12 October 2017
Market patterns governing andalusite trade are expected to change next year, as suppliers say they will seek shorter contracts amid a situation of high demand and limited output.
06 October 2017
With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals.
Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.
05 October 2017
Several consumers of refractory minerals gathered in Santiago told IM they are certain that “everything will appreciate” next year as shortage of materials will trigger higher contract prices.