Industrial Minerals Prices July 2012

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Published: Tuesday, 03 July 2012

Bold indicates price change from previous month (it may have changed more than once during the month). All prices are in US$ and quoted per tonne unless indicated. 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 Price Listing on www.indmin.com.

Alumina

Calcined 98.5-99.5% Al2O3
bulk FOB US refinery $675-725
Calcined, ground 98.5-99.5% Al2O3,
bulk FOB US refinery $750-850
Calcined, medium-soda Al2O3,
bulk FOB refinery $800-850

Alumina, fused
Brown 95% min. Al2O3,
FEPA F8-220 Grit, FOB China $800-840
Brown 95.5% Al2O3, refractory
lump & sized, FOB China $660-730
White, 25kg bags,
CIF Europe €850-890
Brown 94% Al2O3, FEPA 8-220
mesh refractory (mm) Chinese $750-850

Hydrated Alumina (ATH)
Hydrated alumina (ATH) Damp
(57-60% Al2O3, 5-8% moisture)
Bulk FOB refinery $300-370


Andalusite
57-58% Al2O3, 2,000 tonne
bulk, FCA Mine-RSA €235-280
55-59% Al2O3,
FOB European port €350-425


Antimony Trioxide

Typically 99.5% SbO3, 5 tonne lots,
CIF Antwerp/Rotterdam $9,950-10,000
Typically 99.5% SbO3, 20 tonne
lots FOB China $9,950-10,000
Typically 99.5% SbO3, ex-works USA $9,950-10,000
Ingot, 99.65% min, CIF Rotterdam $12,000-12,800
Ingot, 99.65% min, FOB China $12,000-12,500


Baddeleyite

Contract price, Refractory/abrasive
grade, CIF main European port $2500-3100
Contract price, Ceramic grade
(98% ZrO2 + HfO2), CIF main
European port $3000-3300
Contract price, Ceramic pigment
grade, CIF main European port $3200-3500


Barytes

Drilling grade
Unground lump
OCMA/API bulk,SG 4.20
FOB Chennai $146-150
FOB Morocco $140-152
FOB China $146-158
C&F North Sea (Moroccan) $160-167
API, CIF Gulf Coast,
Chinese $165-182
Indian $157-171
Ground
OCMA bulk, del. Aberdeen £95-105
OCMA bulk, del. Gt Yarmouth £110-120
OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t),
FOB S.Turkey $150-155
SG 4.22, bagged, FOB Morocco $135-147

Paint grade
Ground white 96-98% BaSO4,
350 mesh, 1-5 lots, del. UK £195-220
Chinese lump, CIF Gulf Coast $235-290
Ground, white, 96-98% BaSO4,
325-350 mesh, 1-5 lots, ex-works
USA. $/s. ton $315-400

Chemical grade
Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast $170-182


Bauxite

Refractory grade
Chinese Al2O3/Fe2O3/BD, lumps 0-25mm
Shanxi, FOB Xingang
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $395-430
Round kiln 86/2.0/3.15-3.20 $360-440
Round kiln 85/2.0/3.15 $370-410
Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.15 $365-435
Rotary kiln 85/1.8/3.15 $350-450
Guizhou, FOB Zhanjiang/Fangcheng
Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $470-525
Guyana RASC bauxite, bulk,
FOB Linden $460-510

Abrasive grade
Chinese
FOB Zhanjiang, China $320-350

Welding grade
FOB Zhanjiang, China $470-480
FOB Linden, Guyana $450-510


Bentonite

Cat litter, grade 1-5mm, bulk,
FOB main European port €42-60
Indian, cat litter grade, crushed,
dried, loose in bulk, FOB Kandla $34-38
OCMA/Foundry grades,
crude & dried, bulk, FOB Milos €60-80
API grade, bagged rail-car,
ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $90-130
Foundry grade, bagged, railcars,
ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $97-124
IOP grade, crude, bulk, ex-works
Wyoming, per s.ton $66-72
(Dried material in bulk) FOB Greece,
€/tonne €50-75
Cat litter grade, ex-works Wyoming,
USA, $/s.ton $50-60
Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated,
Civil eng. grade, ex-works, South Africa £50-70
Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried,
loose in bulk, Civil Engineering grade, $32-40
Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried,
loose in bulk, Iron ore pelletising grade $36-38
South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth,
soda ash-treated, Cat litter grade, 1-7mm £27-40
South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth,
soda ash-treated, foundry grade, bagged £60-85
Foundry grade, bulk, del Japan $140-215


