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 >

Magnesia supply sector consolidates further

Refra buys QMAG to boost captive magnesia supply & eyes non-refractory markets

The long awaited outcome of Sibelco’s sale of Queensland Magnesia Pty Ltd (QMAG) finally came to a conclusion last month with the 14 January announcement from major refractories group Refratechnik, Germany, that it had entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of […]

By |Wednesday, 12 February, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

Logistics key to industrial minerals market success – UPDATED

Port of Amsterdam is Lead Sponsor for IMFORMED Rendezvous 2021

IMFORMED is delighted to announce Port of Amsterdam as Lead Sponsor to our IMFORMED Rendezvous “Vision for Industrial Minerals”, Noordwijk-Amsterdam, 12-14 April 2021 – full details here (Note: this Forum was postponed from 6-8 April 2020).
One of the primary gateways to Europe’s markets, Amsterdam has a substantial industrial minerals network […]

By |Tuesday, 11 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

IMFORMED Rendezvous 2021 Programme – UPDATED

The Vision for Industrial Minerals

IMFORMED is delighted to announce its programme for the IMFORMED Rendezvous “The Vision for Industrial Minerals”, at Noordwijk (Amsterdam), 12-14 April 2021 (Full details here). 

Note: This Forum was postponed from 6-8 April 2020. We intend to retain as much as possible the original excellent programme of speakers for IMFORMED Rendezvous, 12-14 April 2021, […]

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

Mineral Recycling: Today’s Waste, Tomorrow’s Resource

FINAL WEEK EARLY BIRD RATE SAVING US$500
Latest confirmed speakers

ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS | MINERAL SUPPLY OPPORTUNITIES 
The strive towards the Circular Economy has boosted the evolution of recycling industrial waste. In turn, this has increased the potential of recycling industrial minerals from certain waste streams as technical and economic challenges in their sourcing, processing, cost, and distribution are overcome.

In […]

By |Monday, 20 January, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

So, farewell then Industrial Minerals magazine…

…you served the industry well

The end of an era for those in the mineral media world. The October-November 2019 issue of Industrial Minerals magazine marked its final edition.

An announcement in late October 2019 stated: “the printed version of Industrial Minerals will be merged into Fastmarkets’ Metal Market Magazine”.

This brings to a close 52 years of […]

By |Friday, 13 December, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals

Announcing IMFORMED 2020 Forums – Mark your Diaries
Mineral Recycling | Global Outlook | Magnesia | Oilfield | Fluorine | China Refractories
IMFORMED is delighted to announce an exciting portfolio of high profile conferences for 2020, providing the global industrial minerals business with topical and informative speaker presentations combined with invaluable networking opportunities to develop your business.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR […]

By |Thursday, 5 December, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

India’s mineral markets potential dances to the Bollywood Beat

Indian Minerals & Markets Forum 2019 Review

They call it the “City of Dreams”, or Mayanagri: Mumbai, rich in history and trade, is India’s financial and business hub as well as home to Bollywood.

Last week the city was host to a major gathering of international leading lights of the industrial minerals sector attending IMFORMED’s inaugural Indian […]

By |Thursday, 28 November, 2019|Newsfile|1 Comment

Fluorspar market outlook: Pitch-perfect in Prague

 Fluorine Forum 2019 Review

The great and the good of the global fluorine raw material supply chain gathered in Prague last month for an excellent three days of high profile presentations, discussion, and invaluable networking.

IMFORMED’s Fluorine Forum 2019, 21-23 October, was held at the centrally located and iconic Alcron Hotel in Prague. Now in its third […]

By |Thursday, 14 November, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

India’s Industrial Minerals’ Outlook

JUST ONE WEEK TO GO!
Forum Update | New Speakers

IMFORMED’s Indian Minerals & Markets Forum 2019, takes place on 18-20 November, at the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
India’s minerals industry is on the threshold of a new era with exciting growth potential in both established and emerging new mineral consuming markets.
Programme Update
New speaker additions include:
Indian mining & […]

By |Monday, 11 November, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar market points to Prague

Two weeks to go until Fluorine Forum 2019

With just under two weeks until IMFORMED’s Fluorine Forum 2019 at the Alcron Hotel, Prague, on 21-23 October, the great and the good of the global fluorine raw materials supply chain are readying themselves for two days of exceptional presentations, discussion, and networking.

In recent months the fluorine raw […]

By |Wednesday, 9 October, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments