Industrial Minerals August 2009 Prices

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Published: Sunday, 26 July 2009

Summary of industrial mineral prices listed in monthly IM issue - refer also to IM online Mineral PriceWatch news and Price Listing

Alumina
Calcined 98.5-99.5% Al2O3
bulk FOB refinery $700-800
Calcined, medium-soda 
Al2O3, bulk FOB refinery $850

Alumina, fused
Brown 94% Al2O3, FEPA
8-220 mesh, FOB China $650-695
Brown 95.5% Al2O3, refractory
lump & sized, FOB China $600-620
White, 25kg bags, Europe €800-1000

Andalusite
FCA Mine-RSA, 57-58%
Al2O3, 2,000 tonne bulk, €225-255
FOB European port,
55-59% Al2O3 €335-385

Baddeleyite
Contract price, CIF main
European port, Ceramic grade
(98% ZrO2 + HfO2),  $3000-3300
Contract price, CIF main European port, Refractory/abrasive grade $2500-3100

Barytes
Drilling grade
Unground lump
OCMA/API bulk,SG 4.20
FOB Madras  $67-70
FOB Morocco  $65-69
FOB China  $65-72
C&F North Sea (Moroccan)  $82-85
API, CIF Gulf Coast,
Chinese  $87-90
Indian $90-100
Ground
OCMA bulk, del. Aberdeen  £77-78
OCMA bulk, del. Gt Yarmouth  £99-100
OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t),
FOB S.Turkey,  $135
Ground, bagged, FOB
Morocco,SG 4.22,  $120-128
Paint grade
96-98% BaSO4, 350 mesh,
1-5 tonne lots, del. UK,  £195-220
96-98% BaSO4, 325-350 mesh Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast  $180-195
Chemical Grade
Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast  $92-114

Bauxite, refractory
Chinese Al2O3/Fe2O3/CD, lumps 0-25mm
Shanxi, FOB Xingang
Round kiln 88/1.6/3.3+ $390-410
Round kiln 87/1.8/3.20+ $390-410
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $390-410
Round kiln 86/2.0/3.15-3.20 $390-410
Round kiln 85/2.0/3.15 $390-410
Rotary kiln 88/1.8/3.3+ $390-410
Rotary kiln 87/1.8/3.20+ $390-410
Rotary kiln 87/1.8/3.20 $390-410
Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.2 $390-410
Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.15 $390-410
Rotary kiln 85/1.8/3.15 $390-410
Guizhou, FOB Zhanjiang/Fangcheng
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $390-410
Rotary kiln 88/2.0/3.25 $390-410
Guyana bauxite, bulk,
FOB Linden, $450-510

Bauxite, abrasive
Chinese CIF North Europe
and USA $550-570
FOB China $420-450

Bauxite, welding
FOB China, $650-670
FOB Guyana $450-510
Bentonite
FOB, main European port,
bulk, Cat litter, grade 1-5mm €50-70
Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried, loose in bulk, Cat litter grade $36-38
Wyoming, API grade, bagged,
rail car, ex-works, s.ton $70-100
Wyoming, ex-works, USA,
per s.ton Rail hopper cars,
crude, bulk (all grades) $44-100
Wyoming, foundry grade,
bagged, rail cars,  ex-works, s.ton $70-90

Borates/Boron minerals
Boric Acid, Latin American,
FOB Chile $800
Colemanite Latin American,
40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $380-430
Decathydrate Borax, Latin American,
FOB Buenos Aires $530
Ulexite, Latin American,
40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $350-380
Ulexite, Latin American,
40% B2O3, FOB Lima $250-300
Ulexite, Latin American,
granular 40% B2O3, FOB Chile $400

Calcium carbonate
(GCC), coated, fine grade,
ex-works UK £80-103
(PCC), coated, ex works, UK £350-550
(PCC), uncoated, ex works, UK £320-480

Celestite
Spanish, 96% SrSO4,
FOB Motril $45-55
Turkish, 96%, SrSO4,
FOB Iskenderun, $90-105

Chromite
Metallurgical grade Kazakh,
40-41% min $350
Metallurgical grade Turkish
40-42% 2.5:1 (scale pro rata) $350
Sand, moulding grade, 98%
<30 mesh, del UK £400
South African, Northwest,
Metallurgical grade, friable lumpy,
40% Cr2O3 $110-125
Transvaal, chemical grade,
46% Cr2O3,  FOB Transvaal,
wet bulk $200-220
Transvaal, refractory grade,
46% Cr2O3,, FOB Transvaal,
wet bulk $390-410
Transvaal. foundry grade,
45% Cr2O3,, FOB Transvaal,
wet bulk $250-270

Diatomite
USA, flux-calcined filter-aids,
del UK £380-420

Feldspar
Turkish, FOB Gulluk, Na feldspar,
Crude, -10mm size bulk $22-23
Turkish, FOB Gulluk, Na feldspar,
Glass grade, -500 microns, bagged $70

Fluorspar
Acidspar filtercake
Chinese dry basis, bulk,
CIF US Gulf Port $350-380
Mexican, FOB Tampico
<5ppm $340-360
Mexican, FOB Tampico $260-290
Chinese wet filtercake,
CIF Rotterdam $350-380
Chinese, wet filtercake,
FOB China $280-300
South African, dry basis,
FOB Durban $230-300

Fluorspar
Metallurgical
Chinese CIF Rotterdam $235-245
Mexican, FOB Tampico $140-195
Min 80% CaF2, wet bulk,
FOB China $130-140
Graphite
Amorphous powder 80-85%
Chinese del Europe $320-460
CIF European port, FCL
Crystalline fine, 90%C,
-100 mesh $550-600
Crystalline medium, 85-87%C,
 +100-80 mesh $650-770
Crystalline fine, 94-97%C,
-100 mesh $650-1050
Crystalline medium,
94-97%C, +100-80 mesh $900-1250
Crysalline medium flake
90% C, CIF UK port $680-780
Crystalline large flake
90% C, CIF UK port $700-800
94-97% C, +80 mesh
CIF UK port $950-1300
Synthetic
99.95% C, $ per Kg,
Swiss border $6.2-19

