Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • October 2016

    ABx continues targeting non-met bauxite sales

    31 October 2016

    The Australian miner is expanding its pool of customers that require bauxite for cement or fertiliser applications. Though niche, smaller end markets for bauxite ABx believes both are more "buoyant" than the oversupplied metallurgical market.

  • Vesuvius ups 2017 savings target

    28 October 2016

    As the company’s exposure to the steel industry continues to bite, Vesuvius will close two plants in Italy and aims to rake up additional £5m in savings by the end of next year.

  • Imerys: ‘Low point of profits behind us’

    28 October 2016

    Imerys’ executives believe the most challenging phases in the market have now passed, as the company posts positive results and bets on the recent SPAR acquisition and the positive progress of the Alteo takeover to revamp its refractory and foundry operations.

  • EU approves Imerys' Alteo acquisition

    28 October 2016

    Imerys' executives said the company has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission to take over Alteo's fused and tabular alumina operations, as it aims to strengthen its refractory materials business through acquisitions.

  • Imerys post growth as refractories still challenging

    27 October 2016

    The positive injection of revenues from strategic acquisitions carried out in 2015 has been key for Imerys’ finances, as the company recorded improvement in both revenues and margins in the nine months of 2016. The refractory divisions remain weak, as the Alteo merger is hoped to be concluded by year-end.

  • Carbo Ceramics reports loss as E&P operators cut costs

    27 October 2016

    The US-based ceramic proppant producer saw its product sales continue to decline in Q3 as activity in oil and gas remains weak and operators continue to cut costs, opting for cheaper proppants such as sand or purchasing lower cost ceramic proppants from China.

  • Global Mining Finance: Investing in Iran getting ‘easier’

    27 October 2016

    With a treasure trove of 68 minerals and the government's will to bring in international capital, investors were told that they should be looking at Iran as a business prospect for mining commodities including dolomite, bauxite and rare earths.

  • Cement demand to fall in China by 2020

    27 October 2016

    China's cement demand is set to fall, while flat glass consumption is to increase. Elsewhere the plans to double the country's high speed rail network should boost rare earths demand.

  • RHI and Magnesita form global refractories giant

    27 October 2016

    The merged entity will have over 50 facilities globally, with a foothold in Europe, the Americas and Asia and direct control over raw materials.

  • Metro joins race to acquire Gulf Alumina

    26 October 2016

    Fellow Australian explorer Metro Mining goes head to head with Moly Mines over the acquisition of bauxite junior Gulf Alumina, citing existent partial ownership and placing a reportedly higher bid than its rival.

  • Post-Brexit currency volatility hits mineral trading

    26 October 2016

    The weakening British pound against the US dollar post-Brexit has hit industrial minerals trading in the UK with many market participants concerned that the uncertainty will continue into 2017.

  • Orbite cuts production time at HPA plant

    26 October 2016

    Less than a month after commissioning, the facility has produced enough material to calcine 10 tonnes high-purity alumina, as purity levels are said to be satisfactory.

  • South32's quarterly alumina hydrate output improves

    24 October 2016

    The company stated it remains on track to achieve its annualised rate of production of alumina hydrate at the operation in Worsley, Australia, as production increases in Q1 2017 sequentially.

  • China ramps up steel output in September

    21 October 2016

    Chinese crude steel output recorded a notable increase in September and led Asia figures to grow slightly while all other main regions saw reduced production.

  • Price Briefing 14-20 October 2016

    21 October 2016

    Fluorspar prices stable, iodine rates falling while chromite prices continues to appreciate.

  • Rio Tinto’s bauxite, speciality alumina output rising

    20 October 2016

    Rio Tinto’s bauxite output for the nine months of 2016 increased by 10% against last year, while speciality alumina production also grew.

  • India launches illegal mining satellite monitoring system

    17 October 2016

    The Ministry of Mines in India has launched a satellite-based surveillance system to clamp down on illegal mining activities across the country.

  • Mining Finance: Investing in Iran getting 'easier'

    14 October 2016

    With a treasure trove of 68 minerals and the government's will to bring in international capital, investors were told that they should be looking at Iran as a business prospect for mining commodities including dolomite, bauxite and rare earths.

  • EC delays decision on Imerys-Alteo merger

    14 October 2016

    The European antitrust authority has delayed its preliminary decision on the Imery’s acquisition of Alteo ARC’s fused alumina operations to the end of October.

  • Price Briefing 7-13 October 2016

    14 October 2016

    Chinese-origin bauxite and fused alumina spot prices gained and chemical grade chromite tags rose on tight supply. while metspar prices fell and 2017 lithium contract talks continued to stall.

  • Fused alumina, bauxite spot prices rise

    14 October 2016

    Chinese-origin fused alumina and bauxite spot prices gained as raw material and transportation costs rise. While many buyers are reluctant to accept the increase, some producers warned that the uptrend could continue amid supply tightness.

  • Spanish port sees higher bauxite, magnesite cargo

    12 October 2016

    Higher volumes of industrial minerals bauxite and magnesite were recorded going through the ports of Ferrol and San Cibrao in northern Spain in September.

  • Steel demand set to grow in '17, says worldsteel

    11 October 2016

    Steel consumption is expected to remain challenging in the next two years although China is looking better than it used to which, along with growth in emerging economies, is preventing further decreases in demand.

  • Cement demand to fall in China by 2020 – MIIT

    11 October 2016

    The Chinese government estimates that cement demand in China will fall while flat glass consumption will increase by 2020 as the country switches to greener building materials as part of its 13th five-year development plan.

  • Price Briefing 30 September - 7 October

    07 October 2016

    TiO2 prices increases in the US and China, antimony trioxide price drop following a spike in September, iodine value fell, chromite price increase while lithium annual contract talks stall. Graphite, bauxite and brown fused alumina price flat week-on-week.

  • Bauxite, alumina prices flat amid supply disruption

    07 October 2016

    More stringent environmental regulations restricting production in China have failed to lift Chinese bauxite and brown fused alumina spot prices. Trading remained quiet amid the Golden Week holiday where businesses in China were shut between 1-9 October.

  • Cuadrilla given go ahead for Lancashire fracking

    06 October 2016

    Fracking set to proceed at Preston New Road site; more information to be provided regarding Roseacre site.

  • RHI and Magnesita agree to merge

    06 October 2016

    The new company to be set up, RHI Magnesita, will have a foothold in Europe and Latin America and control the sourcing of key raw materials - such as magnesite-based DMB, CCM and DBD - used in refractory production, ensuring global supply with over 50 facilities.

  • Market mixed about Imerys-Alteo merger

    05 October 2016

    Ahead of the EU’s preliminary decision on the Imery’s acquisition of Alteo’s fused alumina operations, the potential merger is attracting mixed reaction from the industry. If the acquisition goes ahead, Imerys will become the largest fused alumina supplier for both the refractory and abrasive sectors in Europe.

  • Orbite starts operations at Canada HPA plant

    04 October 2016

    The high-purity alumina facility has finally started running as initial batches of ACH crystals are tested for purity criteria prior to calcination into HPA. Production output will gradually be ramped up during 2017.

  • Calderys buys Swedish refractory service supplier

    03 October 2016

    The latest acquisition comes only a month after Caldery’s buyout of US monolithic refractory producer SPAR, and is seen as a way to integrate the refractory supply chain in the Nordics.