Borates/Boron minerals

Boric Acid, FOB Chile $1250-1309
Colemanite, 40% B2O3,
FOB Buenos Aires $690-730
Decathydrate Borax, FOB Buenos Aires $947-979
Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $666-697
Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Lima $620-652
Ulexite, granular 40% B2O3, FOB Chile $692-734
Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg), Boric
acid, gran, tech, FOB Latin America $1200-1310
Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg),
Decahydrate borax, gran, tech,
FOB Latin America $910-940
Boric acid, FOB Buenos Aires $1078-1136
Colemanite, 40-42% B2O3,
ground, bagged, FOB Argentina $630-690
Ulexite 46-48% B2O3, FOB Lima $650-710

Bromine

Purified, bulk, 99.95% Br, domestic
destination, tonne lot, ex-works USA $1.6-1.7
Bulk, purified, 99.95% Br, ex works,
CIF Europe $1.6-1.65
Large contract, Bulk, European $3300-3500


Calcium carbonate

GCC, coated, fine grade,ex-works UK £80-103
GCC, 50-22 microns, FOB USA $21-26
GCC, 22-10 microns, FOB USA $50-105
GCC, 3 microns (untreated), FOB USA $170-185
GCC, stearate coated 1.1-0.7 microns,
FOB USA $270-400
GCC, 1.1-0.7 microns (untreated),
FOB USA $200-290
PCC, Fine, surface treated
(0.4-1 microns), FOB USA $275-375
GCC, coated, chalk, ex-works UK £60-75
PCC, coated, ex-works, UK £370-550
PCC, uncoated, ex-works, UK £340-550


Celestite

Turkish, 96%, SrSO4,
FOB Iskenderun $90-100


Chromite

Chemical grade, 46% Cr2O3,
wet bulk , FOB South Africa $330-360
Refractory grade, 46% Cr2O3,
wet bulk , FOB South Africa $425-500
Foundry grade, 46% Cr2O3, wet bulk,
FOB South Africa $370-400
South African, Northwest,
Metallurgical grade, friable lumpy,
40% Cr2O3 $170-200
Sand, moulding grade, 98%
<30 mesh, del UK £390-450
Foundry +47% Cr2O3 dried 1 tonne big
bags FOB South Africa $450-500
Foundry, 45.8% min Cr2O3, wet bulk,
FOB South Africa $370-400
Metallurgical grade, Conc’ 40%,
FOB Northwest, South Africa $170-200


Diatomite

US, calcined filter-aid grade,
FOB plant $575-640
US, flux-calcined filter-aid grade,
FOB plant $580-825


Feldspar

Turkish, Na feldspar, Crude,
-10mm size bulk, FOB Gulluk $22-23
Turkish, Na feldspar, Glass grade,
-500 microns, bagged, FOB Gulluk $70
(-38 micron, FCL’s bagged,>90 Brightness)
FOB Durban, South Africa $168
(Na), ceramic grade, 170-200 mesh,
bagged, ex-works USA, $/s.ton $150-180
Na feldspar, floated -150 microns, bagged,
FOB Gulluk, Turkey $53-55
Na feldspar, floated -500 microns, bulk,
FOB Gulluk, Turkey $38-40


Fluorspar

Acidspar filtercake, bulk
Mexican, <5ppm As
FOB Tampico $540-550
Mexican, FOB Tampico $400-450
Chinese wet filtercake,
CIF Rotterdam $500-530
Chinese, wet filtercake,
FOB China $450-500
South African, dry basis,
FOB Durban $380-450
Chinese dry basis,
CIF US Gulf Port $380-500

