Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • August 2016

    Chinese bauxite imports decline in value in 2016

    31 August 2016

    Imports of bauxite into China have been steadily decreasing in value this year, while data shows a partial uptick in volumes brought into the country.

  • ATH flame retardants drive Nabaltec’s H1

    30 August 2016

    The focus on high-value speciality alumina-based products has been key to ensuring Nabaltec’s positive performance amid an overall challenging situation affecting the refractory industry, the company told IM.

  • Interest in fly ash proppant pushes LWP to fast track JV project

    26 August 2016

    Following positive interest and feedback on its fly ash-based proppants, which have been touted as a cheaper and lighter alternative to traditional ceramic proppants, LWP and its JV partner Hallmark Minerals are fast tracking refurbishment at the proppant facility in Pune, India.

  • Price briefing 19-25 August 2016

    26 August 2016

    Trading remains quiet in iodine and graphite as prices edge down further, while some fused alumina production is resuming in China following weeks of shutdown. Market activities are expected to increase in the coming weeks as the European holiday season comes to an end.

  • Fused alumina production resumes in China

    25 August 2016

    Some white and brown fused alumina producers in Henan have received the green light to restart production but uncertainty remains on whether there would be more disruption in output in September due to renewed anti-pollution efforts.

  • H1 profits dive at two Chinese refractory makers

    24 August 2016

    Two large Chinese refractory manufacturers recorded double-digit profit decreases in 2016 to date on the back of slower business in main end markets, leading companies to scale back or cancel existing projects.

  • India’s mineral production index up by 4.7% in June 2016

    23 August 2016

    The commodities market in India has been on a slow yet steady growth path as the country’s mineral production index for the mining and quarrying sector has increased by 4.7% y-o-y for the third consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-2017.

  • Chinese alumina output drops

    23 August 2016

    Alumina production decreased by almost 2% in the first seven months of 2016 while environmental inspections at plants continue and the local industry tries to consolidate.

  • Imerys eyes Alteo buyout to revamp refractory arm

    22 August 2016

    Imerys offers to buy Alteo and Alufin as H1 2016 results show refractories slump.

  • Seven Refractories to join Dalmia in Indian JV

    16 August 2016

    The Slovenian monolithic refractory maker sees the partnership with the Indian supplier as strategic to pursuing its growth plans in the promising Indian steelmaking market.

  • Price Briefing 5–11 August 2016

    12 August 2016

    Producer reported higher bromine prices in Q2; more pigments producers announced TiO2 price increases; lithium 2017 contract talks to begin and brown fused alumina prices tick higher.

  • Supply shortage lifts BFA spot prices

    11 August 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices have increased due to supply shortages as production clamp downs continue amid intensifying anti-pollution checks in the country. Although many suppliers have been selling from existing inventories, stock is depleting.

  • India to build new minerals port

    11 August 2016

    Plans for a new port located at the mouth of the Mahanadi river are expected to facilitate the import of foundry sands and refractories as well as the export of chromite, mineral sands and bauxite.

  • Will India’s steel roadmap benefit upstream markets?

    10 August 2016

    India’s Ministry of Steel has been reviewing its roadmap to protect the domestic steel sector. However, the measures may not be enough to revive the country’s ailing steel industry, failing to address demand for refractories or refractory raw materials.

  • Sluggish steel division hinders RHI’s H1

    09 August 2016

    Slow business in the steel industries in Europe, China and Latin America led to lower revenues for the German refractory manufacturer in H1 as cement, glass and energy also saw some decline.

  • ABx looks to cement place in bauxite industry

    09 August 2016

    ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has delivered its second shipment of bauxite since April this year, bound for buyers in the cement industry.

  • Chinese WFA output hit by anti-pollution efforts

    04 August 2016

    Chinese-origin white fused alumina output has been hit by stricter environmental checks in China but weak refractory demand has limited gains in the mineral’s prices. Reduced production in China could lift trades elsewhere as buyers in Europe seek alternative supply.

  • Rio reports constant borates revenue; TiO2 drops off

    03 August 2016

    In line with its recent production figures, there was no major movement in Rio’s H1 financial results for its borates business, while titanium dioxide feedstock division saw earnings dip.

  • Nabaltec’s US ATH plant to shut for ‘9-12 months’

    03 August 2016

    The temporary suspension of production at Nabaltec-owned aluminium hydroxide site in the US, due to the closure of Sherwin Alumina, will start in September and last up to one year while a way forward for the plant is negotiated.

  • Chinese bauxite demand falls 12% in June

    02 August 2016

    The year-on-year decrease in bauxite imports took the overall value shipped into China down by over 18% against June last year.

  • Tesla to buy Solar City for $2.6bn

    01 August 2016

    The move brings together solar energy production, energy storage and electric vehicle production in a bid to vertically integrate across the energy supply chain.

  • Imerys eyes Alteo to revamp refractory arm

    01 August 2016

    Faced with persisting weakness in its refractory products operations, the French producer is capitalising on its experience in acquisitions to revamp the business through external input.