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  • May 2017

    Extra charges on heavy cargoes cause mineral shipping delays

    24 May 2017

    Shipping companies are charging an additional handling fee for loading heavy cargoes in China, further increasing shipping costs for many minerals buyers and leading to some delivery delays.

  • Noranda's new owners invest in alumina capacity

    22 May 2017

    The US-based alumina producer, recently spun out from the bankrupt Noranda Aluminium, gets backing for expansion from Louisiana state government

  • Price briefing 12-18 May

    19 May 2017

    The ongoing draconian anti-pollution controls in China continue to disrupt production in a number of minerals, which has lifted prices in bauxite and antimony trioxide. Meanwhile, fused magnesia is no longer available in China; producers announced another rare earth price hike; chromite and silicon carbide prices remained stable; and lithium carbonate spot have risen in China again.

  • Supply shortage pushes Chinese bauxite prices higher again

    19 May 2017

    Chinese bauxite spot prices increased again in May as the ongoing anti-pollution related production shutdowns caused severe shortages in the market.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed changes to brown fused alumina prices

    18 May 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposed to revise the refractory-grade brown fused alumina specifications at the end of June.

  • Higher freight rates, delivery delays frustrate buyers

    17 May 2017

    Container shipping costs have been increasing since end-2016 and the uptrend is expected to stay in the near-term. Despite higher freight rate, industrial minerals market participants reported delays and limited vessels availability.

  • Orbite losses deepen in Q1

    16 May 2017

    The high-purity alumina (HPA) manufacturer saw its net loss in Q1 increase amid ongoing struggle to secure its financial position and remain in business.

  • Heightened security checks impact Tianjin minerals delivery

    16 May 2017

    Mineral deliveries were impacted by tighter security checks in Tianjin, where much of China’s refractory minerals were exported.

  • Altech appoints SMS as contractor for HPA plant

    16 May 2017

    The German engineering company will handle the construction process of Altech’s high-purity alumina (HPA) plant to be set up in Johor, Malaysia.

  • Deyang completes inspection on local refractories plants

    15 May 2017

    Three refractories manufacturers based in the city have carried out an upgrading process of local operations to comply with the stricter environmental norms.

  • Beijing Lier returns to profitability in 2016

    15 May 2017

    China’s largest refractory contractor to the steel sector returned to profitability after a net loss the previous year, as turnover posted a single-digit increase.

  • Brazilian ATH exports to US rise almost 150%

    12 May 2017

    The surge in Brazilian deliveries of alumina trihydrate to US customers that characterised the second half of 2016 has continued this year to date.

  • Higher steel activity supports Magnesita’s Q1 sales

    11 May 2017

    The Brazilian company saw improved revenues for refractories sales to steelmakers and industrial customers, while raw material turnover surged.

  • Price briefing 28 April – 4 May

    05 May 2017

    Chinese magnesia output disruption worsens; fresh mining restrictions lift bauxite prices; brown fused alumina remains unchanged but raw material cut could support prices.

  • China's bauxite mining issues to hit brown fused alumina

    05 May 2017

    Brown fused alumina (BFA) prices were unchanged over the fortnight, but market sources warned that new bauxite mining restrictions in China could impact BFA production in the near-term. BFA operations remained intermittent due to the ongoing environmental inspections.

  • Massive production shutdown in China lifts bauxite prices

    05 May 2017

    China-origin refractory-grade bauxite prices have increased for the second time this year as the government ramped up efforts to reduce pollution. Only a tiny minority of plants is still allowed to operate following the environmental inspections, and traders are struggling to find material to fulfil contracts.

  • April 2017

    Higher sales boost Imerys' Q1 profits

    28 April 2017

    The majority of Imerys' divisions reported higher sales in Q1 although ceramics materials posted a decline on the back of a slow housing market in France. The acquisition of French cement maker Kerneos is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

  • Nabaltec kicks off 2017 on strong Q1

    27 April 2017

    Double-digit growth in year-on-year sales was seen in the company’s technical ceramics division while functional fillers also posted larger revenues in Q1.

