U.S. and Canadian production of crude fused aluminum oxide and silicon carbide remained flat in 2013, at 10,000 t and 35,000 t, respectively. U.S. imports for consumption of fused aluminum oxide declined slightly (1.3%) to 228,000 t, while exports jumped 23% to 23,500 t.
Raw materials are absolutely vital to ceramic, glass, refractories and brick manufacturers. They’re the starting point for all of the amazing products the industry produces, and that’s why we celebrate materials every year in our annual Materials Handbook issue.
Critical raw materials have a high economic importance to the EU.
October 1, 2014
Jack Bedder, senior analyst with Roskill, shares details regarding the European Commission’s (EC) assessment of critical materials, including a report updated in 2014 that includes materials such as borates, fluorspar, magnesite, rare earths and more.
Minerals Make Life, a group of 38 companies and organizations representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, recently asked Congress to send critical minerals legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature.