Spinel features

  • A rock and a hard place IM September 2017

    Demand for refractory products is evolving, forcing suppliers to upgrade their offers and processes to stay ahead of the game, while Chinese-origin raw materials are appreciating on the back of supply shortages, making productions costlier, Davide Ghilotti, IM Chief Reporter, finds. Read More

  • Raw materials trends in refractories IM September 2014

    Over the last two years IM has reported on the shifting trends in the refractories industry, with China looking to reduce wastage and increase energy efficiency. Ted Dickson* explores these various trends and asks – how will this shift impact raw material supply? Read More

  • Spinel’s spring August 2011

    Steelmaking, cement, and glass refractory applications bloom for the synthetic magnesia-alumina mineral, although world production remains limited Read More

  • Refractory clays stuck in the mud October 2009

    The refractory clay industry, still suffering the effects of the economic downturn, is starting to show cautious optimism for recovery by Alexandra Feytis, Assistant Editor Read More

  • Calcined aluminas: quality, not quantity September Issue 2007

    With forecast demand growth and potential raw material shortages, as well as increasingly stringent end user specifications, calcined alumina producers are turning to improving product quality to gain a competitive advantage Read More

  • Optimising aluminas April Issue 2007

    Although there are numerous refractory raw materials, choosing the right combination of raw materials can optimise the performance of refractory formulations. As Leslie Power and Dr Andus Buhr of leading speciality alumina producer Almatis explain, there are a range of premium aluminas which can enhance the overall performance of refractories to meet the ever stringent demands from refractory end users 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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