TiO2/Zircon features

  • December 2014

    TiO2: Year in Review 2014

    31 December 2014

    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.

  • November 2014

    Australia: End of the mining gloom?

    26 November 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.

  • South East Asia: Room to grow

    26 November 2014

    Although regulatory difficulties in the past may have discouraged foreign investment, South East Asia is being touted as a region ripe for development with many underexploited resources and demand for industrial minerals in a variety of markets including refractories, glass, ceramics, construction and proppants. Andrew Scogings, IM Correspondant, Kasia Patel, Deputy Editor, and Tran Kim Phuong, Contributor

  • October 2014

    Alkane well positioned to bring Dubbo to fruition

    29 October 2014

    Alkane look to zircon markets with the Dubbo project

  • Potash and barite supply tightens while fused magnesia faces overcapacity

    29 October 2014

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

  • Thunderbirds are go! Sheffield Resources WA zircon deposit.

    13 October 2014

    Thunderbird deposit can fulfil 8% of global zircon demand according to Sheffield Resources; metallurgical testwork confirms high quality product using conventional process.

  • September 2014

    China under the spotlight

    22 September 2014

    As China has been a driving force in TiO2 and zircon demand Ed Barlow, China country manager at TZ Minerals International, looks at whether the slowdown in the country’s construction sector is a cause for concern.

  • TiO2 feedstocks: mind the gap

    22 September 2014

    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.

  • Developing Vietnam’s mineral sands for the rare earths market

    22 September 2014

    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.

  • IM Prices

    22 September 2014

    Zircon buyers thrift; ilmenite further to fall

  • Clouds gather for minsands as energy minerals renege on premature optimism

    22 September 2014

    Potash prices strong to 2017, says SocGen; lithium and graphite’s Tesla boost flattened

  • Diary Dates

    22 September 2014

  • Mineral industry gears up for post-summer activity

    03 September 2014

    Potash miners unlikely to accept price erosion; Soda ash prices buoyed by capacity decreases; Substitution threat looms over zircon prices

  • Raw materials trends in refractories

    03 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?

  • July 2014

    Summer holiday for agriminerals, no break for mineral sands

    29 July 2014

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

  • June 2014

    Speciality product prices outstrip mineral values in traditional volume markets

    27 June 2014

    Antimony prices settle for summer months; Magnesia stabilises as spot market sleeps

  • Shifting sands: substitution and expanding markets

    27 June 2014

    Zircon and its derivatives face an uncertain future owing to competition from substitute materials, but where is additional demand expected to come from? Kasia Patel, Chief Reporter, investigates.

  • May 2014

    Prices lag rising consumption in industrial markets while speciality grades look up

    27 May 2014

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

  • April 2014

    Is there enough demand for new TiO2 feedstock producers?

    28 April 2014

    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.

  • March 2014

    Pricing sentiments diverge on downstream outlooks in March

    21 March 2014

    Barite prices steady but strong on oilfield demand while TiO2 trends downwards in Europe during Q1

  • The Great Occasion

    21 March 2014

    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

  • February 2014

    Diary Dates March 2014

    21 February 2014

    Industry Events for the industrial minerals market

  • January 2014

    Africa – open for business?

    24 January 2014

    Besides a long-envied geological resource abundance, Africa boasts many attractions for mining companies. Yet development has been hampered by political turmoil. Now, as much of the continent begins a concerted drive to increase investment in its mining sector, IM Staff take a look of some of the industrial mineral projects on the African horizon.

  • Ceramics: an urban landscape

    24 January 2014

    Despite slow growth in traditional markets such as Europe, the ceramics industry is expected to be driven by urbanisation and a rebound in housing and construction in key markets such as China and the Middle East, creating opportunities for suppliers of ceramic minerals such as kaolin, zircon and feldspar.

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