Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • September 2016

    Pricing notice: Proposal to revise bauxite specifications

    30 September 2016

    Industrial Minerals proposes to revise all Shanxi-origin bauxite specifications at the end of October.

  • Tecnargilla ‘16: Refractory machinery makers target SE Asia

    30 September 2016

    Emerging markets that are boosting their productions are increasing demand for oven and furnace equipment – such as fuel burners – although sources noted that existing financial issues can pose a hurdle to business.

  • Rising demand forecast for ATH flame retardants

    27 September 2016

    North America and Asia to drive growth; Regulation and environment key factors; Construction and electronics main markets

  • Tecnargilla ’16: Demand for secondary raw materials exceeds supply

    26 September 2016

    Producers have been increasingly considering switching part of their mineral raw material needs from primary to secondary, or recycled, materials which carry lower costs, but limited availability means the segment remains undersupplied.

  • China to accelerate green mining development

    26 September 2016

    The Chinese minister of land and resources has said that the government is committed to developing an environmental friendly mining industry, and it will press ahead with plans to eliminate overcapacity and stockpiles.

  • Asia leads world steel production growth in August

    23 September 2016

    While China registered a 3% y-o-y increase in crude steel production, Japan managed growth at 1.5% from corresponding figures in 2015, with India topping the chart with a 9.4% increase in its crude steel production.

  • Indian mineral output up 0.8% in July

    23 September 2016

    Despite the domestic mining industry experiencing regulatory changes and global commodities turmoil, India’s mineral production index in July has managed to increase by 0.8% y-o-y for the fourth consecutive month of fiscal year 2016-17.

  • Moly Mines bids for bauxite junior

    22 September 2016

    The proposed acquisition is aimed at setting up a direct shipping ore operation to supply bauxite to alumina customers across south-east Asian markets.

  • Hidrovias do Brasil eyes bauxite shipping

    21 September 2016

    The logistics company is expanding its operations to reach new areas both in Brazil and in the rest of Latin America for the handling of mining cargo, and will supply local alumina producer Alunorte.

  • Chinese downstream industries output in H1

    19 September 2016

    Data from the Association of China Refractories Industry highlights the performance of downstream industries that employ refractory products, including steelmaking, construction and nonferrous materials.

  • Hindalco to divest Brazilian alumina operation

    19 September 2016

    The development could reshape the Indian-based minerals and metal producer's supply of non-metallurgical alumina out of Latin America, which serves the chemicals, ceramics and refractory industry.

  • Shrinking profits affect China's refractory makers

    16 September 2016

    The survival of Chinese refractory producers and exporters is jeopardised by persistant weak market conditions, which brought about a decrease in revenues and profit margins in the first half of 2016 and is causing immediate financial issues for operators.

  • Chinese refractory output drops in H1

    15 September 2016

    Production of refractory products in China suffered a slowdown in the first half of the year, while exports of refractory mineral raw materials also saw double-digit declines. Prices continue to edge downwards.

  • Southern Ionics aims to fill ATH supply gap in US

    12 September 2016

    Southern Ionics is seeking to fill the supply gap in the North American ATH market following the disappearance of large operations belonging to Sherwin Alumina and Alcoa.

  • Nabaltec ups hydroxide prices by almost 10%

    12 September 2016

    The flame retardants manufacturer cited tightness in supply following the closure of US operations and an increase in demand as reasons driving the price increase for its alumina trihydrate. The company expects the ATH market to appreciate next year.

  • Malaysia extends bauxite mining ban to year-end

    07 September 2016

    With only one week to go before the ban on mining operations was due to expire, Malaysia has pushed the moratorium until year-end, thus halting extraction for a total of 11 months in a bid to reduce stocks.

  • Rising demand forecast for ATH flame retardants

    06 September 2016

    North America and Asia will drive future growth for alumina tryhidrate flame retardants sales as brominated materials are phased out due to environmental and health hazards. Construction, electronics and automotive are some of the end markets suppliers will be keen to target.

  • Calderys acquires monolithic refractory maker

    02 September 2016

    Alabama-headquartered SPAR Inc. has been acquired by Calderys USA, which is aiming to further extend its reach in North American markets.

  • Price briefing 26 August – 01 September

    02 September 2016

    Antimony Trioxide prices spiked over the past two months as the Chinese government further restrict export quota, while chromite price held firm amid strong demand and crimped mined output. Similarly in ilmenite, supply demand fundamental has lifted the TiO2 feedstock prices. Meanwhile, unfavourable exchange rate movements pulled Chinese lithium spot prices lower and increased Chinese supply put pressure on brown fused alumina.

  • Resumed Chinese BFA output pressures prices

    02 September 2016

    Chinese-origin brown fused alumina spot prices fell a week after production restarted in Henan province, as rising supply weighed on the weak demand.

  • India approves port expansion

    01 September 2016

    New berths at the port in Goa will increase dry bulk capacity for bauxite, gypsum and limestone shipments.