Labour, energy and pollution costs put pressure on Chinese refractory bauxite margins

By Laura Syrett
Published: Monday, 03 November 2014

Uncompetitive energy costs and wage hikes encourage tax avoidance in Shanxi Province

Rising labour and energy costs are putting pressure on refractory grade bauxite producers in Shanxi Province, northeast China – the word’s principal source of the material.

Sources familiar with the industry in Shanxi told IM that average wages in the region have increased by around 45% in the...

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