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  • 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

  • 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

  • EU takes action over China export duties 20 July 2016

    The European Union has launched another legal case against China’s restriction on raw material exports essential for the region’s downstream industries. However, China discounts any deliberate intentions claiming that the restrictions are merely an effort to protect domestic resources and the ecological environment. Read More

  • Rio Tinto increases Q2 bauxite output 19 July 2016

    The Anglo-Australian miner maintained its bauxite production target for 2016 at 45m tonnes, as volumes in the first half recorded a sizeable increase on last year. Read More

  • Indian mineral output grows 1.3% in May 18 July 2016

    The country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased for the second consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-17. Read More

  • Diverging trends in China’s fluorspar exports IM July-August 2016

    Acidspar steady as metspar struggles; aluminium fluoride overcapacity issues. Read More

  • Nabaltec pins hopes on flame retardants and Asia IM July-August 2016

    Low prices in refractory products have lead the company to focus on diversification, developing products for key markets such as flame retardants and electromobility. 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

  • Brown fused alumina prices fall 15 July 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina (BFA) prices moved lower amid weak demand for refractory products but spot business remains steady, according to market particpants Read More

  • US takes action over China export duties 14 July 2016

    US trade authorities have challenged China’s continued enforcement of export duties on nine essential metals and minerals, which the country agreed to eliminate after joining the WTO, pointing to deliberate efforts by China to increase its competitive edge in downstream product manufacture. Read More

  • Mexican acidspar exports weak against high prices 13 July 2016

    Mexico’s trade data for acid grade fluorspar points to a difficult market scenario as total export volumes show a declining trend since the start of 2016 against higher average unit values. Read More

  • Iron Mountain plans low-cost bauxite supply to China 13 July 2016

    The company is aiming to keep costs down through a straightforward shipping operation with no processing involved and predicts that the global bauxite market will recover by the time the facility reaches production. Read More

  • China to base resource tax on mineral prices 12 July 2016

    The Chinese government has introduced a new resource tax policy on 21 different minerals which will be based on the price of the mineral and will be applicable on the total value of the sales instead of volumes earlier, as the country aims to relieve producers suffering in the current downturn but positions itself to gain longer-term when prices recover. Read More

  • Cost-cutting continues as Alcoa’s H2 revenues drop 12 July 2016

    Alcoa is ploughing ahead with its cost-cutting plan as a way to lighten the business while alumina and aluminium markets remain weak, dampening revenues in 2016 to date. Read More

  • China develops high-end magnesium hydrate 11 July 2016

    The breakthrough was hailed as a viable method to recycle bischofite that is generated during potash production in salt lake resources. Read More

  • Stagnant growth for China’s flake graphite trade 11 July 2016

    Natural flake graphite exports from China registered modest growth in the first five months of 2016, bearing the brunt of slowing market demand with average values stagnating at the lower end of the trend observed in the last four years. Read More

  • Jubilee’s chromite concentrate output on track 11 July 2016

    Jubliee Platinum continues to increase its revenue on the back of sales of its chromite concentrate production from chrome mine tailings. 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

  • India appoints new mining minister 08 July 2016

    Piyush Goyal expects the mining sector's contribution to India's GDP to rise in the next two-to-three years as he looks to increase the transparency in the sector. Read More

  • Altech updates Meckering kaolin resource 08 July 2016

    The company’s Meckering site in Australia would supply kaolin feedstock to Altech’s proposed HPA plant in Malaysia. 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

  • China’s spherical graphite exports spike in 2016 07 July 2016

    Uncoated spherical graphite exports from China have maintained a lead despite slowdown across other graphite markets while average values continue to decrease, indicating saturation in demand. Read More

  • Refractory-grade bauxite prices down on weak demand 07 July 2016

    Ongoing weak demand for refractory products and lower trading activities during the summer season have weighed on Chinese-origin refractory-grade bauxite prices. Cheaper, smuggled material has further pressured prices, market participants told IM. Read More

  • Chinese SiC export prices decline 07 July 2016

    Last year’s volatility in silicon carbide average export prices has given way to a slow but notable downward trend in the first part of 2016. Read More

  • Stratmin concludes Graphmada graphite sale 07 July 2016

    UK AIM-listed StratMin has signed a conditional agreement with ASX-listed Bass Metals to sell its remaining 93.75% stake in Graphmada graphite project in Madagascar. Read More

  • Chinese DBM exports, volumes down in 2016 06 July 2016

    Dead burned magnesia deliveries out of China fell substantially in the first five months of the year, as caustic calcined magnesia and fused magnesia exports recorded a more moderate slowdown. Read More

  • Minister urges Indian miners to set aside 10% for exploration 05 July 2016

    In a bid to increase the share of the mining industry in India’s economy, the country’s Ministry of Mines has urged domestic miners to contribute 10% of their profits towards mineral exploration. Read More

  • Noranda to expand non-met alumina output 04 July 2016

    The bankrupt aluminium producer is switching a sizeable amount of its output towards non-metallurgical applications, including flame retardants and water treatment, as part of its strategy to return to profitability. Read More

  • US to impose anti-dumping duty on Chinese refrigerants 04 July 2016

    Chinese refrigerants and hydrofluorochemical blends are likely to face anti-dumping duties after the US Department of Commerce assigned dumping margins between 101.82% and 216.37%. The execution of these awaits final approval from the US International Trade Commission, expected in the first week of August. Read More

  • HWI launches refractory range for commercial ovens 01 July 2016

    The US refractory maker is targeting producers of small ovens and stoves used in domestic and commercial applications in the food industry. Read More

  • Malaysian bauxite mining ban extended to eight months 01 July 2016

    Bauxite mining in Malaysia has been prohibited since January, and the latest extension adds two more months to the ban as the country seeks to reduce its stockpile and curb pollution. 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

  • Chinese fused magnesia trades losing value 30 June 2016

    Exports of fused magnesia from China have suffered a 7% loss in value this year against 2015, as the highs of 2014 trade continue to remain unreachable. Read More

  • South32 agrees deal to extend Gemco's manganese ops 30 June 2016

    Perth-based metals and mining company South32 has secured an agreement with the Groote Eylandt Traditional Owners and the local authorities to expand its manganese operations in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Read More

  • Seven Refractories ups production capacity 30 June 2016

    Expanded capacity in Slovania adds a new production line for advanced monolithic refractory materials, as the company seeks to improve flexibility in delivery and maximise its ability to respond to short-term inquiries. Read More

  • India’s new mineral exploration policy receives approval 29 June 2016

    The overhaul of the country’s metals, mineral and mining sector continues as India’s new mineral exploration policy received approval from the cabinet. The regulation is likely to help reduce delays in securing exploration licences in the hope of encouraging the auctioning of 100 mineral blocks in this financial year. Read More

  • Investors look to reopen Australian magnesite mine 29 June 2016

    The mine’s ownership has been passed along various operators but has never reached consistent production. Thessally Resources aims to target specialist end markets including environmental, agricultural and animal feed. Read More

  • Hunger strike stops output at KGLL graphite mine 27 June 2016

    Mine workers at Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Ltd. have started another hunger strike 1,800 feet underground, disrupting operations and causing concerns over security of supply from the natural graphite mine. Read More

  • Lynx graphite mine seeks $5.9m for expansion 24 June 2016

    Zimbabwe’s only source of graphite output, the Lynx mine, is seeking funds to refurbish its existing plant and for further exploration to meet increased demand from domestic markets. 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

  • Chromite suppliers see price stabilisation 23 June 2016

    Prices for most chromite grades have bounced back this year, but operators are sceptical that further meaningful increases will take place in the foreseeable future. Read More

  • Black Rock Mining achieves 99% purity graphite from Tanzanian project 22 June 2016

    The ASX-listed company, which is developing the Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania, reported samples of 99% purity following tests conducted on large portion of flake graphite sourced from the mine. The company is now progressing spherical graphite test work to assess the materials potential for batteries. Read More

  • Graphite One reports high discharge capacity on C-SPG coin cells 22 June 2016

    The TSX-V listed graphite exploration company has announced initial performance results on coin cells manufactured using its coated spherical graphite material, sourcing feedstock from its Graphite Creek Deposit. Read More

  • China launches Graphite Industry Development Alliance 21 June 2016

    China is looking to encourage investment in graphite as, despite becoming the world's leading producer, it still trails other more advanced countries in terms of processing and supply chain development. Read More

  • Group DF to increase refractory clay shipments 21 June 2016

    Ukrainian Nika-Tera sea terminal – owned by Group DF under its LLF Nika-Tera business – plans to increase the handling of refractory clay a the Black Sea port, while maintaining shipping for its mineral fertiliser business. 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

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