Titanium, vanadium: Master alloy producers feeling the pinch of higher prices

Recent surges in vanadium and aluminium prices have led to cost pressures for vanadium-class master alloy producers, according to Peter Baumeister, director of the Alloys business unit for GfE Metalle und Materialien, speaking at the International Titanium Association’s conference in Seville, Spain, last week. Vanadium prices hit their highest levels… Read more


Fluorspar: Roskill attends F-gas question time 2018

RAC magazine’s 2018 F-gas question time seminar saw insightful discussion of the future direction of the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in the UK and Europe, in light of present and future restrictions on refrigerant usage imposed by the EU. In particular, potential solutions for the replacement of the high global… Read more

African mine

Fluorspar: Kenya Fluorspar ends Kerio Valley mine operations

Kenya’s only Fluorspar producer, the Kenya Fluorspar Company, is reported to have permanently ceased operations at its Kerio Valley mine. The firm was awarded a 20-year lease by the Kenyan government which ran until the end of March this year. The lease has not been renewed, however, and on 1st… Read more


Nickel: Horizonte updates on Vermelho mineralisation

Brazil-focussed exploration company Horizonte Minerals issued an initial mineral resource estimate for its Vermelho project, which it acquired from Vale last December. The company said that Vermelho has measured and indicated nickel and cobalt mineral resources of 167.8Mt grading 1.01% nickel and 0.06% cobalt (at a 0.9% nickel equivalent cut-off),… Read more