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 >

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

Brian O’Connell 1965-2019

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brian O’Connell, long standing friend and expert to the oilfield industry, particularly with respect to barite purchasing at Halliburton.

With his joy of life and trademark convivial engagement with his friends and colleagues, Brian gallantly carried on as much as he could in the face of […]

By |Monday, 14 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Best Wishes for a Happy & Prosperous 2019

As IMFORMED nears its fourth 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 you […]

By |Wednesday, 2 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Jean-Pierre Collart 1941-2018

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jean-Pierre Collart on Wednesday 19 December 2018. He passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and friends.

Jean-Pierre, or “JP” as he was known, was Managing Director of JPC Minerals SA, based in Belgium, and longstanding friend and business contact to many […]

By |Thursday, 20 December, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

China’s refractory mineral supply – a New World: review & outlook

Heading into 2019, China’s mineral supply squeeze continues to challenge world refractory producers

A range of factors arising in 2017 and spilling into 2018 significantly compounded the shortage of key refractory (and other) mineral exports from China vital to the world’s refractory manufacturing sector.

The situation created real problems for refractory manufacturers requiring the likes of dead […]

By |Tuesday, 18 December, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar market outlook | Madrid meet hits the spot

Fluorine Forum 2018 Review

The beginning of the year’s final quarter is always a busy time for the fluorspar market, as consumers seek to secure supply for the following year.

With prices at six-year highs and availability constrained, negotiations and discussion have been at a higher level of intensity.

All of which lent a considerable buzz to last […]

By |Thursday, 25 October, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

China minerals supply outlook: Shanghai showdown

Review of China Refractory & Abrasive Minerals Forum 2018

Well, the Chinese Year of the Dog has certainly lived up to its name as suppliers, traders, and consumers of Chinese refractory and abrasive minerals strive to secure supply contracts under challenging circumstances for 2019 as we head into Q4 2018.

The continuing tightness in supply and uncertainty […]

By |Friday, 12 October, 2018|Newsfile|2 Comments

Fluorspar outlook: a new era dawns?

Was 2017 a turning point for the world fluorspar market? Can prices maintain their recent high levels? How will the new wave of supply sources influence the market? How will the latest developments in the fluorochemicals sector impact demand?

These discussion points and many others will be under the spotlight at IMFORMED’s Fluorine Forum 2018, Madrid, […]

By |Thursday, 4 October, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments