Price briefing 5-11 May
Published: Friday, 12 May 2017
Prices were mixed across a number of industrial minerals markets, with anti-pollution related production shutdowns lifting prices for antimony trioxide, while Chinese fluorspar prices also continue to rise. Amid prices surging over the past months, fluorspar market participants have urged caution amid supply and demand uncertainty. Rutile and titanium dioxide prices have also increased. In contrast, chemical-grade chromite prices have slumped.
Constant environmental controls across the main Chinese
antimony provincial hubs of Hunan and Guangxi have led prices
upwards in China, according to IM's price
assessment on 9 May.
Chinese authorities are cracking down on producers that fail
inspections including Chinese Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star
which has been fined and had workers...