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China and raw material security dominates European refractory industry

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Refractory raw material supply availability is the chief concern among Europe’s refractory producers as the situation in China, the primary source of key refractory minerals, continues to […]

Magnesia source alternatives emerge in Serbia and Australia

 

With the prospect of continued short supply from the world’s major source of magnesia in China, traders and buyers are seeking alternatives worldwide.

Among several potential possibilities these now include a planned rejuvenation of a dormant […]

Hawaii comes to Houston

Oilfield Minerals Forum 2018 Review

Whether it was the spirit of Aloha evoked by the Hawaiian-themed Welcome Reception organised by Excalibar Minerals, or the rising oil price supporting a recovery in drill rig activity, the positive […]

China’s refractory minerals crisis: dark days of the Dog continue

Magnesia, bauxite, and BFA production halts in Liaoning, Henan, Shanxi

In our last post on the subject of China’s refractory minerals squeeze (see Dog Days ahead for Chinese mineral consumers? Newsfile 13 February 2018) I postulated that […]

Mineral Recycling Forum 2018: Review

IMFORMED’s Mineral Recycling Forum 2018 took place at the Radisson Blu, Cologne 15-16 March 2018 where international delegates networked and discussed the latest trends and developments in recycling steel waste, refractories, foundry chromite sand, salt, […]

Refractory raw material supply “the single most important challenge”

Refractory Rendezvous Delhi – IREFCON18 Report

Yes, the weather was warm and pleasant, as was the hospitality, and the quality of attendees appeared to excel over the 2016 event by most accounts.

But what a difference two […]

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 […]

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 […]

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