Regulation latest news

  • January 2017

    Iluka expects 2016 loss; announces 90 job cuts

    31 January 2017

    A number of impairments throughout 2016 in addition to lower average zircon prices are likely to pull Iluka into a net loss for 2016. However, improvements in pigment end markets as well as recent price increases for zircon and rutile bode well for improvements in 2017.

  • Mt Marion's spodumene shipment delayed to February

    31 January 2017

    Lithium concentrate will be loaded aboard a ship at Kwinana this week.

  • REE junior Rainbow lists on LSE, expects production from Q4

    31 January 2017

    Rainbow expects to start production and make its first sales by the end of the year and is unperturbed by the current low price dynamic in rare earths, CEO Martin Eales told IM.

  • Avenira plans phosphate shipment in Q1

    31 January 2017

    The first phosphate rock shipment in 2017 from Senegal-based Avenira will set sail in Q1, as the company continues to install equipment to enhance its processing facilities and ramp up production.

  • Metro confident on bullish bauxite trade

    31 January 2017

    China’s growing demand for Australian-sourced material supports Metro’s bullish view of the bauxite market, as the company secured an offtake deal with a major importer and will start construction of a new mine later this year.

  • MRC ilmenite sales up on improved demand

    30 January 2017

    The company expects the momentum seen in ilmenite at the end of last year to continue in the first quarter of 2017. Zircon and rutile prices, which saw an uptick in Q4, are also expected to strengthen further.

  • Graphite News in Brief 30 January

    30 January 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry.

  • Iran's first ocean port Chabahar starts operation

    30 January 2017

    Iran has opened its first ocean port at the Gulf of Oman with direct access to the ocean. This port is seen as an important transport link to Iran and central Asia and infrastructure is being financially supported by India.

  • Orocobre ups lithium output as price falls

    30 January 2017

    Production of lithium carbonate at Olaroz increased in the December quarter although logistical hurdles affected overall revenues.

  • Baker Hughes reports Q4 net loss

    27 January 2017

    Although the company saw an uptick in North American oil and gas activity towards the end of 2016, Baker Hughes reported a net loss of $417m, while revenues also saw a y-o-y decline in Q4.

  • Australian Bauxite posts strong sales

    27 January 2017

    The Australian producer reported “profitable sales” of fertiliser-grade bauxite, while higher infrastructural investment in the US is anticipated to support demand for cement-grade material.

  • Price briefing 20-26 January

    27 January 2017

    Trading activities in many minerals are expected to stall in the next two weeks during Chinese New Year, but lithium prices could rise in Q2. TiO2 may also see further increases, as bauxite and fused alumina remain firm on supply shortage.

  • Iodine contract prices drop as suppliers lock in volumes

    27 January 2017

    Contract prices in January have followed the downward trajectory of the spot market. A push by some producers for buyers to lock in volumes at low prices is being welcomed by lower value-added markets such as salts and teat dip.

  • South African chromite production falls in October

    27 January 2017

    Monthly production of chromite with 44-48% Cr2O3 content was down both on a sequential and year-on-year basis, as reduced mining capacity is denting overall sales volumes.

  • Oversupply keeps pressure on alumina trihydrate prices

    27 January 2017

    Excess alumina trihydrate supply combined with low consumption rates has kept prices down and the fight for market share between producers is further compounding the weak supply/demand fundamentals.

  • Cosayach to restart potassium nitrate production

    27 January 2017

    After a number of years keeping its plant idle, one of the world’s largest iodine producers will move back into the potassium nitrates market. This may offset the costs of iodine production while prices remain weak.

  • China to fuel growth momentum through new policies

    27 January 2017

    China has announced a series of policies to encourage foreign investment together with additional plans for supply reform and capacity cuts to continue driving the GDP growth seen in 2016.

  • Low fertiliser prices drive down PotashCorp earnings

    27 January 2017

    Although the company noted stronger demand for potash in the fourth quarter, lower year-on-year prices for both potash and phosphate drove overall income and sales down.

