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Lower Chinese prices push white fused alumina market down

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

The material has depreciated somewhat from the heights reached at the beginning of the year, with an evident split between cheaper Chinese material and more expensive prices from other regions.

Showa Denko sets up battery materials subsidiary in China

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

The Japanese company will supply anode material, carbon nanotubes and other products for use in lithium-ion batteries in China, hoping to seize business opportunities in the leading battery market in Asia.

BATTERY MATERIALS CONF: Easpring expects increasing demand for battery materials on NEV expansion

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:30:00 GMT

China-based cathode supplier Easpring believes that demand for battery materials will be driven by expansion of the new energy vehicles sector worldwide.

Rio Tinto raises speciality alumina output in Q1

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Bauxite production increased from last year but was down by 8% from Q4 last year due to wet weather affecting mining operations.

Chinese graphite exports, imports rise y-o-y in Feb

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Chinese demand for graphite was notably stronger at the beginning of this year than in early 2017, contributing to firm prices, while imports of non-Chinese graphite are increasing significantly.

Spherical graphite price grows on tight supply

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The price for uncoated spherical graphite in China has increased twice over the course of one month, while demand from overseas buyers has led to a rebound in Chinese export volumes.

Global spot iodine prices tick up on tight supply, bullish sentiment

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Tight supply is driving bullishness among producers and could influence contract price negotiations in the near future, sources said.

Tharisa reports record March-quarter chrome concentrate production

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:30:00 GMT

Tharisa has reported a record quarterly production of 367,000 tonnes of chrome concentrate in the three months to March 31.

Brazilian ATH exports fall 87% in March on Hydro’s output cut

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Market concerns that Hydro’s production cuts would affect alumina hydrate output seem to be proving accurate after both March and first-quarter exports dropped on an annual comparison.

Graphite juniors news in brief, April 4

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Armadale Capital, Alba Mineral Resources, Archer Exploration, Black Rock Mining and Magnis Resources.

Chinese spherical graphite exports at seven-year high on surging EV demand

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT

The increase in demand for the material, a major main component in battery anodes, follows a surge in production forecasts for electric vehicles (EVs) by automakers in leading markets including China and Europe.

Fluorsid to purchase Solvay HF plant

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:45:00 GMT

Fluorsid is expanding further into the fluoropolymer market with a new acquisition from Solvay, following the purchase of a Norwegian hydrofluoric acid (HF) plant in 2016.

PEOPLE MOVES: Imerys splits chairman, CEO roles, appoints new directors

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Imerys has made a number of changes to its management board, with Gilles Michel appointed to chairman of the board while the role of chief executive officer will go to ex-AkzoNobel head of performance coatings, Conrad Keijzer.

PDAC 2018: Energy technology optimism buoys mood at convention

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:15:00 GMT

The protectionism of US President Donald Trump or the uncertainty of Brexit may overshadow the global minerals industry but optimism was evident at a recent mining and development conference in Canada.

Graphite juniors news in brief, February 27-March 12

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:45:00 GMT

A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Magnis Resources, Kibaran Resources, Nouveau Monde Graphite, Alabama Graphite and Black Rock Mining.

BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Multiple applications support alumina hydrate growth - Dickson

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:30:00 GMT

The material is a feedstock of choice for flame retardants, aluminium fluoride and water treatment chemicals, among others, with expansion in its end-markets is driving demand.

BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Noranda close to completing non-met alumina expansion

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT

The company will achieve higher output of wet hydrate alumina and new output of dry hydrate to supply growing demand in North America, while benefiting from the stability of non-metallurgical alumina markets.

BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Alumina hydrate market on alert after Hydro’s production cut

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Any drop in output from Hydro’s Alunorte refinery may affect the company’s ability to uphold alumina hydrate volumes and supplies of Brazilian material to the United States at a time of rising prices.

BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Calcined alumina sellers warn of insufficient supply

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:45:00 GMT

High volumes of inquiries cannot be met by current availability after years of low investment, delegates told Industrial Minerals in Jamaica.

US soda ash companies produce record amount in 2017

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:30:00 GMT

US natural soda ash producers supplied an additional 200,000 tonnes in 2017, compared with the 2016 production figures.

The sun shines bright on high-purity quartz

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:45:00 GMT

With the United States gearing up to create a domestic solar cell industry to rival that in China, Industrial Minerals correspondent Cameron Perks asks what effect this will have on domestic suppliers of high-purity quartz.

European silicon carbide quiet while Chinese market takes break

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Prices in the European silicon carbide market remained unchanged this week despite a squeeze on supply provoked by the shutdown of the Chinese market for the lunar new year holiday.

Altech Chemicals granted manufacturing licence for Malaysia HPA plant

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:45:00 GMT

Altech hopes to supply end-users including those making synthetic sapphires and lithium-ion batteries, while using cheaper kaolin feedstock for its high-purity alumina production project.

Iodine spot market activity slows, prices adjust

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:15:00 GMT

While bullish sentiment remains, lower market activity led to some small adjustments in iodine prices this past week.

Westwater eyes US battery minerals supply with Alabama Graphite takeover

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Westwater Resources' acquisition of Alabama Graphite should be a complementary addition to its energy portfolio, with a specific focus on strategic US assets, in line with the US administration’s push for local supply chains, the company told Industrial Minerals.

Iofina IO#7 starts production

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The US producer's new IO#7 iodine plant has started operations this week, the chief executive officer told Industrial Minerals in an interview.

Nabaltec to set up US plants on healthy hydroxide demand

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:45:00 GMT

Demand for specialty alumina hydroxides is increasing in applications including flame retardants to replace bromine-based flame retardants, which are gradually being phased out.

Graphite juniors news in brief January 28-February 9

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:45:00 GMT

A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Bass Metals, Volt Resources, Armadale Capital, Magnis Resources and Talga Resources.

MINING INDABA 2018: Cobalt, lithium consumers prepared to prepay for supply - Müller

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Cobalt and lithium consumers are prepared to help fund projects into production by prepaying for material amid projected strong demand from the electric vehicles market, according to Cape Lambert director Stefan Müller.

MINING INDABA 2018: Seven key topics from Cape Town

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Metal Bulletin correspondents round up the main topics and trends from the final day of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Imerys buys Indian calcium carbonate producer

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:30:00 GMT

Vimal Microns is to be part of the Imerys’ Energy Solutions & Specialties business group, which showed notable growth last year following strong performances in the end-markets for mobile energy and conductive polymers.

Tata passes rising coking coal costs on to soda-ash customers

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Coal prices have spiked several times in the past 18 months, which pushed Tata, the largest soda ash producer in India, into raising its product prices at the end of January.

Cuadrilla prepares for UK fracking

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Cuadrilla, the UK-based fracking company, has completed a pilot drilling project in Preston New Road, Lancashire, finding signs of “a very sizeable quantity of natural gas,” it said on January 12.

Junior mining: Banking on bargains

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT

As the mining sector looks forward to further recovery in 2018, Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly, Correspondent, looks at some of the businesses poised to gain from the expected upswing.