  • Orbite seeks stay of proceedings amid worsening finances

    27 April 2017

    Production operations will be suspended at the Cap-Chat HPA facility while the company assesses options to restructure its debt.

  • TOR Minerals returns to profitability in 2016

    26 April 2017

    The company returned into positive territory following a net loss of over $6m in 2015, on the back of higher sales of alumina despite revenues from both TiO2 and barium sulphate decreased.

  • Surging freight rates in Asia push mineral shipping costs higher

    25 April 2017

    Rising freight rates in Asia continued to lift transportation costs for a number of industrial minerals from China, with buyers telling IM that vessel space is limited despite the higher cost.

  • Puyang Refractories reports steep loss in 2016

    24 April 2017

    The Chinese company posted a drop in profits exceeding 300% owing to an underperforming steel market and lower demand from cement makers, while the raw materials divisions performed better.

  • New refractory projects in Inner Mongolia, Shanxi

    24 April 2017

    The two Chinese provinces have earmarked millions in funding to develop projects to produce refractory mullite and alumina for kiln furniture.

  • Zibo to halve refractory capacity in transition plan

    24 April 2017

    The aim of the governmental initiative is to boost production of high-value materials while, at the same time, keep a close eye on companies’ tax payments and environmental practices.

  • Chinese state agencies co-operate to combat tax evasion, minerals smuggling

    21 April 2017

    Following an announcement by the Chinese tax authority to clamp down on import and export checks on 20 April, three different government bodies have signed an information sharing agreement as part of Beijing’s intensifying efforts against illegal smuggling activities and tax evasion.

  • Bauxite prices jump on China's tax evasion clampdown

    21 April 2017

    Beijing has intensified efforts to clamp down on tax evasion for both imports and exports in China. As a result, sellers who previously were resorting to various ways to avoid paying VAT have now raised their bauxite prices to include the tax in order to avoid prosecution.

  • Price briefing 14-20 April

    21 April 2017

    A clampdown on tax evasion lifts China-origin bauxite; brown fused alumina remains unchanged; antimony trioxide prices in Europe increased; Chinese silicon carbide output cut could support European market; iodine prices rise.

  • Indian mineral index grows 3% in February

    21 April 2017

    Larger output of coal boosted the index for the month, as well as industrial minerals including bauxite and chromite.

  • Rio's bauxite, alumina output drops in Q1

    20 April 2017

    Bauxite and alumina production fell on a sequential basis following weather issues at the Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland.

  • TSX to suspend Orbite from trading

    18 April 2017

    The TSX will suspend the high-purity alumina producer’s securities from trading following the company’s application for creditor protection status amid financial struggle.

  • Minerals shipments normalise as Yangtze river congestion eases

    12 April 2017

    Following the end of maintenance at the three Gorges lock in the Yangtze river in China, congestion in the major shipping route has eased and minerals deliveries are also returning to normal.

  • Price briefing 31 March – 6 April

    07 April 2017

    Chromite buying activities may increase in Q2; fluorspar prices outside China flat but demand expected to improve; spherical graphite stagnant; white fused alumina prices fall

  • White fused alumina prices fall

    07 April 2017

    Falling raw material costs pulled white fused alumina prices lower in early April, but the supply outlook remained uncertain in China.

  • Bauxite demand in China rebounds in February

    06 April 2017

    The start of the year was first characterised by a continuation of the decline in imports that shaped H2 2016, but February statistics show a pick up in activity.

  • Orbite seeks stay of proceedings amid worsening finances

    04 April 2017

    Production operations will be suspended at the Cap-Chat HPA facility while the company assesses options to restructure its debt.

  • Altech to list on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

    04 April 2017

    The company has achieved dual listing in Europe to capitalise on Germany’s interest for its HPA project.

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

    03 April 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: Australian bauxite and alumina to expand reach into China as demand grows

    03 April 2017

    China needs more foreign alumina and bauxite; Market favours Australian exporters; Chinese imports predicted to double

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