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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 […]

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 […]

Dragon’s dominance in decline? Refractory mineral world ponders sourcing future

Review of China Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE
As we head towards the Chinese New Year of the Tiger (1 February 2022), it is timely to review some of the key issues influencing the supply of Chinese […]

Get back into action with IMFORMED for 2022 – Confirmed Speakers

 As IMFORMED nears its seventh anniversary, Mike and Ismene would like to thank all our customers, sponsors, friends, and families for their unstinting support during this last, and somewhat challenging, year.

May we take this opportunity to wish […]

Oilfield Minerals Outlook: Review of ONLINE Forum 2021

Oil & Gas Market | Barite | Bentonite | Pollucite/Caesium Formate | Gilsonite
While it wasn’t quite the usual fizz and excitement of our annual in-person event in Houston where we bring together the great and the […]

Fluorspar supply sources emerge: Mongolia | USA | Canada | Greenland

Being designated a “critical mineral” in the EU and more recently in the USA has certainly assisted fluorspar’s standing as an exploration target.

However, those already in the market have known for some years now that […]

New dawn for Brazilian bauxite

Bautek expands & enters refractory, abrasive, chemical markets
It is often said that timing is everything. And right now, the timing of bringing to market any new or alternative source of aluminosilicate minerals outside of China […]

Refractory Mineral Maelstrom: The heat is on | Seen & heard at ICR Aachen

China Crisis Deepens | Refra-Horn Recycling JV | Cofermin Magnesia Arm | Alumina Issues
Last week’s 64th International Refractories Colloquium held in Aachen, organised by the European Centre for Refractories gGmbH (ECREF) was a somewhat surreal […]

Magnesia markets outlook: MagForum 2021 ONLINE Review

Supply & Demand | China | CO2 Reduction | Sensor Sorting | Process Costs | Digitisation | Dolomite | Synthetic MgO | Trading | Chemical Markets
In what has proved to be another most challenging year […]

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Refractory Raw Material World Sources Map®

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Primary world sources and production capacity of key refractory raw materials

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Primary world sources and production capacity of key magnesia raw materials

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Mineral Market Matrix®

At a glance guide: which minerals for which markets