Alumina/Bauxite pricing news

  • December 2018

    Ground calcined alumina price rises in run-up to Christmas

    11 December 2018

    Contract negotiations continue to lend upward support to some grades of ground calcined alumina, while unground material prices held steady.

  • November 2018

    China’s daily crude steel output dips in mid-October

    01 November 2018

    Major Chinese steel mills cut their crude steel output mildly in the middle of October, while their finished steel inventories continued to rise.

  • October 2018

    China’s crude stainless steel output up 8.5% in January-September

    31 October 2018

    China’s crude stainless steel output increased in the first nine months of 2018 amid higher prices and healthy profit.

  • Bauxite, fused alumina market in supply limbo in Q4

    18 October 2018

    Spreads among some bauxite grades are widening while BFA, WFA prices remain stable on limited demand, although participants are concerned over supply flows from China in 2019.

  • Alumina prices set to plummet back below $500/t following Alunorte U-turn – sources

    10 October 2018

    Market participants expect alumina prices to plunge below the psychological $500 per tonne level after the planned shutdown at the Alunorte refinery in Brazil was called off.

  • September 2018

    Price Briefing: September 21-27

    28 September 2018

    China’s domestic magnesia prices edge up on regulatory restrictions, export prices unchanged; China’s unshaped refractory materials output up 10% in August; Aachen 2018: Prices of refractory minerals expected to remain firm

  • Bauxite, brown fused alumina prices rise in China

    21 September 2018

    Current closures at bauxite and alumina plants in China may be in place for months once the recently announced winter shutdown regulations come into force, forcing prices upward.

  • Fused alumina prices rise on Q4 supply concerns

    14 September 2018

    Brown fused and white fused alumina prices have increased, offsetting yuan-related depreciation, while the price of refractory grade bauxite 88% ticked up on continued production issues in Shanxi.

  • Alteo to increase calcined alumina prices on rising costs

    14 September 2018

    Contracts for the fourth quarter and for 2019 will be subject to a “double digit” percentage price rise.

  • August 2018

    Price Briefing: August 10 - 16

    17 August 2018

    Flake graphite prices soften on sellers’ push; Seizure of ‘smuggled’ antimony metal turns trioxide sentiment positive; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese, Europe, US lithium carbonate prices edge down; Weak yuan pushes bauxite, fused alumina prices down; Pricing notice: Discontinuation of four European graphite prices

  • Weak yuan pushes bauxite, fused alumina prices down

    14 August 2018

    Prices came down for two grades of bauxite, refractory-grade white-fused alumina (WFA) and abrasive-grade brown-fused alumina (BFA), while white refractory-grade BFA held stable.

  • July 2018

    Price Briefing: July 5-12

    13 July 2018

    Calcined alumina suppliers warn of further price rises in 2019 on widespread shortage; Global iodine spot price strengthens; Chinese carbonate prices drop for second week; seaborne market resists lower bids; Proposal to discontinue four European graphite prices; Ilmenite prices stable amid China’s latest environmental protection campaign; Domestic European antimony trioxide price softens but global markets largely stable; Chinese soda ash prices hold firm for another week, production stable; Chinese TiO2 export prices tick lower; Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

  • Bauxite, fused alumina prices stable amid concerns of new shutdowns

    13 July 2018

    Prices for bauxite, brown-fused alumina (BFA) and white-fused alumina (WFA) have held since the drop in May and June, but supply may suffer yet another hit if calcination plant closures in Shanxi were to go ahead.

  • Calcined alumina suppliers warn of further price rises in 2019 on widespread shortage

    11 July 2018

    The evident imbalance of the calcined alumina market will result in new price increases next year, sellers said.

  • June 2018

    Bauxite prices drop further as China supply remains tight

    19 June 2018

    Prices of Chinese bauxite decreased slightly over the past fortnight, but market participants warned of surging energy prices and tightening supply.

  • Lower producer offers weigh on Chinese brown fused alumina prices

    18 June 2018

    Refractory-grade brown fused alumina prices continued to weaken in the latest assessment, while low availability limited the fall in abrasive-grade prices.

  • IM's May Price Movements

    05 June 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Price Briefing: May 25 - 31

    01 June 2018

    Refractory brown fused alumina prices fall in China, WFA stable; Global antimony trioxide market strengthens upon higher antimony metal price; Indian barite exports further undercut Chinese prices; Battery-grade lithium carbonate prices soften in China; other global prices unchanged; Strong dollar weighs on Indian soda ash list prices

  • Refractory brown fused alumina prices fall in China, WFA stable

    01 June 2018

    Refractory grade BFA prices moved down after producers in China sought to move inventory, while tight availability upheld prices of abrasive grade BFA, and white fused alumina remained stable.

