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 >

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

2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals

Introduction to Mining Engineering’s annual review of industrial minerals
IMFORMED is delighted and honoured to have been invited to write the introductory article “2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals” for Mining Engineering’s latest annual review of industrial minerals.

The article, written by Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, has just been published in the July 2020 issue of Mining Engineering (ME; […]

By |Monday, 13 July, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

WEBINAR: Industrial Minerals – Trade War, Politics, & Covid-19

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2020 | 22:00 SINGAPORE | 15:00 LONDON | 10:00 EST
The industrial minerals sector has been rocked; first, by the US-China trade war, its ensuing political tensions, and then by the pandemic.
Join IMFORMED and Tractus Asia to learn about recent market developments, potential strategies to mitigate risk and take advantage of opportunities, with […]

By |Friday, 10 July, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia from the “Roof of the World” to Kentucky

First Chinese MgO-C refractory plant in US: PRCO America to use high purity Tibet magnesia source
Liaoning magnesia supply hit by new dynamite ban
The US refractories market is to have its first Chinese-owned magnesia-carbon brick plant, possibly operational by the end of 2020, and consuming recently developed high purity magnesia from Tibet.

PRCO America Inc., a wholly owned […]

By |Tuesday, 30 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

2020 Global Magnesia Refractory Conference/Webinar – Northeast Asia Magnesia Exchange

9-10 July 2020 14:00-18:00 Beijing Time
In-person & Virtual Conference
Lihua Hotel, Dashiqiao, Liaoning Province, China
Northeast Asia Magnesia Exchange
Liaoning Magnesium Industry Development Group
IMFORMED Industrial Mineral Forums & Research
China Refractory Industry Association
Liaoning Non-metallic Mineral Industry […]

By |Tuesday, 30 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

WEBINAR: Fluorspar market trends 25 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 | Threat of alternatives to fluorspar
Organised by Roskill | panel participation by IMFORMED
25 June 2020

Roskill will present its latest views and insights on the fluorspar industry and the entire F-supply chain, examining the challenges caused by COVID-19 given the impact the pandemic is having globally, and what the future may have in store […]

By |Thursday, 18 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments