26 May 2017
Mineral sands producer Iluka raised zircon prices; while ilmenite and rutile prices held firm; China Southern Rare Earth Group Co. unveiled another round of price hike; Magnesia prices unchanged as Chinese government sets new environmental standards; Galaxy Resources complete 2016 offtake spodumene sales
19 May 2017
Demand from the EV market as well as some tightness in supply has pushed battery grade lithium carbonate prices higher in China.
19 May 2017
The ongoing draconian anti-pollution controls in China continue to disrupt production in a number of minerals, which has lifted prices in bauxite and antimony trioxide. Meanwhile, fused magnesia is no longer available in China; producers announced another rare earth price hike; chromite and silicon carbide prices remained stable; and lithium carbonate spot have risen in China again.
28 April 2017
Trade flows of Chinese lithium carbonate and hydroxide market remains strong with the latest data revealing a rise in exports and imports in Q1 2017 amid a positive market outlook. Prices for lithium carbonate and hydroxide, meanwhile, remained steady this past week with suggestions made to IM that some recent supply tightness could lead to higher numbers in Q2.
27 April 2017
See article below, from the May issue of Industrial Minerals, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: lithium, graphite, chromite, alumina, fluorspar, magnesia, antimony trioxide, fluorspar, rare earths, silicon carbide
24 April 2017
The lithium market across the three major regional markets - the US, Europe and China - has been relatively stable in April so far, supported by continuous growth in the Chinese battery sector.