Bill McCracken: The passing of a refractory minerals legend

In Memoriam: William H. McCracken 1923-2016
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of William H. “Bill” McCracken, aged 92. Bill passed away of heart failure, in Lima, Peru on 7 August after suffering […]

Jinding USA named exclusive Americas supplier for Liaoning Jinding Magnesite Group

Direct sourcing of Chinese high grade fused and dead burned magnesia
One of China’s leading magnesia producers, Liaoning Jinding Magnesite Group Co. Ltd (JDMG), has named Jinding USA (JDUSA) its exclusive magnesia sales agent and exporter […]

Graphite’s future: what lies ahead?

Graphite Supply Chain 2016 | The world’s new meeting place for the natural graphite industry

As industrial minerals go, graphite can be as exciting as it gets (no disrespect to US frac sand developers in the […]

Houston Highlights

Oilfield Minerals Forum 2016 Review
Despite the cautious rally of oil prices in recent weeks the oil industry has remained depressed. In such downturns it is often imperative to glean market knowledge as never before.

So perhaps […]

Magnesia comes home

MagForum 2016 Review
Austria is host to some wonderful scenery and culture, but it is also the home of the modern magnesia industry, and thus Vienna was a most fitting venue for IMFORMED’s inaugural magnesium minerals […]

Oilfield market outlook: new dawn rises?

The BIG picture for oilfield mineral demand
Have we reached the bottom of the oil price decline and tentative recovery is on the way? Perhaps.

Oil prices have consistently risen in the last few weeks and while […]

Barite capacity impacted by oilfield blues

Halliburton idles Nevada plant; starts new source in Kazakhstan
It’s been a busy month for the barite sector, despite the prevailing dark clouds of the oilfield industry.

Halliburton’s Q1 2016 operational update last Friday made bleak reading […]

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