Industrial Minerals Prices April 2013

Published: Monday, 25 March 2013

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


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


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% Sb2O3, 5 tonne lots,

CIF Antwerp/Rotterdam $9900-10000

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 20 tonne

lots FOB China $9600-10000

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, ex-works USA $9600-10000


Contract price, Refractory/abrasive

grade, CIF main European port $2500-3100

Contract price, Ceramic grade

(98% ZrO2 + HfO2), CIF main

European port $3000-3300


Drilling grade

Unground lump

OCMA/API bulk,SG 4.20

FOB Chennai $140-145

FOB Morocco $138-145

FOB China $130-140

C&F North Sea (Moroccan) $145-160

API, CIF Gulf Coast,

Chinese $155-160

Indian $157-171


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 $235-275

Ground, white, 96-98% BaSO4,
325-350 mesh, 1-5 lots, ex-works
USA. $/s. ton $315-400

Chemical grade

Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast $161-180


Refractory grade

Chinese Al2O3/Fe2O3/BD, lumps 0-25mm

Shanxi, FOB Xingang

Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $420-435

Round kiln 86/2.0/3.15-3.20 $400-430

Round kiln 85/2.0/3.15 $410-420

Guyana RASC bauxite, bulk,

FOB Linden $460-510

Abrasive grade


FOB Zhanjiang, China $320-350

Welding grade

FOB Zhanjiang, China $500-520

FOB Linden, Guyana $450-510


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

Cat litter grade, ex-works Wyoming,
USA, $/s.ton $50-60

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


Purified, bulk, 99.95% Br, domestic
destination, tonne lot, ex-works USA $1.6-1.7

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


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


Chemical grade, 46% Cr2O3,

wet bulk , FOB South Africa $320-340

Refractory grade, 46% Cr2O3,

wet bulk , FOB South Africa $425-500

Foundry grade, 46% Cr2O3, wet bulk,

FOB South Africa $360-380


US, calcined filter-aid grade,

FOB plant $575-640

US, flux-calcined filter-aid grade,

FOB plant $580-825


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


Acidspar filtercake, bulk

Chinese wet filtercake,
CIF Rotterdam $500-530

Chinese, wet filtercake,
Chinese dry basis,

CIF US Gulf Port $480-530


Chinese, min 85% CaF2, CIF Rotterdam $355-375

Mexican, FOB Tampico $230-270

Chinese, min 80%,

wet bulk, FOB China $315-375


Amorphous powder 80-85%
Chinese del Europe $500-700


FCL CIF main European port,

Medium, 85-87%C, +100-80 mesh $800-1000

Fine, 90%C, -100 mesh $850-1050

Medium flake 90% C, +100-80 mesh $950-1000

Large flake, 90% C, +80 mesh $1200-1400

Fine, 94-97%C, -100 mesh $900-1200

Medium, 94-97%C, +100-80 mesh $1100-1300

Large flake 94-97% C, +80 mesh CIF $1400-1500


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

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


Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums,

spot, $/kg $59-65

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums,

contract, $/kg $59-62

Iron Oxide Pigment

Brown type 868, bagged, FOB China $1015-1075

Red type 130 90% Fe2O3, bagged,

FOB China $1434-1637


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


Ex-works USA, 54-60% Al2O3,

raw kyanite, s.ton $224-320

54-60% Al2O3, 22 ton lots,
calcined $373-439


min. 91% TiO2, max. 1% ZrO2, bagged,

FOB West Australia A$1450-1550


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 $5.5-6.5

Lithium hydroxide, Chinese, (56.5-57.5% LiOH), packed in drums or bags, large contracts,

del Europe $/kg $7-8


Calcined, 90-92% MgO, lump,

FOB China $303-343

European calcined, agricultural grade,

CIF Europe €240-350


Lump, FOB China

90% MgO $320-350

92% MgO $410-450

94-95% MgO $450-480

97.5% MgO $531-583


Lump, FOB China

96% MgO $600-630

97% MgO $890-1000

98% MgO $1023-1100


Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,

FOB East Mediterranean €65-75


Indian mine scrap green

(Andhra Pradesh) for mica paper,

FOB Madras $300-400

Indian wet-ground, CIF Europe $600-900


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


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


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


C&F Western Europe, contract,
Standard $445-470

Muriate, KCl, granular, bulk,
ex-works, North America $387-450

Muriate, KCl, standard,
bulk, FOB Vancouver $377-430

Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB

Baltic $/tonne $450-480

Rare earth minerals

Min 99%, large purchases, FOB China, $/kg

Cerium oxide $12-13

Dysprosium oxide $630-890

Europium oxide $1600-1820

Lanthanum oxide $11-13

Neodymium oxide $80-85

Praesodymium oxide $85-95

Samarium oxide $25-32

Refractory clays/Mullite

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


Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $1500-1700

Australian concentrate,
min. 95% TiO2, large vol.

for pigment, FOB $1400-1700


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

TiO2 pigment

Bulk volume, per tonne

CFR Asia $2700-3000

CIF Northern Europe €3150-3400

CIF USA $3200-3500

CIF Latin America, per lb $1.6-1.9


South African, bulk, FOB

Antwerp $400-850


US ex-works, s.ton Acicular minus

200 mesh $210-240

325 mesh $220-250

Acicular (15:-1-20:1 aspect ratio) $444


FOB Australia, bulk shipments

Premium $1350-1550

Standard $1250-1550

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

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

International prices for dysprosium have been relatively stable between $630-890/kg since November 2012. January data from China Customs showed a slight increase in domestic dysprosium values, with further gains expected later this year.

Graphite, Flake, 94-97% C, +80 mesh, FCL, CIF Europe port, $/tonne

Flake graphite (94-97% C, +80 mesh) prices have shown few signs of moving out of the $1,400-1,800/tonne range since October 2012, although reports from some European sources suggested that this bracket tightened slightly as the market approached April.

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, contract $/kg

Iodine prices saw upward pressure in March, rising from a a range of $56-65/kg to around $59-65/kg for both spot and contract orders. Market contacts attributed this increase to a resumption of buying activity in China following the Spring Festival.

Iron oxide, red type 130 90% Fe2O3, bagged, FOB China, $/tonne

Iron oxide prices have remained steady since the end of 2011. China is the largest end user of iron oxide pigments, and despite recent market weakness caused by the financial crisis, companies are continuing to expand production there.

Potash muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB Baltic $/tonne

Potash prices have remained stable at high levels so far this year. Both Vale and SQM reported weakening fertiliser prices in their FY 2012 results, but indicated slight rises in potash values.

Rutile, concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB Australia, $/tonne

Rutile prices stayed firm in March after falling at the beginning of the year, although three of the world’s five major producers have announced their intention to increase prices from 1 April 2013.

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