SUPPLY SITUATION REPORT: Abrasive bauxite weathers rough markets

By Jessica Roberts
Published: Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Around half of China’s calcined bauxite output is thought to be abrasive grade material. This abundance has led to China also dominating the brown fused alumina (BFA) market, which consumes abrasive grade bauxite as a feedstock.

  • Abrasive demand recovering
  • BFA export demand “weak”
  • Chinese aluminium market diverting non-met supply

Jessica Roberts

SUPPLY SECURITY

Around 10m. tonnes of non-metallurgical grade bauxite were produced in 2010, led by China with 62% of output, UK consultancy group Roskill Information Services estimates. The country further dominated the segment of...

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