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 maelstrom in China

Industry heads to MagForum 2017 Kraków for answers and latest outlook

Accounting for about 70% of world magnesite production and just over 60% of world magnesia production, China has a strong influence over the global magnesia market.

But even by its normal, and frequently unpredictable standards, China has ensured that the magnesia industry will already remember 2017 as […]

By |Wednesday, 31 May, 2017|Newsfile|1 Comment

Ceramic proppant outlook: trying to build a market on sand

The phrase “building on sand” has an unfortunate ring of reality to those ceramic proppant suppliers striving to attain some purchase on the wave of recovery currently sweeping the North American hydraulic fracturing market today.

Proppant producers and oilfield service companies are enjoying a most buoyant recovery period from the oil price decline doldrums of 2015/16, […]

By |Thursday, 11 May, 2017|Newsfile|3 Comments

Frac Sand Frenzy Part 2 ?

As the year’s First Quarter reports start to roll in it is already clear that 2017 is going to turn out to be a marker in the recovery of the proppants industry of North America.

Frac sand producers and oilfield service companies alike are all pointing towards a ramping up of activity, proppant consumption, and revenues.

Increased […]

By |Tuesday, 25 April, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Barite miners in Nigeria receive government boost; call for import ban to be reinstated

Nigeria’s barite sector is hoping to enter a new era of development that will enable it to compete more favourably with the dominant and superior quality barite imports.

The Nigerian government recently launched its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, of which one of its main targets is the mining sector, and in particular, the stimulation of […]

By |Monday, 24 April, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Mineral logistic challenges & innovations: getting on top of it all

The importance of logistics in transporting industrial minerals from mine to market came under the spotlight last week at IMFORMED’s Mineral Logistics Forum 2017, 10-11 April 2017, held at The College Hotel, Amsterdam.

This is the third Mineral Logistics Forum by IMFORMED which uniquely brings together leading players in the mineral logistics supply chain to discuss […]

By |Friday, 21 April, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield minerals market: Year of recovery

The oilfield minerals industry is emerging from the doldrums of 2015/16 with renewed vigour and expectations of rising demand during the next two years at least.

Increased E&P spending and drilling activity in the USA has rejuvenated the market for oilfield minerals such as barite, bentonite, calcium carbonate and proppants.

Outside North America, recovery is less pronounced, […]

By |Thursday, 23 March, 2017|Newsfile|1 Comment

Waste deep in opportunities

Mineral Recycling Forum 2017 Review

Rotterdam was again the setting for IMFORMED’s second Mineral Recycling Forum last week, 7-8 March 2017, bringing together leading players in the fast evolving secondary raw materials sector.

A real buzz was felt among the delegates as they listened to experts presenting on a range of topical subjects followed by much discussion […]

By |Wednesday, 15 March, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Mineral Logistics Forum: 2020 vision for Port of Amsterdam

Shipping Outlook | Kaolin from Brazil | New Silk Way | Mineral Inspection |  Fertiliser Minerals

By 2020 the largest sea lock in the world will open in IJmuiden, increasing the Port of Amsterdam’s total transhipment tonnage from 96 to 125m tonnes.

The new sea lock will be larger, wider, and tide independent, enabling a new generation […]

By |Thursday, 9 March, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Imerys appeal dismissed: Andalusite Resources merger prohibition stands

And the winner is…the Competition Tribunal of South Africa, plus consumers of andalusite for refractories: no mixed up envelopes in this drama.

The Appeal Court in South Africa today ruled in favour of the Competition Tribunal and dismissed the Appeal by Imerys and Andalusite Resources (Pty) Ltd to overturn the SA Competition Commission’s initial 2015 decision […]

By |Thursday, 2 March, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments

Li-ion battery recycling: no worries for raw material suppliers…yet

The emergence of secondary raw materials becoming a more mainstream source of recycled industrial minerals is to increase in significance in the overall supply chain from mine to market.

However, the diversification of end use markets and the manufactured products consumed within them create differing degrees of complexity and varying rates of ultimate success in their […]

By |Tuesday, 14 February, 2017|Newsfile|0 Comments