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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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