UK minerals’ moment in the sun

CRM reality check, sustainability & recycling | EIG 2022 Review
IMFORMED was honoured to speak on recycling industrial minerals at last week’s 22nd Extractive Industry Geology Conference, hosted by the Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter.

Some 170 delegates from across the UK’s minerals industry attended this well-established event enjoying the sunshine, a range […]

By |Wednesday, 13 July, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial Minerals Review 2021-22

Testing times sustain market turmoil, but outlook positive
2020-21 was all about coping with COVID-19 and responding to the pandemic’s ramifications and the subsequent recovering market demand. While 2021-22 has seen a continuation of this trend, also thrown into the mix has been the tragic Russia-Ukraine conflict which has compounded the situation further.

In short, the industrial […]

By |Friday, 1 July, 2022|Newsfile|2 Comments

Cofermin has the right “chemistry”

Last year we reported on the latest stage of evolution of global mineral distributor Cofermin Group, as it entered a new era of management in January 2021.

In this latest follow-up article we focus on the management and role of Cofermin’s chemicals division.
Title Image Chemical “sourcerers”: Pictured here is fluorspar, shipped from source to market, one […]

By |Tuesday, 21 June, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorine growth in batteries & semiconductors | Fluorspar supply tightens

Review of Fluorine Forum 2021 ONLINE
The global fluorine raw materials supply chain is undergoing a period of some challenge.

In addition to the widespread disruption caused by the pandemic and ongoing logistical issues, compounded by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the fluorspar market is witnessing increased demand from traditional and fast evolving sectors, especially in Li-ion batteries and […]

By |Tuesday, 31 May, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

“Beyond Commodities”: Successful start for Cofermin’s new magnesia arm IMagine

Leading industrial minerals distributor Cofermin Group has strengthened its magnesia offering amid its expanding mineral portfolio by establishing a new division to specifically focus on magnesia material supply and markets.

The new arm, called IMagine, was launched in July 2021, and will focus not just on refractory grade magnesias, but across the whole spectrum of magnesia […]

By |Monday, 30 May, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Bernhard Krüger, “King of Chromite”, celebrates his 60th work-anniversary at the sharp end

Usually all good things must come to an end, although there’s one man in the minerals business whose “good thing” continues to last, even after decades longer than most others in the industry.

On 15 May 2022, Bernhard Krüger, these days a Member of the Supervisory Board at Cofermin Group, celebrates a magnificent 60 years in […]

By |Wednesday, 11 May, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

First Bauxite acquires US calcination plants

US Ceramics assets add processing & logistics capabilities for refractory, proppant, & flame retardant markets
Emerging non-metallurgical bauxite producer, First Bauxite LLC (FBX), which is exploiting the Bonasika high purity gibbsitic bauxite deposit in Guyana, has greatly reinforced and expanded its production potential by acquiring ceramic proppant producer US Ceramics LLC (USC).
Title image Bauxite to Burn: […]

By |Monday, 9 May, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield minerals outlook: facing a “multi-year upcycle”?

US demand tight | International growth | Frac sand surge | Barite India & Nigeria
The oilfield market for industrial minerals – such as barite, bentonite, silica sand, calcium carbonate, graphite, and bauxite – used in a range of applications including drilling fluids, stimulation, and well cementing – appears to be entering a period of strong […]

By |Wednesday, 4 May, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial mineral supply disruption: Ukraine crisis

Ceramic clay supply cut off | Tile producers’ stocks running out | Graphite expansion on hold
As the Russia-Ukraine war tragically passes its 50th day, with still no end in sight, industrial mineral supply chains and markets continue facing widespread disruption and uncertainty.

Since the war started on 24 February 2022, many industrial mineral companies we have talked […]

By |Sunday, 17 April, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments

XI European Congress of Refractory Raw Materials, Barcelona 11-12 May 2022

We are delighted to announce that ANFRE, Spain (National Association of Manufacturers of Refractories, Materials and Related Services) and IMFORMED, have joined forces to present the:
XI European Congress of Refractory Raw Materials, Machinery & Installation
Hotel Condes, Barcelona, 11-12 May 2022
A stimulating conference focusing on key aspects of the refractory raw materials industry and enabling an […]

By |Thursday, 3 February, 2022|Newsfile|0 Comments