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Magnesia Market Review: coming out the other side stronger

Seen & Heard at MagForum 2022 Noordwijk
Last year the magnesia industry brushed off the pandemic blues by gathering for a glorious few days at Noordwijk on the Dutch coast to attend IMFORMED’s MagForum 2022, 7-9 June 2022.

And what a few days it was! Outstanding networking after so many Zoom meetings, and an excellent variety of […]

By |Wednesday, 25 January, 2023|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield minerals market outlook & 2022 review

Barite | Bauxite | Frac sand | Leonardite | Logistics | Sourcing | China | Morocco | Mexico
The New Year rise of oil prices should come as some reassurance to suppliers of industrial minerals to the oilfield market, having faced headwinds and depressing news over the last three years or so. But there are mixed messages […]

By |Wednesday, 11 January, 2023|Newsfile|0 Comments

Let IMFORMED bring the mineral markets together for you in 2023

 As IMFORMED nears its eighth anniversary, Mike and Ismene would like to thank all our customers, sponsors, friends, and families for their unstinting support during 2022.
The last three years has been challenging, particularly 2020-21, and 2022 should perhaps be marked as a year in transition: the world cautiously exited pandemic lockdowns and returned to travel and “normal” […]

By |Tuesday, 3 January, 2023|Newsfile, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Memoriam: David Holmes | David Delamore | Malcolm Crawford

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of three friends and colleagues from the industrial minerals world.

Each were stalwarts of the industrial minerals business, widely respected and recognised for their individual areas of expertise, fondly remembered for their contributions and participation at industry events, and above all for their friendship to […]

By |Tuesday, 20 December, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

“Recycling is coming”: mineral industry gears up for supply chain evolution

Mineral Recycling Forum 2022 Dubrovnik Review | 2023? same place, same time!
If we were to talk about high drama in Dubrovnik, you would be forgiven for immediately thinking of the successful medieval fantasy TV drama series Game of Thrones, much of which was filmed in and around the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik.

However, those attending […]

By |Thursday, 24 November, 2022|Newsfile|2 Comments

China refractory minerals outlook in transition

As we head towards the final quarter of 2022 and look towards 2023 and beyond, the international refractory industry is readying itself for a busy period of important international refractory meetings (ICR, Aachen; ALAFAR, Foz do Iguaçu; IREFCON, Kolkata).

Kicking off the season was IMFORMED’s China Refractory Minerals Forum 2022 ONLINE held on 14 September 2022 […]

By |Monday, 26 September, 2022|Newsfile|4 Comments

Cofermin Chrome gets flexible in “unprecedented” market climate

Since its restructuring and new management announced in January 2021, we have been reporting on the evolution of Essen-based global mineral distributor Cofermin Group.

In this latest follow-up article we focus on the management and role of Cofermin’s chromite division, Cofermin Chrome, established in 2015.
Title Image Chromite Horizons: One of South Africa’s leading sources of speciality […]

By |Monday, 26 September, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Salt market awaits new sources as demand grows amid Asian shortages

New sources of salt are being developed to meet the rising demand for salt worldwide. Some 330m tonnes of salt is consumed globally, with the primary markets being the chloralkali and deicing sectors.

The Asia-Pacific region is seeing significant market demand growth estimated at 35% over the next decade. However, the region has been beset by shortages […]

By |Monday, 19 September, 2022|Newsfile|2 Comments

Canada Fluorspar: new owner & restart on the cards?

Fluorspar market awaits outcome as it readies to meet at Fluorine Forum 2022
Canada’s beleaguered newcomer to the global fluorspar supply sector, Canada Fluorspar Inc. (CFI), is awaiting news, potentially by mid-October 2022, of a positive outcome to end its period of interim receivership and closure since February 2022.

On 30 August, Newfoundland’s Supreme Court granted an […]

By |Friday, 2 September, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Refractory mineral trends: IMFORMED has it covered

IMFORMED was delighted and honoured to have its Refractory Raw Material World Sources Map® reproduced in the feature articles section of the August 2022 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin (map details here).

The section focused on mineral supply for the ceramics and glass industry, including critical mineral supply chains and refractory raw materials.

Also featured was an […]

By |Thursday, 1 September, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments