Fluorspar markets: the cold, the hot, & the energetic

Fluorine is a vital element to some of our primary manufacturing industries – chemicals, steel, aluminium – and more recently, the soaring Li-ion battery market.

However, the main raw material feedstock, the mineral fluorspar, is only produced in a few countries, with one of the main sources facing cutbacks, and consumers keenly awaiting new sources to […]

By |Monday, 29 July, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Fluorspar supply: trade trends & new sources

Fluorspar supply for 2018 was reasonably tight, mainly owing to mine closures from environmental controls in China, and limited production from new and emerging producers in Canada and Asia.

This looks set to continue through 2019 and even 2020 unless new capacity in South Africa and Canada starts to materialise later this year, as the respective […]

By |Thursday, 18 July, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Oilfield minerals rock in Houston

Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum 2019 Review

A high profile panel of expert speakers covering drilling fluids, barite, proppants, logistics, and processing and some 130 leading decision makers from the global oilfield mineral supply chain gathered in Houston last month to participate, learn, and enjoy at IMFORMED’s Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum 2019, 10-12 June at […]

By |Wednesday, 10 July, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Talkin’ Oilfield Minerals – Houston style

Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum Houston 2019, 10-12 June

Just a brief note to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and delegates for supporting and participating in such a successful and enjoyable Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum Houston 2019 last week (10-12 June, at the Hilton Post Oak).

The meeting had a real buzz about […]

By |Friday, 21 June, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia market meets in Bilbao

MagForum 2019 Review – a market in transition?

A sunny Bilbao beckoned the leading lights of the world magnesia market to gather and discuss the industry’s latest trends and developments at IMFORMED’s MagForum 2019, at the Occidental Bilbao during 13-15 May 2019.

Over 200 attendees from across the magnesia minerals supply chain enjoyed the sumptuous Welcome Reception […]

By |Sunday, 26 May, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals’ future shines in the City of Light

Review of IMFORMED Rendezvous, 8-9 April 2019, Paris

You can’t beat Paris in the Springtime, and you would be hard pushed to beat a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd discussing the future and fundamentals of the industrial minerals business in Paris last month.

The inaugural IMFORMED Rendezvous held at Les Jardins du Marais, 8-10 April, brought together […]

By |Wednesday, 8 May, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

CIMBAR opens new US barite plant & acquires ATH plant

CIMBAR Performance Minerals Inc. has recently opened a new barite operation in Marietta, Ohio, serving the north-east regional oilfield market.

The new plant’s main product is API Drilling Grade Barite with a production capacity of around 125-150,000 tpa and represented an investment of approximately US$5.5m.

According to CIMBAR, the northeastern US oil and gas market has maintained […]

By |Thursday, 25 April, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Rendezvous in Paris in the Spring – Thank you!

Just a quick note to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and delegates for supporting and participating in such positive fashion at our inaugural IMFORMED Rendezvous this week (8-10 April, at Les Jardins du Marais).
It was a real pleasure to facilitate such a vibrant forum on its first outing for a wonderful […]

By |Thursday, 11 April, 2019|Newsfile|1 Comment

Squaring the Circular Economy with industrial minerals

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 Krakow – Review

This year’s Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 took place in the lovely city of Kraków, south Poland, where international delegates from across the supply chain of industrial mineral recycling gathered to network and listen to an expert panel of speakers.

The Welcome Reception at the Malecon Restaurant provided excellent views across […]

By |Tuesday, 2 April, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 2

Drivers, factors, keys to success

Following on from our earlier analysis of the underlying principles of the industrial minerals business (see Part 1: Overview, structure & key takeaways), here we discover what makes it tick, by highlighting the industry’s drivers, influencing factors, and keys to success.

All these aspects of the market and more will discussed and […]

By |Thursday, 21 March, 2019|Newsfile|3 Comments