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  • March 2017

    Ohio will host new HarbisonWalker refractories plant

    28 March 2017

    HarbisonWalker's has chosen South Point, Lawrence Country as the best location for its $30m monolithic refractories facility due to existing infrastructure.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed changes to IM’s calcined alumina prices

    27 March 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes changes to the calcined alumina prices.

  • Price briefing 17-23 March

    24 March 2017

    Lithium prices unchanged; brown fused alumina spreads widen; fluorspar continues to climb; antimony trioxide stable; chromite stand-off continues

  • BFA, bauxite deliveries may be disrupted in Q2, suppliers say

    24 March 2017

    Some deliveries of brown fused alumina and bauxite contracts may not arrive in May and April, as a result of the ongoing production problems in China, a number of suppliers have told IM. Most European consumers are also not fully covered in the short term, and suppliers are also seeing quality issues.

  • Outlook positive for mining in 2017 – Investec

    22 March 2017

    The sentiment across the mining sector points to an overall improvement in market conditions, as companies are now in a better shape than in the past years and M&A activity is on the rise.

  • DW forecasts higher oil and gas spending as US shale recovers

    21 March 2017

    Consultancy firm Douglas Westwood has revised its forecast for onshore expenditure to 2021 as improvements in US shale activity are expected to drive investment in rigs and rig equipment.

  • Functional fillers, technical ceramics sales boost Nabaltec in 2016

    21 March 2017

    Both of the company’s divisions, Functional Fillers and Technical Ceramics, increased in turnover last year.

  • Bauxite & Alumina ’17: Monolithics to continue growth trend

    20 March 2017

    Unshaped refractories are expected to gain further traction in emerging markets, while penetration in mature markets will be slow, according to leading refractories producer Calderys.

  • Nabaltec acquires remaining interest in Nashtec

    20 March 2017

    The acquisition of the shares previously held by joint venture partner Allied Alumina is part of the company’s focus to find a new source of supply, with a view to restarting operations next year.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 March

    17 March 2017

    Antimony trioxide spot prices spike; magnesia unchanged but supply to remain tight; China-origin soda ash falls.

  • Bauxite & Alumina ’17: Australian bauxite, alumina to expand reach into China

    16 March 2017

    Demand from Chinese companies for foreign-produced alumina and bauxite will favour Australian exporters.

  • Bauxite & Alumina ’17: High-purity ATH market to rely on EU, US demand

    15 March 2017

    The bulk of demand for fine precipitated alumina trihydrate for the flame retardants, plastics and catalysts sectors will continue to be generated in mature western market, with a second wave of demand from emerging markets in the next three to five years.

  • Bauxite & Alumina '17: Stability expected in ATH market in 2017

    15 March 2017

    Market participants are looking ahead to a continuation of the current stability in alumina trihydrate (ATH) prices in the current year, amid a scenario that failed to be shaken by the closures of Alcoa and Sherwin over the past 12 months.

  • Bauxite & Alumina '17: Chinese reliance on bauxite imports to grow

    15 March 2017

    As the country’s own bauxite deposits are running low in high-grade ore, Chinese companies require a larger share of foreign material to meet internal demand, which is expected to lead to higher operational costs for local processors in the mid-term.

  • Bauxite & Alumina '17: China’s cost profile in alumina 'to increase'

    14 March 2017

    The Chinese government’s long-term plan to clean up the bauxite and alumina industry by closing polluting operations will lead to additional costs for companies that will stay in business, sources at the 23rd Bauxite & Alumina conference in Miami said.

  • Altech wins approval for Meckering kaolin mine in WA

    14 March 2017

    The company has gained approval for its mining proposal and mine closure plan at Meckering for the production of 140,000 tonnes kaolin every three years to supply its HPA plant in Malaysia.

  • Price briefing 3-9 March

    10 March 2017

    Magnesia held unchanged, as brown fused alumina and titanium dioxide prices increased while iodine remained stable.

  • Brown fused alumina spot prices climb in China

    10 March 2017

    Brown fused alumina prices have moved higher as anti-pollution controls continue to hamper production in China.

  • AMG increases profit in Q4

    09 March 2017

    Operations in the quarter were supported by positive developments in the AMG's critical minerals segment including better product mix and stronger sales, as capital expenditure increased to fund ongoing projects in lithium and graphite.

  • Yangtze river congestion delays BFA shipments

    09 March 2017

    Congestion at the three Gorges lock in the Yantze river in China is causing delivery delays in brown fused alumina, which has further compounded supply tightness in Europe.

  • RISI set to join MB Group’s new pricing division

    06 March 2017

    Leading forest products price reporting agency RISI will become part of a new pricing division alongside MB Group after Euromoney Institutional Investor plc agreed to buy the USA-based company on Friday March 3.

  • Price Briefing 24 February – 2 March

    03 March 2017

    Environmental controls in China continued to disrupt production for a number of industrial minerals; magnesia prices could rise; antimony trioxide climbed week-on-week; pigments producers announced price hikes for iron oxide.

  • Fresh wave of anti-pollution shutdowns in China to hit alumina supply

    02 March 2017

    Local governments in Chinese provinces Henan and Shanxi have imposed a new round of strict production stoppages impacting fused alumina and bauxite output, following massive shut downs seen last year. This is set to further reduce supply, which was already tight from months of disruption and it is widely anticipated to impact prices.

  • February 2017

    Orbite reaches 1tpd HPA output

    28 February 2017

    High purity alumina production at the newly-opened Cat-Chat plant in Quebec is now running close to 1tpd, while a further ramp-up is expected in the next phase of operations.

  • Southern Ionics aims for April start to ATH facility

    27 February 2017

    The company has been distributing wet ATH to a number of customers and is now preparing to add dry hydrate to its portfolio as its facility approaches opening.

  • Price briefing 17-23 February

    24 February 2017

    Fears of Chinese production shutdowns due to the governments anti-pollution campaign sent antimony trioxide prices soaring this past week while the improving performance of the steel industry lifted the fluorspar market.

  • White fused alumina prices rise on higher costs, supply tightness

    24 February 2017

    Higher shipping and production costs combined with supply constraints from China have pushed white fused alumina spot prices upwards in Europe in recent weeks.

  • Brown fused alumina spreads widen amid supply concerns

    24 February 2017

    Spreads have widened on brown fused alumina spot prices over the past two weeks but concerns over further production disruptions in China are supporting the market.

  • Morgan records profit growth in 2016

    23 February 2017

    All three main operations in thermal products, technical ceramics and composites/defence systems posted solid increases in sales, supported by a favourable exchange rate.

  • Calderys UK buys refractory service supplier

    20 February 2017

    The acquisition of NG Johnson Northern confirms Calderys’ focus on providing a vertically-integrated service to customers, from design of the refractories all the way to post-installation servicing and maintenance.

  • HarbisonWalker to set up monolithic refractory plant

    17 February 2017

    The plant will add to the existing capacity HarbisonWalker has in the US and represents the company's strategy to reinforce its position in refractories.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 February

    17 February 2017

    Cristal joins other producers to announce a further price hike in titanium dioxide this week, while spodumene producer sold lithium concentrate for delivery in H1 2017; Chinese rare earths producer announced price increase.

  • South32 moves into profit as revenue increases

    16 February 2017

    The Australian mining company noted higher prices in the majority of its commodities helped to bolster sales revenue. Saleable alumina production from its Worsley operation, however, saw a decline together with prices.

  • Acquisitions boost Imerys’ 2016 revenues

    16 February 2017

    Imerys’ long list of recently completed acquisitions brought in over €140m in additional revenue, boosting the company’s yearly turnover, as income showed robust growth while refractories remained difficult.

  • US alumina production drops 45% in 2016

    14 February 2017

    The closure of Alcoa’s site in Point Comfort and Sherwin Alumina’s plant in Corpus Christi hit alumina production capacity in the country hard in 2016, while it also affected imports of bauxite.

  • Price Briefing 3-9 February

    10 February 2017

    Trading remains quiet in the first week after the Chinese New Year holiday, but a number of industrial mineral miners have announced production update. Antimony trioxide spot prices increased while chromite held firm.

  • Bauxite and alumina boosts Hydro’s Q4

    09 February 2017

    Hydro’s bauxite and alumina division saw over 30% growth in revenues on the back of higher prices, while production hit records at the Brazilian Alunorte refinery.

  • China’s Q4 bauxite imports fall 19%

    08 February 2017

    Customs data for December confirmed the downtrend in demand for bauxite seen for most of last year in the Asian country.

  • Price Briefing 27 January - 2 February

    03 February 2017

    Industrial minerals prices were unchanged this week during the Chinese New Year holiday where the country is shut. The graphite market in Europe remained largely stable despite the scrapping of Chinese export duties from January.

  • Brazilian ATH exports surge in 2016

    02 February 2017

    Deliveries of alumina trihydrate to the US increased over 200% as local capacity reduced following the shutdowns of Alcoa and Sherwin’s refineries, while also Japan and Argentina boosted their imports of Brazilian ATH.

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