Graphite
Amorphous powder 80-85%
Chinese del Europe $400
CIF European port, FCL
Crystalline fine, 90%C,
-100 mesh $550-
Crystalline medium, 85-87%C,
 +100-80 mesh $650-750
Crystalline fine, 94-97%C,
-100 mesh $700-1050
Crystalline medium,
94-97%C, +100-80 mesh $950-1200
Crysalline medium flake
90% C, CIF UK port $650-750
Crystalline large flake
90% C, CIF UK port $1000-1250
94-97% C, +80 mesh
CIF UK port $1050-1300
Synthetic
99.95% C, $ per Kg,
Swiss border $6.2-19

Ilmenite
Bulk concentrates. Australian,
min 54% TiO2, FOB $60-80
Spot prices, Australian,
min 54% TiO2, FOB $100

Iodine
Iodine, crystal,  min 99.5%, drums,
per kilo, spot & contract $30.8-31.8

Kaolin
No 1 paper coating grade,
Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $146-185
No 2 paper coating grade,
Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $95-147

Kyanite
Ex-works USA 54-60% Al2O3,
raw kyanite, s.ton  $211-301
54-60% Al2O3, 22 ton lots,
calcined, $ 351-414

Lithium Minerals
Lithium carbonate, del continental,
USA large contracts, $ per lb $2.8-3
Petalite, 4.2% LiO2,
FOB Durban, $165-260
Spodumene concentrate, >7.25% LiO2, FOB West Virginia, s.ton $650-700
Spodumene, glass grade, 5% LiO2,
FOB West Virginia, s.ton $400-450

Magnesite
Calcined magnesite
90-92% MgO $330-350
Calcined, agricultural,
CIF Europe €205-215
Chinese, dead-burned
90% MgO, lump, FOB China $320-360
92% MgO, lump, FOB China $370-400
94-95% MgO, lump,
FOB China $400-430
97.5% MgO, lump,
FOB China $430-470
Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,
FOB East Mediterranean €65-75

Mica
Flake, FOB plant, USA $350-500
Indian mine scrap green
(Andhra Pradesh) for mica paper,
FOB Madras $300-400
Indian wet-ground,
CIF Europe $600-900
micronised, FOB plant, USA $700-1000
Wet-ground, FOB plant, USA $700-1300

Perlite
FOB east Mediterranean,
bulk, Coarse (filter aid) € 50-55
FOB Turkey, Raw, crushed,
grade, big bags $70-80
FOB Turkey, Raw, crushed,
grade, bulk $55-65

Potash
Muriate 60% K2O, coarse, bulk, FOB Saskatchewan, s.ton C$700-800
Muriate 60% K2O, granular,
bulk, FOB Saskatchewan,
s.ton C$700-800
Muriate 60% K2O, standard, bulk,
FOB Saskatchewan, s.ton C$700-800

Rare earth minerals
Bastnaesite concentrate,
70% leached, CIF Europe, $ per lb $2.25
FOB China, $ per Kg
Cerium oxide, 99%, bulk purchases  $4.2-4.3
Europium oxide, 99%, bulk $480
Lanthanum oxide, 99%, bulk $5.9
Neodymium oxide, 99%, bulk  $14.5
Praesodymium oxide,
bulk FOB, $ per Kg $14.5

Refractory clays/Mullite
Clay, Mulcoa 47% (sized in bulk bags),
for coarse sizing, FOB USA, s.ton $130

Rutile
Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $725-795
Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, large vol.
for pigment, FOB, $540-545

Salt
Australian solar salt bulk
CIF Shanghai, $50
Industrial solar salt,
ex works China $27-29
Industrial vacuum salt,
ex works China $35-40

Silicon carbide
SiC, FEPA 8-220,  CIF UK, black,
about 99% SiC
SiC Grade 1 €1700-2100
SiC Grade 2 €1500-1700
Refractory grade,
min 98% SiC €900-1400
Refractory grade,
min 95% SiC €1200-1400

Silicon sand
minus 20 micron, FCL’s bagged
>92 Brightness, FOB Durban $295
glass sand, container, ex-works USA $14-26

Soda ash
Chinese synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, CIF Far East $ 230-245
Chinese synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, FOB China $ 160-175
Indian synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, Domestic,
ex-works India $ 240-260
Indian synthetic soda ash, dense
& light, Export C&F India $ 200-230
US natural, large contract,
FOB Wyoming $140-170

TiO2 pigment
Bulk volume, per tonne
CFR Asia $2490-2720
CIF Northern Europe €2105-2355
CIF USA $2360-2540
CIF Latin America $1.09-1.19

Vermiculite
South African, bulk, FOB
Rotterdam $ 280-450

Wollastonite
US ex-works, s.ton Acicular minus
200 mesh $182
325 mesh $191
Acicular (15:-1-20:1 aspect ratio) $444
Chinese, FOB, tonne Acicular minus
200 mesh $80-90
325 mesh $90-1000

Zircon/Zirconia
Micronised Zircon
 87% <2µ, average particle
size <0.95µ $1415-1465
C&F Asia, 99.5% <4µ, average
particle size <0.95µ $1415-1465
Zircon Australian, bulk
FOB Premium $925-950
FOB Standard $880-900
Zircon USA, bulk
FOB Premium $860-975
FOB Standard $800-860
Zircon, Ceramic, Bulk
FOB South Africa $825-860