27 October 2017
Iodine price hits 15-month high after CPHI; TiO2 market holds firm while paint producers lift prices; Ilmenite market stalls, rutile tightens; chemical chromite slows down; European fused magnesia on the up again.
25 October 2017
Availability of fused magnesia is tight, which is a factor driving prices higher. The dependence on graphite electrodes in the FM production process is contributing to this upward price trend.
12 October 2017
Market patterns governing andalusite trade are expected to change next year, as suppliers say they will seek shorter contracts amid a situation of high demand and limited output.
11 October 2017
Spot prices of fused magnesia material in Europe have risen by up to $400/tonne on average as Chinese FM grades also appreciated after the Golden Week holiday.
10 October 2017
Prices are rising, but a shortage of feedstocks is limiting gains for producers.
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.
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.
03 October 2017
While exports of caustic calcined magnesia, dead burned magnesia and fused magnesia surged in August, after a decrease over the summer, the average value per tonne of material exported continued to appreciate as domestic supply constraints feed through to international markets.
02 October 2017
The major refractory producer plans to increase fused magnesia production at its Norwegian site as Chinese supply continues to be curtailed by environmental control, pushing prices to record highs.