Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • December 2014

    News in Brief

    31 December 2014

    Rio Tinto sets out growth plan for minerals Cofermin to create two new companies Australia to cancel alumina export tax to China Bosai Minerals reach wage agreement after strike Microdermis iodine-based antiseptic adopted by US Army in fight against Ebola

  • Sika shareholders in last ditch attempt to stop Saint Gobain takeover

    24 December 2014

    The removal of the clause would mean that Saint Gobain would not be able to sidestep engaging with shareholders of Sika to complete the acquisition, but would have to ask for their votes. Given the absolute clarity of the shareholders position, if the clause is removed, this could spell trouble for Saint Gobain

  • Orbite delays commercial production of HPA and racks up higher costs

    16 December 2014

    Following additional evaluation of refractory components for the decomposer and calcinatory at its planned HPA plant in Quebec, Canada, Orbite Aluminae decided to substitute an initial product with new refractory materials, a move that will ensure consistent output, but which will cause delays and increase costs.

  • Dashiqiao refractory companies switch kilns to natural gas as Tangshan establishes quality inspectorate

    16 December 2014

    Replacing kiln fuel oil with natural gas will enable Dashiqiao manufacturers to produce more specification led products in a less polluting process, while a new quality control office in Tangshan will help manage the regional industry’s transition to higher value products.

  • Nabaltec to expand aluminium trihydroxide production at its US JV

    16 December 2014

    The company’s decision to expand production of ATH at its US-based JV with Sherwin Alumina follows continuous growth in demand for precipitated hydroxides and it will enable the company to retain its position as world-leading supplier of aluminium-based flame retardants.

  • Hudson proves potential to produce specialty alumina from Greenland anorthosite

    16 December 2014

    The successful results from the laboratory testwork on the company’s White Mountain anorthosite ore, which demonstrated the company’s ability to produce specialty grade alumina, enable Hudson to become a potential low cost supplier to the global fibreglass market, which is steadily growing in Western and developing economies.

  • VIDEO: Mines and Money '14

    15 December 2014

    IM reports from this year's Mines and Money conference in London.

  • CUMI forms independent European subsidiary for its refractory products

    11 December 2014

    The formation of its subsidiary company, CUMI Europe, will allow the company to be in closer to European customers for the supply of its abrasive, ceramics and refractory products, as well as electrominerals. This makes it a strong potential competitor in the European refractory industry.

  • First Bauxite sets a new strategy for projects in Guyana

    10 December 2014

    Following the completion of a strategic review for the bankable feasibility study of its Bonasika bauxite project in Guyana, the company decided to shift to market and production diversification, which it believes will lower technological and costs and to make the project globally competitive.

  • Showa Denko ceramics announces merging operations and starts zeolite production

    04 December 2014

    The completion of merging operations by the Japanese refractories and chemicals producer will reinforce its leadership in the supply of refractory ceramics in Asia, while expanding its mineral portfolio with the start of a high-silica zeolite plant in Japan.

  • Coretrack begins construction of fly ash ceramic proppant plant

    04 December 2014

    Although traditionally ceramic proppants are manufactured using bauxite and kaolin, Coretrack says it can lead the market with its fly ash ceramic proppant. As the oil and gas industry continues to drive demand for proppants, producers may need to increasingly turn to ceramic proppants, which work better in higher pressure, deeper wells.

  • CUMI partnership with refractory producer affected by protests in India

    04 December 2014

    Protests from the local population over environmental issues and jobs offers from the refractory industry has damaged the possibility of expansion of the group, as foreign potential partners step back in view of possible instabilities and disturbances.

  • Cofermin to branch out to create two companies

    03 December 2014

    The creation of a specialised China resource underscores the importance the Germany-based trading company places on its refractory materials supply and relationships.