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 >

Mineral trader transformation: Possehl Erzkontor on mission to fully integrate by 2024

Refractory mineral processor MMW Hamm acquired by Possehl Erzkontor
World leading industrial mineral trading company Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG is on a mission to transform itself through diversification and verticalisation into “an integrated end-to-end provider of raw material solutions” by 2024.
Title picture Trading up: Dead burned magnesia being loaded in big bags for export at […]

By |Wednesday, 18 November, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE – Let’s keep in contact & conversation!

IMFORMED is delighted to announce a new online Forum for the refractory raw materials industry.
Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE
16-17 March 2021
FULL DETAILS HERE

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES FOR
China Refractory Minerals Forum 2021, Dalian, 25-27 October 2021 
Field Trip to Haimag, Haicheng Thurs 28 October 

The new conference will cover global trends and outlook in supply and demand for […]

By |Thursday, 12 November, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar market outlook: alternative sources ascendant | Li-ion battery potential

Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE Review
IMFORMED’s inaugural virtual event Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE took place last month and was hailed a great success by attendees keen to keep abreast of trends and developments in supply and demand for fluorine raw materials.

Key takeaways included:

Significant commercial interest in FSA-route plants in operation by 2022 as an alternative fluorine […]

By |Wednesday, 4 November, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

New era of mineral exploration, sourcing & development dawns

Panglobal action to kickstart domestic mineral projects driven by critical mineral demand
It is regrettable that it takes a pandemic to spotlight what many have been warning about for some years: a shortage of commercially developed critical mineral resources and processing plants, and a risky overreliance on imports from limited overseas sources. But that’s what’s happening.
Title […]

By |Monday, 26 October, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

The World of Industrial Minerals Under COVID-19

Challenges & Opportunities
IMFORMED was honoured to be asked to present the Keynote presentation at the General Session of the recent Industrial Minerals Association-North America Virtual Annual Meeting.

Industrial Minerals Association-North America (IMA-NA) is the representative voice of the industrial minerals sector in North America, bringing together the industry’s leaders to promote best practices, organising workshops and […]

By |Wednesday, 7 October, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar market trends & outlook

Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE Programme Confirmed
IMFORMED is delighted to announce the programme for Fluorine Forum 2020 ONLINE, 12.00-16.30 BST Tuesday 13 October (details here)
While our original planned event in Hanoi has been postponed to 18-21 October 2021 (see Fluorine Forum 2021) we are pleased to offer delegates an online alternative with which to assess the latest […]

By |Monday, 21 September, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Refractory minerals outlook: “Industrial waste resources will become the new normal”

IMFORMED interviewed for Interceram’s Refractories Manual 2020

IMFORMED was delighted to have been interviewed for this year’s Refractories Manual 2020, the annual Special Edition of Interceram.

Interceram – International Ceramic Review is a comprehensive source on science and technology in the areas of the ceramics and related technologies, and publishes each Autumn a special issue focused on […]

By |Friday, 11 September, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Guyana bauxite newcomer starts bulk shipments

First Bauxite high grade alternative source for non-met. markets
PLUS: Australian Bauxite progress | China bauxite latest
Early July saw First Bauxite LLC load the first bulk ocean vessel of its Guyanese raw high grade non-metallurgical bauxite for overseas markets in refractories, cement, abrasives, and water treatment.

Although it has taken some 10 years to get here, First […]

By |Wednesday, 5 August, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial Minerals: Fallout, Opportunities, Recovery Strategies

IMFORMED-Tractus Asia Webinar Reviewed
The industrial minerals sector has been rocked; first, by the US-China trade war, its ensuing political tensions, and then by the pandemic.

Last week 150 attendees signed up to a webinar on Wednesday 22 July organised by IMFORMED and Tractus Asia to learn about recent market developments, potential strategies to mitigate risk and […]

By |Tuesday, 28 July, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

Magnesia in Question: China & World Trends Discussed

Report on NAIME’s Magnesia & Refractory Webinar Dashiqiao 9 July 2020
Last week IMFORMED was delighted to be invited to present on world magnesia supply trends at a special conference and webinar organised by the Northeast Asian Industrial Minerals Exchange (NAIME), Beijing Easynai Information Technology Co. Ltd, and the Liaoning Magnesium Industry Development Group.

“2020 Global Magnesia […]

By |Thursday, 16 July, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment