23 July 2021
White fused alumina (WFA) prices increased for a third consecutive fortnight to Thursday July 23 amid high freight costs, while brown fused alumina (BFA) and bauxite held stable despite severe supply disruptions brought about by heavy rainfalls in Henan and environmental regulations in Shanxi province.
16 July 2021
Fastmarkets has corrected the date of the June assessments of its calcined alumina prices, which were published incorrectly on May 27 due to a reporting error.
02 July 2021
Prices for calcined alumina products increased again in early July for a second consecutive assessment, reflecting deals concluded at higher levels for the second half of the year amid strong demand for all products.
02 July 2021
Fastmarkets has corrected its assessment of the alumina, calcined, ground and unground, long-term contract price, which was published incorrectly on Thursday July 1 due to a reporting error.
25 June 2021
Prices for brown and white fused alumina (BFA and WFA) jumped during the fortnight to Thursday June 24 on supply issues and spiking freight rates from China to Europe, but bauxite held firm with some mining activities in Shanxi province reported to be halted.
18 June 2021
China’s heightened efforts to tackle pollution and safety controls in 2021 are set to widen supply tightness in refractory-grade bauxite and fused alumina, sources told Fastmarkets.
16 June 2021
Andalusite market participants said availability is tightening and prices have risen owing to a combination of supply hiccups in some origins and increasing costs of shipping.
11 June 2021
Prices for brown fused alumina (BFA) moved up in the fortnight to Thursday June 10 amid increasing supply tightness following temporary closures in China’s Henan province. The price of white fused alumina (WFA) imports into Europe was supported by soaring freight costs, while bauxite also held firm.
01 June 2021
Rising production costs, a more expensive Chinese yuan and the continuing global logistics issues continued to support prices for both brown and white fused alumina (BFA and WFA) and for bauxite in the fortnight to Thursday May 27.
14 May 2021
Prices of brown fused alumina (BFA) moved up during the past fortnight after holding firm for the past three months amid increasing electricity costs and tightened supply of calcined bauxite.
30 April 2021
Prices for brown fused alumina (BFA) held firm during the fortnight to Thursday April 29, driven by complex logistics arrangements from China to major overseas markets in addition to supply interruption and good demand while white fused alumina (WFA) edged up amid similar conditions.
16 April 2021
China’s bauxite markets ticked down in the two weeks to Thursday April 15 on a mixed picture of improved land transport while demand continues to be strong, whereas white fused alumina (WFA) into Europe continued to be supported by high shipping costs and brown fused alumina (BFA) held unchanged amid increasing production costs.
05 April 2021
Freight rate differentials between materials shipped in containers and in bulk from China to Europe continued to be a major driver of white fused alumina (WFA) prices in the two weeks ended Thursday April 1.
30 March 2021
Bauxite calcination kilns in the city of Xiaoyi, in China’s Shanxi province, remained at a standstill following the normal autumn-winter shutdown because of the local government’s continuing anti-pollution drive, according to market sources.
19 March 2021
Higher availability in Europe of white fused alumina (WFA) shipped in break bulk vessels put pressure on some cif Europe port prices in the past fortnight, while bauxite and brown fused alumina (BFA) prices were steady.
05 March 2021
Prices of brown fused alumina (BFA) were firm during the two weeks to Thursday March 4, with market participants' views differing on the market's performance. White fused alumina (WFA), meanwhile, slipped and bauxite was stable.
01 March 2021
Higher logistics costs and a steadier flow of inquiries have supported the andalusite market in the three months to Thursday February 25.
19 February 2021
Refractory-grade bauxite prices showed a reduction this week from previously wider spreads, with China gradually returning to the market after the Lunar New Year holiday, while white fused alumina (WFA) ticked upward on higher operational costs and brown fused alumina (BFA) held firm.
05 February 2021
Prices spread for certain grades of bauxite widened in the fortnight to Thursday February 4 on differing availability options from suppliers, while the price of white fused alumina (WFA) moved up on higher costs and brown fused alumina (BFA) held firm on bullish sentiment.
22 January 2021
Seaborne prices for bauxite and fused alumina in China moved up in the fortnight ended Thursday January 21 on rising land transport costs and long lead times, compounded by persistently tight supply.
08 January 2021
Refractory raw material consumers are likely to face shortages in bauxite, with the continued supply and logistics bottlenecks from China coming against a low-stock situation in destination markets.