IM December Price Movements

By Laura Syrett
Published: Friday, 27 November 2015

IM's full price listing for December 2015.

IM ’s full price listing will now only be published online. If you have any comments or concerns, or wish to discuss any of the grades or prices listed, please contact Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, at lsyrett@indmin.com.

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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 Pricing Database . For any information, or to make a comment on prices, please contact our Prices Editor Laura Syrett at lsyrett@indmin.com .

Alumina

Calcined 98.5-99.5% Al2O3 bulk FOB US refinery $675-725

Calcined, ground 98.5-99.5% Al2O3, bulk FOB US refinery $755-850

Calcined, medium-soda Al2O3, bulk FOB refinery $810-850

Alumina, fused

Brown 95% min. Al2O3, FEPA F8-220 Grit, FOB China $685-700

Brown 95.5% Al2O3, refractory lump & sized, FOB China $665-740

White, 25kg bags, CIF Europe €840-900

Brown 94% Al2O3, FEPA 8-220 mesh refractory (mm) Chinese $740-840

Brown, 94% Al2O3, FEPA acid washed grits, CIF China $700-760

Hydrated Alumina (ATH)

Hydrated alumina (ATH) Damp (57-60% Al2O3, 5-8% moisture) Bulk FOB refinery $290-350

Andalusite

57-58% Al2O3, 2,000 tonne bulk, FCA Mine-RSA €240-290

55-59% Al2O3, FOB European port €355-425

Antimony Trioxide

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 5 tonne lots, CIF Antwerp/Rotterdam $5600-5700

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 20 tonne lots FOB China $5500-5600

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, ex-works USA $5800-5900

Ingot, 99.65% min, FOB China $5300-5500

Ingot, 99.65% min, CIF Rotterdam $5300-5500

Baddeleyite

Contract price, Refractory/abrasive grade, CIF main European port $2500-3100

Contract price, Ceramic grade (98% ZrO2 + HfO2), CIF main European port $3000-3300

Contract price, Ceramic pigment grade, CIF main European port $3200-3500

Barytes

Drilling grade Unground lump OCMA/API bulk, SG 4.20

FOB Chennai $120-130

FOB Morocco $130-140

FOB China $110-118

C&F North Sea (Moroccan) $157-172

OCMA/API bulk, SG 4.10 FOB Chennai $110-125

FOB China $105-110

API, CIF Gulf Coast, Chinese $140-155

Indian $158-171

Ground

OCMA bulk, del. Aberdeen £120-130

OCMA bulk, del. Gt Yarmouth £112-150

OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t), FOB S.Turkey $152-157

SG 4.22, bagged, FOB Morocco $110-170

Paint grade

Ground white 96-98% BaSO4,

350 mesh, 1-5 lots, del. UK £195-220

Chinese lump, CIF Gulf Coast $260-310

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

Bauxite

Refractory grade

Chinese Al2O3/Fe2O3/BD, lumps 0-25mm Shanxi, FOB Xingang

Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $375-385

Round kiln 86/2.0/3.15-3.20 $370-380

Round kiln 85/2.0/3.15 $310-320

Rotary kiln 86/1.8/3.15 $385-395

Rotary kiln 85/1.8/3.15 $320-335

Guizhou, FOB Zhanjiang/Fangcheng

Round kiln 87/2.0/3.2 $375-385

Guyana RASC bauxite, bulk,

FOB Linden $460-510

Abrasive grade

Chinese

FOB Zhanjiang, China $335-350

Welding grade

FOB Zhanjiang, China $510-520

FOB Linden, Guyana $450-510

Bentonite

Cat litter, grade 1-5mm, bulk, FOB main European port €42-60

Indian, cat litter grade, crushed, dried, loose in bulk, FOB Kandla $32-36

OCMA/Foundry grades, crude & dried, bulk, FOB Milos €60-80

API grade, bagged rail-car, ex-works Wyoming, per $/s.ton $86-125

Foundry grade, bagged, railcars, ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $97-124

IOP grade, crude, bulk, ex-works Wyoming, per $/s.ton $50-65

(Dried material in bulk) FOB Greece, €/tonne €65-75

Cat litter grade, ex-works Wyoming, USA, $/s.ton $47-58

Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, Civil eng. grade, ex-works, South Africa £50-70

Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried, loose in bulk, Civil Engineering grade, $35-45

Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried, loose in bulk, Iron ore pelletising grade $36-40

South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, Cat litter grade, 1-7mm £27-40

South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, foundry grade, bagged £60-85

Foundry grade, bulk, del Japan $140-220

Borates/Boron minerals

Boric Acid, FOB Chile $620-900

Colemanite, 40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $690-730

Decathydrate Borax, FOB Buenos Aires $940-975

Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $690-750

Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Lima $620-650

Ulexite, granular 40% B2O3, FOB Chile $720-820

Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg), Boric acid, gran, tech, FOB Latin America $620-1000

Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg), Decahydrate borax, gran, tech, FOB Latin America $910-1050

