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  • March 2018

    Weak demand weighs on Chinese magnesia market

    14 March 2018

    Chinese magnesia markets have seen limited transactions over the past week with demand muted and most overseas buyers reluctant to make deals because of firm prices.

  • PEOPLE MOVES: Imerys splits chairman, CEO roles, appoints new directors

    14 March 2018

    Imerys has made a number of changes to its management board, with Gilles Michel appointed to chairman of the board while the role of chief executive officer will go to ex-AkzoNobel head of performance coatings, Conrad Keijzer.

  • Price Briefing March 2 -8

    09 March 2018

    Prices rise further in chemical, foundry grade chromite markets; High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material; Lithium prices rise in China after new year break; Chinese TiO2 producers cite yuan appreciation as they push for price risesPrice Notices

  • High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material

    07 March 2018

    There is a diverging trend between rising high-grade dead burned magnesia and falling low-grade material quotes, with raw material supply shortages putting pressure on DBM producers.

  • BASF invests $200mln in kaolin business for industrial end-market share

    06 March 2018

    A positive outlook in end markets has fueled a significant investment in BASF’s kaolin business, while the company seeks new uses for the mineral within the industrial sectors.

  • Chinese magnesia exports up in January

    02 March 2018

    China’s export volumes of calcined caustic, fused and dead-burned magnesia rose sharply in January 2018 compared with December 2017. Volumes of the first two products continued to grow year-on-year, while dead-burned magnesia exports fell slightly.

  • February 2018

    IM's February Price Movements

    27 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Podium: HarbisonWalker's Michael Werner

    22 February 2018

    A Q&A with Michael Werner, SVP, Commerical at HarbisonWalker International.

  • Whiter than white? Global talc developments

    22 February 2018

    China is still the world’s largest producer of talc but its influence after 50 years of dominating high-quality white talc is starting to wane, UK consultant Ian Wilson discovers.

  • Li-ion batteries and the years ahead

    22 February 2018

    Lithium-ion batteries are set to lead the decarbonization of the world’s economy after a technological revolution in recent years. Martim Facada looks at the evolution of the battery industry and its relationship with the most critical raw materials: lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite.

  • HarbisonWalker to close two plants ahead of new monolithics site launch

    22 February 2018

    Refractories producer HWI will reinforce its market presence in refractories when it opens its new unit in the US state of Ohio, but it must impose redundancies and close its current units first.

  • Feeling the rub: Asian abrasives continue to challenge Western suppliers

    22 February 2018

    Cheap Chinese alumina has been undercutting abrasives prices and output in North America and elsewhere for several years, but recent supply restrictions in China could reverse this trend, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

  • On the way up: Industrial minerals in India

    22 February 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.

  • The sun shines bright on high-purity quartz

    22 February 2018

    With the United States gearing up to create a domestic solar cell industry to rival that in China, Industrial Minerals correspondent Cameron Perks asks what effect this will have on domestic suppliers of high-purity quartz.

  • IM Prices February 2018

    22 February 2018

    See article below from the March issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: alumina, TiO2, fluorspar, chromite, antimony trioxide , magnesia, ilmenite and lithium.

  • Imerys' sales rise in 2017 on buoyant refractories market

    16 February 2018

    The industrial minerals company's sales in 2017 benefited from rising graphite and electric vehicles demand.

  • Trump promises 'heads will spin' with proposal to slash permitting process

    13 February 2018

    A hard limit of two years on the environmental permitting process could unlock rapid new mineral production in the United States.

  • MTI records double-digit growth in 2017 on strong refractories markets

    06 February 2018

    The US company scored increased turnover on supportive end markets, including refractories and metallurgy, offsetting poor conditions in the paper market in North America.

  • IM's January Price Movements

    01 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

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