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  • Bauxite, brown fused alumina prices rise in China

    Friday, 21 September 2018

    Current closures at bauxite and alumina plants in China may be in place for months once the recently announced winter shutdown regulations come into force, forcing prices upward.

  • Fused alumina prices rise on Q4 supply concerns

    Friday, 14 September 2018

    Brown fused and white fused alumina prices have increased, offsetting yuan-related depreciation, while the price of refractory grade bauxite 88% ticked up on continued production issues in Shanxi.

  • Alteo to increase calcined alumina prices on rising costs

    Friday, 14 September 2018

    Contracts for the fourth quarter and for 2019 will be subject to a “double digit” percentage price rise.

  • Price Briefing: August 10 - 16

    Friday, 17 August 2018

    Flake graphite prices soften on sellers’ push; Seizure of ‘smuggled’ antimony metal turns trioxide sentiment positive; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese, Europe, US lithium carbonate prices edge down; Weak yuan pushes bauxite, fused alumina prices down; Pricing notice: Discontinuation of four European graphite prices

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  • Out of the melting pot: A year of change in refractories

    Thursday, 06 September 2018

    After a year of reorganization and changing narratives in the refractories industry – from significant M&A activity to raw material price spikes, and from booming end-market demand to uncertainties in global trade – Industrial Minerals correspondent Myles McCormick takes stock of a changed landscape for companies operating in the sector.

  • AI faces slow grind in mineral processing

    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning are at the forefront of digital solutions that could dramatically improve efficiency in the mineral processing sector. But mining companies have been reluctant to invest in the technology needed to revolutionize their operations.

  • Feeling the rub: Asian abrasives continue to challenge Western suppliers

    Thursday, 22 February 2018

    Cheap Chinese alumina has been undercutting abrasives prices and output in North America and elsewhere for several years, but recent supply restrictions in China could reverse this trend, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

  • Feeling the heat: Bauxite and alumina under pressure

    Friday, 26 January 2018

    China’s high-profile disruptions to industrial operations have wreaked havoc in the bauxite and alumina supply chains serving refractories end markets, taking prices to new highs.

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