Alumina/Bauxite latest news

  • July 2017

    Pricing notice: Delisting and revising brown fused alumina prices

    31 July 2017

    Industrial Minerals have delisted three brown fused alumina grades and revised the existing refractory-grade BFA specifications.

  • Saint-Gobain boosts sales, profits in H1

    28 July 2017

    Demand for flat glass and construction materials continued to rise in the first half of the year, as the several acquisitions carried out by the company over the past year led to positive group effect and injected extra turnover.

  • Price briefing 21-27 July

    28 July 2017

    Strict environmental restrictions on production continued to support Chinese magnesia and fused alumina prices; while raw material supply shortage lifts bauxite prices; antimony trioxide increases on consumer restocking; ilmenite prices rebound; Foundry chromite falls; iodine edged higher

  • Chinese bauxite prices increase on raw material shortage

    28 July 2017

    Reduced bauxite ore output in China has caused a supply shortage of raw material for the production of the calcined refractory mineral. This has pushed prices higher, as the ongoing anti-pollution measures are also supporting the market.

  • Orbite seeks to extend creditor protection period

    28 July 2017

    The high-purity alumina manufacturer wants its stay of proceeding status extended until November, as it seeks the green light to pursue more debt.

  • Australian Bauxite sells more cement-grade material

    28 July 2017

    The large contract adds to the 46,000 tonnes the company has already sold from its production site in Tasmania since the start of operations in 2016.

  • Fresh environmental checks cap Chinese output, lift brown fused alumina prices

    28 July 2017

    Key fused alumina province Henan has been hit by another round of environmental controls, which have again disrupted production operations. Supply issues are exacerbated by rising raw material costs, pushing mineral prices upwards.

  • Higher steel production supports Vesuvius’ H1

    27 July 2017

    Rising steel output globally in the first half of 2017 supported Vesuvius’ sales to steelmakers, leading to higher profits and turnover, but rising raw material prices are a concern.

  • Imerys ups revenue, profit in H1

    27 July 2017

    Both divisions active in refractories, High Resistance Minerals and Energy Solutions & Specialties, returned to growth following a sluggish performance in 2016, while Ceramic Materials was weighed down by weak kaolin sales.

  • Price briefing 14 – 20 July

    21 July 2017

    Chinese graphite prices rebound following sharp decline when China scrapped export tax in January; Closure of numerous small mines in China supports ilmenite market; European producer Alteo to increase price on all speciality alumina products; Global antimony trioxide price drop; IM spodumene delisting notice

  • Alteo to increase alumina products’ prices

    17 July 2017

    The French calcined alumina and ATH producer will raise its products’ prices at the end of Q3, citing increasing raw material costs as the reason.

  • Traxys buys CMC's raw materials arm

    14 July 2017

    CMC sells raw materials business to focus on US and Polish steel production

  • Production cost spike could lift fused alumina prices

    14 July 2017

    Rising raw material costs for the production of brown and white fused alumina in China are expected to push prices higher in the coming weeks, while intensifying anti-pollution control in Henan province will further compound supply constraints.

  • Italmatch acquires filtration technology developer

    07 July 2017

    The Italian chemicals supplier aims to target mining operations through the buyout of Magpie, which developed a patented technology for the recovery of precious metals from waste water.

  • Andalusite facing supply tightness on production issues

    07 July 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.

  • Steel production up 2% in May

    07 July 2017

    Global steel output rose in May as increases from China, the US, Turkey and Brazil offset declines in Europe, worldsteel data show.

  • Tianjin forces relocation of minerals processing plants

    06 July 2017

    Continuing the environmental protection policy, Tianjin government is forcing the relocation of a number of bauxite and fused alumina processing plants in the Chinese port city. This is set to further squeeze the already tight supply due to the months of disrupted production.

  • China’s bauxite imports near 50% rise in May

    03 July 2017

    The country’s demand for non-domestic bauxite has grown almost every month during 2017 to date while the tightening of environmental controls on local production operations have led to scarcity of domestic bauxite.

  • US drilling activity continues to outpace rest of the world

    03 July 2017

    The boom in US oilfield activity is not being matched by oil producers in other markets, the latest Baker Hughes rig numbers show.