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Alumina/Bauxite pricing news

  • 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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