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  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • Titanium dioxide producers in China hike prices further 25 July 2016

    Growth in the automotive and real estate sectors is expected to continue to push up pigment prices as existing inventories are depleted. Output is further expected to be constrained by limited ilmenite supplies and increased government regulation of the TiO2 industry's energy consumption. Read More

  • Price Briefing 15-21 July 2016 22 July 2016

    Supply disruption in China fails to lift bauxite and brown fused alumina prices; chromite sees an increase in buying activity in China; Indian potash contracts signed at lower y-o-y levels. Read More

  • Chinese producers anticipate lithium price stability, spot drop off continues 22 July 2016

    As the Chinese lithium spot price continued to fall this week, a number of supply-side industry players expect a steadying of the market in the second half of the year, though buyers still predict a sustained price decline. Read More

  • China's anti-pollution checks hit brown fused alumina output 22 July 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina prices held unchanged despite a looming supply tightness due to stricter anti-pollution checks shutting down production in recent months. Read More

  • Floods in China hit bauxite deliveries, fail to lift prices 22 July 2016

    Refractory grade bauxite prices were unchanged despite supply disruption caused by heavy rain storm and flooding in China over the past fortnight. If the inclement weather persists, it may impact production and could lift prices in the coming week. Read More

  • Stronger Chinese demand supports chromite prices 21 July 2016

    Chinese demand for chemical grade chromite has rebounded in recent months following a quiet period with increased buying interest for the material said to be supporting prices, traders told IM. Read More

  • K+S concludes potash supply contract with India 20 July 2016

    K+S has signed a potash supply agreement with IPL for the fiscal year of 2016/2017, reflecting similar deals concluded in June. IPL expects to conclude ore contracts with other producers in the coming weeks. Read More

  • Price Briefing 8-14 July 2016 15 July 2016

    Chinese lithium spot prices continue to decline; iodine price declines show no sign of letting up; Chinese potash contracts signed; alumina prices fall Read More

  • Consumers gain from industrial split over fluorspar prices 15 July 2016

    While tightening supply from China saw some domestic producers pushing higher prices onto the market, excessive low-cost supplies from other fluorspar producers meant that the material continues to be traded at lower prices as new demand from consumers in the downstream markets fails to materialise. Read More

  • Chinese lithium spot continues its decline 14 July 2016

    A drop off in the price of lithium reported on the Chinese spot market continued this week, knocking it down further. In Japan, meanwhile, contract prices in the country’s once sheltered lithium market appear to be rising to the levels experienced in the rest of the world. Read More

  • Iodine continues to slide as oversupply persists 14 July 2016

    Predictions of company wind-ups and reduced supply have not materialised, as high inventories continue to affect trading and prices are still feeling downward pressure. Read More

  • Excess supply continues to stall graphite prices 08 July 2016

    Price Review: Dwindling consumption rates in traditional end markets have stalled any upward movement in graphite flake prices as an over abundance of supply leads the industry to an impasse. Read More

  • Price Briefing 1-7 July 2016 08 July 2016

    Fluorspar prices fail to rebound due to weak demand; Chinese TiO2 operators signal yet another price hike; bauxite prices slow down amid persistent issues in consumption; Chinese silicon carbide export values point to lower prices; lithium prices see a degree of stabilisation. Read More

  • Fluorspar prices stagnate amid weak demand 07 July 2016

    While recovery in demand remains distant in the short term, any upward push for fluorspar prices has been unsuccessful, leaving producers fighting tight margins Read More

  • Price Briefing 24-30 June 2016 01 July 2016

    Brexit leaves mineral producers in limbo; graphite prices hindered by weak refractory market; Chinese lithium price dip likely to be temporary; potash contracts signed at lower levels; TiO2 driven by improvements in Chinese housing and automotive sectors. Read More

  • Graphite prices remain flat despite upward push 01 July 2016

    With the first half of the year leaving little room for further declines in graphite prices, Chinese producers’ attempts to boost prices have failed to materialise in the markets outside of China with weak consumption levels spurring discounts. Read More

  • Price Briefing 17-23 June 2016 24 June 2016

    Future of European markets uncertain as UK votes to leave the EU; fluorspar prices experience further drops; chromite market stabilises; oil price holds barite steady. Read More

  • New lows set for fluorspar price negotiations 23 June 2016

    While the industry enters into negotiations for Q3 2016 contracts, discussions for acid grade fluorspar material have hit new lower price levels. Read More

  • Competition stiffens in talc spot market 23 June 2016

    In the talc spot trading market competition is intensifying, putting downwards pressure on prices. Meanwhile, European traders await the outcome of the European Union Referendum, in which a UK split from the continent could have a negative impact. Read More

  • Graphite prices see upward spike 20 June 2016

    Chinese producers have succeeded in lifting flake graphite prices on the back of growth in domestic refractories production and declining stockpiles. Amorphous could benefit from the government’s Lutang investment project, however overcapacity in the sector means prices are unlikely to make any gains in the short term. Read More

  • Price Briefing 10-16 June 2016 17 June 2016

    Lithium market participants point to price exaggeration; doubts cast over China’s TiO2 price hikes; fluorspar prices steady at low levels; decline in graphite continues. Read More

  • Pause in demand sets stage for fluorspar price fall 16 June 2016

    The seasonal acidspar buying period has stalled, however lower grade fluorspar saw an increase in demand as steel production inches up. Read More

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