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Price Briefing: June 29 - July 5

By William Clarke
Published: Friday, 06 July 2018

Sluggish demand, cheaper material weigh on China’s battery-grade lithium carbonate prices; Haicheng government set to dismantle polluting MgO kilns, but magnesia prices steady for now; European titanium dioxide prices down under heavy imports; Fluorspar market split on extent of China's environmental controls; Producers see higher soda ash prices on strong demand; Rutile prices increase, Tronox to cease external rutile, leucoxene sales by 2018 end; Silicon carbide production shutdowns in China push up European refractory prices; Have zircon prices peaked? Global antimony trioxide markets weaken, European prices stable

China’s domestic spot battery-grade lithium carbonate prices fell on Thursday July 5 due to continued weak demand and the availability of cheaper material; hydroxide prices held steady with most producers maintaining their offers while lower prices started being offered.

The local government of Haicheng in China’s Liaoning province has announced...

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