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  • Graphite Juniors News in Brief 28 September 28 September 2016

    A brief roundup of notable junior activities in the graphite industry. Read More

  • Cheap freight rates make Chinese graphite attractive 23 September 2016

    Graphite buyers head towards China as low freight costs intensify competition amid weakening downstream demand; flake prices stable at current lows. Read More

  • Price Briefing 16-22 September 23 September 2016

    Most minerals' prices remained stable with little trading activities following the mid-autumn festival holiday in China. Imerys has raised its calcium carbonate prices while Orocobre expects its lithium prices to reach $10,000/tonne. Read More

  • Imerys to increase calcium carbonate price 21 September 2016

    The hike will take place in December, driven by the rising costs of mining and processing. Read More

  • China’s fluorspar prices fall on low demand 19 September 2016

    Falling demand for acid grade fluorspar has compelled Chinese suppliers to decrease their offers approaching autumn, a period likely to see lower trades amid intense competition, as metspar prices follow suit. Read More

  • Ceramic-grade kaolin prices stable ahead of 2017 contract talks 19 September 2016

    As the industry gears up for 2017 contract negotiations the price of kaolin from Vietnam continues to hold steady as even some supply disruptions fail to offset the weak demand outlook. Read More

  • Price Briefing 9-16 September 2016 16 September 2016

    Mineral sands prices moved up on increased activity in titanium dioxide and tighter supply from China; antimony trioxide continues to rise on the back of strength in antimony metal; suppliers of chemical grade chrome ore have raised their quotes further but the degree of acceptance from the market remains to be seen. Read More

  • Antimony trioxide prices rise in US 16 September 2016

    Antimony trioxide prices continued to be strong on the back of increases in antimony metal. Read More

  • Rutile and ilmenite prices increase 16 September 2016

    Increased activity in titanium dioxide and tighter supply from China is edging up mineral sands prices. Read More

  • Excess supply keeps graphite prices down 16 September 2016

    Graphite producers have received few enquiries over the past week as excess supply, excessive capacity and growing competition looms large over the weak trading environment. Read More

  • Chemical chromite prices move up 16 September 2016

    Suppliers of chemical grade chrome ore are raising their quotes further as the met grade price continues to appreciate, but the degree of acceptance from the market remains to be seen. Read More

  • Recovery in natural graphite trades stalling 12 September 2016

    With global demand stagnating in a continually weak market, prices for high-purity grades remain unmoved while excessive capacity of low purity grades could see a greater price disparity moving into Q4 2016. Read More

  • Price Briefing 2-8 September 2016 09 September 2016

    Mongolia fluorspar producers secured higher 2017 contract prices, antimony trioxide spot prices continued to climb, chromite suppliers raised their offers amid firm demand, while titanium dioxide (TiO2) feedstock ilmenite prices gained. Read More

  • Mongolian acidspar contract prices buck trend 09 September 2016

    Mongolia producers have managed to secure 2017 annual contracts at relatively high price levels, however market participants contend that the trend is unlikely to be repeated in other locations with other markets more tightly linked to the prevailing weak demand-side picture. Read More

  • Antimony trioxide price rise continues 08 September 2016

    Flame retardant mineral antimony trioxide continues to appreciate week-on-week as Chinese supply restrictions boost spot prices. Read More

  • Foundry chromite prices, enquiries pick up 08 September 2016

    Increased activity in the foundry grade chromite market has led prices slightly higher, while chemical chrome remains firm as buyers attempt to fend off higher prices from sellers. Read More

  • Price briefing 26 August – 01 September 02 September 2016

    Antimony Trioxide prices spiked over the past two months as the Chinese government further restrict export quota, while chromite price held firm amid strong demand and crimped mined output. Similarly in ilmenite, supply demand fundamental has lifted the TiO2 feedstock prices. Meanwhile, unfavourable exchange rate movements pulled Chinese lithium spot prices lower and increased Chinese supply put pressure on brown fused alumina. Read More

  • Resumed Chinese BFA output pressures prices 02 September 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices fell a week after production restarted in Henan province, as rising supply weighed on the weak demand. Read More

  • Antimony trioxide prices rocket on supply cut 01 September 2016

    Flame retardant mineral antimony trioxide spot prices have spiked over the past two months after China reduced its export volume quota and market participants rushed to secure material ahead of the Q4 high-season. Read More

  • Exchange rate adds to decline in Chinese lithium spot price 01 September 2016

    The price of lithium carbonate and hydroxide traded on the Chinese spot market fell again this week, with traders pointing to a weakening renminbi against the US dollar. Read More

  • PRICING NOTICE: Correction to Antimony Trioxide prices 01 September 2016

    Correction for IM's listed antimony trioxide prices. Read More

  • Chromite prices hold amid firm demand, rising enquiries 01 September 2016

    Demand for foundry grade chromite sand is seen as slowly improving while suppliers of chemical grade product are holding onto their prices as Q4 contract negotiations are soon to take place. Read More

  • Export stats show Chinese lithium carbonate prices drop 28% in July 30 August 2016

    The drop off illustrated by customs data comes in the wake of a consistent decline in price seen on the Chinese spot market over the past number of months. Read More

  • Cristal Global joins TiO2 majors in price hikes 30 August 2016

    As demand and activity picks up in the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment sector, producers are following suit in upping their prices. Read More

  • TiO2 producers push for 10th price hike 26 August 2016

    Chinese producers have announced another price hike, the tenth this year, citing the rising cost of raw materials as well as stronger supply/demand fundamentals. Read More

  • Price briefing 19-25 August 2016 26 August 2016

    Trading remains quiet in iodine and graphite as prices edge down further, while some fused alumina production is resuming in China following weeks of shutdown. Market activities are expected to increase in the coming weeks as the European holiday season comes to an end. Read More

  • Low-priced offers clog Indian graphite industry 25 August 2016

    Competition has intensified in the Indian graphite space as additional capacities from Madagascar and Brazil hit domestic producers hard in a sluggish trading environment. Read More

  • Fused alumina production resumes in China 25 August 2016

    Some white and brown fused alumina producers in Henan have received the green light to restart production but uncertainty remains on whether there would be more disruption in output in September due to renewed anti-pollution efforts. Read More

  • Iodine spot prices drop further 25 August 2016

    Spot market prices continues to decline this week as producers aggressively compete to secure business. Market participants predicted that contract prices could follow the downward trajectory in Q4. Read More

  • Canpotex to extend supply contract to India 24 August 2016

    Potash marketing JV Canpotex will likely extend its supply agreement with India as fertiliser buyers in the country receive their delayed government subsidy. Read More

  • Kenmare H1 revenue falls on low mineral sands prices 24 August 2016

    While a large number of contracts were signed towards the end of 2015 for H1 2016 resulting in lower prices throughout the first half of the year, Kenmare said tightening ilmenite supply was starting to give way to higher prices as it looks to secure contracts for the second half of the year. Read More

  • Pricing notice: Proposal to delist spodumene, petalite grades 22 August 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist several spodumene concentrate and petalite grades at the end of September. Read More

  • Chinese rare earths prices differ in August 19 August 2016

    Guidance prices for rare earths products released this month for southern and northern China show a notable difference, with price levels in the north of the country declining as southern rates remain stable. Read More

  • Price Briefing 12–18 August 2016 19 August 2016

    Ahead of the US presidential election in November, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has appointed former interior secretary, Ken Salazar, to chair her presidential transition team - a move that was seen by some as positive for the struggling fracking industry. Read More

  • Rising demand supports chromite prices 18 August 2016

    Prices for chemical grade product continue to edge up slowly, according to buyers and sellers, who cited supply tightness and some increasing demand as the key drivers. Read More

  • Low AlF3 prices attract fluorspar buyers 15 August 2016

    With fluorspar downstream prices facing demand side pressure compounded by significant inventories, the raw material continues to lose the market against low-priced downstream products – a trend mainly prevalent in aluminium fluoride – as aggressive price undercutting spreads. Read More

  • Price Briefing 5–11 August 2016 12 August 2016

    Producer reported higher bromine prices in Q2; more pigments producers announced TiO2 price increases; lithium 2017 contract talks to begin and brown fused alumina prices tick higher. Read More

  • Supply shortage lifts BFA spot prices 11 August 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices have increased due to supply shortages as production clamp downs continue amid intensifying anti-pollution checks in the country. Although many suppliers have been selling from existing inventories, stock is depleting. Read More

  • Fluorspar Price Tracker: H1 2016 05 August 2016

    IM outlines the key acidspar price trends seen in H1 2016. Read More

  • Price Briefing 29 July – 4 August 2016 05 August 2016

    Chinese TiO2 producers announced ninth price hike; graphite trading slows in the summer season, while Chinese chromite buyers hold back from the market; stricter anti-pollution checks in China are continuing to hit on fused minerals production, and reduced output has supported prices. Read More

  • China's TiO2 producers issue ninth price hike 05 August 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers in China have announced another price hike, the ninth this year. Read More

  • Slow graphite market stunts price recovery 05 August 2016

    Weakening transaction volumes, excessive inventories and slowing industrial activity continue to plague graphite price recovery, forcing producers to trade at even lower levels. Read More

  • Chinese WFA output hit by anti-pollution efforts 04 August 2016

    Chinese-origin white fused alumina output has been hit by stricter environmental checks in China but weak refractory demand has limited gains in the mineral’s prices. Reduced production in China could lift trades elsewhere as buyers in Europe seek alternative supply. Read More

  • Chromite prices adjust to slow trading 04 August 2016

    Chromite market participants have seen traded volumes dwindle lately as Chinese buyers delay the placement of new orders in the hope of price decreases whilst suppliers maintain that higher operating costs mean the market can not go lower. Read More

  • Price Briefing 22-29 July 2016 29 July 2016

    Existing inventory in brown fused alumina prevented prices gain amid supply tightness; Chinese TiO2 producers announced eighth price hike; fertiliser prices expected to remain low in 2016 while fluorspar prices held at five-year lows as supply far outstripped demand. Read More

  • Competition sees cheaper fluorspar offers 29 July 2016

    As summer kicks in, market participants told IM that intensifying competition has brought about severe price undercutting in the market as producers aim to get rid of the stockpiles. Read More

  • Anti-pollution efforts cut BFA supply in China 28 July 2016

    The recent stricter anti-pollution checks in brown fused alumina producing regions in China are showing no sign of easing with production continuing to be impacted. While prices have not gained this week on tighter supply, market participants said it could rise when existing stock runs out. Read More

  • Lithium carbonate, hydroxide spot prices steady 28 July 2016

    The decline in Chinese spot prices appears to have stalled this past week following several weeks of declines. Prices remain at historically high levels though with market participants continuing to report strong supply-demand fundamentals. Read More

  • Lithium export data shows China hydroxide price dip in June 26 July 2016

    The drop off in the spot price of lithium in China can be seen in lithium hydroxide export figures for June, though lithium carbonate retained its upward trajectory during the month, according to trade statistics recently released by the Chinese government. Read More

  • ICL concludes 700,000 tonne potash agreement with China 26 July 2016

    Tel Aviv-heaquartered ICL has finalised several supply contracts with Chinese buyers for the rest of 2016 at selling prices in line with other recently-signed fertiliser supply agreements. Read More

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