Massive production shutdown in China lifts bauxite prices

By Yoke Wong
Published: Friday, 05 May 2017

China-origin refractory-grade bauxite prices have increased for the second time this year as the government ramped up efforts to reduce pollution. Only a tiny minority of plants is still allowed to operate following the environmental inspections, and traders are struggling to find material to fulfil contracts.

Near-complete shutdown of Chinese refractory-grade bauxite production has lifted spot prices for the second time this year, with many traders struggling to fulfil contracts following further environmental crackdowns.

The ongoing anti-pollution controls in China have worsened over the past two weeks, with Beijing shutting down most bauxite mines in Shanxi...

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