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  • INTERVIEW: LAC pushes forward into a lithium market set to remain tight 20 January 2017

    Following the securing of substantial funding to progress his company’s Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project, Lithium Americas’ CEO Tom Hodgson spoke to IM about the state of the market and the junior’s next moves. Read More

  • Codelco begins search for lithium partners 20 January 2017

    The Chilean copper producer is seeking expressions of interest for companies to jointly develop the Pedernales and Maricunga salars. The bidding window will last for two weeks. Read More

  • Petroleum refiner backs LAC with $112m funding 20 January 2017

    The lithium junior announced its second major partnership deal in less than a week, with Bangchak Petroleum coming on board as investor, creditor and offtaker. Read More

  • Price briefing 13-19 January 20 January 2017

    Trading is starting to slow down due to the Chinese New Year holiday, business in chromite is stalling but some restocking ahead of the holiday has lifted antimony trioxide prices; titanium dioxide prices continued the uptrend seen in 2016. Read More

  • Graphite News in Brief 16-19 January 19 January 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry. Read More

  • Chromite trading slow ahead of Chinese New Year 19 January 2017

    Trading has slowed down for both chemical and foundry grade chromite as the Chinese New Year holiday approaches, while prices are for the moment stable. Read More

  • Pilbara awards construction contract for Pilangoora 19 January 2017

    Commissioning of spodumene plant expected in Q4 2017 following EPC contract award. Read More

  • Metro combines bauxite projects following Gulf acquisition 18 January 2017

    The company plans to start construction of a mine at the now joined Australian bauxite site in the second half of the year. Read More

  • Afarak to reopen chrome mine on improved market 18 January 2017

    The company aims to benefit from the improved conditions of the chromite market and is planning to set up a new underground mining operation at Mecklenburg. Read More

  • Rio posts higher bauxite, alumina output in 2016 17 January 2017

    Higher output at Rio’s main bauxite mines was supported by strong demand seen in China, while speciality alumina production also increased in 2016. Read More

  • Indonesia eases bauxite export ban 13 January 2017

    Indonesia’s relaxing of export regulations to partially allow foreign sales of bauxite may ease the tightness in alumina feedstock for white fused alumina production in China, while other non-metallurgical bauxite markets are expected to remain short. Read More

  • Price Briefing 6 -12 January 13 January 2017

    Graphite and magnesia prices fall after the cancellation of export duty, while antimony trioxide price increase on restocking. Despite rising raw material costs, calcined alumina prices remained largely unchanged. Read More

  • Calcined alumina contract prices stable in 2017 13 January 2017

    Higher raw material costs have failed to lift long-term contract prices for calcined alumina in 2017, as excess supply continued to outstrip demand. Read More

  • Mt Marion spodumene to leave Australia by end January 12 January 2017

    Lithium concentrate will leave Kwinana for Zhangjiagang by the end of the month. Read More

  • Chinese bauxite imports lose 10% value 11 January 2017

    Latest trade statistics point to a continuation of the downtrend in imported value of bauxite into China, as the country posted lower demand from external suppliers for most of last year. Read More

  • Albemarle to pay Chile royalties on lithium sales 10 January 2017

    The terms of the lithium producer's expansion deal reveal a progressive commission system payable to the Chilean state, reaching heights of 40% for material sold at a price of over $10,000/tonne LCE. Read More

  • Nabaltec expands management board 10 January 2017

    The speciality materials and flame retardants supplier is adding two internal members to its management board. Read More

  • Imerys to divest La Bathie fused alumina business 09 January 2017

    As part of the conditions set out by the EU for Imerys’ takeover of Alteo’s fused alumina assets in France, the minerals producer has to spin off one of the recently purchased operations. Read More

  • China revises minerals export tariffs in 2017 09 January 2017

    China has revised its tariffs on some minerals in 2017. The move comes after complaints last year to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from the EU and the US against China’s export duties on a number of essential metals and minerals. Read More

  • Chinese alumina trade slumps 09 January 2017

    The Asian country slashed its purchases of alumina in 2016 while its exports of the mineral halved, on the back of production disruptions within the country coupled with reduced demand on the external market. Read More

  • Metro Mining appoints MD 09 January 2017

    The appointment follows the successful takeover of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina Ltd after a tight bidding race with fellow ASX-listed miner Moly Mines Ltd that lasted throughout Q4 2016. Read More

  • Shandong Haihua 2016 soda ash profit hit by leaking accident 05 January 2017

    The accident experienced by the soda ash producer, which caused up to $53m worth of damage, could leave a dent in its 2016 profit. However higher glass consumption owing to a revival in China's real estate sector are driving soda ash values upwards. Read More

  • China's fused magnesia exports hit 2016 record in Nov 03 January 2017

    Exports of fused magnesia out of China rose to a two-year high in November last year in volume terms, while declining unit prices have kept overall value down. Read More

  • Magnesita appoints new CFO 03 January 2017

    The Brazilian company is adapting the composition of its management as it moves forward with the planned merger with RHI to form LSE-listed refractory giant RHI Magnesita. Read More

  • Innovation in Liaoning’s magnesia companies IM December 2016-January 2017

    With magnesia prices softening under oversupply and weak demand for refractory products, a handful of Chinese companies are attempting to create new end uses for magnesite which they hope will reduce their exposure to steel markets. Read More

  • Prices IM December 2016-January 2017

    Antimony trioxide prices drop, as do iodine prices; lithium deals for 2017 approach closure; foundry chromite spot market widens; raw material costs lift WFA prices; graphite suppliers talk 2017 contracts; Cristal to increase TiO2 prices; industry concerned over China scrapping magnesia quota. Read More

  • Breaking down Silica Valley IM December 2016-January 2017

    Spruce Pine in the US state of North Carolina is the self-styled “silica valley” on which the more famous Silicon Valley of California relies for high purity quartz. Cameron Perks, IM Correspondent, investigates how the supply concentration of HPQ is causing concern and creating opportunities for other producers. Read More

  • US pressures India on boric acid imports IM December 2016-January 2017

    A recent trade forum saw US delegates prioritise the issue of India’s protectionism in its boric acid trade. Indian buyers, US producers and US diplomats are pushing Indian authorities to fully abandon the country's current import regime. Read More

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’ IM December 2016-January 2017

    CEO tells investors future is bright as Q3 results saw the company's expansion strategy pay dividends. The refractories market remains weak, however. Read More

  • Industrial minerals in the new Trump era IM December 2016-January 2017

    Trump win ‘positive’ for oil and gas sector while uncertainty surrounds the future of renewables. Meanwhile a lack of clarity remains in terms of foreign trade agreements. Read More

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