Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • August 2014

    Nabaltec continues to see growth in aluminium and magnesium hydroxide fillers

    26 August 2014

    Record revenues in the company’s functional fillers business unit have helped the German speciality alumina producer to grow its profits in the second quarter of this year.

  • Price Briefing 15 – 21 August

    22 August 2014

    Iodine prices flat while zircon risks losing market share to cheaper substitutes

  • China eyes coal deposits as potential feedstock for fly ash HPA

    22 August 2014

    The discovery of abundant deposits in north China offers Chinese industries a great opportunity to develop projects for the recovery of high-purity alumina from coal fly ash, to limit its reliance on bauxite and alumina imports and to curb environmental issues in its coal industry.

  • Ebola impacts West African shipping

    21 August 2014

    Bauxite loading operations have been cancelled after the disease outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Despite the WHO attempting to alleviate concerns, ship owners are charging extra to load at West African ports, while fears remain that vessels may be denied access at destination ports.

  • GMDC increases profits from bauxite, fluorspar and solar power in India

    21 August 2014

    By recording a profit increase in the quarter ending June 2014, the Indian mineral and solar power producer reinforces its leading position as mineral supplier for domestic chemical and refractory industries, a fact that suggests a steady economic growth in the country.

  • July 2014 crude steel production up, owing to growth in US, Asia and the Middle East

    20 August 2014

    Positive growth in crude steel production in the US and the developing economies shows a rebound in the global construction industry, which can offer favourable opportunities for a growth in demand for industrial minerals used in refractories, glass and construction. However, the steel industry remains weak in Europe.

  • Tata Steel wins £10m contracts; European steel demand healthy

    12 August 2014

    Tata’s contract win, together with its successful company results and recent data from worldsteel, indicate improvements in the steel and automotive sectors. This is good news for mineral producers such as S&B minerals, which saw an increase in sales as business activity gained traction.

  • Nippon’s rare earths project in Jamaica on hold

    07 August 2014

    Dull demand and prices in the rare earths market have led Nippon Light Metal to take the decision to stop developing its red mud beneficiation-based project in Jamaica. The Japanese company will continue refining the process while waiting for more profitable market conditions.

  • Clariant’s sales growth in Q2 partially affected by foreign currency exchange

    05 August 2014

    Despite a slightly lower net income in Q2 due to negative currency exchange rates, the global chemical manufacturer posted solid growth in its products sales, including lithium batteries, adsorbents, catalysts and pigments, which are important end-uses for many industrial minerals.

  • Germany’s environmental agency recommends stricter ban on fracking

    05 August 2014

    Germany shutting the door on fracking would mean that the industrial minerals markets which serve this industry would not see a demand spike from this country. For Germany, this would mean continuing to rely on Russian gas – at a time when Europe wide sanctions seem probable — or stepping up a reliance to coal, which means higher emissions.

  • CUMI to buy all shares in Cellaris Refractories JV

    04 August 2014

    The move to purchase all shares from Israel’s Cellaris Ltd underlines the Indian refractories company’s commitment to the market. Although its latest results show stagnant growth, it is looking to expand its offering and is preparing for a boost in demand.

  • Vesuvius points to growth in Asia, but underlines concerns on Brazil

    01 August 2014

    The latest set of results show the difficult trading environment that many companies are experiencing. Currency effects as well as economic and geopolitical concerns are woven into these results as strongly as the positive signals on demand growth.