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Price Briefing: Lithium contract price stable, but spot market is tight

By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
Published: Friday, 08 April 2016

While Chinese refractories companies are licking their wounds after a bearish and bloody 2015, battery producers are reveling in increased profit margins as demand ticks up. TiO2 markets look set to recover also - but will this be passed onto mineral sands producers?

A bad week once again for refractory markets as China's Refractory Association went public with the news that the industry is losing money fast on the back of a limping steel market and, it seems, outdated practices.

Falling levels of production, revenue and profit, combined with lower export volumes and...

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