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 >

Best wishes for the New Year

As IMFORMED nears its second 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 […]

By |Thursday, 29 December, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fluorine Forum 2017


In response to customer demand, IMFORMED is delighted to announce its inaugural Fluorine Forum 2017, 30 October – 1 November 2017, in San Luis Potosí, followed by a Field Trip, 2 November 2017, to Mexichem, operator of the world’s largest fluorspar mine.

Set in a superbly styled hotel, selected […]

By |Monday, 28 November, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield minerals demand in the Middle East: Destination Dubai

The Middle East remains a powerhouse of oil and gas production and thus a major market for oilfield minerals used in drilling fluids, stimulation and cementing applications.

The region is a major importer of key oilfield minerals such as barite and bentonite used in drilling fluids, and is anticipated to be a potential growth market for […]

By |Wednesday, 23 November, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

Graphite Supply Chain 2016 Newport Beach 13-15 November 2016


16:00 Registration Island Hotel, Newport Beach
18:00 Welcome Drinks Reception & Networking
sponsored by Bass Metals Ltd   
07:30 Registration | Networking Breakfast | Exhibition Booths

08:30 Welcome Address
Mike O’Driscoll, Director, & Ismene Clarke, Director, IMFORMED, UK
• Launching Graphite Supply Chain 2016
• The rising critical of […]

By |Friday, 28 October, 2016|Newsfile|0 Comments

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