  • Carbo Ceramics narrows Q4 loss through technology sales

    26 January 2017

    While revenues were lower y-o-y, Carbo managed to narrow its net loss and see an improvement sequentially through new technology sales.

  • Supply shortage supports bauxite, fused alumina prices

    26 January 2017

    Supported by supply tightness, refractory-grade bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged despite quiet trading conditions due to the Chinese New Year holiday.

  • Lithium market quietens ahead of Chinese New Year

    26 January 2017

    A lull period is expected now that annual deals have been settled and as the Chinese spot market quietens for the Spring Festival. China’s new EV subsidy policy may push prices up from Q2, however.

  • Lonmin’s chromite sales down in Q4

    26 January 2017

    Sales of chromite for the South African miner saw a double-digit drop in Q4 2016.

  • Chinese provinces crack down on rare earth activities

    26 January 2017

    Several Chinese provinces have announced a series of inspections to take place until April in order to crack down on illegal mining. Operations will be closely monitored to assess source material, selling prices and output.

  • Rig count figures indicate oil and gas improvement

    26 January 2017

    The latest figures from Baker Hughes, one of North America's largest oilfield services providers, and the American Petroleum Institute, show that drilling activity is improving, particularly in the US, which could help strengthen demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand and barite.

  • Albemarle continues lithium expansion

    26 January 2017

    Albemarle has amended its production agreement for lithium in Chile, allowing the company to up output of technical and battery grade lithium salts.

  • K+S resumes potash production at German site

    26 January 2017

    Following a number of production issues in 2016, K+S has resumed full operations in Germany although the company said it cannot rule out further wastewater disposal restrictions.

  • Imerys to divest La Bathie fused alumina business

    26 January 2017

    As part of the conditions set out by the EU for Imerys’ takeover of Alteo’s fused alumina assets in France, the minerals producer has to spin off one of the recently purchased operations.

  • Chinese alumina trade slumps

    26 January 2017

    The Asian country slashed its purchases of alumina in 2016 while its exports of the mineral halved, on the back of production disruptions within the country coupled with reduced demand on the external market.

  • Demand for refractory minerals rises in South Korea

    26 January 2017

    Falling prices spur higher silicon carbide, alumina refractory brick imports; magnesite imports stay soft; PMI still below 50 but climbing.

  • China’s bid to replace toxic materials could be boon for rare earths

    26 January 2017

    Chinese policies buoy RE trading; average prices still remain low; mixed profits reported by producers.

  • UKOOG: Fracking possible with limited environmental impact

    26 January 2017

    According to a report published by the UK trade body, it would be possible to cut the UK's dependency on gas imports by half while still maintaining the UK's countryside areas, using similar operational models as in the US.

  • Chinese metspar exports up; acidspar exports nosedive

    26 January 2017

    After a decline in the third quarter of 2016, metspar exports from China for November once again recouped volumes and values, while acidspar export volumes between October and November saw a steep decline.

  • China revises minerals export tariffs in 2017

    26 January 2017

    Following WTO complaints from the EU and US, China scraps graphite and magnesia tariffs, while apatite export duty cut by 5 percentage points.

  • Proposed change to a number of IM’s pricing assessment frequency

    25 January 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the pricing assessments frequency of kaolin, antimony trioxide, chromite and magnesia.

  • NAFTA renegotiation causes concern in US ceramics

    25 January 2017

    NAFTA renegotiation talks in the US are causing uncertainty within the country's ceramic industry, as it is feared imports could become less profitable if duties are imposed on Mexican goods.

  • Saint-Gobain to set up gypsum plant in Vietnam

    25 January 2017

    The expansion in capacity to serve South-east Asian markets follows a strategy Saint-Gobain has been pursuing for some time to increase its presence in local markets.

  • US calls for tighter Li-ion standards following Samsung recalls

    25 January 2017

    Days after Samsung revealed the cause of overheating and fires in some of its mobile devices, the US consumer safety watchdog has called for heightened safety regulations on lithium-ion batteries.

  • Samsung releases details of faulty Galaxy Note 7 batteries

    24 January 2017

    As Samsung releases details of what led the lithium-ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 phone to explode, there is unlikely to be adverse effects on either lithium-ion or lithium demand.

  • Orbite receives first HPA bookings

    24 January 2017

    Aluminium chloride feedstock material for the calcination process into HPA showed higher purity standards than Orbite had previously expected, while lower production temperature requirements are anticipated to reduce operational costs.

  • First Graphite to focus on graphene battery technology

    24 January 2017

    The company is aiming to develop a graphene-oxide based supercapacitor for application in higher-performance batteries, and has recently secured vein graphite feedstock supply through an agreement with Sri Lanka.

  • Lynas revenue rises as REE prices edge up

    24 January 2017

    The company hopes that upticks in lanthanum and cerium prices, which benefitted it during the quarter, may spread to other rare earth elements.

  • MTI appoints Matthew Garth as CFO

    24 January 2017

    Garth joins the NYSE-listed diversified industrial materials maker after over a decade at Alcoa and will take over the role previously held by now CEO Douglas Dietrich.

  • Mineral Sands News in Brief 16-23 January

    24 January 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the mineral sands industry featuring news from Nordic Mining, Strandline Resources, Sheffield Resources, Societe D'Exploration Minere Vior Inc

  • Halliburton announces Q4 loss on low revenue

    24 January 2017

    Both Q4 and full year 2016 earnings were down y-o-y, while the company noted an improvement sequentially, particularly in North America on the back of the strengthening rig count.

  • PPG acquires Chinese automotive refinishes company

    23 January 2017

    PPG is continuing to strengthen its presence in automotive refinish coatings in the Asian market through the acquisition of Futian Xinshi in China, which has access to a network of more than 200 distributors.

  • China to strengthen support for graphene development

    23 January 2017

    As part of the “Made in China 2025” initiative set to roll out in the next five years, the Chinese government has announced that it will expand its support to bring about breakthroughs in new material research and applications.

  • Henan Billions expects TiO2 prices to rise further

    23 January 2017

    TiO2 pigment demand is forecast to continue to strengthen in the first half of 2017 as orders during the winter months are higher than average and supply continues to be tight.

  • Indian mineral production grows in November

    23 January 2017

    Limestone, magnesite and coal push the country’s monthly mineral index upwards despite a decrease in the extraction of bauxite and chromite.

  • PPG’s Q4 income buoyed by coatings growth in emerging regions

    20 January 2017

    While the company was hit by a number of restructuring charges as it sought to make its business more profitable during 2016, sales were driven by emerging regions, where PPG saw highest volume growth rates for coatings.

  • K+S again suspends potash production in Germany

    20 January 2017

    Due to severe waste water disposal restrictions, producer K+S will halt potash production at its German facilities from 21 January until further notice.

  • INTERVIEW: LAC pushes forward into lithium market

    20 January 2017

    Following the securing of substantial funding to progress his company’s Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project, Lithium Americas’ CEO Tom Hodgson spoke to IM about the state of the market and the junior’s next moves.

  • Codelco begins search for lithium partners

    20 January 2017

    The Chilean copper producer is seeking expressions of interest for companies to jointly develop the Pedernales and Maricunga salars. The bidding window will last for two weeks.

  • Petroleum refiner backs LAC with $112m funding

    20 January 2017

    The lithium junior announced its second major partnership deal in less than a week, with Bangchak Petroleum coming on board as investor, creditor and offtaker.

  • Price briefing 13-19 January

    20 January 2017

    Trading is starting to slow down due to the Chinese New Year holiday, business in chromite is stalling but some restocking ahead of the holiday has lifted antimony trioxide prices; titanium dioxide prices continued the uptrend seen in 2016.

  • South32’s hydrate output declines

    20 January 2017

    Alumina hydrate production posts a slight decline in South32's Q2 of FY2017, but remains in line with the company’s annualised rate.

  • ESA closes Norway cases over tailings dumping

    20 January 2017

    Norway was previously accused of breaching the Water Framework Directive in the EEA Agreement for awarding a permit to Nordic Mining for the disposal of tailings from its rutile operation into the Forde Fjord. However, following a review, the ESA has closed three complaints against the country, finding that no illegal decisions have been made.

  • Antimony trioxide prices rise amid restocking ahead of Chinese New Year

    20 January 2017

    The price of the flame retardant compound continued to rise this week, despite reports of quieter trading.

  • Higher sales volumes push up 2016 profit for Tasnee

    19 January 2017

    The petrochemicals and titanium dioxide producer reported higher profits both for Q4 and full year 2016, attributing the improvement to higher sales and better operational performance together with cost cutting.

  • Graphite News in Brief 16-19 January

    19 January 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry.

  • Chromite trading slow ahead of Chinese New Year

    19 January 2017

    Trading has slowed down for both chemical and foundry grade chromite as the Chinese New Year holiday approaches, while prices are for the moment stable.

  • UK exploration start-up looks to tap Cornish lithium brines

    19 January 2017

    Cornish Lithium, a new company set up by a former mining analyst, is hoping to capitalise on both booming demand for lithium and the Poldark effect on investor enthusiasm for reviving mining in the UK’s remote southwest tip.

  • Encanto finalises potash offtake agreement with NACOF

    19 January 2017

    Mining junior Encanto Potash Corp has finalised a potash supply agreement with Indian farming cooperative NACOF for 20 years.

  • Pilbara awards construction contract for Pilangoora

    19 January 2017

    Commissioning of spodumene plant expected in Q4 2017 following EPC contract award.

  • Ganfeng invests $174m in LAC

    19 January 2017

    The investment adds another lithium major to the Cauchari-Olaroz project, with both Ganfeng and SQM now playing roles in advancing Lithium Americas' Argentinean project.

  • MZI reports lower mineral sands sales, expects stronger 2017

    19 January 2017

    Although revenue from sales declined in the December quarter, MZI expects demand for leucoxene and other high grade TiO2 feedstocks to grow as the pigment market continues to strengthen. Its outlook for zircon is not as positive though, as the market waits for a rebound in building and construction.

  • Huntsman spin-off to benefit from improvement in TiO2

    18 January 2017

    Textiles Effects will no longer be included in the spin-off, expected for completion in Q2 2017. Meanwhile the recent uptick in titanium dioxide prices is anticipated to boost the strength of the new Venator business.

  • Metro combines bauxite projects following Gulf acquisition

    18 January 2017

    The company plans to start construction of a mine at the now joined Australian bauxite site in the second half of the year.

  • Afarak to reopen chrome mine on improved market

    18 January 2017

    The company aims to benefit from the improved conditions of the chromite market and is planning to set up a new underground mining operation at Mecklenburg.

  • Pricing notice: Correction to soda ash prices

    18 January 2017

    IM's soda ash prices were mistakenly not updated on 12 January 2017. Please note changes to IM's CIF Far East and FOB China prices.

  • Titanium dioxide prices to continue climbing

    18 January 2017

    IM sources have seen TiO2 prices rise in 2017 so far, however many have noted that the scale of increases have been smaller than announced by major producers such as Chemours and Huntsman.

  • AkzoNobel launches €11m China powder coatings plant

    17 January 2017

    The paints and coatings manufacturer is strengthening its presence in China with the launch of its sixth powder coatings plant as it looks to benefit from China’s rapid industrial growth.

  • Base Resources ilmenite prices up 40% in Q4

    17 January 2017

    The Kenyan mineral sands miner reported higher prices for ilmenite, with additional increases expected in the near term, while the draw-down of inventories in rutile is also likely to push up 2017 prices.

