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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|1 Comment

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

China minerals meltdown 2: long hot summer of discontent smoulders on

China customs sharpens up | Bauxite & magnesite latest | US trade war impact
China Minerals Forum 2018 Early Bird Rate ends Friday 3 August

As the summer of 2018 rolls on, temperatures have been rising in China where prospects for signs of some stabilisation in mineral trade availability and pricing are anything but certain.

Continuing environmental inspections […]

By |Monday, 30 July, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia market summit: a Hamburg Humdinger

MagForum 2018 Review

The great and the good of the global magnesia business gathered at IMFORMED’s MagForum 2018 conference held 17-20 June, at the Grande Elysée Hotel, Hamburg.

And what a superb MagForum it turned out to be, the largest yet with 230 international attendees networking and discussing the key issues influencing the industry, stimulated with a […]

By |Monday, 9 July, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

China and raw material security dominates European refractory industry

IMFORMED proud to present at PRE & ANFRE meetings
Refractory raw material supply availability is the chief concern among Europe’s refractory producers as the situation in China, the primary source of key refractory minerals, continues to indicate future supply disruptions.

This was very much in evidence at two key meetings held recently in which IMFORMED was invited […]

By |Friday, 15 June, 2018|Newsfile|6 Comments

Magnesia source alternatives emerge in Serbia and Australia

 

With the prospect of continued short supply from the world’s major source of magnesia in China, traders and buyers are seeking alternatives worldwide.

Among several potential possibilities these now include a planned rejuvenation of a dormant magnesia producer in Serbia, and a greenfield site offering raw magnesite in Australia.

At MagForum 2018, Hamburg, 17-20 June 2018, Dr […]

By |Wednesday, 23 May, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

Hawaii comes to Houston

Oilfield Minerals Forum 2018 Review

Whether it was the spirit of Aloha evoked by the Hawaiian-themed Welcome Reception organised by Excalibar Minerals, or the rising oil price supporting a recovery in drill rig activity, the positive buzz surrounding this year’s Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum Houston made it seem like the good times were back again, […]

By |Tuesday, 15 May, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

China’s refractory minerals crisis: dark days of the Dog continue

Magnesia, bauxite, and BFA production halts in Liaoning, Henan, Shanxi

In our last post on the subject of China’s refractory minerals squeeze (see Dog Days ahead for Chinese mineral consumers? Newsfile 13 February 2018) I postulated that perhaps by the end of the Chinese New Year of the Dog celebrations, in early March, or maybe by mid-year, […]

By |Monday, 30 April, 2018|Newsfile|4 Comments

Refractory raw material supply “the single most important challenge”

Refractory Rendezvous Delhi – IREFCON18 Report

Yes, the weather was warm and pleasant, as was the hospitality, and the quality of attendees appeared to excel over the 2016 event by most accounts.

But what a difference two years makes in the refractories world: this time the conference was markedly upbeat in nature, fed by positive market performance.

However, […]

By |Wednesday, 28 March, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

Southern Sand Storm

How US proppant demand has influenced ceramic mineral supply

Since the mid-2000s, three of the most important ceramic raw materials – silica, kaolin, and bauxite – have been in high demand from the North American oil and gas drilling industry as proppants in its pursuit of developing unconventional resources, in particular, shale gas and shale oil.

After […]

By |Wednesday, 21 March, 2018|Newsfile|4 Comments