Boric acid, FOB Buenos Aires $620-1000

Colemanite, 40-42% B2O3, ground, bagged, FOB Argentina $630-690

Ulexite 46-48% B2O3, FOB Lima $675-720

Bromine

Purified, bulk, 99.95% Br, domestic destination, tonne lot, ex-works USA $/lb $2-2.45

Bulk, purified, 99.95% Br, ex works, CIF Europe $/lb $1.76-1.98

Large contract, Bulk, European $/tonne $3245-3490

Calcium carbonate

GCC, coated, fine grade, ex-works UK £90-110

GCC, 50-22 microns, FOB USA $27-30

GCC, 22-10 microns, FOB USA $56-116

GCC, 3 microns (untreated), FOB USA $188-205

GCC, stearate coated 1.1-0.7 microns, FOB USA $300-441

GCC, 1.1-0.7 microns (untreated), FOB USA $220-320

PCC, Fine, surface treated (0.4-1 microns), FOB USA $302-310

GCC, coated, chalk, ex-works UK £63-80

PCC, coated, ex-works, UK £388-575

PCC, uncoated, ex-works, UK £357-575

Celestite

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

Chromite

Chemical grade, 46% Cr2O3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $140-210

Refractory grade, 46% Cr2O3 wet bulk, FOB South Africa $270-300

Foundry grade, 46% Cr2O3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $230-290

South African, Northwest, Metallurgical grade, friable lumpy, 40% Cr2O3 $140-155

Sand, moulding grade, 98% <30 mesh, del UK £370-430

Foundry +47% Cr2O3 dried 1 tonne big bags FOB South Africa $250-350

Foundry, 45.8% min Cr2O3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $225-255

Metallurgical grade, Conc’ 40%, FOB Northwest, South Africa $125-150

Diatomite

US, calcined filter-aid grade, FOB plant $635-670

US, flux-calcined filter-aid grade, FOB plant $640-880

Feldspar

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 $168-176

(-20 micron, FCL’s, bagged, >92 brightness) FOB Durban, South Africa $199-210

(Na), ceramic grade, 170-200 mesh, bagged, ex-works USA, $/s.ton $150-180

Na feldspar, floated -150 microns, bagged, FOB Gulluk, Turkey $53-55

Na feldspar, floated -500 microns, bulk, FOB Gulluk, Turkey $38-40

Fluorspar

Acidspar filtercake, bulk

Mexican, <5ppm As FOB Tampico $280-310

Mexican, FOB Tampico $260-280

Chinese wet filtercake, CIF Rotterdam $270-300

Chinese, wet filtercake, FOB China $260-280

South African, dry basis, FOB Durban $260-280

Chinese dry basis, CIF US Gulf Port $270-300

Metallurgical

Chinese, min 85% CaF2, CIF Rotterdam $290-310

Mexican, FOB Tampico $230-270

Chinese, min 80%, wet bulk, FOB China $200-220

Chinese, min 85% CaF2, bulk, FOB China $240-260

Chinese bulk, min. 90% CaF2, FOB China $270-290

Graphite

Amorphous powder 80-85% Chinese del Europe $400-430

Synthetic fine 97-98% CIF Asia $950-1450

Synthetic fine 98-99% CIF Asia $1000-1500

Crystalline

FCL CIF main European port,

Medium, 85-87%C, +100-80 mesh $550-600

Fine, 90%C, -100 mesh $600-650

Medium flake 90% C, +100-80 mesh $700-800

Large flake, 90% C, +80 mesh $750-850

Fine, 94-97%C, -100 mesh $750-800

Medium, 94-97%C, +100-80 mesh $900-1000

Large flake 94-97% C, +80 mesh CIF $1050-1150

Ilmenite

China, bulk concentrates. min 54% TiO2, CIF $90-100

Australian, bulk concentrates. min 54% TiO2, FOB $100-120

Australian, spot price, min 54% TiO2, FOB $100-120

Iodine

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, spot, $/kg $27.5-32

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, contract, $/kg $27.5-32

Iron Oxide Pigment

Brown type 868, bagged, FOB China $1015-1080

Red type 130 90% Fe2O3, bagged, FOB China $1435-1640

Kaolin

No 1 paper coating grade, Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $137-190

No 2 paper coating grade, Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $118-185

Kyanite

Ex-works USA, 55-60% Al2O3, raw kyanite, s.ton $225-320

55-60% Al2O3, 22 ton lots, calcined $375-440

Leucoxene

min. 91% TiO2, max. 1% ZrO2, bagged, FOB West Australia $700-800

Lithium

Lithium carbonate, del continental, USA large contracts, $ per lb $2.7-3

Lithium carbonate, large contracts, del continental US, $/kg $6-6.5

Lithium carbonate, large contracts, packed in bags, CIF Asia, $/kg $6-6.5

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

del Europe or USA, $/kg $8-9

Lithium hydroxide, Chinese, (56.5-57.5% LiOH), packed in drums or bags, large contracts, del Europe $/kg $8.2-8.9

