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Refractories

  • RHI Magnesita eyes 27 Oct LSE listing

    Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    The Dutch financial authority gave its go-ahead to the LSE listing of the group’s shares, as the year-long merger process is expected to be completed in the next 10 days.

  • Durban port reopens after storm

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Operations have returned to normal although it may be a while before the harbour manages to process all the delayed cargo awaiting shipment.

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • Price briefing 6 - 12 October

    Friday, 13 October 2017

    European fused magnesia prices rise further after Chinese prices extended the rally after holidays; Andalusite supply contracts expected to be shorter, costlier; Antimony trioxide prices dip over Golden Week; Higher Chinese prices push up European silicon carbide market; Zircon, ilmenite price rise as rutile makes moderate gains; Chinese TiO2 producers raise prices in October as buyers scramble for limited supply

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Construction-Chemicals

  • Durban port reopens after storm

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Operations have returned to normal although it may be a while before the harbour manages to process all the delayed cargo awaiting shipment.

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • Galaxy ramps up lithium spodumene production in Q3

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Galaxy ramps up lithium spodumene production at its Mt Cattlin operation in Australia while reducing production costs and improving plant recovery rates in Q3 ended 30 September.

  • Saint-Gobain buys Norwegian glass wool maker

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Glava supplies glass wool and other insulation products that are produced at its two manufacturing plants in Norway. In a separate development, the group also bought Argentina’-based Megaflex, active in waterproofing applications.

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Processing

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • Saint-Gobain buys Norwegian glass wool maker

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Glava supplies glass wool and other insulation products that are produced at its two manufacturing plants in Norway. In a separate development, the group also bought Argentina’-based Megaflex, active in waterproofing applications.

  • CMP to start new calcined bauxite production in November

    Friday, 06 October 2017

    The major Chinese calcined bauxite producer will start operations at its newly constructed calcination plant in Guizhou in Q4. Although there is widespread environmental restriction on production, CMP has received all the governmental permits to continue production in both Guizhou and Tianjin.

  • Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    Friday, 06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

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Logistics

  • Durban port reopens after storm

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Operations have returned to normal although it may be a while before the harbour manages to process all the delayed cargo awaiting shipment.

  • RHI seeks December restart for Norway magnesia plant

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    The company aims to have its fused magnesia line ‘up and running’ in Norway before year-end.

  • Saint-Gobain buys Norwegian glass wool maker

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Glava supplies glass wool and other insulation products that are produced at its two manufacturing plants in Norway. In a separate development, the group also bought Argentina’-based Megaflex, active in waterproofing applications.

  • China refrigerant demand supports fluorspar prices

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    Although fluorspar prices were unchanged last week higher demand and prices seen in some of mineral's key end markets following the Golden Week holiday in China set a bullish tone in the market.

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Oilfield

  • Industrial minerals in the new Trump era

    Thursday, 15 December 2016

    Trump win ‘positive’ for oil and gas sector while uncertainty surrounds the future of renewables. Meanwhile a lack of clarity remains in terms of foreign trade agreements.

  • OPEC agrees to curb oil output

    Thursday, 15 December 2016

    Oil prices rallied following an announcement by OPEC that it would set a production limit of 32.5m bbl/d.

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