Alumina/Bauxite pricing news

  • May 2020

    WFA price down but bauxite, BFA prices stable amid soft demand

    29 May 2020

    The price of white fused alumina (WFA) fell still further on the low end of the range, amid the dollar’s depreciation against the euro over the fortnight ended Thursday May 28. Prices for refractory-grade bauxite and brown fused alumina (BFA) stayed flat while demand remained sluggish.

  • China’s port operations back to normal while weak demand weighs on container throughput

    25 May 2020

    China’s ports have resumed normal operations but overseas demand for exported materials remains reduced by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in lower container throughput. Most producers of refractory raw materials, however, continued to get limited orders from global buyers.

  • BFA, WFA prices fall further on weak demand; bauxite stable

    15 May 2020

    Fused alumina prices have fallen further during the two weeks to Thursday May 14 because of continued bearish pressure resulting from weak demand from refractories consumers, while bauxite prices remained flat on a largely muted export market and scarcity of supply in China.

  • Andalusite mining operations off to slow restart

    12 May 2020

    Producers of andalusite in various countries have been able to restart operations after Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, although they warned that a return to pre-closure output volumes will be slow and gradual.

  • FOCUS: Covid-19 exacerbates BFA, WFA price spread

    11 May 2020

    Brown fused alumina (BFA) and white fused alumina (WFA) prices are increasingly moving separately in their pricing patterns, with the latter having deepened its price discount to BFA against a historic premium.

  • China's refractory materials output down 24.98% in Q1 2020

    11 May 2020

    China's refractories output fell to 4.10 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020, mainly due to a slowdown in production caused by the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.