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Alumina/Bauxite pricing news

  • July 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • IM's May Price Movements

    07 June 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • 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.

  • May 2017

    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.

  • 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

    IM's April Price Movements

    27 April 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • IM Prices May 2017

    27 April 2017

    See article below, from the May issue of Industrial Minerals, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: lithium, graphite, chromite, alumina, fluorspar, magnesia, antimony trioxide, fluorspar, rare earths, silicon carbide

  • 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.

  • China clamps down on tax evasion

    21 April 2017

    Beijing has intensified efforts to clamp down on tax evasion on industrial minerals imports and exports to and from China.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • March 2017

    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.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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