  • China to establish rare earth tracking system

    17 January 2017

    The northern district of Baotou aims to develop a tracing system for rare earths comprising the whole of Inner Mongolia to improve transparency. curb illegal mining and stop unauthorised trading of the mineral.

  • Northern Rare Earth forecasts 2016 profit plunge

    17 January 2017

    China's largest rare earths producer expects to announce drastically lower profits for 2016 due to lower prices and weak demand while the value of rare earths traded on the country's first trading platform reached record highs.

  • Rio ups borates output as salt, TiO2 slag down

    17 January 2017

    Borates production on the rise as salt and TiO2 slag decrease.

  • Rio posts higher bauxite, alumina output in 2016

    17 January 2017

    Higher output at Rio’s main bauxite mines was supported by strong demand seen in China, while speciality alumina production also increased in 2016.

  • Uralkali Q4 potash output rises

    16 January 2017

    Russian producer Uralkali reported higher potash output in Q4 2016.

  • China bids to replace toxic materials with rare earths

    16 January 2017

    Two rare earth products have been recommended by the Chinese government as possible replacements for hazardous materials in industrial processes.

  • SQM to pay $30m fine to US authorities over political payments

    16 January 2017

    Chilean lithium producer to settle investigation, paying penalty and accepting filing of deferred charges.

  • Kenmare forecasts production, prices to rise in 2017

    16 January 2017

    Kenmare remains bullish on the outlook of TiO2 feedstocks on the back of high demand and low inventories, and expects its prices to increase throughout 2017.

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist Henan-origin graphite grade

    13 January 2017

    Industrial Minerals is proposing to delist its graphite FOB Henan prices.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s graphite China price

    13 January 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes changes to some China graphite prices.

  • Indonesia eases bauxite export ban

    13 January 2017

    Indonesia’s relaxing of export regulations to partially allow foreign sales of bauxite may ease the tightness in alumina feedstock for white fused alumina production in China, while other non-metallurgical bauxite markets are expected to remain short.

  • Graphite prices fall following export tax cancellation

    13 January 2017

    Graphite prices have fallen in China following the country's decision to scrap the 20% duty on exports of natural flake and amorphous material, while delivered prices to Europe held unchanged.

  • Magnesia prices plunge after China scraps export quota

    13 January 2017

    Magnesia prices have fallen in the wake of China removing previously enforced export quotas.

  • Price Briefing 6 -12 January

    13 January 2017

    Graphite and magnesia prices fall after the cancellation of export duty, while antimony trioxide price increase on restocking. Despite rising raw material costs, calcined alumina prices remained largely unchanged.

  • VanadiumCorp, C-Tech team up on vanadium battery project

    13 January 2017

    The vanadium junior has signed an MoU with a tech company to develop a vanadium electrolyte facility in Canada.

  • Calcined alumina contract prices stable in 2017

    13 January 2017

    Higher raw material costs have failed to lift long-term contract prices for calcined alumina in 2017, as excess supply continued to outstrip demand.

  • Iofina 2016 iodine output down 17%

    13 January 2017

    The US iodine producer saw its iodine production levels drop as its partners increased fracking operations and SWD restrictions pinched.

  • Tertiary Minerals to look for profit beyond fluorspar

    13 January 2017

    Weak fluorspar demand, poor stock market conditions for junior development companies and difficulties faced at its Swedish fluorspar project have forced the company to evaluate alternative acquisition opportunities as a faster route to profitable production.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s US antimony trioxide price

    12 January 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes changing the incoterm of its US antimony trioxide price assessment.

  • Antimony trioxide prices rise ahead of Chinese New Year

    12 January 2017

    Buying in advance of China’s Spring Festival, coupled with a rising antimony metal price have pushed up the price of antimony trioxide.

  • Mt Marion spodumene to leave Australia by end January

    12 January 2017

    Lithium concentrate will leave Kwinana for Zhangjiagang by the end of the month.

  • UKOOG: Fracking possible with limited impact on environment

    11 January 2017

    According to a report published by the UK trade body, it would be possible to cut the UK's dependency on gas imports by half while still maintaining the UK's countryside areas, using similar operational models as in the US.

  • K+S completes acquisition of Chinese fertiliser producer

    11 January 2017

    German fertiliser producer K+S has successfully acquired Chinese Huludao Magpower, a move the company hopes will further expand their speciality business and increase access to the Asian market.

  • Chinese bauxite imports lose 10% value

    11 January 2017

    Latest trade statistics point to a continuation of the downtrend in imported value of bauxite into China, as the country posted lower demand from external suppliers for most of last year.

  • Umicore acquires NMC patents from 3M

    11 January 2017

    The battery maker has taken ownership of electric vehicle-focused cathode material patents from its former licenser as the market for battery-powered automotives heats up.

  • Chinese barite exports grow in November

    11 January 2017

    Trade data shows the value and quantity of barite being exported from China has increased in latest November China Customs figures.

  • Albemarle to pay Chile royalties on lithium sales

    10 January 2017

    The terms of the lithium producer's expansion deal reveal a progressive commission system payable to the Chilean state, reaching heights of 40% for material sold at a price of over $10,000/tonne LCE.

  • Chinese silicon carbide exports hit 2016 high in November

    10 January 2017

    Trade data shows volume of silicon carbide exported from China has risen in November, adding further growth to that seen in October.

  • Samsung unveils Li-ion EV battery with 20 minute charge time

    10 January 2017

    Battery maker hopes new product, which gives vehicles a 600km driving range with fast charge capability, will contribute to widespread EV adoption. Mass production is planned from 2021.

  • Canpotex concludes potash sales to Brazil

    10 January 2017

    Canada-based Canpotex has sold 50,000 tonnes of potash to Brazil, which is one of the top fertiliser consumers in the world.

  • Nabaltec expands management board

    10 January 2017

    The speciality materials and flame retardants supplier is adding two internal members to its management board.

  • Imerys to divest La Bathie fused alumina business

    09 January 2017

    As part of the conditions set out by the EU for Imerys’ takeover of Alteo’s fused alumina assets in France, the minerals producer has to spin off one of the recently purchased operations.

  • Rig count figures indicate improvement in global oil and gas

    09 January 2017

    The latest figures from Baker Hughes, one of North America's largest oilfield services providers, and the American Petroleum Institute, show that drilling activity is improving, particularly in the US, which could help strengthen demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand and barite.

  • China revises minerals export tariffs in 2017

    09 January 2017

    China has revised its tariffs on some minerals in 2017. The move comes after complaints last year to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from the EU and the US against China’s export duties on a number of essential metals and minerals.

  • Chinese alumina trade slumps

    09 January 2017

    The Asian country slashed its purchases of alumina in 2016 while its exports of the mineral halved, on the back of production disruptions within the country coupled with reduced demand on the external market.

  • Metro Mining appoints MD

    09 January 2017

    The appointment follows the successful takeover of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina Ltd after a tight bidding race with fellow ASX-listed miner Moly Mines Ltd that lasted throughout Q4 2016.

  • New Chinese EV subsidies may boost local lithium prices

    09 January 2017

    The introduction of a new government support programme ends the period of uncertainty which followed an investigation into "cheating” on the previous framework.

  • Value of Chinese bentonite exports rises in 2016

    09 January 2017

    Trade data shows the value of bentonite being exported from China has been increasing since 2014, with volumes remaining relatively steady.

  • MRC closes ilmenite concentrate sales to China

    06 January 2017

    The South African mineral sands producer saw an increase in demand for ilmenite owing to tighter supply in China and higher global demand for downstream finished titanium products.

  • Chinese calcium carbonate exports up in November

    06 January 2017

    Trade data shows the volume of calcium carbonate exported from China in late 2016 rose significantly from a September dip.

  • China reaps rewards from Li-ion battery exports

    06 January 2017

    The value of lithium-ion batteries coming out of China continued to increase in late 2016. Lithium carbonate imports, meanwhile grew in Q4.

