Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • December 2016

    Bauxite and alumina: Year in Review 2016

    29 December 2016

    A roundup of the year's main events in the global bauxite and alumina industry.

  • Oilfield Minerals: Year in Review 2016

    28 December 2016

    A roundup of the year’s main events in the global oilfield minerals industry.

  • Price Briefing 16-22 December

    23 December 2016

    Trading activities wind down this week ahead of the festive season with most industrial minerals prices unchanged, although chromite prices increased again as buyers are keen to secure 2017 supplies.

  • Minerals shipping delayed on push for higher freight rate

    23 December 2016

    Deliveries of some industrial minerals have been delayed as container shipping companies are giving priority loading to higher-value cargo. Minerals suppliers are reportedly having to pay higher freight rates in order to secure space for prompt shipment.

  • Vesuvius buys Brazilian flux operation

    22 December 2016

    The takeover is aimed at strengthening Vesuvius’ division of Steel Flow Control, and was funded through existing financial resources.

  • Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban to Q1 2017

    22 December 2016

    The moratorium on bauxite mining is due to exceed one full year as the country’s authorities remain firm on reducing existing stockpiles of the material following an unregulated mining frenzy in previous years.

  • Malaysian bauxite stockpiles remain high

    21 December 2016

    The country has banned bauxite mining for 11 months now, although the latest inspections appear to show high outstanding inventories of the mineral. The ban, which is due to last until 31 December, might now be renewed into 2017.

  • Severe transport disruption in Tianjin to hit mineral deliveries

    21 December 2016

    In response to harmful smog levels in Tianjin city, China, the local government has imposed mass restrictions on motor vehicles. The transport disruption is expected to hit industrial minerals deliveries as Tianjin is one of the main export routes from China.

  • Alcoa sets bauxite supply deal to China

    20 December 2016

    The latest deal signed means the company will supply a total 2.2m tonnes bauxite to customers across China in 2017. Bauxite will be sourced from its Huntly mine in Western Australia.

  • Indian mining index slows down in October

    19 December 2016

    Lower production of bauxite, magnesite and coal dragged down India’s mining and quarrying index in October.

  • China’s Xinmi shuts 85 refractory factories in 2016

    19 December 2016

    Environmental efforts on the part of local authorities have led to the closure of 85 highly-polluting factories in the city, as the industry is pushed to transition to cleaner energy sources.

  • RHI appoints new COO, CTO

    19 December 2016

    Gerd Schubert will take over both roles and help to implement the RHI-Magnesita merger.

  • Mass production shutdown in China lifts fused alumina prices

    16 December 2016

    The massive fused alumina production shutdown in China has lifted spot prices and the unexpected wave of output disruption has caught buyers by surprise, as many have not finalised supply contracts for Q1 2017 deliveries.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s bauxite, alumina assessment frequency

    15 December 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the frequency of refractory-grade bauxite and fused alumina price assessments.

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’

    15 December 2016

    CEO tells investors future is bright as Q3 results saw the company's expansion strategy pay dividends. The refractories market remains weak, however.

  • OPEC agrees to curb oil output

    15 December 2016

    Oil prices rallied following an announcement by OPEC that it would set a production limit of 32.5m bbl/d.

  • Norsk Hydro appoints head of bauxite, alumina

    13 December 2016

    The Norwegian aluminium producer has replaced its interim head of the bauxite and alumina department of the group.

  • Bill Gates among backers of $1bn clean energy fund

    12 December 2016

    Breakthrough Energy Ventures will finance clean energy breakthroughs with zero carbon emissions.

  • Imerys seeks to buy French cement maker Kerneos

    12 December 2016

    The industrial minerals group is seeking to expand its offering of speciality materials for the construction, infrastructure and refractories industries by joining forces with cement maker Kerneos, which owns operations in four continents.

  • Price Briefing 2-8 December

    09 December 2016

    Anti-pollution related production shutdown in China has yet to impact spot bauxite and brown fused alumina prices, while iodine prices remained low as producers undercut offer to battle for market shares.

  • Pollution forces massive alumina, bauxite shutdowns in Shanxi, Henan

    09 December 2016

    Some provincial governments in China have taken extreme measures to combat heightening air pollution levels in the region by enforcing additional production shut downs in Henan and Shanxi. Although many buyers have yet to be hit by this latest output disruption, many are expecting price hikes in refractory minerals due to the supply shortage.

  • US rig counts continue positive climb

    07 December 2016

    Monthly rig counts were up in almost every region globally, while US rig counts showed positive growth for the fourth week running.

  • Oil price rally slows as doubts creep in over OPEC cuts

    06 December 2016

    Since OPEC's agreement last week to curb oil output, oil prices have rallied to one-year highs. However, November production figures indicate another rise in output from the organisation.

  • Freight rate volatility impacts minerals trading

    05 December 2016

    Minerals trading has been increasingly impacted by volatility in freight rates and tight availability of cargo over the last few months against a situation of flatness in raw material prices.

  • Gulf Alumina accepts Metro’s buyout offer

    05 December 2016

    The two companies will combine their respective bauxite reserves which are expected to exceed 95m tonnes of the ore.

  • Altech submits kaolin deposit mining plan

    02 December 2016

    The company aims to start developing its kaolin quarry in Western Australia in 2017 to supply feedstock to its proposed high purity alumina production facility in Malaysia.

  • Price Briefing 25 November - 1 December

    02 December 2016

    Magnesia prices unchanged amid concerns of further decline, chemical-grade chromite rises and lithium annual 2017 contracts started to conclude following lengthy negotiations. Bauxite, fused alumina prices held unchanged despite more anticipated production shutdowns.

  • More production shutdowns expected in China

    02 December 2016

    More refractory minerals production shutdowns are anticipated amid warning of heightening pollution level around Beijing. Despite the supply disruption, spot prices of bauxite and brown fused alumina remained unchanged amid weak demand.

  • November 2016

    Preferred Sands: Permanent proppant shifts

    30 November 2016

    The downturn in the oil and gas sector has caused a shift away from ceramic proppants as E&P firms look to increase productivity and lower costs. IM spoke to Preferred Sands’ Michael O’Neill, who believes a number of these trends are here to stay.

  • Aluminium ’16: Mineral suppliers see business as usual despite Brexit, Trump

    29 November 2016

    The latest events on the economic and political front including the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump as US president have brought virtually no change to day-to-day business for minerals operations so far.

  • Nabaltec revenue rises as both ceramics, flame retardants grow

    29 November 2016

    The ceramics and flame retardants producer continued to see growth in its end markets as it passed a decade of being publicly listed.

  • Pricing notice: Christmas schedule

    28 November 2016

    The publication of Industrial Minerals’ price assessments will be affected by the Christmas holidays.

  • Spiralling raw material cost lift WFA

    25 November 2016

    White fused alumina spot prices rose amid higher raw material cost, but increases in China are steeper compared with elsewhere as continuing environmental pressure restricted output amid stronger domestic demand.

  • Steel output grows 3% in October

    24 November 2016

    China, India and Italy posted growth in their steel volumes for the month, while the US, Germany, Spain and Brazil were down against last year.

  • Altech expects HPA demand to triple by 2024

    23 November 2016

    The ASX-listed company is developing a kaolin deposit in Western Australia, which it plans to use as feedstock to produce 4,000 tpa HPA in Malaysia. Altech’s recently commissioned report has indicated that demand growth in the sector will enable the market to absorb its additional planned output as the company takes advantage of higher activity in Li-ion batteries and LEDs.

  • Imerys confirms income growth forecast

    23 November 2016

    The minerals supplier, which recorded strong performance in consumer goods and construction despite weakness in steel and paper, is on track for meeting its net income target for the year.

  • India’s September mineral output index falls

    21 November 2016

    Bauxite output in the country fell in September while magnesite and chromite increased.

  • Gulf Alumina to accept Metro’s takeover offer

    17 November 2016

    The board of the junior bauxite miner sees Metro Mining’s offer as a better deal against a previous buyout offer by Moly Mines.

  • IFGL benefits from steel rebound

    14 November 2016

    An slight increase in the world steel capacity utilisation rate in September and a drop off in Chinese exports boosted the Indian refractory maker’s bottom line.

  • Weak markets hit Magnesita's Q3 as earnings improve

    14 November 2016

    The company, which is in the process of merging with European refractory maker RHI, was affected by a downturn in steel output in its main exporting markets, while earnings improved against last year.

  • Moly ups game in Gulf Alumina M&A race

    09 November 2016

    Moly has put forward a higher cash option and a cash plush share option as it seeks to come out on top against rival Metro Mining on the buyout of junior bauxite developer Gulf Alumina – a deal which is crucial for Moly’s shares to resume trading on the ASX.

  • Pricing notice: Changes to bauxite grades

    07 November 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to delist all Shanxi-origin bauxite specifications as of next week, and replace the listings with four new grades.

  • Price Briefing 28 October – 03 November

    04 November 2016

    Titanium dioxide producers continue to look for price increases while graphite, bauxite and fused alumina prices held unchanged and lithium carbonate and hydroxide 2017 contract offers show a wide range.

  • Chinese-origin bauxite, fused alumina prices hold

    04 November 2016

    Despite weak seasonal demand, Chinese-origin bauxite and fused alumina prices have held unchanged so far in November as higher productions costs continue to support the market.

  • Moly hopes to close Gulf Alumina deal by Dec

    01 November 2016

    The developer aims to relist the company on the ASX through the acquisition of the Gulf Alumina bauxite project at Skardon River, Australia.