Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • February 2017

    Orbite reaches 1tpd HPA output

    28 February 2017

    High purity alumina production at the newly-opened Cat-Chat plant in Quebec is now running close to 1tpd, while a further ramp-up is expected in the next phase of operations.

  • Southern Ionics aims for April start to ATH facility

    27 February 2017

    The company has been distributing wet ATH to a number of customers and is now preparing to add dry hydrate to its portfolio as its facility approaches opening.

  • Price briefing 17-23 February

    24 February 2017

    Fears of Chinese production shutdowns due to the governments anti-pollution campaign sent antimony trioxide prices soaring this past week while the improving performance of the steel industry lifted the fluorspar market.

  • White fused alumina prices rise on higher costs, supply tightness

    24 February 2017

    Higher shipping and production costs combined with supply constraints from China have pushed white fused alumina spot prices upwards in Europe in recent weeks.

  • Brown fused alumina spreads widen amid supply concerns

    24 February 2017

    Spreads have widened on brown fused alumina spot prices over the past two weeks but concerns over further production disruptions in China are supporting the market.

  • Morgan records profit growth in 2016

    23 February 2017

    All three main operations in thermal products, technical ceramics and composites/defence systems posted solid increases in sales, supported by a favourable exchange rate.

  • Calderys UK buys refractory service supplier

    20 February 2017

    The acquisition of NG Johnson Northern confirms Calderys’ focus on providing a vertically-integrated service to customers, from design of the refractories all the way to post-installation servicing and maintenance.

  • HarbisonWalker to set up monolithic refractory plant

    17 February 2017

    The plant will add to the existing capacity HarbisonWalker has in the US and represents the company's strategy to reinforce its position in refractories.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 February

    17 February 2017

    Cristal joins other producers to announce a further price hike in titanium dioxide this week, while spodumene producer sold lithium concentrate for delivery in H1 2017; Chinese rare earths producer announced price increase.

  • South32 moves into profit as revenue increases

    16 February 2017

    The Australian mining company noted higher prices in the majority of its commodities helped to bolster sales revenue. Saleable alumina production from its Worsley operation, however, saw a decline together with prices.

  • Acquisitions boost Imerys’ 2016 revenues

    16 February 2017

    Imerys’ long list of recently completed acquisitions brought in over €140m in additional revenue, boosting the company’s yearly turnover, as income showed robust growth while refractories remained difficult.

  • US alumina production drops 45% in 2016

    14 February 2017

    The closure of Alcoa’s site in Point Comfort and Sherwin Alumina’s plant in Corpus Christi hit alumina production capacity in the country hard in 2016, while it also affected imports of bauxite.

  • Price Briefing 3-9 February

    10 February 2017

    Trading remains quiet in the first week after the Chinese New Year holiday, but a number of industrial mineral miners have announced production update. Antimony trioxide spot prices increased while chromite held firm.

  • Bauxite and alumina boosts Hydro’s Q4

    09 February 2017

    Hydro’s bauxite and alumina division saw over 30% growth in revenues on the back of higher prices, while production hit records at the Brazilian Alunorte refinery.

  • China’s Q4 bauxite imports fall 19%

    08 February 2017

    Customs data for December confirmed the downtrend in demand for bauxite seen for most of last year in the Asian country.

  • Price Briefing 27 January - 2 February

    03 February 2017

    Industrial minerals prices were unchanged this week during the Chinese New Year holiday where the country is shut. The graphite market in Europe remained largely stable despite the scrapping of Chinese export duties from January.

  • Brazilian ATH exports surge in 2016

    02 February 2017

    Deliveries of alumina trihydrate to the US increased over 200% as local capacity reduced following the shutdowns of Alcoa and Sherwin’s refineries, while also Japan and Argentina boosted their imports of Brazilian ATH.