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 >

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 and gas drilling industry as proppants in its pursuit of developing unconventional resources, in particular, shale gas and shale oil.

After […]

By |Wednesday, 21 March, 2018|Newsfile|4 Comments

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 chat


By |Saturday, 3 March, 2018|Newsfile|1 Comment

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 of drilling barite specs “beyond API”

CS Mining Barite expands significantly in Turkey, Morocco, USA, Canada, UK

New concepts in mobile processing […]

By |Wednesday, 28 February, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 hoped that this will be a time of taking stock and perhaps seeing just what might be in store regarding […]

By |Tuesday, 13 February, 2018|Newsfile|3 Comments

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 inaugural Fluorine Forum 2017 held in San Luis Potosi last year: for a review please see Fluorspar feel good factor […]

By |Thursday, 18 January, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 most Happy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year, and very much look forward to continuing our business and meeting you in […]

By |Tuesday, 2 January, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 high quality presentations and discussion followed by an exclusive visit to the world’s largest fluorspar mine operated by Mexichem.

Leading  players […]

By |Thursday, 21 December, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 minerals industry (see Newsfile: China minerals meltdown) it now seems that bauxite and brown fused alumina producers in Shanxi province […]

By |Monday, 30 October, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 have been doubters out there with their “crying wolf” accusations in recent years – that time is now.

Indeed, if one […]

By |Tuesday, 17 October, 2017|Newsfile|8 Comments

Graphite sector sees activity rise

Offtake deals for new players | Ceylon Graphite exploration
As the industry builds up to its annual meeting at Graphite Supply Chain 2017, 5-7 November, Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, organised by IMFORMED and Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a raft of announcements indicates global development activity for graphite is showing no signs of letting up.

No doubt seen as a […]

By |Saturday, 14 October, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments