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  • July 2017

    Higher steel production supports Vesuvius’ H1

    27 July 2017

    Rising steel output globally in the first half of 2017 supported Vesuvius’ sales to steelmakers, leading to higher profits and turnover, but rising raw material prices are a concern.

  • Imerys ups revenue, profit in H1

    27 July 2017

    Both divisions active in refractories, High Resistance Minerals and Energy Solutions & Specialties, returned to growth following a sluggish performance in 2016, while Ceramic Materials was weighed down by weak kaolin sales.

  • Price briefing 14 – 20 July

    21 July 2017

    Chinese graphite prices rebound following sharp decline when China scrapped export tax in January; Closure of numerous small mines in China supports ilmenite market; European producer Alteo to increase price on all speciality alumina products; Global antimony trioxide price drop; IM spodumene delisting notice

  • Alteo to increase alumina products’ prices

    17 July 2017

    The French calcined alumina and ATH producer will raise its products’ prices at the end of Q3, citing increasing raw material costs as the reason.

  • Traxys buys CMC's raw materials arm

    14 July 2017

    CMC sells raw materials business to focus on US and Polish steel production

  • Production cost spike could lift fused alumina prices

    14 July 2017

    Rising raw material costs for the production of brown and white fused alumina in China are expected to push prices higher in the coming weeks, while intensifying anti-pollution control in Henan province will further compound supply constraints.

  • Italmatch acquires filtration technology developer

    07 July 2017

    The Italian chemicals supplier aims to target mining operations through the buyout of Magpie, which developed a patented technology for the recovery of precious metals from waste water.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    07 July 2017

    Global steel output rose in May as increases from China, the US, Turkey and Brazil offset declines in Europe, worldsteel data show.

  • Andalusite facing supply tightness on production issues

    07 July 2017

    Heavy rain and flooding hit South Africa and Peru and the weather conditions have halted production in the early months of the year. Market participants claim it will be hard to fulfil contracts. Bauxite buyers who are seeking to shift to andalusite meanwhile compound the availability issues.

  • Tianjin forces relocation of minerals processing plants

    06 July 2017

    Continuing the environmental protection policy, Tianjin government is forcing the relocation of a number of bauxite and fused alumina processing plants in the Chinese port city. This is set to further squeeze the already tight supply due to the months of disrupted production.

  • China’s bauxite imports near 50% rise in May

    03 July 2017

    The country’s demand for non-domestic bauxite has grown almost every month during 2017 to date while the tightening of environmental controls on local production operations have led to scarcity of domestic bauxite.

  • US drilling activity continues to outpace rest of the world

    03 July 2017

    The boom in US oilfield activity is not being matched by oil producers in other markets, the latest Baker Hughes rig numbers show.

  • June 2017

    Chinese bauxite prices fall on temporary production restart

    30 June 2017

    Calcined bauxite prices in China declined this week following sharp increases over the past month as some production has restarted, but supply uncertainty persists as many in the market warned that operations could be shut down again when environmental inspections return.

  • HWI appoints Carol Jackson as CEO

    30 June 2017

    The appointment follows the retirement of Stephen Delo after over 30 years in the industry, during which he oversaw the combination of three refractory suppliers into what is today the HarbisonWalker group.

  • HWI appoints directors amid investment plan

    29 June 2017

    Gildas Dupouy and Thomas Raught have joined the company’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Group.

  • Europe approves RHI Magnesita merger with conditions

    28 June 2017

    RHI will have to divest its dolomite operation at two production sites in Spain and Italy, while Magnesita’s carbon-bricks business at Oberhausen, Germany, will also have to be sold.

  • RHI Magnesita announces executive team

    28 June 2017

    Stefan Borgas will lead the executive management team as CEO after the completion of the merger, expected in November. Octavio Lopes will be chief financial officer.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s ATH assessment frequency

    27 June 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the frequency of its ATH price assessments.

  • Imerys’ takeover of Kerneos to be completed in July

    26 June 2017

    The French industrial minerals group has received clearance from European authorities over the proposed takeover of the speciality cement maker Kerneos.

  • Metro Mining granted final approval for bauxite mine

    26 June 2017

    Metro Mining has cleared the last hurdle prior to the start of construction operations of its bauxite mine, which remains on track to achieve first production by Q2 2018.

  • Metro Mining secures go-ahead for Bauxite Hills mine

    23 June 2017

    The miner has been granted environmental permit and found financial backing to continue developing the expanded bauxite mining site it now controls following the acquisition of junior Gulf Alumina.

  • Indian mineral production index rises in April

    22 June 2017

    Chromite production increased during the month together with that of limestone, zinc and lead concentrate, while bauxite and magnesite declined.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    21 June 2017

    Chinese output rose by almost two percentage points, as did Turkish and Brazilian production. In Europe, only France posted growth.

  • China plans logistics reform to boost railway freight by 2020

    21 June 2017

    The Chinese government is planning to invest heavily to develop the country’s delivery infrastructure to enable an integrated logistics network, connecting international and domestic transportation, by 2020. Under the plan, mineral transportation within China could be simplified, with shorter delivery time and at potentially lower cost.

  • Price briefing 9-15 June

    16 June 2017

    Bauxite prices rocket higher; fluorspar spot market in Europe tracked China higher; antimony trioxide prices soften; titanium dioxide prices could rise further; according to Chinese producer Lomon Billions.

  • Chinese bauxite spot prices rocket higher

    15 June 2017

    Chinese bauxite prices have jumped again in June, continuing the uptrend since May as the Chinese government ramps up efforts to stamp out polluting operations.

  • Price briefing 26 May - 1 June

    02 June 2017

    Strict anti-pollution controls in China continue to impact bauxite production, lifting prices; while rising raw material costs support white fused alumina; rutile prices registered small gain, ilmenite holds firm; andalusite supply in 2017 to fall; barytes fell amid global oversupply; aluminium trifluoride value spike on higher fluorspar prices

  • Chinese bauxite prices continue climb amid production shutdowns

    02 June 2017

    China production shutdowns in May has pushed calcined bauxite spot prices higher again over the past two weeks, with many struggling to find supply amid extreme shortage. The supply outlook in the near-term remained uncertain with no indications from Beijing as to when the environmental controls will be lifted.

  • Rising raw material costs support Chinese white fused alumina prices

    02 June 2017

    White fused alumina spot prices remained unchanged but Chinese producers warned that the rising cost of raw materials amid lower availability will be supporting prices in the coming weeks.

  • Andalusite facing supply tightness on production issues

    01 June 2017

    Heavy rain and flooding hit South Africa and Peru and the weather conditions have halted production in the early months of the year. Market participants claim it will be hard to fulfil contracts. Bauxite buyers who are seeking to shift to andalusite meanwhile compound the availability issues.

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