27 January 2017
Trading activities in many minerals are expected to stall in the next two weeks during Chinese New Year, but lithium prices could rise in Q2. TiO2 may also see further increases, as bauxite and fused alumina remain firm on supply shortage.
26 January 2017
A lull period is expected now that annual deals have been settled and as the Chinese spot market quietens for the Spring Festival. China’s new EV subsidy policy may push prices up from Q2, however.
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.
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.
09 January 2017
The introduction of a new government support programme ends the period of uncertainty which followed an investigation into "cheating” on the previous framework.
06 January 2017
The value of lithium-ion batteries coming out of China continued to increase in late 2016. Lithium carbonate imports, meanwhile grew in Q4.