Magnesia: A Sino-Soviet split?

By Laura Syrett, Albert Li
Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

China remains the world’s dominant magnesia supplier, but domestic overcapacity and shrinking international demand are unsettling the sector, particularly as the country looks set to lose one of its largest export markets – Russia. Albert Li, IM Analyst and Laura Syrett, Acting Editor, examine Chinese export trends over the last year and look at Russia’s efforts to establish its own magnesia industry.

The period following the Chinese New Year and accompanying February Spring Festival holiday is a time when the country’s industrial sector usually kicks energetically back into life to make up for two weeks of precious lost manufacturing time. This year, however, China’s magnesia industry, which limped into the festive break...

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