Refractory minerals- back in the black?

By Jessica Roberts
Published: Tuesday, 27 August 2013

As supply of refractory minerals from China continues to tighten, should consumers be concerned about raw material availability? Jessica Roberts* investigates the case for several key minerals: alumina, bauxite, graphite and magnesia.

Over the course of several decades, China has emerged as a leading producer of numerous minerals and commodities. From a relatively low production base in the 1970s, China’s dominance in the global raw materials sector was established in the 1980s and cemented into the 1990s.

During this period,...

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