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  • RIO TINTO AT A GLANCE: Q2 alumina/bauxite production

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    A summary of Rio Tinto's second-quarter production figures for alumina and bauxite for the three months ended June 30 (year-on-year changes in brackets).

  • Price Briefing: July 5-12

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    Calcined alumina suppliers warn of further price rises in 2019 on widespread shortage; Global iodine spot price strengthens; Chinese carbonate prices drop for second week; seaborne market resists lower bids; Proposal to discontinue four European graphite prices; Ilmenite prices stable amid China’s latest environmental protection campaign; Domestic European antimony trioxide price softens but global markets largely stable; Chinese soda ash prices hold firm for another week, production stable; Chinese TiO2 export prices tick lower; Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

  • Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    Prices for bauxite, brown-fused alumina (BFA) and white-fused alumina (WFA) have held since the drop in May and June, but supply may suffer yet another hit if calcination plant closures in Shanxi were to go ahead.

  • Market fears havoc from China’s overhaul of customs rules

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    China's customs department will introduce a much stricter system that local exporters and importers must follow to carry out international trading.

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Pricing News

  • Price Briefing: July 5-12

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    Calcined alumina suppliers warn of further price rises in 2019 on widespread shortage; Global iodine spot price strengthens; Chinese carbonate prices drop for second week; seaborne market resists lower bids; Proposal to discontinue four European graphite prices; Ilmenite prices stable amid China’s latest environmental protection campaign; Domestic European antimony trioxide price softens but global markets largely stable; Chinese soda ash prices hold firm for another week, production stable; Chinese TiO2 export prices tick lower; Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

  • Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

    Friday, 13 July 2018

    Prices for bauxite, brown-fused alumina (BFA) and white-fused alumina (WFA) have held since the drop in May and June, but supply may suffer yet another hit if calcination plant closures in Shanxi were to go ahead.

  • Bauxite prices drop further as China supply remains tight

    Tuesday, 19 June 2018

    Prices of Chinese bauxite decreased slightly over the past fortnight, but market participants warned of surging energy prices and tightening supply.

  • Lower producer offers weigh on Chinese brown fused alumina prices

    Monday, 18 June 2018

    Refractory-grade brown fused alumina prices continued to weaken in the latest assessment, while low availability limited the fall in abrasive-grade prices.

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Features

  • 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.

  • 2017: The year of the supply squeeze

    Thursday, 14 December 2017

    If 2016 should be remembered with a shudder, then 2017 will be remembered as the year when it became harder to source minerals. The supply situation changed for many minerals in the markets that Industrial Minerals covers, not least because many producers were simply shut down by strict environmental laws in China, or found it harder to source materials due to demand-side challenges, consultant editor Siobhan Lismore-Scott writes.

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