Chinese refractories output falls for first time in ten years

By Albert Li
Published: Monday, 30 March 2015

2014 saw the first drop in China’s refractory production since 2004 as domestic demand from the steel, cement and glass sectors continues to weaken in the wake of slowing GDP growth. Exports jumped last year, meanwhile, as suppliers sought international buyers for surplus production.

Refractories output in China slipped for the first time in a decade last year as the country’s economic growth slowed to a rate of 7.4% – the lowest increase in GDP since 1990.

This conclusion is based on analysis by the China Refractory Association, which held its annual meeting in Yixing,...

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