Industrial Minerals Prices: January 2010

Published: Sunday, 06 December 2009

Summary of industrial mineral prices listed in monthly IM issue

It is not possible to publish prices for all industrial minerals and grades in the space available, these pages comprise a selection of frequently traded minerals. For a wider range and more detail on mineral prices, we refer you to Latest Price Section on All prices are US$/tonne unless indicated.

Calcined 98.5-99.5% Al2O3
bulk FOB refinery $700-775
Calcined, medium-soda
Al2O3, bulk FOB refinery $850

Alumina, fused
Brown 95% min. Al2O3,
FEPA F8-220 Grit, FOB China $650-700
Brown 95.5% Al2O3, refractory
lump & sized, FOB China $-600-640
White, 25kg bags,
CIF Europe €1100-1200

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

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

Drilling grade
Unground lump
OCMA/API bulk,SG 4.20
FOB Madras $67-70
FOB Morocco $65-69
FOB China $64-66
C&F North Sea (Moroccan) $82-85
API, CIF Gulf Coast,
Chinese $94-108
Indian $105-107
OCMA bulk, del. Aberdeen £77-78
OCMA bulk, del. Gt Yarmouth £99-100
OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t),
FOB S.Turkey $135
Ground, SG 4.22, bagged,
FOB Morocco $120-128

Paint grade
Ground white 96-98% BaSO4,
350 mesh, 1-5 lots, del. UK, £195-220
Chinese lump, CIF Gulf Coast $230-240

Chemical Grade
Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast $92-114

Refractory grade
Chinese Al2O3/Fe2O3/BD, lumps 0-25mm
Shanxi, FOB Xingang
Round kiln 87/1.8/3.20+ $450-525
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $500-535
Round kiln 86/2.0/3.15-3.20 $490-525
Round kiln 85/2.0/3.15 $400-420
Rotary kiln 87/1.8/3.20+ $480-535
Rotary kiln 87/1.8/3.20 $450-525
Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.2 $480-500
Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.15 $450-
Rotary kiln 85/1.8/3.15 $400-420
Guizhou, FOB Zhanjiang/Fangcheng
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $390-410
Guyana RASC bauxite, bulk,
FOB Linden $450-510

Abrasive grade
CIF North Europe and USA $450-500
FOB China $320-350

Welding grade 
FOB China $470-480
FOB Guyana $450-510

Cat litter, grade 1-5mm, bulk,
FOB Main European port €47-65
Indian, cat litter grade, crushed,
dried, loose in bulk, FOB Kandla $34-38
OCMA/Foundry grades,
crude & dried, bulk, FOB Milos €50-75
API grade, bagged rail-car,
ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $70-100
Foundry grade, bagged, railcars,
ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $90
IOP grade, crude, bulk, ex-works
Wyoming, per s.ton $48-55

Borates/Boron minerals
Boric Acid, Latin American,
FOB Chile $800
Colemanite Latin American,
40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $370-420
Decathydrate Borax, Latin American,
FOB Buenos Aires $520
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

Turkish, 96%, SrSO4,
FOB Iskenderun, $90-105

Chemical grade, 46% Cr2O3,
wet bulk , FOB Transvaal $190-210
Refractory grade, 46% Cr2O3,
wet bulk , FOB Transvaal, $370-390
Foundry grade, 45% Cr2O3,
wet bulk, FOB Transvaal $230-260
Metallurgical grade Kazakh,
40-41% min $220-250
Metallurgical grade Turkish
40-42% 2.5:1 (scale pro rata) $240-260
South African, Northwest,
Metallurgical grade, friable lumpy,
40% Cr2O3 $115-135
Sand, moulding grade, 98%
<30 mesh, del UK £400

US, calcined filter-aid grade,
FOB plant $540-580
US, flux-calcined filter-aid grade,
FOB plant $540-750

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

Acidspar filtercake,
Mexican, <5ppm
FOB Tampico $300-360
Mexican, FOB Tampico $260-290
Chinese wet filtercake,
CIF Rotterdam $310-340
Chinese, wet filtercake,
FOB China $250-300
South African, dry basis,
FOB Durban $250-300
Chinese dry basis,
CIF US Gulf Port $350-380

Chinese CIF Rotterdam $235-245
Mexican, FOB Tampico $140-195
Chinese, min 80%,
wet bulk, FOB $130-140

Amorphous powder 80-85%
Chinese del Europe $430

CIF European port, FCL
Crystalline fine, 90%C,
-100 mesh $550-600
Crystalline medium, 85-87%C,
+100-80 mesh $650-750
Crystalline fine, 94-97%C,
-100 mesh $620-1000
Crystalline medium, 94-97%C,
+100-80 mesh $880-1150
Crystalline medium flake
90% C, CIF UK port $650-750
Crystalline large flake
90% C, CIF UK port $700-800
Crystalline large flake
94-97% C, +80 mesh
CIF UK port $1100-1350
Synthetic 99.95% C, $ per Kg,
Swiss border $6.2-19

Australian, bulk concentrates.
min 54% TiO2, FOB $60-85
Australian, spot price,
min 54% TiO2, FOB $100
Iodine, crystal, min 99.5%, drums,
per kilo, spot & contract $30.8-31.8

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

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 $2.3-2.4
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 $430-480

Calcined magnesite
90-92% MgO $330-350
Calcined, agricultural,
CIF Europe €205-215

Chinese, dead-burned, FOB
90% MgO, lump, $330-360
92% MgO, lump, $380-410
94-95% MgO, lump $410-440
97.5% MgO, lump $440-470

Chinese, fused, FOB
96% MgO, lump $600-630
97% MgO, lump $670-720
98% MgO, lump $800-850
Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,
FOB East Mediterranean €65-75

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

Coarse (filter aid)
FOB east Mediterranean, bulk €55-60
Raw, crushed, grade, big bags
FOB Turkey $75-85
Raw, crushed, grade, bulk
FOB Turkey $60-65

Muriate 60% K2O, coarse, bulk, FOB Saskatchewan, s.ton C$455-490
Muriate 60% K2O, granular,
bulk, FOB Saskatchewan,
s.ton C$450-480
Muriate 60% K2O, standard, bulk,
FOB Saskatchewan, s.ton C$450-480

Rare earth minerals
Bastnaesite concentrate,
70% leached, CIF Europe, $ per lb $2.25
FOB China,
bulk purchases, $ per Kg,
Cerium oxide, 99%, $3.2-4.2
Europium oxide, 99% $490
Lanthanum oxide, 99% $5.5-5.8
Neodymium oxide, 99% $19.50
Praesodymium oxide $19

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

Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $700-800
Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, large vol.
for pigment, FOB $525-540

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

Silica sand
Minus 20 micron, FCL’s bagged
>92 Brightness, FOB Durban $295
Glass sand, container,
ex-works USA $14-26

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 €1300-1800
Refractory grade,
min 95% SiC €1200-1400

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 $140-180

TiO2 pigment
Bulk volume, per tonne
CFR Asia $2540-2765
CIF Northern Europe €2105-2355
CIF USA $2360-2510
CIF Latin America, per lb $1.07-1.17

South African, bulk, FOB
Rotterdam $280-450

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 $90-100

Zircon Australian, bulk
FOB Premium $900-950
FOB Standard $880-900
Zircon USA, bulk
FOB Premium $880-990
FOB Standard $800-860
Zircon, Ceramic, bulk
FOB South Africa $825-860

Micronised zircon
99.5% <4µ, average particle size <0.95µ, C&F Asia, $1415-1465

Fused zirconia
Monoclinic, refractory/abrasive, Contract,
CIF main European port $4,100-4,400

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