Alumina/Bauxite pricing news

  • May 2017

    Price briefing 12-18 May

    19 May 2017

    The ongoing draconian anti-pollution controls in China continue to disrupt production in a number of minerals, which has lifted prices in bauxite and antimony trioxide. Meanwhile, fused magnesia is no longer available in China; producers announced another rare earth price hike; chromite and silicon carbide prices remained stable; and lithium carbonate spot have risen in China again.

  • Supply shortage pushes Chinese bauxite prices higher again

    19 May 2017

    Chinese bauxite spot prices increased again in May as the ongoing anti-pollution related production shutdowns caused severe shortages in the market.

  • Pricing notice: Proposed changes to brown fused alumina prices

    18 May 2017

    Industrial Minerals proposed to revise the refractory-grade brown fused alumina specifications at the end of June.

  • Price briefing 28 April – 4 May

    05 May 2017

    Chinese magnesia output disruption worsens; fresh mining restrictions lift bauxite prices; brown fused alumina remains unchanged but raw material cut could support prices.

  • China's bauxite mining issues to hit brown fused alumina

    05 May 2017

    Brown fused alumina (BFA) prices were unchanged over the fortnight, but market sources warned that new bauxite mining restrictions in China could impact BFA production in the near-term. BFA operations remained intermittent due to the ongoing environmental inspections.

  • Massive production shutdown in China lifts bauxite prices

    05 May 2017

    China-origin refractory-grade bauxite prices have increased for the second time this year as the government ramped up efforts to reduce pollution. Only a tiny minority of plants is still allowed to operate following the environmental inspections, and traders are struggling to find material to fulfil contracts.