Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • June 2017

    Chinese bauxite prices fall on temporary production restart

    30 June 2017

    Calcined bauxite prices in China declined this week following sharp increases over the past month as some production has restarted, but supply uncertainty persists as many in the market warned that operations could be shut down again when environmental inspections return.

  • HWI appoints Carol Jackson as CEO

    30 June 2017

    The appointment follows the retirement of Stephen Delo after over 30 years in the industry, during which he oversaw the combination of three refractory suppliers into what is today the HarbisonWalker group.

  • HWI appoints directors amid investment plan

    29 June 2017

    Gildas Dupouy and Thomas Raught have joined the company’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Group.

  • Europe approves RHI Magnesita merger with conditions

    28 June 2017

    RHI will have to divest its dolomite operation at two production sites in Spain and Italy, while Magnesita’s carbon-bricks business at Oberhausen, Germany, will also have to be sold.

  • RHI Magnesita announces executive team

    28 June 2017

    Stefan Borgas will lead the executive management team as CEO after the completion of the merger, expected in November. Octavio Lopes will be chief financial officer.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed change to IM’s ATH assessment frequency

    27 June 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposes to change the frequency of its ATH price assessments.

  • Imerys’ takeover of Kerneos to be completed in July

    26 June 2017

    The French industrial minerals group has received clearance from European authorities over the proposed takeover of the speciality cement maker Kerneos.

  • Metro Mining granted final approval for bauxite mine

    26 June 2017

    Metro Mining has cleared the last hurdle prior to the start of construction operations of its bauxite mine, which remains on track to achieve first production by Q2 2018.

  • Metro Mining secures go-ahead for Bauxite Hills mine

    23 June 2017

    The miner has been granted environmental permit and found financial backing to continue developing the expanded bauxite mining site it now controls following the acquisition of junior Gulf Alumina.

  • Indian mineral production index rises in April

    22 June 2017

    Chromite production increased during the month together with that of limestone, zinc and lead concentrate, while bauxite and magnesite declined.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    21 June 2017

    Chinese output rose by almost two percentage points, as did Turkish and Brazilian production. In Europe, only France posted growth.

  • China plans logistics reform to boost railway freight by 2020

    21 June 2017

    The Chinese government is planning to invest heavily to develop the country’s delivery infrastructure to enable an integrated logistics network, connecting international and domestic transportation, by 2020. Under the plan, mineral transportation within China could be simplified, with shorter delivery time and at potentially lower cost.

  • Price briefing 9-15 June

    16 June 2017

    Bauxite prices rocket higher; fluorspar spot market in Europe tracked China higher; antimony trioxide prices soften; titanium dioxide prices could rise further; according to Chinese producer Lomon Billions.

  • Chinese bauxite spot prices rocket higher

    15 June 2017

    Chinese bauxite prices have jumped again in June, continuing the uptrend since May as the Chinese government ramps up efforts to stamp out polluting operations.

  • Price briefing 26 May - 1 June

    02 June 2017

    Strict anti-pollution controls in China continue to impact bauxite production, lifting prices; while rising raw material costs support white fused alumina; rutile prices registered small gain, ilmenite holds firm; andalusite supply in 2017 to fall; barytes fell amid global oversupply; aluminium trifluoride value spike on higher fluorspar prices

  • Chinese bauxite prices continue climb amid production shutdowns

    02 June 2017

    China production shutdowns in May has pushed calcined bauxite spot prices higher again over the past two weeks, with many struggling to find supply amid extreme shortage. The supply outlook in the near-term remained uncertain with no indications from Beijing as to when the environmental controls will be lifted.

  • Rising raw material costs support Chinese white fused alumina prices

    02 June 2017

    White fused alumina spot prices remained unchanged but Chinese producers warned that the rising cost of raw materials amid lower availability will be supporting prices in the coming weeks.

  • Andalusite facing supply tightness on production issues

    01 June 2017

    Heavy rain and flooding hit South Africa and Peru and the weather conditions have halted production in the early months of the year. Market participants claim it will be hard to fulfil contracts. Bauxite buyers who are seeking to shift to andalusite meanwhile compound the availability issues.