Industrial minerals

Industrial minerals and the modern economy

Industrial minerals are rocks, minerals and naturally occurring materials mined and processed for their economic value. The industrial minerals sector creates a steady foundation for construction, manufacturing, and agricultural industries to thrive. Our independent market coverage of the industrial minerals markets provides global and local data-driven insights, prices, forecasts and market news to help you make sense of the forces influencing industrial minerals – and how to respond.
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Europe’s nascent synthetic graphite sector faces a double threat with China’s overcapacity persisting and US legislation embracing protectionism at the expense of a level playing field, according to the head of a forthcoming anode material producer in Europe

The United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office announced a further extension of all China Section 301 tariff exclusions on 352 Chinese import and 77 pandemic-related categories through June 14, after which, the tariff exclusion for China’s graphite anodes will not be extended, the USTR announced on Friday May 24

Fastmarkets rounds up the key discussion points at the 30th annual Cobalt Institute conference in New York, from May 12-14.

The quarterly European ferro-chrome benchmark price will be discontinued with effect from June this year, Merafe Resources said on Monday May 20

The US Treasury Department will give automakers a two-year extension to 2027 on restrictions to some hard-to-trace minerals from China, such as graphite contained in anodes, it said in an announcement on Friday May 3

Cobalt standard grade prices were stable in the week ended Friday April 5, due to poor demand for cobalt intermediates following price increases in early February amid tight supply in Europe.

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    • Barite, drilling grade, unground lump, API, bulk, SG 4.10, fob Chennai, $/tonne
    • Fluorspar, acidspar, 97% CaF2, wet filtercake, fob China, $/tonne

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