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Magnesia pricing news

  • August 2018

    China’s refractory materials output up 4.8% in H1 2018

    08 August 2018

    Increasing demand for refractory materials pushed China’s refractories output up to 9.45 million tonnes in the first half of the year. Magnesia and graphite prices remained firm because of the knock-on effects of environmental regulations.

  • China's high-grade magnesia export prices fall on sporadic buying

    03 August 2018

    Several Chinese magnesia prices trended lower on soft demand and quiet buying activity. High-grade magnesia in particular saw price declines from several-month highs.

  • July 2018

    Price Briefing: July 13-19

    20 July 2018

    GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Battle over market share triggers price war; PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period on proposal to discontinue fluorspar prices; China’s magnesia export prices steady but domestic prices soften; Chinese soda ash price edges down on oversupply; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of kaolin pricing; factors converge to depress ilmenite import price in China

  • China’s magnesia export prices steady but domestic prices soften

    18 July 2018

    The prices of China’s magnesia exports were stable this week because of quiet buying during the summer slowdown, but domestic prices were on a downtrend, especially for low-grade products.

  • China Rare Metals plans to sell its magnesia production subsidiary

    09 July 2018

    An uncertain outlook for magnesia products, financial losses and the burden of environmental regulations have put a price tag of $4.2 million on Haicheng Xinwei Lee Shing Magnesia Resources.

  • Price Briefing: June 29 - July 5

    06 July 2018

    Sluggish demand, cheaper material weigh on China’s battery-grade lithium carbonate prices; Haicheng government set to dismantle polluting MgO kilns, but magnesia prices steady for now; European titanium dioxide prices down under heavy imports; Fluorspar market split on extent of China's environmental controls; Producers see higher soda ash prices on strong demand; Rutile prices increase, Tronox to cease external rutile, leucoxene sales by 2018 end; Silicon carbide production shutdowns in China push up European refractory prices; Have zircon prices peaked? Global antimony trioxide markets weaken, European prices stable

  • Haicheng government set to dismantle polluting MgO kilns, but magnesia prices steady for now

    04 July 2018

    The local government of Haicheng in China’s Liaoning province has announced a plan to dismantle magnesia kilns which do not meet the latest environmental standards. But Chinese magnesia export prices are currently unchanged on quiet buying activity.

  • June 2018

    Haicheng govt redoubles efforts to unify fragmented magnesia sector; prices steady this week

    28 June 2018

    The government of Haicheng in China’s Liaoning province has ratified a consolidation plan for the local magnesia industry aimed at streamlining a fragmented sector. For now, though, magnesia prices are steady this week in quiet buying conditions.

  • China's refractory materials output jumps 4% in Jan-May

    25 June 2018

    China’s output of refractory materials has risen to 7.80 million tonnes in the first five months of 2018, supported by increasing demand from downstream sectors.

  • China’s magnesia prices steady amid sporadic buying

    20 June 2018

    China’s magnesia export prices are unchanged after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday (June 16-18) due to limited buying interest, with most buyers holding off and waiting for a clear market direction.

  • Chinese magnesia export market stagnant, prices unchanged

    13 June 2018

    China’s magnesia export prices remained at current level without any fluctuation on thin buying activities from buyers. Market participants kept monitoring the market waiting for clearer direction on releasing the restriction on magnesite mining.

  • IM's May Price Movements

    05 June 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Fresh talk about consolidation of Liaoning province's magnesia sector but prices steady for now

    05 June 2018

    Local authorities' plans to consolidate regional sector over the next four months have yet to have any discernible effect on local magnesia prices

  • May 2018

    China’s refractory materials output up 11% in Q1

    25 May 2018

    Increasing demand for some refractory materials and increasing output compared with last year pushed China’s refractories output to 4.76 million tonnes in the first quarter of the year, the first rise for two years.

  • IM prices April 2018

    17 May 2018

  • Sparse buying activity leaves Chinese magnesia export prices steady

    09 May 2018

    Export prices for all grades of Chinese magnesia remained stable this week, despite the declining availability of spot materials, because magnesite mining has been halted since mid-April.

  • Chinese magnesia exports down in Mar on high export prices

    08 May 2018

    Shipments of all grades of magnesia were down in March, compared to March 2017, on thin buying interest from international buyers.

