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 >

Magnesia in Question: China & World Trends Discussed

Report on NAIME’s Magnesia & Refractory Webinar Dashiqiao 9 July 2020
Last week IMFORMED was delighted to be invited to present on world magnesia supply trends at a special conference and webinar organised by the Northeast Asian Industrial Minerals Exchange (NAIME), Beijing Easynai Information Technology Co. Ltd, and the Liaoning Magnesium Industry Development Group.

“2020 Global Magnesia […]

By |Thursday, 16 July, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals

Introduction to Mining Engineering’s annual review of industrial minerals
IMFORMED is delighted and honoured to have been invited to write the introductory article “2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals” for Mining Engineering’s latest annual review of industrial minerals.

The article, written by Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, has just been published in the July 2020 issue of Mining Engineering (ME; […]

By |Monday, 13 July, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

WEBINAR: Industrial Minerals – Trade War, Politics, & Covid-19

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2020 | 22:00 SINGAPORE | 15:00 LONDON | 10:00 EST
The industrial minerals sector has been rocked; first, by the US-China trade war, its ensuing political tensions, and then by the pandemic.
Join IMFORMED and Tractus Asia to learn about recent market developments, potential strategies to mitigate risk and take advantage of opportunities, with […]

By |Friday, 10 July, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia from the “Roof of the World” to Kentucky

First Chinese MgO-C refractory plant in US: PRCO America to use high purity Tibet magnesia source
Liaoning magnesia supply hit by new dynamite ban
The US refractories market is to have its first Chinese-owned magnesia-carbon brick plant, possibly operational by the end of 2020, and consuming recently developed high purity magnesia from Tibet.

PRCO America Inc., a wholly owned […]

By |Tuesday, 30 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

2020 Global Magnesia Refractory Conference/Webinar – Northeast Asia Magnesia Exchange

9-10 July 2020 14:00-18:00 Beijing Time
In-person & Virtual Conference
Lihua Hotel, Dashiqiao, Liaoning Province, China
Northeast Asia Magnesia Exchange
Liaoning Magnesium Industry Development Group
IMFORMED Industrial Mineral Forums & Research
China Refractory Industry Association
Liaoning Non-metallic Mineral Industry […]

By |Tuesday, 30 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

WEBINAR: Fluorspar market trends 25 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 | Threat of alternatives to fluorspar
Organised by Roskill | panel participation by IMFORMED
25 June 2020

Roskill will present its latest views and insights on the fluorspar industry and the entire F-supply chain, examining the challenges caused by COVID-19 given the impact the pandemic is having globally, and what the future may have in store […]

By |Thursday, 18 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorine focus: new & alternative source developments Part 2

Non-fluorspar sources – evolving & utilised; FSA a game changer?

As we examined in Part 1, new fluorspar deposit developments in North America are showing signs of increased activity (see Part 1: North American mineral prospects – so who’s doing what?).

In Part 2, we examine the progress with alternative fluorine sources such as fluorosilicic acid (FSA), […]

By |Thursday, 11 June, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

Fluorine focus: new & alternative source developments Part 1

North American mineral prospects – so who’s doing what?

New fluorspar deposit development and progress with alternative fluorine sources such as fluorosilicic acid (FSA), depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUHF), mine tailings, and aluminium fluoride (AlF3) from bauxite are all receiving increasing attention.

Although the world economy and industry is understandably experiencing a slowdown owing to the ramifications of […]

By |Friday, 5 June, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

The IMFORMED Industrial Minerals Crossword – winner announced, solutions available

We hope everyone is safe and bearing up as well as can be in these challenging times.

Our stab at some light relief was putting out The IMFORMED Crossword Puzzle last month. We are most grateful for the kind comments and feedback we have received.

Scores are in. Close runners-up were, in reverse order:



By |Wednesday, 27 May, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

RMCC Russian brucite project progress: Asian magnesium hydroxide markets targeted

European processing option realised with Quimialmel, Spain

Leading brucite producer, Russian Mining Chemical Co. LLC (RMCC), has completed the first stage of development of what is claimed as the world’s largest deposit of brucite (the natural mineral of magnesium hydroxide), and has joined forces with Quimialmel to process brucite in Spain.

Located in the Jewish Autonomous Region, […]

By |Thursday, 21 May, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments