Alumina/Bauxite features

  • September 2020

    Balancing sluggish demand with tight supply in bauxite

    10 September 2020

    Refractory-grade bauxite prices have held firm due to tightening supply despite the uncertainties caused the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Brown fused alumina prices driven downwards

    09 September 2020

    Low capacity utilization at China’s kilns for production of brown fused alumina was weighing heavily on the markets, driven by weak demand for refractories.

  • June 2020

    INTERVIEW: ‘I believe AK Steel is a diamond in the rough’ - Lourenco Goncalves

    08 June 2020

    Battle tested, hard-nosed, and, at times, known to be very blunt, the top executive of the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the US has been called many things in an almost 40-year career spent from one end of the steel supply chain to the other. Fearful is not one of them.

  • Taking the brakes off auto production

    08 June 2020

    Steel mills and service centers expect a slow restart to auto making, reports Gregory DL Morris.

  • May 2020

    Logistics within China recover after Covid-19

    12 May 2020

    China’s domestic logistics are returning to normal, but overseas demand has been curbed by the Covid-19 virus.

  • March 2020

    Assessing China's logistics challenges after the virus lockdown

    10 March 2020

    Delays to exports of minerals from China are inevitable as a result of the nation’s battle to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Davide Ghilotti and Carrie Shi made a mid-February assessment of the impacts.

  • February 2020

    INTERVIEW: ‘The LME is a unique market’ - Gay Huey Evans

    04 February 2020

    New LME chair Gay Huey Evans has a great depth of experience and wide range of interests. Andrea Hotter asks her what has driven her career and what priorities she has at the exchange.

  • Impact of China’s environmental push on mineral downstream sectors

    04 February 2020

    Most provinces in China are still facing strict environmental restrictions during the winter months, with raw materials production and demand from the downstream sector affected to some degree, report Carrie Shi and Sybil Pan.

  • BFA and WFA markets decouple

    04 February 2020

    The market for fused alumina has been characterized by an increasing separation of brown fused (BFA) and white fused (WFA) alumina. As these factors strengthen, the decoupling is expected to drive these markets further apart in the near term, writes Davide Ghilotti

  • Restricted refractory-grade bauxite supply offset weak end-user demand in 2019

    04 February 2020

    Weakening refractories business affected trade flows of Chinese bauxite to international customers, but the supply tightness in mining and processing acted as a counterbalance, reports Sybil Pan.

  • January 2020

    Steel market woes are weighing on refractories

    03 January 2020

    Pressure is continuing to mount on the refractories sector while its main market – the steel industry – suffers from overcapacity, trade tensions and emissions reduction targets, Rose Pengelly finds.

  • Calcined alumina outlook

    03 January 2020

    Suppliers debate whether calcined alumina can break the oversupply wall in a bearish 2020 scenario, writes Davide Ghilotti.

  • INTERVIEW: ‘I am going to transform our company’ - Severstal CEO

    03 January 2020

    Alexander Shevelev, CEO of Russian steelmaker Severstal, says that the company has changed its culture quite quickly and substantially to focus on being a solutions provider. Richard Barrett asked him to explain that mission and to recall his path from the shop floor to the top of a company that employs 50,000 people

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