Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • April 2016

    Nabaltec begins 2016 with record high revenues

    29 April 2016

    Schwandorf, Germany-based Nabaltec AG has reported positive revenues for the first three months of 2016, although EBIT was negatively impacted by euro-dollar exchange rates. While the speciality alumina producer expressed concerns over US raw material supply, it expects moderate revenue growth for the remainder of the year.

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: US refractory growth to be found outside of steel

    29 April 2016

    Although the US refractories sector has faced a number of challenges in the last few years, most notably the decline in steel demand and overcapacity, analysts predict steady growth from the market out to 2019, driven by the growing importance of other end markets.

  • New Indian department to lure mining investors

    28 April 2016

    India’s Ministry of Mines to establish an inter-ministerial group responsible for revisiting mine auction plans and making it pro-investor, following the disappointing response it received over 43 mineral blocks out of which only six were auctioned last year.

  • Carbo Ceramics Q1 results reveal 122% slide in revenue

    28 April 2016

    The latest round of results from Carbo Ceramics makes for sombre reading. The company has worked hard to realign with muted market demand for its products, and says it expects the depressed market to continue. Carbo has idled plants and reduced expenditure where it could - and expects to spend six times less on capex in 2016. There is no forced optimism in these results - the company believes it may even have to raise additional capital over the course of the year.

  • Ceramics Expo 2016: Asia driving growth in aerospace applications

    28 April 2016

    While the need for newly developed materials in the aerospace sector is growing – driven by growth in the Asian commercial aerospace sector – further research is needed to overcome the current limitations in ceramics materials to make them better, lighter and stronger.

  • Vietnamese cement maker orders grinding equipment

    26 April 2016

    German machinery manufacturer Loesche Gmbh has secured a contract to supply Vietnamese producer Than Than Group Cement JSC with new equipment for its main plant.

  • EU orders recovery of alumina tax exemptions

    26 April 2016

    Tax exemptions granted to alumina producers in France, Italy and Ireland have been ruled unlawful by the EU General Court, which ordered the repayment of the state aid.

  • UPDATE: Thyssenkrupp to supply clinker line to German cement maker

    25 April 2016

    Thyssenkrupp AG has closed a deal to supply German cement manufacturer HeildelbergCement AG with a high-efficiency cement clinker production line for an undisclosed sum.

  • Global steel output shrinks by 3.6% in Q1 2016

    21 April 2016

    First quarter figure released by the World Steel Association shows that steelmaking is still on the slide, which is bad news for the global refractories industry, although the erosion in production steadied towards the end of the three month period.

  • Mormugao Port pushes for expansion

    21 April 2016

    South Indian port calls for investment to expand limestone and bauxite handling

  • China tightens clampdown on illegal mining

    20 April 2016

    Chinese authorities are stepping up supervision of mining practices and clamping down on illegal bauxite and magnesite extraction operations, with more cases coming to light throughout the country.

  • Australian Bauxite eyes opportunities for non-met market sales

    19 April 2016

    Bauxite supplier Australian Bauxite is targeting customers outside of the metallurgical industry to capitalise on better pricing conditions in order to sidestep the oversupply of met-grade product on the market, the company told IM.

  • Price Briefing 1-15 April

    15 April 2016

    Soda ash prices jump 30% as supply tightens; price rally for titanium dioxide, with Chinese prices seeing their biggest jump yet; bauxite producers turn to profitable non-met grades.

  • India to monitor illegal mining using space technology

    13 April 2016

    India has decided to safeguard its mineral wealth using indigenous space technology, following its amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and the move to suspend illegal mining operations.

  • Australian Bauxite closes non-met supply deal

    13 April 2016

    Australian Bauxite Ltd has completed the first sale of non-met grade bauxite from its Tasmanian mine for use in the cement and fertiliser markets. The sale is significant, not only because it is rare to hear of deals in the cement-grade market, but because the company cited a higher price for non-met supply as the reason it is targeting that market. Non-met applications cover about 10% of Australia’s bauxite output.

  • Malaysian bauxite mining ban extended

    11 April 2016

    The existing ban on bauxite mining activities in Malaysia has been extended by three months to reduce high inventories and diminish pollution levels.

  • Quality controls intensify for China’s refractories

    08 April 2016

    Chinese refractory operators are paying greater attention to the quality profile of products manufactured in the country, while investments are taking place to take production profile up a notch.

  • RHI results: Earnings down but could be worse

    08 April 2016

    The RHI group has recorded a positive revenue and while earnings are down, they are not as bad as they could have been. The company has taken the decision to shut in production at several of its plants and cancel upgrades in some areas, as weak industrial production and slow growth in emerging markets has led to price declines for many refractory minerals.

  • Price Briefing: Lithium contract price stable, but spot market is tight

    08 April 2016

    While Chinese refractories companies are licking their wounds after a bearish and bloody 2015, battery producers are reveling in increased profit margins as demand ticks up. TiO2 markets look set to recover also - but will this be passed onto mineral sands producers?

  • Alcoa’s joint venture settles bauxite contracts for two-year supply

    07 April 2016

    Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) has settled contracts to supply met-grade bauxite to a range of clients for a combined value in excess of $300m covering the next two years, the company announced.

  • Scrap bauxite export duty, say Indian miners

    06 April 2016

    In order to rejuvenate India’s struggling bauxite industry, domestic miners have asked the central government for exemption from the 5% custom duty on bauxite exports as the industry battles headwinds from the global commodities crisis.

  • Overcapacity in downstream refractory markets drags down 2015 demand

    05 April 2016

    Production and profits for downstream industries such as a steel, cement and flat glass have seen a dramatic decline as a result of overcapacity in the sector. Coupled with waning demand and lower rates of per unit consumption for refractory minerals, demand for raw materials is expected to continue to fall out to 2020.

  • Chinese refractory companies highlight advances made in 2015

    04 April 2016

    Despite the current downturn in refractories and steel markets, Chinese companies are taking advantage of local and national support to either be listed, restructure or consolidate, IM learned during this year's Chinese Refractories Association meeting, held last week.

  • China’s refractories output falls 6.5% in 2015 as weak demand pulls prices down

    04 April 2016

    Figures released by the China Refractory Association reveal how export volumes and prices for Chinese materials declined almost across the board last year, forcing domestic producers to cut output in response to shrinking returns.

  • Orbite narrows 2015 loss, increases working capital

    01 April 2016

    Despite the recent delays faced at its HPA plant in Canada, TSX-listed Orbite Technologies Inc., which is in the process of commission its high purity alumina plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec in Canada, has lowered its fourth quarter and full year losses.