  • April 2018

    Price briefing: April 20-27

    27 April 2018

    Reduced demand weighs on Chinese domestic spot lithium carbonate prices; Strong carbonate, hydroxide monohydrate prices in China boosting spodumene prices in Q2; Upcoming holiday restricts Chinese graphite prices; seaborne antimony trioxide market softens amid depressed demand; chemical grade chromite price holds despite volatile UG2 prices; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of diatomite; Chinese magnesia prices steady on halt in magnesite mining; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of vermiculite prices

  • Chinese magnesia prices steady on halt in magnesite mining

    25 April 2018

    The stoppage to magnesite mining in Liaoning province continued this week, and with no confirmed news on when a restart will happen, magnesia export prices were unchanged on quiet buying activity.

  • Market fears rise in prices as Liaoning stops magnesite mining

    17 April 2018

    A sudden government-ordered halt to magnesite mining in China’s main magnesia-producing province has triggered a rise in domestic prices, with exporters planning to raise export prices if the restriction continues.

  • Price Briefing April 6 -12

    13 April 2018

    Global spot iodine prices tick up on tight supply, bullish sentiment; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of baddeleyite prices; China magnesia market stable while mining restrictions continue; Chinese antimony trioxide market softens amid fears of trade war; PRICING NOTICE: Extended consultation period for proposal to discontinue celestite price; Weak activity slows chemical chromite trading; foundry-grade spread increasing; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of mica prices

  • IM's March Price Movements

    13 April 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • China magnesia market stable while mining restrictions continue

    11 April 2018

    Prices in the global markets for magnesia products remained steady over the past week despite the challenges of mining restrictions, lackluster demand and reduced availability.

  • Price Briefing March 23 - April 5

    06 April 2018

    Tightening supply gives zircon, rutile prices a boost as Q2 gets underway; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of wollastonite prices; Chinese lithium market remains slow but prices rise globally; Low-grade magnesia prices fall while stocks rise; Foundry chromite prices strengthen; chemical grade stable; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of sulphur prices

  • Chinese magnesia exports rise in February

    03 April 2018

    Shipments of caustic calcined magnesia (CCM) and fused magnesia (FM) rose in February 2018 on an annual basis, while dead burned magnesia (DBM) exports fell slightly.

  • March 2018

    IM prices March 2018

    28 March 2018

    See article below from the April issue of Industrial Minerals magazine, for market updates on price movements in various industrial minerals. Minerals featured this month include: magnesia, titanium dioxide, chromite, graphite, zircon, lithium and andalusite.

  • Low-grade magnesia prices fall while stocks rise

    28 March 2018

    Chinese low-grade magnesia prices moved downward because of increasing stock levels amid thin buying activity among downstream refractory producers, while high-grade magnesia prices were unchanged on a lack of magnesite ore.

  • Weak demand weighs on Chinese magnesia market

    14 March 2018

    Chinese magnesia markets have seen limited transactions over the past week with demand muted and most overseas buyers reluctant to make deals because of firm prices.

  • Price Briefing March 2 -8

    09 March 2018

    Prices rise further in chemical, foundry grade chromite markets; High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material; Lithium prices rise in China after new year break; Chinese TiO2 producers cite yuan appreciation as they push for price risesPrice Notices

  • High-grade DBM prices leap on lack of raw material

    07 March 2018

    There is a diverging trend between rising high-grade dead burned magnesia and falling low-grade material quotes, with raw material supply shortages putting pressure on DBM producers.

  • February 2018

    IM's February Price Movements

    27 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • IM's January Price Movements

    01 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • January 2018

    Price Briefing January 19 - 25

    26 January 2018

    European magnesia prices firm in new contracts; Chinese fluorspar prices stay firm on limited output; Chinese lithium carbonate prices down; European prices increase

  • European magnesia prices firm in new contracts

    23 January 2018

    Deals for fused magnesia in Europe are being set at higher prices in the early part of the year, amid tightness and low availability in the market, with the price pressure also affecting agricultural caustic calcined products.

  • Price Briefing: January 5-11

    12 January 2018

    Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze; European green silicon carbide market sees small price move at 2018 start; Lack of Chinese soda ash for export keeps prices stable; Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue its three bromine prices and three of its magnesia grades.

  • PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of magnesia grades

    08 January 2018

    Industrial Minerals has discontinued three of its magnesia grades, effective January 5.

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