Mike O'Driscoll

About Mike O'Driscoll

Mike has over 26 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 July 2014 to pursue an independent career in the industrial minerals business, and launched IMFORMED in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke. Read more >

RHI & Magnesita: how they stack up

One could argue that last week’s announcement of the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest magnesia and refractory groups – RHI AG’s takeover of Magnesita Refratários SA to form RHI Magnesita – was only a matter of time.

RHI Magnesita will fuse together the world’s second and third largest refractory groups, pooling an impressive stable […]

By |Tuesday, 11 October, 2016|Newsfile|3 Comments

Announcing Forums for 2017

Oilfield | Recycling | Logistics | Magnesia
Networking and Knowledge for the Industrial Minerals Business
IMFORMED is delighted to announce its Forum programme for 2017.
Following the success of its 2016 Forum series, IMFORMED will again be covering the oilfield, recycling, logistics and magnesia market sectors.
Our Forums are intelligently structured and expertly moderated events bringing […]

By |Tuesday, 11 October, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

IBAR pursues refractory grade magnesia exports with Cofermin

IBAR Nordeste Ltda of Brazil has announced the appointment of M!nerals by Cofermin as its exclusive sales agent for dead burned magnesia in Europe and other selected areas.

IBAR Nordeste produces dead burned magnesia (DBM) and caustic calcined magnesia (CCM), and basic refractory monolithics. The company is the largest CCM producer in the Americas.

DBM has been […]

By |Tuesday, 27 September, 2016|Newsfile|1 Comment

Imerys merger with Andalusite Resources prohibited

And then there were…still three producers of andalusite!

The long-awaited decision by South African authorities has appeared to have finally quashed Imerys’ hopes of amalgamating one of the world’s two independent producers of the refractory mineral andalusite.

In a statement issued today the South African Competition Tribunal announced that it has prohibited the proposed acquisition by Imerys […]

By |Wednesday, 21 September, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

Will the graphite industry take off?

Supply and demand trends revealed by Simon Moores, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
The use of graphite in lithium-ion batteries has been a huge topic of discussion over the last few years.

Naturally, this has ramped up interest in the carbon mineral and demand appears to be growing. How the increase in graphite consumption in Li-ion batteries may impact flake graphite […]

By |Tuesday, 20 September, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

Refractory mineral sources: where are they?

Announcing IMFORMED’s Refractory Raw Material World Sources Map®
Primary world sources and production capacity of key refractory raw materials

As we know, the physical and chemical properties of industrial minerals make good their application in a wide variety of industrial and domestic uses. Manufacturing of refractory products is one of the most important markets for industrial minerals, with […]

By |Monday, 19 September, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

Graphite Supply Chain 2016

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Confirmed speakers
The graphite supply chain: the rising criticality of niche minerals versus commodities
Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, UK
Graphite: An independent supply/demand forecast for 2017 onwards
Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, UK
Refractories: Global trends and the future for graphite’s biggest market
Dr Paschoal Bonadia Neto, Mineral Technology Manager, Mineral Technology Centre, Magnesita […]

By |Wednesday, 31 August, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 two mini-strokes earlier in the year.

Bill McCracken was a legend in the field of refractory raw materials, and was affectionately […]

By |Wednesday, 10 August, 2016|Newsfile|1 Comment

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 for North, Central and South America.

JDUSA, based in Pennsylvania, was recently established by James Piraino, its President, formerly Chief Operating […]

By |Tuesday, 19 July, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 mid-2000s!).

There are few commercially developed sources, distinct grade development and specifications are required, and processing and logistics can be tricky […]

By |Thursday, 7 July, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments