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  • September 2017

    Price briefing 15–21 September

    22 September 2017

    Chinese fused magnesia prices hit all-time high; a ban on sales of explosives propel bauxite prices; brown fused alumina hit two-year high; iodine rises as consumers stock up; lithium prices held firm

  • Brown fused alumina prices hit two-year high

    22 September 2017

    Brown fused alumina spot prices continue to climb higher as the environmental inspections show no sign of abating in China, while white fused alumina is supported by raw material cost increases.

  • Chinese bauxite price rocket higher on explosives ban

    22 September 2017

    A looming mining curtailment due to an explosive sale ban in China has propelled spot bauxite prices higher. Supply uncertainty is set to continue over the coming months as Beijing continues its anti-pollution crusade.

  • Morgan develops extra-large crucibles

    21 September 2017

    The crucibles will have a capacity of 3 tonnes of molten metal, which can be increased up to 10 tonnes for specific melting requirements.

  • Tata Steel, ThyssenKrupp sign MoU for EU joint venture

    21 September 2017

    The proposed merger would lead to the creation of Europe's second-largest steelmaker.

  • Australian Bauxite completes latest cargo delivery

    20 September 2017

    The delivery of 35,000 tonnes cement-grade bauxite took place three weeks before schedule, bringing total sales since start of operations to over 80,000 tonnes.

  • Higher revenues, lower margin for RHI in H1

    14 September 2017

    Improved activity in refractory sales to both steelmakers and industrial customers led to higher turnover but negative currency effects, impairment charges related to the divestments and merger-related costs dented profitability.

  • Magnesita sells Oberhausen carbon bricks operation

    12 September 2017

    The company’s magnesia carbon bricks facility in Germany is being acquired by Intocast, the group that is also taking over RHI’s dolomite operation in Italy and refractory plant in Spain.

  • RHI divests dolomite business to Intocast

    11 September 2017

    RHI is divesting its dolomite operations in Spain and Italy, which will be taken over by Germany’s Intocast, following European directives prior to the merger with Magnesita. Separately, the company is also selling off the fused cast refractories for glassmaking business in Italy and Russia.

  • Price Briefing 1-7 September

    08 September 2017

    Chromite prices rebound; stronger renminbi supports brown fused alumina prices; supply shortage supports bauxite; global iodine price move up; antimony trioxide stalls.

  • Chinese bauxite shortage persists amid quality issues

    08 September 2017

    Refractory-grade bauxite prices remained firm as supply uncertainty related to anti-pollution controls in China continues, while market participants warned of quality issues brought about by intermittent production.

  • Stronger RMB supports brown fused alumina prices

    08 September 2017

    Rising renminbi value against the US dollar has eroded Chinese brown fused alumina (BFA) producers’ profit margins, and many are raising their offers in early September as a counter-measure. This has lifted BFA spot prices in China while anti-pollution checks continued to cap output.

  • Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution

    08 September 2017

    One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends.

  • Indian refractories sector hopes rising steel tide will lift all boats

    08 September 2017

    Booming steel production has helped prop up demand for Indian refractories amid lacklustre demand from cement and foundries, but as Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent explains, the country’s relatively healthy market is attracting increased foreign competition.

  • Alteo triples Taiwanese grinding capacity

    06 September 2017

    The alumina producer increases Taiwanese grinding capacity in response to rising Asian demand.

  • New Chinese policy criminalises unlicensed businesses

    05 September 2017

    The Chinese government plans to criminalise businesses operating without licences, and the new, harsher policy could eliminate many small-scale industrial minerals producers without the legal paperwork.

  • Traxys Group completes acquisition of CMC Cometals

    04 September 2017

    Luxembourg-headquartered Traxys Group has successfully acquired US-based minerals trader CMC Cometals.

  • Metro to complete bauxite mine construction by year-end

    01 September 2017

    Ongoing works for the construction of the bauxite mine at the Bauxite Hills site in Australia are on schedule.

  • August 2017

    Altech receives works approval for kaolin mine equipment

    31 August 2017

    Construction can now start at the Meckering kaolin mine, where Altech plans to mine feedstocks for its high purity alumina plant in Malaysia.

  • Almatis ups Indian tabular alumina capacity

    31 August 2017

    The installation of a tabular alumina converter is crucial to ensure continuous expansion in the Indian market.

  • Nabaltec H1 revenue grows on higher demand

    30 August 2017

    Strong demand in both divisions – technical ceramics and functional fillers – underpinned revenue growth for the German speciality materials supplier.

  • Metro Mining receives lease for bauxite mine

    29 August 2017

    The three leases were crucial to progress with the construction of the bauxite mine and achieve first production in early 2018.

  • South32 returns to profits in 2017

    29 August 2017

    Alumina production at the Worsley facility in Australia is expected to reach record output in the coming financial year.

  • Chinese brown fused alumina prices hit new high

    25 August 2017

    Brown fused alumina prices in China reached a 1.5-year high this week. The ongoing anti-pollution checks continue to cap production in Henan while scrutiny on export documents is ridding the market of lower offers.

  • Price Briefing 18-24 August

    25 August 2017

    Dwindling supply lifts Chinese calcined bauxite prices; Renewed supply pressure lifts Chinese antimony trioxide prices; Firm chromite prices amid improving demand; Stricter inspections in China force graphite prices up; Chinese brown fused alumina hit 1.5-year highs

  • Dwindling supply lifts Chinese calcined bauxite prices

    25 August 2017

    Further crackdown on environmental rule-breaking plants in Shanxi have slashed calcined bauxite output, pushing prices up over the past fortnight.

  • Indian mineral index flat in June

    23 August 2017

    Monthly production of chromite, limestone, magnesia and bauxite all decreased, while limestone, zinc and lead concentrate rose.

  • Vesuvius to supply casting equipment to ThyssenKrupp’s Brazil site

    21 August 2017

    The ladle tube changer will connect ladle and tundish casting stages at thyssenkrupp CSA’s facility, removing the need for workers to operate near the molten metal and making the casting process more automated.

  • Puyang Refractories ups H1 profits but warns of more disruptions

    16 August 2017

    The refractory products maker saw higher revenue and profits in the first half of the year, but warned that volatility in magnesia prices and supply can lead to further disruptions.

  • Shanxi to shut all polluting minerals production by end-September

    15 August 2017

    Key refractory-minerals producing region Shanxi will implement a new environmental measure to shut down all facilities that do not meet standards by end-September. This is set to further affect calcined bauxite production.

  • Magnesita posts higher H1 revenues but swings to net loss

    14 August 2017

    The refractory maker posted record sales of dead burned magnesia but a combination of higher costs and negative exchange rate effects, as well as expenses related to the ongoing merger process with RHI, affected profitability.

  • China tax evasion clampdown leads to wave of arrests

    14 August 2017

    Several refractory minerals suppliers alleged to have committed tax evasion have reportedly been arrested in China, with many wary of Beijing’s clampdown on the practice warning that there could be more prosecutions.

  • Price briefing 4-10 August

    11 August 2017

    Two Chinese producers announced another price hike for rare earth; while strict environment checks pushed brown fused alumina higher.

  • Brown fused alumina prices spike on supply cut

    11 August 2017

    Environmental controls in Henan are choking brown fused alumina supply and pushing prices upwards.

  • TOR Minerals’ Q2 profit surge

    07 August 2017

    Speciality alumina demand in Europe led the division to boost activity and revenue in the quarter, while sales in both the TiO2 and barium sulphate segments were mostly unchanged.

  • Orbite eligible for new financing

    07 August 2017

    The HPA producer received the first tranche of an additional funding package, which it will use towards the restructuring process.

  • MTI boosts profits in H1

    04 August 2017

    The minerals and technology supplier saw higher demand for calcium carbonate in China, flat mineral sales and lower activity in the refractories space, but managed to improve margins.

  • Rising prices boost Rio Tinto’s H1 earnings

    02 August 2017

    Bauxite and alumina business on the up; activity in borates and TiO2 also increasing, while salt output fell.

  • Orbite posts further losses in Q2

    01 August 2017

    With production operations on hold and its securities delisted from the TSX, the high-purity alumina producer has recorded another quarter of heavy losses.

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