  • Price briefing 30 December - 5 January

    06 January 2017

    Graphite market weighs up scrapping of export taxes; China rare earth prices stable for January; alumina and bauxite supply reportedly tight in China; Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops; Chinese TiO2 producers hike prices again.

  • Guangxi counties seek calcium carbonate growth

    05 January 2017

    The two counties in south-western China started the new year with a clear aim to support the development of the local calcium carbonate sector.

  • Chinese environmental law to tackle mining pollution

    05 January 2017

    A new tax is set to hit companies flouting environmental regulations from 2018, replacing a current system of pollution fines.

  • Tesla begins gigafactory battery production

    05 January 2017

    Facility to produce “nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined” by 2018, according to Tesla.

  • China rare earth prices stable for January; exports increase

    05 January 2017

    According to prices announced by China Norther Rare Earth Hi-Tech Group, January prices for rare earths will remain stable compared with December values. Exports of the mineral also showed an uptick at the end of 2016, according to Chinese customs data.

  • Shandong Haihua 2016 soda ash profit hit by leaking accident

    05 January 2017

    The accident experienced by the soda ash producer, which caused up to $53m worth of damage, could leave a dent in its 2016 profit. However higher glass consumption owing to a revival in China's real estate sector are driving soda ash values upwards.

  • Albemarle receives approval for Chilean lithium expansion

    04 January 2017

    Following the completion of the Jiangli New Materials acquisition, Albemarle has amended its production agreement for lithium in Chile, allowing the company to up output of technical and battery grade lithium salts.

  • Imerys acquires Damolin

    04 January 2017

    The buyout will strengthen Imerys’ reach in European markets including oil and chemical absorbents, animal feed and cat litter.

  • K+S resumes potash production at Hattorf site

    04 January 2017

    Following a number of production issues in 2016, K+S has resumed full operations in Germany although the company said it cannot rule out further wastewater disposal restrictions.

  • Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops

    04 January 2017

    Caustic calcined magnesia exports in 2016 continued to be down from last year while dead burned magnesia sales improved on 2015 albeit the market saw a notable price drop.

  • Chinese TiO2 producers hike prices again

    04 January 2017

    Titanium dioxide producers in China increased product prices again in the last week of 2016, while higher exports and lower imports demonstrate China's decreasing reliance on imported material.

  • Galaxy’s first lithium shipment leaves for China

    04 January 2017

    The delivery marks the full restart of operations at the Mt Cattlin mine and processing plant for lithium concentrate production, which is expected to reach 160,000 tonnes this year.

  • Baker Hughes and partners form new fracking services company

    04 January 2017

    Following its failed merger attempt with Halliburton last year, Baker Hughes has completed a transaction for the creation of a new North American oilfield services company with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners.

  • Huntsman continues streamlining through surfactants business sale

    03 January 2017

    While the company has sold off its European surfactants business, it remains committed to the segment through its US and Australian operations. Proceeds from the sale will be used for the repayment of debt as the company looks to streamline its business and looks to spin off its TiO2 segment this year.

  • KaMin ups hydrous kaolin clay prices

    03 January 2017

    The kaolin miner and producer has again moved its prices upwards for kaolin clay used mainly in industrial paper applications, following a similar uptick last year.

  • Albemarle buys Chinese lithium salts production assets

    03 January 2017

    The acquisition of Jiangli New Materials will add 15,000 tpa lithium sales capacity to Albemarle’s repertoire, while expansion work underway at the new facilities could add up to 25,000 tpa in lithium hydroxide production by 2018.

  • China's fused magnesia exports hit 2016 record in Nov

    03 January 2017

    Exports of fused magnesia out of China rose to a two-year high in November last year in volume terms, while declining unit prices have kept overall value down.

  • Magnesita appoints new CFO

    03 January 2017

    The Brazilian company is adapting the composition of its management as it moves forward with the planned merger with RHI to form LSE-listed refractory giant RHI Magnesita.