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 >

Rendezvous in Paris in the Spring – Thank you!

Just a quick note to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and delegates for supporting and participating in such positive fashion at our inaugural IMFORMED Rendezvous this week (8-10 April, at Les Jardins du Marais).
It was a real pleasure to facilitate such a vibrant forum on its first outing for a wonderful […]

By |Thursday, 11 April, 2019|Newsfile|1 Comment

Squaring the Circular Economy with industrial minerals

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 Krakow – Review

This year’s Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 took place in the lovely city of Kraków, south Poland, where international delegates from across the supply chain of industrial mineral recycling gathered to network and listen to an expert panel of speakers.

The Welcome Reception at the Malecon Restaurant provided excellent views across […]

By |Tuesday, 2 April, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 2

Drivers, factors, keys to success

Following on from our earlier analysis of the underlying principles of the industrial minerals business (see Part 1: Overview, structure & key takeaways), here we discover what makes it tick, by highlighting the industry’s drivers, influencing factors, and keys to success.

All these aspects of the market and more will discussed and […]

By |Thursday, 21 March, 2019|Newsfile|3 Comments

Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 1

Overview, structure, & trends

The industrial minerals market is not always an easy one to understand. Minerals and rocks exploited for their non-metallurgical value represent a vital but frequently poorly understood sector of the global minerals industry – often (and rather unfairly) labelled as “unglamorous” and even “the Third World of the mining industry”!

But without industrial […]

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

Prof. Wen Lu 1937-2018 | Authority on China’s industrial minerals

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Prof. Wen Lu, the respected authority on Chinese industrial minerals.

Wen Lu’s contribution to knowledge and understanding of China’s vast industrial minerals resources was second to none.

In particular, his communication of that knowledge, charming manner, and all round willingness in responding to and co-operating […]

By |Thursday, 14 March, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019, Krakow, 4-6 March

Looking forward to meeting all and networking in the beautiful city of Krakow next week at Mineral Recycling Forum 2019.

Excellent speakers on key topics driving the evolution of the secondary raw material supply chain for industrial mineral markets.

Competitive manufacturing industries in Europe: circular economy and access to raw materials
Maria Nyberg, Policy Officer, European Commission, […]

By |Sunday, 3 March, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet you at the SME Annual Meeting Denver

Smart Mining – Resources for a Connected World, 24-27 February 2019

Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED will be attending this year’s SME Annual Meeting & Expo, 25-27 February 2019 at the Denver Convention Center – more details here.

Very much looking forward to connecting with all our North American and international contacts and meeting new friends in the […]

By |Monday, 18 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals’ future & fundamentals

IMFORMED Rendezvous, 8-10 2019, Paris – Confirmed Programme
All you need to know, all you need to meet, all in one place


Bringing together and making connections for established players seeking new horizons, and newcomers evaluating the industrial minerals space. FULL CONFERENCE DETAILS HERE

Trying to get ahead in the industrial minerals […]

By |Tuesday, 12 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Are you set for the Circular Economy? Challenges & opportunities revealed here

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 Confirmed Programme

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019, Krakow, 4-6 March 2019 is bringing together the leading players to network and discuss the supply chain of recycling industrial minerals, from sourcing, supply, processing, logistics to end use applications and demand outlook.
Find out how the European Commission and IMA-Europe projects the industrial minerals industry’s role […]

By |Thursday, 7 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Who is winning the global lithium ion battery arms race?

By Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has caused upheaval in the lithium ion battery industry.

Before Elon Musk announced Tesla’s intention to build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery plant, The Gigafactory 1, lithium ion batteries were somewhat of a cottage industry geared to supplying a mobile consumer market […]

By |Monday, 28 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments