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Refractories

  • IM Graphite 2017: High supply situation in graphite to continue

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Overcapacity is still affecting the global graphite market as growth in supply has been exceeding growth in demand. New projects coming online could put further pressure on prices.

  • IM Graphite 2017: Resource tax on graphite ‘unlikely’

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    While western operators speculate that China may apply a resource tax in place of the export duty it scrapped from January, local sources say they do not expect this to come into effect.

  • Price briefing 17-23 March

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Lithium prices unchanged; brown fused alumina spreads widen; fluorspar continues to climb; antimony trioxide stable; chromite stand-off continues

  • BFA, bauxite deliveries may be disrupted in Q2, suppliers say

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Some deliveries of brown fused alumina and bauxite contracts may not arrive in May and April, as a result of the ongoing production problems in China, a number of suppliers have told IM. Most European consumers are also not fully covered in the short term, and suppliers are also seeing quality issues.

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Agrimarkets

  • Low fertiliser prices cut OCP’s 2016 earning

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    The world’s largest phosphate producer, OCP, reported lower Q4 and 2016 revenue but the company believes the market has bottomed out and demand will remain strong owing to stable crop fundamentals.

  • ICL plunges into loss in 2016

    Friday, 17 March 2017

    Tel Aviv-based ICL reported losses in 2016 as weak fertiliser prices continued to pressure financial performance, while expenses from assets write-off and legal cost further slashed earnings. The producer maintained a positive demand outlook for potash and phosphate product.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 March

    Friday, 17 March 2017

    Antimony trioxide spot prices spike; magnesia unchanged but supply to remain tight; China-origin soda ash falls.

  • Canpotex secures higher potash spot prices in April

    Friday, 17 March 2017

    Canada-based Canpotex believes a sale of spot potash tonnage to Brazil for April delivery at a higher price signifies that the fertiliser market is improving.

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Ceramics-Glass

  • IM Graphite 2017: High supply situation in graphite to continue

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Overcapacity is still affecting the global graphite market as growth in supply has been exceeding growth in demand. New projects coming online could put further pressure on prices.

  • IM Graphite 2017: Resource tax on graphite ‘unlikely’

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    While western operators speculate that China may apply a resource tax in place of the export duty it scrapped from January, local sources say they do not expect this to come into effect.

  • Price briefing 17-23 March

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Lithium prices unchanged; brown fused alumina spreads widen; fluorspar continues to climb; antimony trioxide stable; chromite stand-off continues

  • Business as usual in the global lithium market

    Thursday, 23 March 2017

    The lithium market remained stable over the past week with participants reporting "very good levels" of activity in the China spot market amid slightly quieter trading in the US and Europe.

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Energy

  • IM Graphite 2017: High supply situation in graphite to continue

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Overcapacity is still affecting the global graphite market as growth in supply has been exceeding growth in demand. New projects coming online could put further pressure on prices.

  • IM Graphite 2017: Resource tax on graphite ‘unlikely’

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    While western operators speculate that China may apply a resource tax in place of the export duty it scrapped from January, local sources say they do not expect this to come into effect.

  • Price briefing 17-23 March

    Friday, 24 March 2017

    Lithium prices unchanged; brown fused alumina spreads widen; fluorspar continues to climb; antimony trioxide stable; chromite stand-off continues

  • IM Graphite 2017: Disorder in the Chinese graphite market

    Thursday, 23 March 2017

    Competition from newly-producing areas has given rise to smaller companies seeking to quickly make a profit, resulting in a disordered graphite market in China, delegates at the Graphite & Graphene conference told IM. Plans to increase graphite output further in some areas of China could pull prices down again.

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Oilfield

  • DW forecasts higher oil and gas spending as US shale recovers

    Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Consultancy firm Douglas Westwood has revised its forecast for onshore expenditure to 2021 as improvements in US shale activity are expected to drive investment in rigs and rig equipment.

  • US Senate repeals BLM Planning 2.0 rule

    Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    The rule was criticised by the oil and gas sector, which expressed concerns that planning and development of resources would become more time consuming. The repeal of the rule will now go to the US president for his signature.

  • North American rig counts on the rise

    Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    The latest figures from Baker Hughes showed an increase in North American rig counts both on a monthly and yearly basis for February 2017. While international rig counts were still down on 2016 numbers, overall worldwide figures showed growth.

  • DOJ requests more info on Baker Hughes-GE transaction

    Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    The second request is a "normal" part of the US Department of Justice review, Baker Hughes has said, and the transaction to absorb GE's oil and gas business is still on track for completion in mid-2017.

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