Mike O'Driscoll

About Mike O'Driscoll

Mike has over 30 years experience in the international mining and minerals industry, specialising in industrial minerals and markets, for which he is widely recognised as a leading expert. After serving 26 years at Industrial Minerals (IM) magazine – 17 years as Editor – Mike left IM in 2014 to pursue an independent career in the industrial minerals business, and launched IMFORMED in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke. Read more >

Fluorspar revival in Newfoundland

Canada Fluorspar leads pack of emerging new suppliers
Canada Fluorspar Inc.’s St Lawrence mine was officially opened, or rather, reactivated last month, following almost 40 years of exploration and attempts to restart operations since the mine was closed in 1978 (see history chart).

The rejuvenation of the St Lawrence operation will be a major boost to the […]

By |Wednesday, 6 September, 2017|Newsfile|2 Comments

Fluorine Forum 2017: Early Bird Rates end 15 September

By |Wednesday, 23 August, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Chinese magnesite supply: 80% to come under state control & consolidation

The prospect of China’s magnesite mining sector coming under state ownership accompanied by consolidation of major players into one entity is looking increasingly likely to come to fruition this year.

Further to our recent report on Chinese mineral supply shortages (see Newsfile 28 July 2017: China minerals supply squeeze: hangover to 2018 likely), on Monday 31 […]

By |Friday, 4 August, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

China minerals supply squeeze: hangover to 2018 likely

• Environmental and explosives controls impact output, prices increase
• Magnesite supply reform: state control of raw magnesite sales
• Bauxite/BFA supply also challenged

Just when traders thought they could breath a sigh of relief as China waved goodbye to export quotas on 1 January 2017, along comes a double whammy set to impact supplies of magnesia, bauxite, […]

By |Friday, 28 July, 2017|Newsfile|4 Comments

Fluorspar renaissance rallies in South Africa

SepFluor kickstarts Nokeng as Doornhoek awaits green light
Core values: logging core at SepFluor’s Nokeng project, where 12.2m tonnes of ore have been measured at an average of about 27% CaF2. Courtesy SepFluor

The emergence of a new era of South African fluorspar production may have been heralded by SepFluor Ltd subsidiary Nokeng Fluorspar […]

By |Tuesday, 25 July, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar future: strong outlook for steel, aluminium, and fluoropolymers

Despite a decline in world fluorspar demand in 2016 owing to weak demand particularly for metallurgical-grade material, the outlook remains strong for fluorine in the steel, aluminium, and fluoropolymer markets as prices firm during 2017.

This was the essence of a review of the fluorspar market by Peter Huxtable, Huxtable Associates, UK published in Mining Engineering, […]

By |Thursday, 6 July, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia market outlook: Krakow crackerjack

MagForum 2017 analyses latest issues and spotlights potential newcomers and markets

Key takeaways

China: supply impact issues to beset 2017-18; controversial trade reforms proposed

New supply sources and capacities: Saudi Arabia (DBM+CCM), Australia, Canada

Refractories: steady growth in steel demand; good cement outlook for certain regions

Market opportunities in hydrometallurgy, flame retardants, environment, cement board, welding, and pulp and paper.

Crazy […]

By |Sunday, 25 June, 2017|Newsfile|1 Comment

Fluorine market outlook: “Interesting times…a lot of uncertainty”

IMFORMED interviews Peter Huxtable & Alison Saxby
Plus Fluorine Forum 2017 Programme Update

“It’s a very interesting time. There is an awful lot happening, and a lot of uncertainty”.

So says Peter Huxtable, consultant and specialist in fluorspar with over 40 years’ experience in the industry, including 20 years at the Glebe fluorspar mine in the UK.

Together with […]

By |Thursday, 8 June, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield Minerals Outlook: Houston hoedown hits home

Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum 2017 Review

This year there was definitely something to smile about, and we are not just referring those intrepid delegates braving the “bucking bronco” at the Monday reception (more on that later).

The oilfield minerals industry is feeling its way out of the doldrums of 2015/16, as drilling activity recovers, hydraulic fracturing […]

By |Saturday, 3 June, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia maelstrom in China

Industry heads to MagForum 2017 Kraków for answers and latest outlook

Accounting for about 70% of world magnesite production and just over 60% of world magnesia production, China has a strong influence over the global magnesia market.

But even by its normal, and frequently unpredictable standards, China has ensured that the magnesia industry will already remember 2017 as […]

By |Wednesday, 31 May, 2017|Newsfile|1 Comment