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Fluorspar supply: trade trends & new sources

Fluorspar supply for 2018 was reasonably tight, mainly owing to mine closures from environmental controls in China, and limited production from new and emerging producers in Canada and Asia.

This looks set to continue through 2019 […]

Oilfield minerals rock in Houston

Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum 2019 Review

A high profile panel of expert speakers covering drilling fluids, barite, proppants, logistics, and processing and some 130 leading decision makers from the global oilfield mineral supply chain gathered […]

Talkin’ Oilfield Minerals – Houston style

Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum Houston 2019, 10-12 June

Just a brief note to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and delegates for supporting and participating in such a successful and enjoyable Oilfield […]

Magnesia market meets in Bilbao

MagForum 2019 Review – a market in transition?

A sunny Bilbao beckoned the leading lights of the world magnesia market to gather and discuss the industry’s latest trends and developments at IMFORMED’s MagForum 2019, at the […]

Industrial minerals’ future shines in the City of Light

Review of IMFORMED Rendezvous, 8-9 April 2019, Paris

You can’t beat Paris in the Springtime, and you would be hard pushed to beat a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd discussing the future and fundamentals of the […]

CIMBAR opens new US barite plant & acquires ATH plant

CIMBAR Performance Minerals Inc. has recently opened a new barite operation in Marietta, Ohio, serving the north-east regional oilfield market.

The new plant’s main product is API Drilling Grade Barite with a production capacity of around […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Magnesia World Sources Map®

Primary world sources and production capacity of key magnesia raw materials

Published June 2018

Refractory Raw Material World Sources Map®

Primary world sources and production capacity of key refractory raw materials

Mineral Market Matrix®

At a glance guide: which minerals for which markets