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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.

  • 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.

  • IM's August Price Movements

    07 September 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • August 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • IM's July Price Movements

    03 August 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • July 2017

    Pricing notice: Delisting and revising brown fused alumina prices

    31 July 2017

    Industrial Minerals have delisted three brown fused alumina grades and revised the existing refractory-grade BFA specifications.

  • Price briefing 21-27 July

    28 July 2017

    Strict environmental restrictions on production continued to support Chinese magnesia and fused alumina prices; while raw material supply shortage lifts bauxite prices; antimony trioxide increases on consumer restocking; ilmenite prices rebound; Foundry chromite falls; iodine edged higher

  • Chinese bauxite prices increase on raw material shortage

    28 July 2017

    Reduced bauxite ore output in China has caused a supply shortage of raw material for the production of the calcined refractory mineral. This has pushed prices higher, as the ongoing anti-pollution measures are also supporting the market.

  • Fresh environmental checks cap Chinese output, lift brown fused alumina prices

    28 July 2017

    Key fused alumina province Henan has been hit by another round of environmental controls, which have again disrupted production operations. Supply issues are exacerbated by rising raw material costs, pushing mineral prices upwards.

  • 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.

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