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  • Metro Mining secures go-ahead for Bauxite Hills mine 23 June 2017

    The miner has been granted environmental permit and found financial backing to continue developing the expanded bauxite mining site it now controls following the acquisition of junior Gulf Alumina. Read More

  • Price briefing 16-22 June 23 June 2017

    A severe supply shortage has lifted fused magnesia prices outside of China; Chinese flake graphite grades post uptick; spot chromite prices fall on lack of Chinese buying; baryte holds unchanged despite heavy rain storm temporarily hitting production in China; antimony trioxide prices under pressure; Chinese producers raise rare earth prices again; ilmenite trading activity slumps leading some to speculate that it could be an end to the rise in prices. Read More

  • Severe rain storm hits baryte production in China's Guizhou 23 June 2017

    Baryte production in parts of Guizhou province was temporary halted by heavy rain storm and landslides last week. Despite the disruption, operations have resumed this week and deliveries were largely unaffected. Read More

  • Chinese flake graphite grade posts price uptick 22 June 2017

    Prices of large flake and high-carbon material have shown an uptick as producers are concerned with stability of supply in the wake of drought conditions and environmental controls. Read More

  • Steel production up 2% in May 21 June 2017

    Chinese output rose by almost two percentage points, as did Turkish and Brazilian production. In Europe, only France posted growth. Read More

  • China plans logistics reform to boost railway freight by 2020 21 June 2017

    The Chinese government is planning to invest heavily to develop the country’s delivery infrastructure to enable an integrated logistics network, connecting international and domestic transportation, by 2020. Under the plan, mineral transportation within China could be simplified, with shorter delivery time and at potentially lower cost. Read More

  • European fused magnesia prices move up 21 June 2017

    Lack of material available for export from China has prompted prices of European-produced fused magnesia to increase, while other grades are holding firm. Read More

  • Chemical chromite prices slide further 20 June 2017

    The market for chemical-grade chromite remains weak, while the enforcement of new limitation measures on chromium chemical end-markets in China are expected to put additional pressure on raw material demand. Read More

  • Global antimony trioxide market under pressure 20 June 2017

    The global antimony market is under downward pressure this week as a result of persisting depressed demand and a slowdown in the market ahead of the summer season. Read More

  • Fujian province puts focus on graphite and graphene 20 June 2017

    Fujian province in the south of China has announced that the city of Sanming will be the centre for development of its graphene industry. Read More

  • Graphite demand improving as Chinese producers brace for inspections 19 June 2017

    Western suppliers report rising inflow of enquiries for several graphite grades, while environmental inspections in China are now reaching Shandong province, where many graphite operations are located, with potential consequences on supply. Read More

  • Price briefing 9-15 June 16 June 2017

    Bauxite prices rocket higher; fluorspar spot market in Europe tracked China higher; antimony trioxide prices soften; titanium dioxide prices could rise further; according to Chinese producer Lomon Billions. Read More

  • Fluorspar spot prices rise in Europe 16 June 2017

    Acidspar spot prices have increased in Europe after months of stability, as producers start to raise their offers following the uptrend in China. However, some argued that the spot market is not representative as it accounts for a small volume of the overall business, which is largely covered by annual contract. Read More

  • Athabasca Minerals appoints new CEO 14 June 2017

    Robert Beekhuizen is to head the company’s management team and will replace interim CEO Don Paulencu. Read More

  • Yingkou urges refractory makers to up prices on magnesia issues 13 June 2017

    The association of refractory producers in the city of Yingkou has called on local companies to adjust their prices on the back of market tightness and production shutdowns. Read More

  • China slashes chromite imports by one-third in April 12 June 2017

    Latest statistics point to a rapid worsening of demand for chromite in China which, against a record month for imports in January, has now halved its monthly imports. Read More

  • China’s spherical graphite exports lose ground in April 12 June 2017

    The average value of coated and uncoated spherical graphite out of China dipped below the $3,000/tonne mark in April as volumes shipped declined from the record highs seen in March. Read More

  • Soda ash supply tightness in India lifts spot prices 09 June 2017

    Soda ash shipping delay from Europe to India has led a supply shortage, which has pushed spot prices higher in early June. Many are also awaiting the outcome of India's anti-dumping duties review in mid-July, in order to reassess their supply sources. Read More

  • Price briefing 2-8 June 09 June 2017

    Ilmenite price ranges widened on buyer-reluctance, as rutile remained unchanged; chromite price stable; silicon carbide spreads tighten; APMDC gear up for baryte tender; fluorspar producers outside China plan price increase; India soda ash prices rise amid shipping delay; antimony trioxide prices soften Read More

  • Fluorspar producers ex-China plan price increase from H2 09 June 2017

    Following rapid fluorspar price increases in China over the past months, producers in the rest of the world are talking of a price increase from H2 onwards. However, some consumers questioned the justification of raising their raw material costs at a time of global supply and demand uncertainty. Read More

  • Chemical chromite trading slow to restart on lower prices 07 June 2017

    The reduced price levels of chemical chromite are now showing an increased premium over metallurgical UG2, which sellers are trying to uphold. Read More

  • China seeks market opinion on talc industry reform 06 June 2017

    The Chinese government has asked for market feedback on a series of talc industry reforms, including increased operational efficiency, technological upgrade and better environmental management. Read More

  • China's soda ash exports drop in April 06 June 2017

    The quantity and value of soda ash exported from China fell substantially in April, the latest data from customs officials reveals. Read More

  • Oman gypsum exports rise almost 30% 05 June 2017

    Oman’s gypsum exports grow annually between January-May, while production is set to increase to 40m tonnes by 2021, according to Omani producer Zawawi. Read More

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 26 May – 5 June 05 June 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from NextSource Materials, Armadale Capital, Hexagon Resources and Great Lakes Graphite. Read More

  • Price briefing 26 May - 1 June 02 June 2017

    Strict anti-pollution controls in China continue to impact bauxite production, lifting prices; while rising raw material costs support white fused alumina; rutile prices registered small gain, ilmenite holds firm; andalusite supply in 2017 to fall; barytes fell amid global oversupply; aluminium trifluoride value spike on higher fluorspar prices Read More

  • Falling shipments of fluorspar out of China 01 June 2017

    Lower availability of fluorspar is leading to reduced exports, while prices of downstream fluorspar materials rose significantly as supply reduced. Read More

  • China's aluminium trifluoride prices spike on shutdowns 31 May 2017

    Prices for aluminium trifluoride – a key material for aluminium production – have jumped in China following a series of shutdowns related the anti-pollution policies being enforced. The value of the material is meanwhile being supported by rising fluorspar prices. Read More

  • China's magnesia exports hit fresh high in April 31 May 2017

    Magnesia exports out of China continued to increase by the end of Q1 due to the impact of the tax and quota scrapping earlier this year. However, fused magnesia deliveries out of the country has declined due to the ongoing production stoppage in Liaoning province. Read More

  • Metro Mining to supply bauxite to China's Lubei 30 May 2017

    The company has signed a deal for a three-year supply of bauxite to China’s fifth-largest bauxite importer, Shandong Aluminium Company. Read More

  • Australian Bauxite eyes further sale of cement grade material 30 May 2017

    The company reported high demand for cement grade bauxite as well as an increase in metallurgical bauxite enquiries from China. Read More

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