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.
05 May 2017
Following the cancellation of the export tax on magnesia at the start of the year shipments from the country have continued to increase with CCM and DBM export volumes hitting record highs in March. The average value or price of magnesia exported, meanwhile, continues to decline.
03 May 2017
Almost all magnesia producers in Haicheng and Dashiqiao are currently shut amid ongoing environmental controls; while European magnesia prices are stable market participants are wary of impact to the market should the situation in China persist.
27 April 2017
IM's monthly price movements.
12 April 2017
Intermittent production issues are starting to have an effect on Chinese export prices for fused magnesia, while caustic calcined and dead-burned magnesia are holding for the moment. Meanwhile demand for European material is on the rise, according to market participants.
05 April 2017
Please note that due to a technical issue Industrial Minerals' FOB China magnesia prices were not published on 4 April 2017.
17 March 2017
Antimony trioxide spot prices spike; magnesia unchanged but supply to remain tight; China-origin soda ash falls.
15 March 2017
During a recent trip to visit magnesia companies in Haicheng and Dashiqiao, in China’s Liaoning province, IM’s Albert Li learned that supply has become very tight, as a result of severe environmental restrictions. This has led to a surge in domestic prices and an expectation of a similar rise in export prices.
10 March 2017
European magnesia prices are holding as the lower offers from China have not generated the sudden knock-on effect that was first feared, while EU producers reported higher demand from customers who cannot source meaningful volumes from China
03 March 2017
Chinese magnesia market participants believe production stoppages and the resulting supply implications will impact domestic prices as material continues to flow out of the country at lower values due to the lifting of the export quota.
25 January 2017
Industrial Minerals proposes to change the pricing assessments frequency of kaolin, antimony trioxide, chromite and magnesia.
13 January 2017
Magnesia prices have fallen in the wake of China removing previously enforced export quotas.
06 January 2017
Graphite market weighs up scrapping of export taxes; China rare earth prices stable for January; alumina and bauxite supply reportedly tight in China; Chinese DBM, CCM export value drops; Chinese TiO2 producers hike prices again.