand, while titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock ilmenite prices gained.

  • Mongolian acidspar contract prices buck trend

    09 September 2016

    Mongolia producers have managed to secure 2017 annual contracts at relatively high price levels, however market participants contend that the trend is unlikely to be repeated in other locations with other markets more tightly linked to the prevailing weak demand-side picture.

  • Antimony trioxide price rise continues

    08 September 2016

    Flame retardant mineral antimony trioxide continues to appreciate week-on-week as Chinese supply restrictions boost spot prices.

  • Foundry chromite prices, enquiries pick up

    08 September 2016

    Increased activity in the foundry grade chromite market has led prices slightly higher, while chemical chrome remains firm as buyers attempt to fend off higher prices from sellers.

  • Sirius Minerals to start construction of potash project

    08 September 2016

    Construction operations at the North Yorkshire polyhalite project are due to start in the coming months with the company now focusing on securing the remaining financing it needs.

  • Mexico’s fluorspar output hits record lows in H1

    07 September 2016

    New data shows Mexico’s fluorspar production dropped 49.6% in last five years as demand for the commodity continues to shrink in the end markets.

  • Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban to year-end

    07 September 2016

    With only one week to go before the ban on mining operations was due to expire, Malaysia has pushed the moratorium until year-end, thus halting extraction for a total of 11 months in a bid to reduce stocks.

  • Rising demand forecast for ATH flame retardants

    06 September 2016

    North America and Asia will drive future growth for alumina tryhidrate flame retardants sales as brominated materials are phased out due to environmental and health hazards. Construction, electronics and automotive are some of the end markets suppliers will be keen to target.

  • German authority may delay Iluka-SRL merger

    06 September 2016

    The timing of the merger between mineral sands producers Iluka Resources and Sierra Rutile may be delayed by up to three months while German authorities investigate the case further prior to giving clearance.

  • Galaxy delays Mt Cattlin spodumene shipments

    06 September 2016

    Initial lithium concentrate cargos will now leave for China in December, two months after initially planned. Market participants have previously indicated that any delay on the shipment of new production out of Australia may affect the prices of 2017 contracts more widely.

  • Tianqi board approves WA lithium hydroxide plant

    06 September 2016

    The company cited transport efficiency as a factor in locating the plant in Australia, where it will be close to its spodumene feedstock source at Greenbushes. It also indicated it intends to increase concentrate production levels at the site, in conjunction with JV partner Albemarle.

  • Mackas’ eyes growing Asian silica sand demand with exports

    05 September 2016

    Australia based Mackas’ Sand and Soil has sent its first silica sand shipments to Asia, and is in the midst of loading its second.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 31 August – 05 September 2016

    05 September 2016

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

  • Calderys acquires monolithic refractory maker

    02 September 2016

    Alabama-headquartered SPAR Inc. has been acquired by Calderys USA, which is aiming to further extend its reach in North American markets.

  • Ilmenite price rises expected to continue

    02 September 2016

    Increased activity in titanium dioxide pigments and tighter supply in ilmenite is continuing to lift prices. Sources have indicated that higher activity is also occurring in higher grade rutile.

  • SQM invests in Elemental’s potash mine

    02 September 2016

    Chilean producer SQM will be investing in Australia-based junior miner Elemental Minerals Ltd in exchange for 17% stake of the company and offtake rights to 20% of its annual potash output.

  • China boosts fluorspar trade amid weak prices

    02 September 2016

    Despite weak downstream demand and excessive capacities preventing recovery, China managed to register a surge in fluorspar trade for both metallurgical and acid grade, although average prices decreased to four-year lows.

  • Price briefing 26 August – 01 September

    02 September 2016

    Antimony Trioxide prices spiked over the past two months as the Chinese government further restrict export quota, while chromite price held firm amid strong demand and crimped mined output. Similarly in ilmenite, supply demand fundamental has lifted the TiO2 feedstock prices. Meanwhile, unfavourable exchange rate movements pulled Chinese lithium spot prices lower and increased Chinese supply put pressure on brown fused alumina.

  • Sierra Rutile shareholders approve Iluka takeover

    02 September 2016

    The acquisition of Sierra Rutile by fellow mineral sands producer Iluka is progressing following majority shareholder approval, although Sierra Rutile anticipates the completion timeline may be deferred.

  • Lynas Malaysian operating licence renewed

    02 September 2016

    The company has had a further three years added to its licence for the running of its LAMP facility in Kuantan amid pollution concerns from environmental groups.

  • Resumed Chinese BFA output pressures prices

    02 September 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices fell a week after production restarted in Henan province, as rising supply weighed on the weak demand.

  • Mountain Pass to remain mothballed after securing funds

    01 September 2016

    As Molycorp exits bankruptcy as Neo Performance Materials, shedding its Mountain Pass rare earths facility, the mine has received the funding necessary to keep it mothballed.

  • Antimony trioxide prices rocket on supply cut

    01 September 2016

    Flame retardant mineral antimony trioxide spot prices have spiked over the past two months after China reduced its export volume quota and market participants rushed to secure material ahead of the Q4 high-season.

  • PotashCorp opens warehouse to reduce delivery times

    01 September 2016

    Potash producer PotashCorp has expanded its storage facility in the US midwest in order to reduce delivery times to the domestic market.

  • Chemours completes $230m sale of Clean and Disinfect business

    01 September 2016

    The US-based company is continuing with its transformation plan to streamline its business by divesting non-core assets.

  • Exchange rate adds to decline in Chinese lithium spot price

    01 September 2016

    The price of lithium carbonate and hydroxide traded on the Chinese spot market fell again this week, with traders pointing to a weakening renminbi against the US dollar.

  • PRICING NOTICE: Correction to Antimony Trioxide prices

    01 September 2016

    Correction for IM's listed antimony trioxide prices.

  • Chromite prices hold amid firm demand, rising enquiries

    01 September 2016

    Demand for foundry grade chromite sand is seen as slowly improving while suppliers of chemical grade product are holding onto their prices as Q4 contract negotiations are soon to take place.

  • India approves port expansion

    01 September 2016

    New berths at the port in Goa will increase dry bulk capacity for bauxite, gypsum and limestone shipments.