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Industrial minerals: 2016, the year in review for titanium feedstocks

The year 2016 ended better than it started for the titanium minerals industry, as during the year demand and prices began to creep upwards. The major end-use for titanium minerals feedstocks, the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment industry, started to pick up after four years of decline. Pigment capacity utilisation is… Read more

Industrial minerals: 2016, the year in review for titanium feedstocks

The year 2016 ended better than it started for the titanium minerals industry, as during the year demand and prices began to creep upwards. The major end-use for titanium minerals feedstocks, the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment industry, started to pick up after four years of decline. Pigment capacity utilisation is… Read more

Steel alloys: 2016, the year in review for molybdenum

The molybdenum market showed a strong recovery in 2016, with US ferromolybdenum prices increasing from a low of US$6.14/lb in January to a peak of US$9.39/lb in June. In the second half of 2016 however, poor demand from downstream industries led to US ferromolybdenum prices tailing off, averaging US$9.04/lb in… Read more

Steel alloys: 2016, the year in review for chrome

It has been a difficult few years for chromite and ferrochrome producers. Demand for stainless steel recovered after the global economic downturn, and so too did prices in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Thereafter, falling production costs coupled with, at times, oversupply and relatively sluggish demand caused prices to stagnate and… Read more

Steel alloys: 2016, the year in review for vanadium

The year started with vanadium prices at a considerable low, with ferrovanadium prices having dropped from over US$22/kg at the start of 2015 to below US$14/kg by the end of the year. In 2016, prices slowly recovered, reaching over US$20/kg by November. The closure of Evraz Highveld in South Africa… Read more

Carbon & chemicals: 2016, the year in review for activated carbon

Activated carbon markets were reinvigorated in April 2016, following the US Court of Appeal’s decision to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulation in place. Roskill estimates that once all coal-fired utilities are in compliance with MATS, the US industry will consume approximately 150,000tpy activated carbon to reduce… Read more