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  • October 2017

    Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

  • European graphite prices rise sharply

    05 October 2017

    Sellers in Europe report increasing demand for all graphite grades between 94% and 97% C content, while higher prices from Chinese suppliers is forcing some EU grades upwards by as much as $200/tonne.

  • Metal Bulletin Group completes its first independent benchmark assurance review

    05 October 2017

    Metal Bulletin Group, a leading provider of information to the steel and metals industry, has completed its first external assurance review of selected benchmark prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Buyers brace for higher raw material prices in '18

    05 October 2017

    Several consumers of refractory minerals gathered in Santiago told IM they are certain that “everything will appreciate” next year as shortage of materials will trigger higher contract prices.

  • FREE WEB SEMINAR: Battery raw materials prices and the Li-ion boom

    04 October 2017

    Industrial Minerals and Metal Bulletin are hosting a free web seminar on Tuesday 10 October at 2pm GMT to discuss how it assesses the prices of battery raw materials such as cobalt, graphite and lithium.

  • UniteCR ’17: Refractories recycling takes centre stage as shortage bites

    04 October 2017

    With the markets of several raw materials currently experiencing short supply and surging prices, refractory makers should invest into recycling options, delegates were told in Santiago.

  • UniteCR ’17: Syrah to start producing in October

    03 October 2017

    Customers have been placing orders for the first batches of flake graphite that will be produced at the Balama operation, as the company says the current issues in supply from China may strengthen customer interest as production starts in Mozambique.

  • September 2017

    China graphite exports, imports continue to rise in August

    28 September 2017

    Imports of graphite to China have increased massively in 2017 with a large amount of amorphous grade coming from North Korea while an increase in flake imports from Africa marks a shift in the traditional flow of material.

  • China releases reserves data for nonmetallic minerals

    25 September 2017

    China's Ministry of Land and Resources released new data last month about the country's reserves of strategic important minerals, including several non-metallic minerals such as graphite, lithium and zircon.

  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 21 September

    21 September 2017

    A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Alabama Graphite, Black Rock Mining, Syrah Resources and Magnis Resources.

  • Morgan develops extra-large crucibles

    21 September 2017

    The crucibles will have a capacity of 3 tonnes of molten metal, which can be increased up to 10 tonnes for specific melting requirements.

  • Tata Steel, ThyssenKrupp sign MoU for EU joint venture

    21 September 2017

    The proposed merger would lead to the creation of Europe's second-largest steelmaker.

  • Higher revenues, lower margin for RHI in H1

    14 September 2017

    Improved activity in refractory sales to both steelmakers and industrial customers led to higher turnover but negative currency effects, impairment charges related to the divestments and merger-related costs dented profitability.

  • Magnesita sells Oberhausen carbon bricks operation

    12 September 2017

    The company’s magnesia carbon bricks facility in Germany is being acquired by Intocast, the group that is also taking over RHI’s dolomite operation in Italy and refractory plant in Spain.

  • RHI divests dolomite business to Intocast

    11 September 2017

    RHI is divesting its dolomite operations in Spain and Italy, which will be taken over by Germany’s Intocast, following European directives prior to the merger with Magnesita. Separately, the company is also selling off the fused cast refractories for glassmaking business in Italy and Russia.

  • Chinese graphite exports increase in July

    11 September 2017

    Both flake and spherical graphite trade increased significantly in the seven months to July against 2016, while China is also importing more material, mainly from North Korea and Madagascar.

  • Hegang City pledges to double graphite production in 2017

    08 September 2017

    The city-level prefecture plans to push local graphite production to over 3m tonnes, after taking over a 1.21bn tonne mining reserve having these type of expansions triggered some negative comments within the industry in the past. Moreover, Chinese exports dipped throughout June according to Chinese Customs.

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