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  • February 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 2017

    Metro confident on bullish bauxite trade

    31 January 2017

    China’s growing demand for Australian-sourced material supports Metro’s bullish view of the bauxite market, as the company secured an offtake deal with a major importer and will start construction of a new mine later this year.

  • Australian Bauxite posts strong sales

    27 January 2017

    The Australian producer reported “profitable sales” of fertiliser-grade bauxite, while higher infrastructural investment in the US is anticipated to support demand for cement-grade material.

  • Price briefing 20-26 January

    27 January 2017

    Trading activities in many minerals are expected to stall in the next two weeks during Chinese New Year, but lithium prices could rise in Q2. TiO2 may also see further increases, as bauxite and fused alumina remain firm on supply shortage.

  • Oversupply keeps pressure on alumina trihydrate prices

    27 January 2017

    Excess alumina trihydrate supply combined with low consumption rates has kept prices down and the fight for market share between producers is further compounding the weak supply/demand fundamentals.

  • Supply shortage supports bauxite, fused alumina prices

    26 January 2017

    Supported by supply tightness, refractory-grade bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged despite quiet trading conditions due to the Chinese New Year holiday.

  • Rig count figures indicate oil and gas improvement

    26 January 2017

    The latest figures from Baker Hughes, one of North America's largest oilfield services providers, and the American Petroleum Institute, show that drilling activity is improving, particularly in the US, which could help strengthen demand for oilfield minerals such as frac sand and barite.

  • Chinese alumina trade slumps

    26 January 2017

    The Asian country slashed its purchases of alumina in 2016 while its exports of the mineral halved, on the back of production disruptions within the country coupled with reduced demand on the external market.

  • Demand for refractory minerals rises in South Korea

    26 January 2017

    Falling prices spur higher silicon carbide, alumina refractory brick imports; magnesite imports stay soft; PMI still below 50 but climbing.

  • Imerys to divest La Bathie fused alumina business

    26 January 2017

    As part of the conditions set out by the EU for Imerys’ takeover of Alteo’s fused alumina assets in France, the minerals producer has to spin off one of the recently purchased operations.

  • UKOOG: Fracking possible with limited environmental impact

    26 January 2017

    According to a report published by the UK trade body, it would be possible to cut the UK's dependency on gas imports by half while still maintaining the UK's countryside areas, using similar operational models as in the US.

  • Orbite receives first HPA bookings

    24 January 2017

    Aluminium chloride feedstock material for the calcination process into HPA showed higher purity standards than Orbite had previously expected, while lower production temperature requirements are anticipated to reduce operational costs.

  • MTI appoints Matthew Garth as CFO

    24 January 2017

    Garth joins the NYSE-listed diversified industrial materials maker after over a decade at Alcoa and will take over the role previously held by now CEO Douglas Dietrich.

  • Indian mineral production grows in November

    23 January 2017

    Limestone, magnesite and coal push the country’s monthly mineral index upwards despite a decrease in the extraction of bauxite and chromite.

  • South32’s hydrate output declines

    20 January 2017

    Alumina hydrate production posts a slight decline in South32's Q2 of FY2017, but remains in line with the company’s annualised rate.

  • Metro combines bauxite projects following Gulf acquisition

    18 January 2017

    The company plans to start construction of a mine at the now joined Australian bauxite site in the second half of the year.

  • Rio posts higher bauxite, alumina output in 2016

    17 January 2017

    Higher output at Rio’s main bauxite mines was supported by strong demand seen in China, while speciality alumina production also increased in 2016.

  • Indonesia eases bauxite export ban

    13 January 2017

    Indonesia’s relaxing of export regulations to partially allow foreign sales of bauxite may ease the tightness in alumina feedstock for white fused alumina production in China, while other non-metallurgical bauxite markets are expected to remain short.

  • Price Briefing 6 -12 January

    13 January 2017

    Graphite and magnesia prices fall after the cancellation of export duty, while antimony trioxide price increase on restocking. Despite rising raw material costs, calcined alumina prices remained largely unchanged.

  • Calcined alumina contract prices stable in 2017

    13 January 2017

    Higher raw material costs have failed to lift long-term contract prices for calcined alumina in 2017, as excess supply continued to outstrip demand.

  • UKOOG: Fracking possible with limited impact on environment

    11 January 2017

    According to a report published by the UK trade body, it would be possible to cut the UK's dependency on gas imports by half while still maintaining the UK's countryside areas, using similar operational models as in the US.

  • Chinese bauxite imports lose 10% value

    11 January 2017

    Latest trade statistics point to a continuation of the downtrend in imported value of bauxite into China, as the country posted lower demand from external suppliers for most of last year.

  • Nabaltec expands management board

    10 January 2017

    The speciality materials and flame retardants supplier is adding two internal members to its management board.

  • Imerys to divest La Bathie fused alumina business

    09 January 2017

    As part of the conditions set out by the EU for Imerys’ takeover of Alteo’s fused alumina assets in France, the minerals producer has to spin off one of the recently purchased operations.

  • Chinese alumina trade slumps

    09 January 2017

    The Asian country slashed its purchases of alumina in 2016 while its exports of the mineral halved, on the back of production disruptions within the country coupled with reduced demand on the external market.

  • Metro Mining appoints MD

    09 January 2017

    The appointment follows the successful takeover of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina Ltd after a tight bidding race with fellow ASX-listed miner Moly Mines Ltd that lasted throughout Q4 2016.

  • Price briefing 30 December - 5 January

    06 January 2017

    Graphite market weighs up scrapping of export taxes; China rare earth prices stable for January; alumina and bauxite supply reportedly tight in China; Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops; Chinese TiO2 producers hike prices again.

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