Fluorspar Price Tracker: February 2015
Published: Wednesday, 18 February 2015
IM Data outlines the key acidspar price trends seen in H2 2014
Acid-grade fluorspar (acidspar) prices dropped by an average of
10% in H2 2014, as limited demand and inventories backlog
throughout the fluorspar supply chain pulled selling values to
While FOB China prices were seen hovering around the $300/tonne
mark, supplies into India and Japan remained steady around the
$310/tonne level, with buyers benefitting from excessive
stockpiles lying with producers in China.
The biggest decreases, however, were recorded by FOB South
Africa and CIF Europe grades, with traders in the region
competing with low Chinese prices, causing oversupply in
Europe, further contributing to the downward trend in
Prices have been settling at lower levels owing to prevailing
uncertainty in the market. Weak demand from fluorochemical
markets, coupled with high inventories and new capacities
coming on stream, will continue to weigh adversely on fluorspar
Here, IM Data's Price Tracker monitors the
movement in acidspar prices across four common trade routes
over the past 12 months.
For more detailed pricing information please
Data's Pricing Database.
H2 2014 Price Review
Continued congestion across fluorine supply chain pushed down
Chinese prices further in August 2014.
· Acidspar prices from Africa and
into Europe started dwindling in September 2014 with
traders elsewhere trying to compete with low-cost Chinese
suppliers struggling to clear inventories.
Overcapacity in China’s fluorocarbon market caused
stagnation in fluorspar consumption preventing any potential
recovery in prices approaching Q4 2014.
Winter failed to fuel fluorspar upturn, despite some mines
Prices into Europe succumbed to low-cost supplies and rising
inventories with new capacities reaching the market by
the end of Q4 2014.
· On average, Chinese prices dropped by
10.4% in Q4 2014 when compared to the highs of Q1 2014.
· The biggest decreases in H2 2014 were seen in
FOB China price of acidspar, 97% CaF2, wet
· CIF prices for acidspar, 97% CaF2,
wet filtercake, were down by over 22% since July 2014.