  • May 2018

    Bauxite prices drop on low demand

    18 May 2018

    Chinese bauxite sellers are lowering their offer prices despite supply conditions being as tight as ever, while distressed selling by cash-strapped producers is thought to be contributing to the market’s downtrend.

  • IM prices April 2018

    17 May 2018

  • Price Briefing April 27 - May 3

    04 May 2018

    Weak demand leads to lower fluorspar acidspar prices; White fused alumina prices edge up on supply concerns; Chinese producers maintain firm prices for spherical graphite; Chinese domestic battery-grade lithium carbonate prices dip further.

  • White fused alumina prices edge up on supply concerns

    04 May 2018

    Market worries over higher feedstock costs related to record-high SGA prices are boosting supply concerns stemming from the sanctions imposed on Rusal, prompting spot prices for WFA to react.

  • April 2018

    Price briefing April 13-19

    20 April 2018

    Bauxite calcination plants in Shanxi shut on government orders. Market fears rise in prices as Liaoning stops magnesite mining. PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period on proposal to discontinue kyanite prices. European, North American lithium spot markets up; Chinese spot market unchanged. Spherical graphite price grows on tight supply. PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of one zircon grade, launching another. Lower Chinese prices push white fused alumina market down. PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period regarding olivine price

  • Bauxite calcination plants in Shanxi shut on government orders

    20 April 2018

    Industrial Minerals understands no calcined bauxite operation in the Chinese province is being allowed to run, and the disruption may last for up to two months.

  • Lower Chinese prices push white fused alumina market down

    20 April 2018

    The material has depreciated somewhat from the heights reached at the beginning of the year, with an evident split between cheaper Chinese material and more expensive prices from other regions.

  • IM's March Price Movements

    13 April 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • March 2018

    Price Briefing March 16 - 22

    23 March 2018

    China supply uncertainty pushes brown fused-alumina price up; Chinese spherical graphite prices up on tight supply; Chinese lithium carbonate prices soften amid slip in consumption; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of caustic soda prices; Chinese, European seaborne antimony trioxide markets move up slightly; rest of world prices stable; High-grade magnesia prices steady on lack of raw material supply; PRICING NOTICE: Extension of consultation period for proposal to discontinue celestite price

  • China supply uncertainty pushes brown fused-alumina price up

    23 March 2018

    Refractory grade brown fused-alumina (BFA) is trading above $800 per tonne while producers see no end to government-led production limitations on processing plants as part of Beijing’s quest for ‘blue skies’.

  • BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Alumina hydrate market on alert after Hydro’s production cut

    05 March 2018

    Any drop in output from Hydro’s Alunorte refinery may affect the company’s ability to uphold alumina hydrate volumes and supplies of Brazilian material to the United States at a time of rising prices.

  • BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: Index link to alumina fundamentals secures supplies, Hydro says

    05 March 2018

    The global alumina supply picture would likely look very different were it not for the introduction and adoption of alumina indices published by price reporting agencies, according to Mark Roggensinger, senior market analyst at Hydro.

  • February 2018

    IM's February Price Movements

    27 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Persisting market tightness leads to higher andalusite prices in 2018

    25 February 2018

    Contract prices for andalusite have edged up by about 10% from last year’s levels, with widespread consumer demand further compounding limited availability of material.

  • Calcined alumina markets appreciate in 2018 contracts

    02 February 2018

    Strong demand fundamentals from refractory end-markets and the wide-reaching effects of a raw material supply scarcity are supporting long-term prices.

  • Price Briefing January 26 - February 1

    01 February 2018

    Global antimony trioxide market strengths; Calcined alumina markets appreciate in 2018 contracts; European titanium dioxide buyers resist price hikes; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue celestite, kyanite, nitrate, olivine and perlite prices.

  • IM's January Price Movements

    01 February 2018

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • January 2018

    Price Briefing: January 5-11

    12 January 2018

    Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze; European green silicon carbide market sees small price move at 2018 start; Lack of Chinese soda ash for export keeps prices stable; Industrial Minerals proposes to discontinue its three bromine prices and three of its magnesia grades.

  • Fused alumina prices edge upward on supply squeeze

    12 January 2018

    Prices for abrasive brown fused alumina have moved up on extremely limited availability, while high demand is pushing up the markets for refractory white fused alumina in both spot and contract deals.

  • Price Briefing: 29 December-4 January

    05 January 2018

    Chinese domestic lithium carbonate prices soften as 2018 starts; ATH prices set to rise in 2018; sellers pushing for 'sizeable' increases; Iodine global prices strengthen at start of 2018; Zircon prices rise, characterized by short supply; Sluggish global antimony trioxide market while European prices soften.

  • ATH prices set to rise in 2018; sellers pushing for 'sizeable' increases

    05 January 2018

    US suppliers of alumina trihydrate want to secure higher prices this year, capitalizing on high demand and widespread price rises across alumina markets.

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