Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 1

Overview, structure, & trends

The industrial minerals market is not always an easy one to understand. Minerals and rocks exploited for their non-metallurgical value represent a vital but frequently poorly understood sector of the global minerals industry – often (and rather unfairly) labelled as “unglamorous” and even “the Third World of the mining industry”!

But without industrial […]

By |Thursday, 14 March, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Prof. Wen Lu 1937-2018 | Authority on China’s industrial minerals

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Prof. Wen Lu, the respected authority on Chinese industrial minerals.

Wen Lu’s contribution to knowledge and understanding of China’s vast industrial minerals resources was second to none.

In particular, his communication of that knowledge, charming manner, and all round willingness in responding to and co-operating […]

By |Thursday, 14 March, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

Meet you at the SME Annual Meeting Denver

Smart Mining – Resources for a Connected World, 24-27 February 2019

Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED will be attending this year’s SME Annual Meeting & Expo, 25-27 February 2019 at the Denver Convention Center – more details here.

Very much looking forward to connecting with all our North American and international contacts and meeting new friends in the […]

By |Monday, 18 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals’ future & fundamentals

IMFORMED Rendezvous, 8-10 2019, Paris – Confirmed Programme
All you need to know, all you need to meet, all in one place


Bringing together and making connections for established players seeking new horizons, and newcomers evaluating the industrial minerals space. FULL CONFERENCE DETAILS HERE

Trying to get ahead in the industrial minerals […]

By |Tuesday, 12 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Are you set for the Circular Economy? Challenges & opportunities revealed here

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 Confirmed Programme

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019, Krakow, 4-6 March 2019 is bringing together the leading players to network and discuss the supply chain of recycling industrial minerals, from sourcing, supply, processing, logistics to end use applications and demand outlook.
Find out how the European Commission and IMA-Europe projects the industrial minerals industry’s role […]

By |Thursday, 7 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Who is winning the global lithium ion battery arms race?

By Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has caused upheaval in the lithium ion battery industry.

Before Elon Musk announced Tesla’s intention to build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery plant, The Gigafactory 1, lithium ion batteries were somewhat of a cottage industry geared to supplying a mobile consumer market […]

By |Monday, 28 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 convivial engagement with his friends and colleagues, Brian gallantly carried on as much as he could in the face of […]

By |Monday, 14 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 a most Happy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year, and very much look forward to continuing our business and meeting you […]

By |Wednesday, 2 January, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 China vital to the world’s refractory manufacturing sector.

The situation created real problems for refractory manufacturers requiring the likes of dead […]

By |Tuesday, 18 December, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments

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 constrained, negotiations and discussion have been at a higher level of intensity.

All of which lent a considerable buzz to last […]

By |Thursday, 25 October, 2018|Newsfile|0 Comments