Petalite, 4.2% LiO2, FOB Durban, $170-265

Spodumene concentrate, >7.5% Li2O, CIF USA, s.ton $700-775

Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O, CIF USA, s.ton $400-450

Spodumene concentrate, 7.5% Li2O, CIF Europe $740-790

Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O, CIF Europe $450-500

Spodumene concentrate, > 7.5% Li2O, bulk, CIF Asia $725-775

Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O, CIF Asia $310-400

Magnesia

Calcined, 90-92% MgO, lump, FOB China $195-210

European calcined, agricultural grade,

CIF Europe €240-350

Dead-burned,

Lump, FOB China

90% MgO $220-250

92% MgO $250-270

94-95% MgO $290-310

97.5% MgO $370-400

Fused,

Lump, FOB China

96% MgO $420-490

97% MgO, Ca:Si 1:1 $510-540

97% MgO, Ca:Si 2:1 $560-590

98% MgO $770-950

Magnesite

Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,

FOB East Mediterranean €65-80

Mica

Indian mine scrap green

(Andhra Pradesh) for mica paper,

FOB Madras $350-450

Indian wet-ground, CIF Europe $550-850

(325 mesh, FCL’s, bagged) FOB Durban $400-475

(60 mesh, FCL’s, bagged) FOB Durban $450-575

Micronised, FOB plant, USA $700-950

Wet-ground, FOB plant, USA $700-1250

Flake, FOB plant, USA $350-500

Nitrate

Sodium, about 98%, ex-store Chile €560-600

Olivine

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

Perlite

Coarse (filter aid) FOB east Mediterranean, bulk €75-80

Raw, crushed, grade, big bags FOB Turkey $100-105

Raw, crushed, grade, bulk FOB Turkey $85-90

Phosphate

Phosphate, 70-72% BPL, long term contract, FAS Casablanca, Morocco, $/tonne $110-120

Phosphate DAP FOB Central Florida $/tonne $460-500

Potash

C&F Western Europe, contract, Standard $330-400

Muriate, KCl, granular, bulk, ex-works, North America $350-390

Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB Vancouver $320-400

Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB Baltic $/tonne $300-350

Rare earth minerals

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

Cerium oxide $1.8-2.3

Dysprosium oxide $215-240

Europium oxide $165-210

Lanthanum oxide $1.9-2.4

Neodymium oxide $39-42

Praesodymium oxide $53-60

Samarium oxide $1.9-2.9

Refractory clays/Mullite

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

Rutile

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $800-840

China concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bulk, CIF $800-840

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, large vol. for pigment, FOB $790-890

Salt

Australian solar salt bulk CIF Shanghai, $48-54

Industrial solar salt, ex-works China $45-55

Industrial vacuum salt, ex-works China $50-57

Silica sand

Minus 20 micron, FCL, bagged >92 brightness, FOB Durban $300-375

Glass sand, container, ex-works USA $27-30

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 $215-230

Chinese synthetic soda ash, dense & light, FOB China $195-210

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Domestic ex-works India $290-310

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Export C&F India $200-235

European synthetic, dense & light, Large Contracts ex-works €165-195

Sulphur

Canadian solid, spot, FOB Vancouver $140-155

FOB Middle East $175-195

TiO2 pigment

Bulk volume, per tonne CFR Asia $1700-1900

CIF Northern Europe €2000-2200

CIF USA $2300-2500

CIF Latin America, per lb $1.1-1.4

Vermiculite

South African, bulk, FOB Antwerp $320-600

Brazilian, big bags, FOB Antwerp $230-577

Brazilian, big bags, FOB East Coast Port $250-550

Wollastonite

US ex-works, s.ton Acicular minus

200 mesh $210-240

325 mesh $220-250

Acicular (15:-1-20:1 aspect ratio) $440-445

Chinese, FOB, tonne Acicular minus

200 mesh $80-90

325 mesh $90-100

Zircon

CIF China, min 65.5% ZrO2 bulk shipments

Premium $1000-1150

Standard $1000-1100

FOB Australia, min 65.5% ZrO2, bulk shipments

Premium $1000-1100

Standard $950-1000

FOB USA, min 65.5% ZrO2, bulk shipments

Premium $1050-1350

Standard $910-1100

CIF South Africa, bulk shipments

Ceramic grade $1050-1150

FOB South Africa, bulk shipments

Ceramic grade $1000-1100

Micronised zircon

99.5% <4µ, average particle size <0.95µ, C&F Asia, $1500-1750

Fused zirconia

Monoclinic, refractory/abrasive, contract, CIF main European port $6000-7000

Monoclinic, Ceramic pigment grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $3600-4700

Monoclinic, Structural ceramic/ electronic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $4500-5900

Monoclinic, Technical ceramic, grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $14000-18000

Stabilised, Refractory grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $6000-7200

Stabilised, Technical ceramic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $4500-9500

Zircon Opacifiers

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, CFR Asia $1500-2000

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, ex-works Europe $1500-1950

IM’s full price listing will now only be published online. If you have any comments or concerns, or wish to discuss any of the grades or prices listed, please contact Laura Syrett, Prices Editor, at lsyrett@indmin.com

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