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  • Global economic recovery spurs TiO2 market growth MMM July-August 2021

    Growing demand for the multiple products that depend on titanium dioxide for their manufacture is driving rising output and revenue for its producers, but that is also raising questions about the future supplies of the feedstock materials they need, as William Clarke reports. Read More

  • Trade wars, 'green' outlook rejuvenate rare earths MMM October 2020

    With government support for rare earths mining increasing, a growing number of miners – including mineral sands producers – now see value in a market that, for a long time, was effectively closed to non-Chinese producers due to its high costs and strict environmental regulations. Read More

  • VV Minerals boss says canalisation will hurt mineral sand miners IM March 2019

    The chief executive of VV Minerals tells Fastmarkets that restrictions on private exports of mineral sands will be bad for production. Read More

  • It’s complicated: How mineral scarcity and human ingenuity shape the world of TiO2 feedstocks IM October - November 2018

    Amid growing concern about the supply of titanium dioxide feedstocks, Fastmarkets examines the scarcity of these minerals and how processors are adapting to changes in availability. Read More

  • Titanium dioxide market settles in for winter on a high plateau IM October - November 2018

    Prices have built steadily over the past year in titanium dioxide, and despite seasonal fluctuations and one-off events the outlook is for a period of stability lasting at least into early 2019. Read More

  • Crouching tiger: an overview of the Indian TiO2 industry IM October - November 2018

    Fastmarkets IM Correspondent Sunder Singh looks at India's titanium dioxide supply and demand dynamics, as well as the future of the industry. Read More

  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India IM March 2018

    India has recorded economic growth of around 7% per year in the past three years. But while it has significant resources of some of the most widely used industrial minerals, this sector has shown only modest growth, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh discovers. Read More

  • The sands of time: TiO2 feedstocks to 2020 IM February 2018

    The balance in the market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock has been in constant flux throughout history, and 2017 was no exception. Industrial Minerals Correspondent Cameron Perks takes a look at supply, demand, and prices throughout 2017, as well as what we should look out for as we approach 2020. Read More

  • TiO2 feedstocks turn a corner IM March 2017

    A rebound in titanium dioxide prices and demand has paved the way for positive momentum in the mineral sands sector. Kasia Patel, North American Editor, and Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, look at current industry trends and planned new projects in the sector. Read More

  • Junior mining: Back from the brink? IM February 2017

    Half a decade on from the collapse of the global mining boom, a rally in commodity markets last year caught many investors off guard and has created a weak but welcome tailwind for the stalled exploration industry, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, finds. Read More

  • Nerves of titanium IM November 2016

    Although positive demand is beginning to feed through to titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments and its feedstocks, the supply landscape for the pigment will continue to shift as producers attempt to remain competitive and Chinese supply faces more stringent regulation. Read More

  • Supply Security Report: Mineral Sands IM June 2016

    Mineral sands industry sentiment has been a mixed bag throughout 2015 and into 2016. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, takes a look at the ups and downs of 2015 and asks whether mineral sands markets will register any improvements in 2016. Read More

  • India's mining industry: Challenges and potential IM June 2016

    The Indian mining industry is best described as a success story still in the making. Despite holding reserves of 89 different minerals, Shruti Salwan, IM Analyst, examines why growth in the domestic mining industry has been relatively stagnant, failing to reap the benefits of an emerging middle class. Read More

  • Titanium dioxide: Year in Review 2015 IM January 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global TiO2 industry. Read More

  • New South Wales maps out industrial mineral opportunities IM November 2015

    The eastern Australian state of NSW is home to a large number of highly prospective industrial mineral deposits. Cameron Perks and David Forster* outline how the Geological Survey of New South Wales is producing an updated map of the region’s geology in order to showcase its potential to investors, geologists and the wider community. Read More

  • TiO2: False bottom IM October 2015

    Repeated predictions of a return to health in the titanium dioxide pigments and feedstock industries have so far disappointed market participants. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, examines the industry and considers what might be necessary to bring about a brighter future. Read More

  • Ukraine’s TiO2 industry buckles under pressure IM October 2015

    Weakness in the domestic economy, international sanctions against Crimean companies following Russian annexation and poor demand for feedstocks has pushed Ukrainian TiO2 to the edge, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, discovers. Read More

  • How did the Middle East become so important to industrial minerals? IM January 2015

    As well as importing more minerals into the region, countries in the Middle East also started to concentrate on developing their own minerals industry, here, Siobhan Lismore-Scott details why this has happened and where. Read More

  • TiO2: Year in Review 2014 IM January 2015

    Last year was undoubtedly a turbulent one for the titanium dioxide (TiO2) industry. 2014 was characterised by further consolidation among the market’s top players in response to poor market demand, juxtaposed to positivity from new and hopeful feedstock producers, who maintain that additional supply is needed to meet future demand. Read More

  • Australia: End of the mining gloom? IM December 2014

    The downturn of the global “commodities supercyle” and slowing raw material demand in China has been felt keenly in Australia’s resources sector. But while proponents of Australian mining admit the industry isn’t quite as mighty as it used to be, they say that there are still plenty of reasons to be positive Down Under, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor and Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, discover. Read More

  • Potash and barite supply tightens while fused magnesia faces overcapacity IM November 2014

    Antimony, iodine suffer from slow China growth; Tough times continue for TiO2 pigment market; FM producers storing up trouble for the future Read More

  • TiO2 feedstocks: mind the gap IM October 2014 issue

    Following recent improvements in TiO2 demand, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, looks at why feedstock producers have yet to benefit, as well as concerns about China’s slow down. Read More

  • Developing Vietnam’s mineral sands for the rare earths market IM October 2014 issue

    Vietnam has 3,260km of coastline, along which the main sand deposits containing ilmenite, rutile, zircon and other heavy minerals are distributed. Tran Kim Phuong* outlines how these deposits can be of use for the rare earths — or the TiO2 — market. Read More

  • Summer holiday for agriminerals, no break for mineral sands IM August 2014

    Agrimineral demand recovery continues as flame retardant chemical price growth stutters; no gains in sight for mineral sands Read More

  • Prices lag rising consumption in industrial markets while speciality grades look up IM June 2014

    Bauxite values stable following Q1 price rises; Paper grade kaolin prices increase as costs bite; Rutile “tough” business in China-led market Read More

  • Is there enough demand for new TiO2 feedstock producers? IM May 2014 issue

    IM Editor-in-chief, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, discovers the updates in the development of new titanium dioxide projects in Africa and Australia, and analyses them in light of the currently difficult market conditions experienced by main producers. Read More

  • The Great Occasion IM April 2014 issue

    The Industrial Minerals Congress launched 40 years ago, in 1974, and was attended by over 400 delegates from 36 different countries. As we prepare for the 22nd Congress, which will be held in Vancouver this month, IM approached several industry leaders and asked each of them the same five questions to get their perspectives on how the market has changed. Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: TiO2 feedstocks IM January 2014 issue

    2013 saw a consolidation in the industry; Prices softening impacted projects Read More

  • Year in Review 2013: Just when we couldn’t sink any further, we did IM January 2014 issue

    It has not been a good year for the industrial minerals industry. There have been some shining lights, of course Ñexploration continues at an astonishing rate in some markets despite falling demand and, consequently, prices - but on the whole producers and suppliers have felt the pinch. Read More

  • Prices continue to fall as the summer lull takes hold IM August 2013

    Barite prices move down as demand softens; Ilmenite producers continue to struggle Read More

  • A TiO2 pigment plant for Vietnam IM August 2013

    Vietnam has been an expanding economy ever since it began to move away from the rigidities of a centrally-planned system, SonMinerals consultant, Martin Lynch, explores the state of the country’s TiO2 feedstock industry and whether this is the opportune moment for a TiO2 pigment plant. Read More

  • Supply Situation Report: Light at the end of the tunnel for TiO2 feedstocks IM July 2013

    The titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock industry underwent a significant period of upheaval during 2012: prices rose, prices fell and production was cut by some of the largest producers. Read More

  • Projects in the pipeline: Green hills of Africa not as important as its sandy beaches IM April 2013 issue

    2013 is to be Africa's year with Kwale to be first online followed by Minerals Commodities' Tormin and Mineral Deposits' Grand Cote Read More

  • IM 2012 Round-ups: Titanium dioxide feedstocks January Issue 2013

    Prices for titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstocks saw unprecedented rises during 2012, leading to increased profit margins for many existing producers and improved project economics for junior developers. Read More

  • Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012 July 2012

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  • Price Briefing: Year-end company accounts show true health of minerals industry April 2012

    By March most companies had submitted their end of year accounts with differing forecasts for the year ahead. While a producer is unlikely to emphasise a fall in sales or volume, most seen so far have been relatively bullish when mentioning prices Read More

  • End User Focus: Welding boosts rutile prices April 2012

    Minsands focus could turn to welding as global demand increases for the sector Read More

  • Pigment pragmatism November 2011

    Demand recovery for titanium dioxide is brisk, mainly driven by China, but needy capacity expansions are hindered by continuing insecurity of adequate feedstock supply, which is driving up prices. The time has come for a pragmatic understanding of the symbiotic relationship between feedstock and pigment players Read More

  • TiO2’s time to transform July issue 2009

    As a severe demand slump takes hold and cuts ensue, the titanium dioxide industry is being forced into a fundamental location shift towards the East. With many plants and some producers sinking, and feedstock supply concerning those that survive, 2009 is shaping to be a pivotal year for the pigment sector Read More

  • Vietnam processing potential September Issue 2008

    Vietnam has raised export tariffs on all mineral exports, including key industrial minerals, notably titanium sands, up to 20% in a dramatic measure to reduce the export of minerals and encourage processing of minerals domestically. Read More

  • A minerals passage to India August issue 2008

    As the word continues to seek a passage into India's industrial minerals industry, the country has continued to strengthen through domestic expansions and international acquisitions. Read More

  • Counting every grain June Issue 2008

    Ti-feedstock sourcing highlights The Ti-feedstock industry is looking for answers. With demand for Ilmenite and rutile strong and selling as fast as it can be mined, profits should match, but they do not. This leaves the question: “who is reaping the rewards?” Read More

  • West African minsands April Issue 2007

    Carnegie-Astron brings Gambian minsands back on stream, with contract drilling in Senegal Read More

  • Paint's eastern bright spots December Issue 2006

    Terry Knowles surveys the shifting world paint scene and highlights its brightest markets. Many of these are in the east, which has forced paint companies to invest there in search of growth, and raw materials such as industrial minerals Read More

  • Rutile vs ilmenite April Issue 2006

    Searching the sands: Competition between ilmenite and rutile is fairly imbalanced. Ilmenite is by far the most abundant titanium mineral whilst the supply of rutile is much more limited. Rather, the real competition exists between ilmenite and substitute rutile products synthetic rutile and titanium slag Read More

  • EU H&S policy February Issue 2006

    SMEs are at the core of the EU’s entrepreneurship policy revamp. Michelle Wyart-Remy, IMA Europe General- Secretary, describes the problems industrial minerals SMEs may encounter when facing the EU health and safety programme. Read More

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