Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • April 2014

    AMMG move towards bulk sample production

    30 April 2014

    If the Australian high purity alumina (HPA) developer can prove its process in the bulk sample tests it can scale up its pilot plant technology and begin supplying the global market, which is looking for new HPA producers since the bauxite export ban in Indonesia took hold.

  • Chinese steel figures reveal “most difficult quarter since millennium”

    29 April 2014

    If China’s steel industry is over-producing but registering losses this spells trouble for refractories producers and those supplying the minerals for refractories.

  • Carbo Ceramics point to bad weather in Q1 results

    25 April 2014

    Carbo Ceramics is the leading supplier of proppants and its latest results show that, despite the adverse weather conditions, there is still great demand for its products

  • MIIT reiterates aim to consolidate alumina industry in China

    16 April 2014

    The move to control China’s alumina and aluminium industry was announced last year, with the list of affected companies released in January. Today’s update shows that the government is serious about asserting control over the industry – of which industrial minerals account for about 5% of total production

  • Saint-Gobain divests glass packaging business in North America

    16 April 2014

    The sale of glass bottles producer Verallia North America gives the French company new cash to reduce its debts and push investments in the buildings and high-performance materials sectors, including proppants and refractories.

  • West Africa Mining Summit: Ghana to implement vertically integrated supply chain

    09 April 2014

    Ghana, which is deemed to be the most stable nation in West Africa, could be opened up to more potential investors if the government decided on a mine to market strategy, delegates in London heard yesterday.

  • China’s refractories market shrunk in 2012

    03 April 2014

    A fall in refractories production in China negatively affects the demand for refractory industrial minerals and is a clear indication of the slower growth of the Chinese economy in the past two years. Future demand of refractories will strongly depend on governmental policies for China’s industry, in particular for iron and steel.

  • Outotec to supply Orbite with €10m technology for Canadian HPA plant

    02 April 2014

    Orbite is continuing with the development of its HPA production facility in Quebec. With the support of the Quebec government, the company expects to begin supplying high-end technology markets by Q1 2015.

  • Queen’s Speech to empower fracking companies to bypass trespass law

    02 April 2014

    The release of the UN’s climate change report has pushed the UK government into action to consider hydraulic fracturing as a cleaner energy source than coal. Oil & Gas UK’s project to digitally map areas of exploration on the UK Continental Shelf may be a solution to protests from landowners and campaign groups, if the new trespass law is passed.

  • China’s manufacturing returns to positive expansion

    02 April 2014

    Positive signs of recovery in the Chinese manufacturing industry hint at the possibility of a rebound of the demand of many industrial minerals, such as fluorspar, graphite, potash and chromite, in an economy which plays a central role in several industrial minerals end markets.