Metallurgical
Chinese, min 85% CaF2, CIF Rotterdam $355-375
Mexican, FOB Tampico $230-270
Chinese, min 80%,
wet bulk, FOB China $305-325
Chinese, min 85% CaF2,
bulk, FOB China $355-375
Chinese bulk, min. 90% CaF2, FOB China $365-385


Graphite

Amorphous powder 80-85%
Chinese del Europe $600-800
Synthetic fine 97-98% CIF Asia $950-1450
Synthetic fine 98-99% CIF Asia $1000-1500


Crystalline

FCL CIF main European port,
Medium, 85-87%C, +100-80 mesh $1300-1800
Fine, 90%C, -100 mesh $1350-1700
Medium flake 90% C, +100-80 mesh $1300-1800
Large flake, 90% C, +80 mesh $1900-2300
Fine, 94-97%C, -100 mesh $1900-2300
Medium, 94-97%C, +100-80 mesh $1875-2200
Large flake 94-97% C, +80 mesh CIF $2200-2700
Synthetic 99.95% C, $ per Kg,
Swiss border $7-20


Ilmenite

Australian, bulk concentrates.
min 54% TiO2, FOB $250-350
Australian, spot price,
min 54% TiO2, FOB $250-350


Iodine

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums,
spot, $/kg $60-90
Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums,
contract, $/kg $60-75


Iron Oxide Pigment

Brown type 868, bagged, FOB China $1015-1075
Red type 130 90% Fe2O3, bagged,
FOB China $1434-1637


Kaolin

No 1 paper coating grade,
Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $161-209
No 2 paper coating grade,
Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $107.50-166.70


Kyanite

Ex-works USA, 54-60% Al2O3,
raw kyanite, s.ton $224-320
54-60% Al2O3, 22 ton lots,
calcined $373-439


Leucoxene

min. 91% TiO2, max. 1% ZrO2, bagged,
FOB West Australia A$1450-1550


Lithium

Lithium carbonate, del continental,
USA large contracts, $ per lb $2.5-3
Lithium hydroxide, 56.5-57.5% LiOH,
large contracts, packed in drums or bags,
del Europe or USA, $/kg $6.5-7.5
Lithium hydroxide, Chinese, (56.5-57.5% LiOH), packed in drums or bags, large contracts,
del Europe $/kg $6-6.6
Petalite, 4.2% LiO2, FOB Durban, $165-260
Spodumene concentrate, >7.5% Li2O,
CIF USA, s.ton $720-770
Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O,
CIF USA, s.ton $460-510
Spodumene concentrate, 7.5% Li2O,
CIF Europe $750-800
Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O,
CIF Europe $440-490
Spodumene concentrate, > 7.5% Li2O,
bulk, CIF Asia $720-770
Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O,
CIF Asia $300-400


Magnesia

Calcined, 90-92% MgO, lump,
FOB China $320-360
European calcined, agricultural grade,
CIF Europe €240-350

Dead-burned,
Lump, FOB China
90% MgO $350-400
92% MgO $430-470
94-95% MgO $410-480
97.5% MgO $560-600

Fused,
Lump, FOB China
96% MgO $790-860
97% MgO $930-1050
98% MgO $1080-1210


Magnesite

Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,
FOB East Mediterranean €65-75


Mica

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
Flake, FOB plant, USA $350-500


Nitrate

Sodium, about 98%, ex-store Chile €550-570


Olivine

Olivine, refractory grade, bulk,
US ex-plant/mine $75-150


Perlite

Coarse (filter aid)
FOB east Mediterranean, bulk €70-75
Raw, crushed, grade, big bags
FOB Turkey $95-100
Raw, crushed, grade, bulk
FOB Turkey $80-85


Potash

C&F Western Europe, contract,
Standard $400-490
Muriate, KCl, granular, bulk,
ex-works, North America $515-535
Muriate, KCl, standard,
bulk, FOB Vancouver $460-550
Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB
Baltic $/tonne $350-370


Rare earth minerals

Min 99%, large purchases, FOB China, $/kg
Cerium oxide $24-26
Dysprosium oxide $1070-1170
Europium oxide $2320-2590
Lanthanum oxide $24-26
Neodymium oxide $120-160
Praesodymium oxide $120-140
Samarium oxide $88-96


