Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • March 2016

    Tata Steel closure of UK business latest death knell for refractories

    30 March 2016

    The closure of Tata Steel's UK plants is expected to weigh heavily on industrial minerals markets. At the time of writing it was not clear whether or not the operations would be closed down, sold off or rescued by the UK government. Whatever the outcome, Tata's decision to pull out of its British steel business is a body blow for UK and European refractories producers, which rely on steel consumers.

  • Orbite reviews project and costs following delays

    22 March 2016

    The company, which hopes to produce high purity alumina at low costs using its proprietary process, has emphasised the delays are not due to issues with its process and commissioning but due to equipment delays and lack of financing.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Metallica pushes on with Guyana abrasive bauxite

    18 March 2016

    Rejected 2007 plan to be resubmitted with ew government “more receptive” to plans; Almatis seizes opportunity with Burnside expansion, which will produce 400,000 tonnes chemical alumina in 2016.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: No light at the end of the refractories tunnel

    18 March 2016

    Weak steel market to drag more on sector, as higher quality products, services are needed. However alumina usage intensity is expected to increase. Nabaltec meanwhile is pushing sales but not production in Asia, as the region is not ready for a speciality alumina plant.

  • More US locations to implement fracking bans

    17 March 2016

    While a bill for state regulation of fracking in Florida did was not passed, counties in the state have been implementing fracking bans due to health and environmental concerns. In California, meanwhile, Carson’s fracking ban has resulted in the threat of a lawsuit from industry supporters.

  • Pennsylvania families win $4.2m fracking contamination pay-out

    11 March 2016

    A ruling by federal jury has concluded a seven year lawsuit, ordering Cabot Oil & Gas to pay $4.2m to families who allege that their water has been contaminated by methane from the company’s fracking operations. The oil and gas producer meanwhile maintains the case is without merit and that it did not receive a fair trial.

  • Henan refractories companies plan expansions

    11 March 2016

    A new refractory brick plant has been given the go-ahead in Gongyi city, while Chinalco has received approval to open a 100,000 tpa bauxite mine in Sanmexia city.

  • I-Minerals sets out kaolin marketing strategy while Altech terminates mining agreement

    09 March 2016

    Both producers are in the development stage at their respective kaolin projects, but while Altech has said it believes the market for its kaolin-sourced alumina product will support premium sale values, pointing to emerging demand from Asia for HPA to use in LED markets, I-Minerals intends to promote its product at low prices in order to gain market share.

  • PDAC 2016: Mining companies will continue to dig into oversupply

    07 March 2016

    Easy financing options and further cost cutting, coupled with Chinese uncertainty, mean that mining companies are unlikely to relinquish market share in 2016. As a result, continued oversupply should keep prices in many markets low.

  • Tor Minerals sink deeper into loss on weak TiO2 weakness

    04 March 2016

    Lower prices and volumes as well as intense competition from China resulted in lower sales and revenue for Tor's TiO2 division. However, cost-cutting and the realigning of supply in the segment, higher sales of barium sulphate and alumina in Europe and investment in its existing facilities have left the company optimistic about the future.

  • Almatis seizes opportunity with Burnside expansion

    04 March 2016

    The company said that having the ability to respond to the changes in the US chemical grade alumina industry is critical in an uncertain market, with Burnside allowing it to control its entire supply chain.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: No light at the end of the refractories tunnel

    04 March 2016

    Falling steel production continues to hit the refractories industry hard, with no let-up in sight. An increase in the level of alumina consumed in refractory products is likely to prove good news for speciality alumina producers, however, while refractory grade bauxite producers face shrinking volumes.

  • Lower sales volumes deepen 2015 loss for Opta Minerals

    03 March 2016

    The North American company negative earnings for last year, as declining sales volumes in both its steel and magnesium segment and industrial minerals business weighed on revenue. Opta has also been hit by restructuring costs as the company lost out on market share and was forced to implement plant closures, with its success now hinging on an acquisition by Speyside Equity Fund.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Believe the HPA hype, says Altech

    03 March 2016

    The Australian alumina developer’s CEO maintains that growth in high-tech end markets will spur demand for high purity alumina over the next few years.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Metallica pushes on with Guyana abrasive grade bauxite plans

    02 March 2016

    The US-based trader hopes to bring back online a calcining kiln, idled since 1999, and enter the China-dominated non-met bauxite market.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Higher quality refractories may be a bright spot for alumina

    02 March 2016

    In an industry facing weak fundamentals and limited growth prospects, moves to increase alumina content in refractories by some manufacturers may offer some respite to alumina producers, according to French manufacturer, Alteo.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Alumina refinery cuts hit North American caustic soda demand – IHS

    02 March 2016

    As a raw material used in the Bayer process to extract alumina from bauxite, softness in the aluminium market is being felt back up the supply chain in the caustic soda industry.

  • Bauxite and Alumina 2016: Nabaltec cautiously looks East

    01 March 2016

    The speciality alumina and hydrates producer is moving to increase its presence in Asian markets but said it does not intend to start production there any time soon.

  • Hoganas Bjuf to open 30,000 tpa monolithics plant

    01 March 2016

    The new factory, to be opened in September 2016, will double the Swedish company's capacity, enabling the company to produce next generation monolithic products.