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 >

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

Challenging & Changing Times: latest updates on Forums 2020-21

Plus: Proceedings & Wall Charts Available | The IMFORMED Crossword

To all our customers, sponsors, and supporters,

We hope you are staying safe and well in these challenging times.

Ensuring the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners & staff is our top priority.

IMFORMED continues to monitor the situation, assimilating advice, and assessing contingencies regarding the latest […]

By |Friday, 24 April, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

The IMFORMED Crossword Puzzle

Test your knowledge of industrial minerals & markets
Got some time on your hands? Why not give it a try? Learn in your lockdown.

By |Monday, 20 April, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Minerals world faces challenging future; potential positive outcomes provide ray of light – UPDATED

Market Monitor: US “critical” industry list | SA mine shutdown | Refractories | Steel | Foundry | Cement | Glass | Oilfield

Right now it’s hard to find anything but gloom and uncertainty for the near and possibly medium future for the industrial minerals industry.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to affect […]

By |Monday, 30 March, 2020|Newsfile|9 Comments

Recycling Industrial Minerals: Challenges, Solutions & Opportunities

Review of Mineral Recycling Forum 2020, Aachen

Last week’s IMFORMED Mineral Recycling Forum 2020 in Aachen, Germany squeaked in under the wire before the EU lockdown response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

With sensible precautionary measures in place and a communal enthusiasm to look out for one another while actively participating in the conference, some 40 hardy […]

By |Friday, 20 March, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

China’s mineral supply to global markets: dominance, diversity & disruption

COVID-19 impact continues as mineral consumers ponder future supply mind set

It’s happened a few times before: during the SARS outbreak of 2003, the Beijing Olympics of 2008, and most recently the 2017-19 anti-pollution drive, but this time the impact is being felt deeper and wider, and crucially, perhaps longer term.

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

By |Thursday, 5 March, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

UPDATED Advisory: Covid-19 Virus & IMFORMED Forums 2020

Ensuring the health & safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, & staff is our top priority
IMFORMED is diligently monitoring the situation, assimilating advice from relevant authorities, and assessing contingencies regarding the […]

By |Thursday, 27 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia supply sector consolidates further

Refra buys QMAG to boost captive magnesia supply & eyes non-refractory markets

The long awaited outcome of Sibelco’s sale of Queensland Magnesia Pty Ltd (QMAG) finally came to a conclusion last month with the 14 January announcement from major refractories group Refratechnik, Germany, that it had entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of […]

By |Wednesday, 12 February, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

Logistics key to industrial minerals market success – UPDATED

Port of Amsterdam is Lead Sponsor for IMFORMED Rendezvous 2021

IMFORMED is delighted to announce Port of Amsterdam as Lead Sponsor to our IMFORMED Rendezvous “Vision for Industrial Minerals”, Noordwijk-Amsterdam, 12-14 April 2021 – full details here (Note: this Forum was postponed from 6-8 April 2020).
One of the primary gateways to Europe’s markets, Amsterdam has a substantial industrial minerals network […]

By |Tuesday, 11 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments