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Southern Sand Storm

How US proppant demand has influenced ceramic mineral supply

Since the mid-2000s, three of the most important ceramic raw materials – silica, kaolin, and bauxite – have been in high demand from the North American oil […]

Refractory Rendezvous in Delhi

Looking forward to catching up with friends and contacts at IREFCON 2018, New Delhi next week.
I shall be speaking on Magnesia Supply Friday PM 9 March – please drop by the IMFORMED stand for a […]

Oilfield Minerals Outlook Middle East

Review of Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum Middle East 2018, Bahrain

Key takeaways

Middle East growth recognised by oilfield service companies

Rising power demand drives push for unconventional gas resources

Drilling muds a delicate balancing act using minerals

Call for global standardisation […]

Dog Days ahead for Chinese mineral consumers?

Refractory bauxite: CMP starts new plant | Bosai to add new rotary kilns

As we approach the eve of the Chinese New Year of the Dog, for many Chinese refractory mineral consumers and traders, it is […]

Forums 2018 Update: Fluorine Forum | Refractory Recycling Field Trip

Fluorine Forum 2018

IMFORMED is delighted to announce the dates and venue of its fluorine minerals and markets conference Fluorine Forum 2018, 15-17 October 2018, Hotel Wellington, Madrid.
We intend to build on the success of our […]

Best Wishes for 2018!

As IMFORMED nears its third anniversary, Mike and Ismene would like to thank all our customers, sponsors, friends, and families for their unstinting support during the year.

May we take this opportunity to wish all of you a […]

Fluorspar feelgood factor in Mexico

Fluorine Forum 2017 review: acidspar growth, metspar scarcity

IMFORMED is delighted to report on the success of its inaugural Fluorine Forum which took place in San Luis Potosí, Mexico 30 October-2 November 2017 – two days of […]

China bauxite supply sector faces winter closures

Price rises with 5-month Shanxi plant shutdown to March 2018 in anti-pollution measure

Just when you wondered if things could get any worse. Further to our earlier report on the impact of environmental legislation on China’s […]

China minerals meltdown

Bauxite/BFA supply shortage | CMP last man standing?

If ever there was a time to acknowledge and try to understand the significant influence of Chinese policies on industrial mineral supply to western markets – and there […]

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