Refractory clays/Mullite

Clay, Mulcoa 47% (sized in bulk bags),
for coarse sizing, FOB USA, s.ton $198


Rutile

Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $2500-2800
Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, large vol.
for pigment, FOB $2050-2400


Salt

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, bagged
>92 brightness, FOB Durban $295
Glass sand, container,
ex-works USA $20-26


Silicon carbide

SiC, FEPA 8-220, CIF UK, black, about 99% SiC
SiC Grade 1 €1900-2100
SiC Grade 2 €1500-1650
Refractory grade,
min 98% SiC €1500-1800
min 95% SiC €1350-1450


Soda ash

Chinese synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, CIF Far East $295-330
Chinese synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, FOB China $220-240
Indian synthetic soda ash,
dense & light, Domestic
ex-works India $300-348
Indian synthetic soda ash, dense
& light, Export C&F India $210-230
US natural, large contract,
FOB Wyoming $210-230
European synthetic, dense & light,
Large Contracts ex-works Û190-210


TiO2 pigment

Bulk volume, per tonne
CFR Asia $4300-4850
CIF Northern Europe €3260-3750
CIF USA $3550-4000
CIF Latin America, per lb $1.6-1.9


Vermiculite

South African, bulk, FOB
Antwerp $400-850


Wollastonite

US ex-works, s.ton Acicular minus
200 mesh $210-240
325 mesh $220-250
Acicular (15:-1-20:1 aspect ratio) $444
Chinese, FOB, tonne Acicular minus
200 mesh $80-90
325 mesh $90-100


Zircon

FOB Australia, bulk shipments
Premium $2500-2640
Standard $2400-2600
FOB USA, bulk shipments
Premium $2600-3000
Standard $2550-2750
FOB South Africa, bulk shipments
ceramic grade $2300-2650

Micronised zircon

99.5% <4µ, average particle size <0.95µ,
C&F Asia, $2750-2800

Fused zirconia
Monoclinic, refractory/abrasive, contract,
CIF main European port $6500-7800
Monoclinic, Ceramic pigment grade,
Contract price, CIF main European
port $3800-4800
Monoclinic, Structural ceramic/
electronic grade, Contract price,
CIF main European port $4600-6000
Monoclinic, Technical ceramic,
grade, Contract price, CIF main
European port $15900-21000
Stabilised, Refractory grade,
Contract price, CIF main European
port $6500-7800
Stabilised, Technical ceramic grade,
Contract price, CIF main European
port $50000-100000

Zircon Opacifiers
Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns,
average 1-2 microns, bagged,
CFR Asia $2845-3400
Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns,
average 1-2 microns, bagged,
ex-works Europe $2770-3400



Antimony ingot, 99.65% min, CIF Rotterdam, $/tonne




Antimony trioxide and antimony ingot prices continued to fall on bearish demand in June.

Barytes, Indian, API, ground, big bags 1.5 tonnes, FOB Madras, $/tonne



Barytes prices in China were said to be dropping in June, but they remain level in India.

Cerium oxide, min 99%, FOB, China, $/kg, Bulk



The price of cerium oxide has fallen from a midpoint level of $145/tonne a year ago, to $25/tonne - almost five times lower.

Chromite, metallurgical grade, friable lumpy, 40% Cr2O3, FOB Northwest, South Africa, $/tonne



Chromite prices edged lower in June on muted ferrochrome demand.

Fluorspar, Acid grade, Wet Filtercake, CIF, Rotterdam, $/tonne



Fluorspar prices remain stable, despite some indications from China that prices were slipping.

Kaolin, No 1 paper coating grade, Ex-Georgia plant, $/s.ton



Kaolin prices remain stable.

Silicon Carbide, FEPA 8-220, CIF Continental Europe, Black about 99% SIC Grade 1 $/tonne



SiC prices are stable for now, but rises are expected in the coming months.

Soda ash, synthetic, dense and light, FOB China, $/tonne



Prices for Chinese soda ash continue to slip on lower demand in domestic markets.


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