Overcapacity stunts China’s AlF3 exports

By Shruti Salwan
Published: Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Destocking of excessive inventories amid dwindling industrial demand has not only pushed China’s aluminium fluoride exports down to their lowest in last two-and-a-half years but also seen average prices reaching under $1,000/tonne mark threatening potential recovery in the fluorine supply chain.

With overcapacity weighing heavily on the aluminium fluoride (AlF3) market across world economies, continued attempts by Chinese producers to reduce stockpiles with low-priced offers were unsuccessful as exports reached their lowest point entering H2 2016.

AlF3 exports for the first seven months of the year were down by 35.7% year-over-year (y-o-y)...

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