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PPG will fight for rollover TiO2 pricing in Q2, McGarry says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

US paint-maker PPG will resist further attempts at price rises by titanium dioxide (TiO2) producers, its chief executive officer says.

Imerys to consider divestment in review of roofing business

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Sale of the roofing division is only one of three options for Imerys subsequent to an internal review, contradicting reports that the business will definitely be sold.

Base Resources forecasts rising ilmenite prices in Q2

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

The mineral sands miner sees continued upward pressure on prices as Chinese TiO2 production ramps up, and the ‘painting season’ begins.

Rio Tinto slashes titanium slag production forecast

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT

A series equipment failures and labor disputes prompt a downgrade to production forecasts for the TiO2 feedstock.

CERAMITEC 2018: Ten key things we learned this year

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:30:00 GMT

A summary of ten of the most valuable points to be learnt at the 2018 Ceramitec conference, held in Munich, Germany, on April 10-13.

CERAMITEC 2018: Economic factors weigh on kaolin producers’ margins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Kaolin producers speaking at the Ceramitec 2018 conference outlined the cost pressures facing the upstream end of the market while consumers and retailers fight back against price increases in raw materials.

CERAMITEC 2018: Strong kaolin demand in European ceramics contrasts with weak sentiment in paper

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

The conference was attended by many global kaolin-mining companies which supply the ceramics industry, and producers in Europe expect ceramics to be the principal driver of kaolin demand. They maintain a dim view of the potential for paper, despite figures showing growth in the paper and board sectors.

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.

Richards Bay Minerals declares force majeure to TiO2 customers

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The Rio Tinto-owned mineral sand miner has stopped production after protests just months after a roaster failure caused a halt in slag output.

Chinese TiO2 exports rise in February, even with New Year disruptions

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT

Imports of titanium dioxide pigment fell sharply over the month, to their lowest level in years.

AkzoNobel sees further pressure from high TiO2 prices

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

The Dutch paintmaker plans to pass on price rises to customers while it deals with increased costs early in 2018.

Filling the void: calcium carbonate markets look to grow

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:30:00 GMT

Consumption of mineral filler is growing rapidly, with the market forecast to grow to a worldwide total value of $62.54 billion by 2024, according to some estimates, with global economic growth supporting expansion of the paper, plastics, rubber, paints and construction industries. Industrial Minerals explores the key drivers of this growth, and asks what makes calcium carbonate so attractive as a filler?