Andalusite facing supply tightness on production issues

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Thursday, 01 June 2017

Heavy rain and flooding hit South Africa and Peru and the weather conditions have halted production in the early months of the year. Market participants claim it will be hard to fulfil contracts. Bauxite buyers who are seeking to shift to andalusite meanwhile compound the availability issues.

The andalusite market is facing a situation of short supply in 2017 following production issues in South Africa and Peru, the two leading origins of the mineral, IM has learnt.

While andalusite has been characterised by broad balance between supply and demand in recent years, the coming months appear to...

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