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Nov 19, 2014, 12:01 ET

Roskill: Rare Earths Industry Evolution at Metal Events’ 10th International Rare Earths Conference

The recent Metal Events' International Rare Earths Conference in Singapore was one of the most successful in its 10 year history. The two largest...

Nov 17, 2014, 13:21 ET

Roskill: FMC Sale Shakes Up the Soda Ash Industry

Over the last few years the soda ash industry has been relatively stable as global consumption continued to recover from the effects of the global...

Oct 09, 2014, 10:03 ET

Soda Ash Market Hit Record Levels in 2013

In 2013, estimated consumption of soda ash reached a record of almost 54Mt following growth in most regions outside North America.  Compared...

Sep 25, 2014, 13:02 ET

Roskill: Zircon Markets Signal Steady Recovery by End of 2014

Zircon consumption is at its lowest point for a decade, having dropped by over 30% to 1Mt since its 2011 peak, but there are signs that demand in...

Jun 09, 2014, 07:48 ET

Tungsten Market Set to Undergo Further Changes to 2018

Demand for tungsten filaments continues to fade.  Global tungsten demand has increased on average by 2.7%py since 2008, although Roskill...

May 12, 2014, 13:04 ET

Roskill: Gallium Market to Benefit as GaN-based LED Lighting Comes of Age

Demand for gallium is forecast to rise rapidly between 2014 and 2020 as general lighting moves away from incandescent and fluorescent lamps to...

Apr 08, 2014, 10:37 ET

Indonesia's Nickel Ban to Affect Non-stainless Industries More Than Others

Prices of nickel breached US$16,500/t last Friday, exceeding the price level recorded 12 months previously. Strong performance of the nickel price...

Mar 03, 2014, 10:41 ET

UN Mercury Treaty Further Boosts New Activated Carbon Market Worth US$ Billions

Mercury is a toxic metal that presents a serious threat both to the environment and human health.  Exposure to mercury can destroy the human...

Feb 18, 2014, 09:27 ET

Roskill: Asian Salt Demand Forecast to Grow at Almost 5%PY to 2018

Worldwide demand for salt is predicted to rise by 2.7%py between 2013 and 2018, but Asia, particularly China and India, will continue to drive...

Feb 12, 2014, 11:57 ET

Cobalt Market May See More Changes in 2014

With 2013 behind us, the cobalt market will reflect on a year that saw minimal price movement despite a number of significant developments....

Feb 06, 2014, 09:52 ET

Why is Warren Buffett Investing in the Gypsum Industry Right Now?

Warren Buffett is considered to be one of the world's most successful long-term investors. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, maintains large...

Jan 27, 2014, 10:12 ET

Chromium Market Growth Continues, But Ferro-Chrome Producers Face Headwinds

At end-2013, ferro-chrome prices remained near four-year lows.  European benchmark charge chrome prices were rolled-over at US¢112.5/lb...

Jan 21, 2014, 05:47 ET

Indonesia's Nickel ban not set in Stone

Following months of uncertainty surrounding Indonesia's export ban on raw material exports, on January 12th the country defied the cynics by...

Jan 13, 2014, 09:06 ET

Will US Storms Lead to Salt Shortage?

With large snow storms hitting the USA in January 2014, salt demand is peaking and some municipalities already fear a lack of supply. For instance...

Dec 16, 2013, 12:27 ET

Nickel Market may be Missing the Bigger Picture

With 2014 quickly approaching, all eyes in the market appear to be turned east to Indonesia. As of the beginning of December, the Indonesian...

Sep 18, 2013, 07:47 ET

Magnesia Market Awaits Global Supply Shift

World magnesia trade and consumption patterns are heading into new territory. The Chinese magnesia market is on the cusp of maturity as government...

Aug 01, 2013, 11:12 ET

Titanium Producers Positioned for Growing Demand

The global titanium market recovered rapidly from the sharp downturn in demand in 2009 and by 2011 demand for mill products had reached 165kt, the...

Jul 31, 2013, 09:07 ET

Regional Trends Reshaping Kaolin Market as it Recovers from Downturn

In 2012, world consumption of kaolin had recovered to almost 23Mt, according to a new report on the industry by Roskill, compared to under 20Mt...

Jul 17, 2013, 09:15 ET

Future Fluorspar Demand Set for Growth, but Challenges Remain

Fluorspar will see growing demand over the next decade, despite some applications facing more immediate challenges due to environmental...

Jul 11, 2013, 06:30 ET

Graphite Demand is Growing, But Low Prices Mean Tough Times for Miners

Demand for flake and synthetic graphite continues to grow, led by refractories and electrodes.  Higher growth levels are expected in the...