Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • September 2015

    Proppant suppliers develop new technologies to maintain competitive edge

    30 September 2015

    Low oil and gas prices are facilitating a shift in the perception of proppants from a commodity to a technology. Major proppant producers Fairmount Santrol, US Silica and Preferred Sands have launched new proppant technologies to increase fracking well performance.

  • Imerys subsidiary launches third Indian refractories plant

    30 September 2015

    The company hopes that the new plant will bolster its presence on the subcontinent, where its 2014 revenues were more than €100m.

  • CUMI officially merges with Cellaris Refractories

    30 September 2015

    The Indian company, part of the Murugappa Group, has officially been informed by the High Court of Madras that it has sanctioned and confirmed the merger of its Israel-based joint venture partner, Cellaris, a refractories specialist.

  • UK government under pressure to intervene in SSI Redcar steel plant closure

    30 September 2015

    Pressure is mounting on the British government to intercede on behalf of workers in the closure the northern England steelmaking facility. But further market intervention is the last thing the saturated industry needs, delegates at last week’s UNITECR conference heard.

  • Rio launches solar farm to power Queensland bauxite mine

    30 September 2015

    Rio’s new solar plant paves the way for more widespread use of solar energy in mining, as the industry continues to grow, with a subsequent increase in demand for minerals and mineral compounds such as soda ash, silica sand, quartz and silicon carbide, all of which feature in solar panel manufacture.

  • Altech secures land in Malaysia for HPA plant

    30 September 2015

    Altech has added more rounds to its gun by securing a site at an industrial complex in Johor, Malaysia for its planned HPA project.

  • Appetite for new steel grades drives demand for high-performance refractories

    30 September 2015

    Quality demands offset volume contractions; HPA to benefit from new steel technologies.

  • Canadian IP Office clears way for Orbite to obtain fly ash monetisation patent

    29 September 2015

    The company is one step closer to obtaining a patent in Canada for its chloride technology which can be used to transform red mud and fly ash into a high value mineral feedstock by extracting all the valuable constituents, including rare earths and alumina.

  • LWP Technologies begins production of proprietary ceramic proppant

    28 September 2015

    The junior Australian company has begun production of a range of fly ash ceramic proppants which it hopes will undercut bauxite and clay-based alternatives currently on the market.

  • Morgan beefs up laser equipment manufacturing capability

    28 September 2015

    The UK-based refractories producer is ensuring that two of its European production facilities work closely together in order to extend its laser equipment manufacturing capability and product offerings in Europe.

  • Ceramic coatings market to pass $10bn by 2020 as proppants continue to struggle

    26 September 2015

    Despite a 7.5% annual growth expected in ceramic coatings, the ceramic proppants market remains weak as oil flounders, forcing Carbo to idle an additional proppants facility.

  • Altech teams up with Mitsubishi for HPA sales in Japan

    24 September 2015

    Altech says that Japan is an important market for its high purity alumina product, as demand is growing for the material in the leading Asian economy. Consequently, the company has appointed car giant Mitsubishi to be the exclusive seller and distributor of its final product in the country, due to its marketing and distribution experience.

  • IMO warns on bauxite cargo dangers

    24 September 2015

    The International Maritime Organisation has issued guidelines to help ship masters avoid carrying liquefying bauxite cargoes, following the loss of a bulk carrier and 18 lives last year.

  • Orbite on track to complete HPA plant for Q4 2015

    21 September 2015

    The company has nearly completed its Canadian HPA plant and has started commissioning as scheduled. Orbite has also installed its refractory system after experiencing a delay to the process earlier this year. With the commencement of commissioning and commercial production drawing near, the company is now in a position to step up its commercial efforts.

  • UNITECR 2015: Focus on energy boosts refractory opportunities

    18 September 2015

    Discussions at UNITECR 2015 Vienna focused on the global decline in steel production, which has encouraged both steel and refractory producers to look to energy saving solutions, addressing both increased environmental requirements and the anticipated continued slow demand for steel.

  • UNITECR 2015: Refractories industry in need of new skills and ideas

    17 September 2015

    Both refractories engineering and raw materials companies have complained of a shrinking skills pool and the pace of innovation lagging behind sector needs.

  • UNITECR 2015: Tabular alumina eating into WFA market in China, says Zili

    17 September 2015

    With an output of 90,000 tpa, Zhejiang Zili Alumina Co. is China's largest producer of tabular alumina. Despite the gloomy forecasts for refractories demand in China, Zili believes that developing and promoting tabular alumina as an alternative to white fused alumina will shield it from the industry downturn.

  • Guinea Bissau phosphate project boosted by port

    17 September 2015

    West Africa Ponta Chugue port gives the Farim phosphate project access to international markets.

  • UNITECR 2015: Appetite for low impurity steel drives demand for high-performance refractory linings

    16 September 2015

    Despite a challenging steel market, new business opportunities exist for high purity alumina products used in the steelmaking process, as companies are becoming increasingly concerned with efficiency and cost savings. Additional steel technology movements and the extended processing of liquid steel are also creating new pockets of demand with the need to continually improve refractory technology.

  • UNITECR 2015: Steel industry needs to adjust to “new normal” without subsidies

    16 September 2015

    Hans-Jurgen Kerkhoff, president of the German Steel Federation, has called on global industry bodies to allow their steel sectors to adapt organically to a new era of lower growth, without prolonging overcapacity by subsidising producers – a bold policy move that could mean a sharp adjustment for refractories suppliers.

  • Oil output expected to decline as August prices hit six-year lows

    15 September 2015

    With oil production from non-OPEC locations expected to decline further in 2016, demand and prices for proppants such as frac sand and ceramic proppants are anticipated to remain weak at least for the remainder of the year.

  • LWP fly ash proppant pilot plant back on track

    15 September 2015

    Despite a temporary delay caused by the need to reline the sintering kiln at LWP’s pilot scale proppant production plant in Queensland, the company is now set to reheat the kiln and begin production of its fly ash proppants at the end of September, which LWP says have the potential to change the face of the industry owing to cost and supply advantages.

  • IHS anticipates further falls in fracked oil and gas prices in 2016

    11 September 2015

    Chemical consultancy IHS predicts that unconventional oil and gas prices are likely to fall further this year, with a recovery improbable before 2017. Additional declines are likely to continue to impact oilfield minerals such as frac sand and other proppants, barite and bentonite, for which demand has already fallen.

  • Long term growth predicted in fracking fluids and proppants despite oil price decline

    11 September 2015

    Although one third of economists believe that the oil price could weaken further, taking proppant prices down with it, the long-term fundamentals of the industry are still intact.

  • Orbite ships first 5N plus HPA samples to prospective customers

    11 September 2015

    The Canadian company has rejigged its HPA production according to customer requirements to widen its appeal to existing and would-be buyers.

  • Carbo to idle additional ceramic proppant facility in Georgia, US

    10 September 2015

    Although the company predicted a movement back to ceramic proppants in July, the decision to close its second ceramic proppants facility in Millen demonstrates that a short term rebound in oil and gas industry activity is unlikely.

  • Refractories producers commit to reducing emissions ahead of Paris climate talks

    10 September 2015

    Climate change talks are scheduled to take place in Paris this December, where countries will meet in the hope of hammering out a global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Refractories producers have already pledged to go green by improving their products.

  • Select Sands aiming to begin frac sand production by Q4 2015

    04 September 2015

    Although the downturn in the oil and gas sector has caused proppant consumption to decline, according to Select Sands, demand for fine mesh, high purity sand is growing in both the industrial and energy markets. The company is looking to begin test mining as soon as possible to take advantage of this trend and begin production before the end of the year.

  • Twin Eagle breaks ground on US Permian Rail Park

    04 September 2015

    As an increasing number of frac sand sales are being made in-basin and proppant suppliers are having to turn orders around in a shorter timeframe, Twin Eagle is developing its rail network to accommodate changing trends in the oil and gas industry.

  • DIC completes sale of Almatis to Oyak

    01 September 2015

    Today marks the start of a new chapter for German speciality alumina producer, Almatis, as Turkey’s largest pension fund, Oyak, has officially acquired the group. The valuation of the transaction was not disclosed, but rumours put the deal at around $1bn.