IM's May Price Movements

By IM Staff
Published: Wednesday, 07 June 2017

IM's monthly price movements.

Bold indicates price change from previous month (it may have changed more than once during the month). All prices are in US$ and quoted per tonne unless indicated. It is not possible to publish prices for all industrial minerals and grades in the space available, these pages comprise a selection of frequently traded minerals. For a wider range and more detail on mineral prices, we refer you to Pricing Database  . For any information, or to make a comment on prices, please contact Barbara O'Donovan, Industrial Minerals editor at bodonovan@indmin.com

Price effective 25th May 2017

Alumina

Calcined 98.5-99.5% Al2O3 bulk FOB US refinery $665-710

Calcined, ground 98.5-99.5% Al2O3, bulk FOB US refinery $750-850

Calcined, medium-soda Al2O3, bulk FOB refinery $750-850

Alumina, fused

Brown 95% min. Al23, FEPA F8-220 Grit, FOB China $700-750

Brown 95.5% Al23, refractory lump & sized, FOB China $550-615

White, 25kg bags, CIF Europe €700-750

Brown 94% Al23, FEPA 8-220 mesh refractory (mm) Chinese $595-605

Brown, 94% Al2O3, FEPA acid washed grits, CIF China $690-740

Hydrated Alumina (ATH)

Hydrated alumina (ATH) Damp (57-60% Al2O3, 5-8% moisture) Bulk FOB refinery $280-330

Andalusite

57-58% Al2O3, 2,000 tonne bulk, FCA Mine-RSA €240-290

55-59% Al2O3, FOB European port €355-425

Antimony Trioxide

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 20 tonne lots FOB China $7950-8050

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 5 tonne lots, CIF Antwerp/Rotterdam $8000-8100

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, CIF East Coast USA $8000-8200

Baddeleyite

Contract price, Refractory/abrasive grade, CIF main European port $2500-3100

Contract price, Ceramic grade (98% ZrO2 + HfO2), CIF main European port $3000-3300

Contract price, Ceramic pigment grade, CIF main European port $3200-3500

Barytes

Drilling grade Unground lump OCMA/API bulk, SG 4.20

FOB Chennai $115-125

FOB Morocco $105-115

FOB China $90-100

C&F North Sea (Moroccan) $125-135

OCMA/API bulk, SG 4.10 FOB Chennai $110-120

FOB China $85-90

API, CIF Gulf Coast, Chinese $118-130

Indian $120-130

Ground

OCMA bulk, del. Aberdeen £110-125

OCMA bulk, del. Gt Yarmouth £110-130

OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t), FOB S.Turkey $120-135

SG 4.22, bagged, FOB Morocco $100-150

Paint grade

Ground white 96-98% BaSO4, 350 mesh, 1-5 lots, del. UK £190-220

Chinese lump, CIF Gulf Coast $215-250

Ground, white, 96-98% BaSO4, 325-350 mesh, 1-5 lots, ex-works USA. $/s. ton $315-370

Chemical grade

Chinese, CIF Gulf Coast $145-162

Bauxite

Refractory-grade bauxite 85%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $330-340

Refractory-grade bauxite 86%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $340-350

Refractory-grade bauxite 87%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $390-420

Refractory-grade bauxite 88%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $420-440

Bentonite

Cat litter, grade 1-5mm, bulk, FOB main European port €40-62

Indian, cat litter grade, crushed, dried, loose in bulk, FOB Kandla $32-35

OCMA/Foundry grades, crude & dried, bulk, FOB Milos €60-80

API grade, bagged rail-car, ex-works Wyoming, per $/s.ton $86-125

Foundry grade, bagged, railcars, ex-works Wyoming, per s.ton $97-124

IOP grade, crude, bulk, ex-works Wyoming, per $/s.ton $50-65

(Dried material in bulk) FOB Greece, €/tonne €65-75

Cat litter grade, ex-works Wyoming, USA, $/s.ton $47-59

Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, Civil eng. grade, ex-works, South Africa £50-70

Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried, loose in bulk, Civil Engineering grade, $35-45

Indian, FOB Kandla, crushed and dried, loose in bulk, Iron ore pelletising grade $36-39

South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, Cat litter grade, 1-7mm £29-40

South African., ex-works Fullers’ earth, soda ash-treated, foundry grade, bagged £60-85

Foundry grade, bulk, del Japan $140-220

Borates/Boron minerals

Boric Acid, FOB Chile $620-900

Colemanite, 40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $690-730

Decathydrate Borax, FOB Buenos Aires $940-975

Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Buenos Aires $690-750

Ulexite, 40% B2O3, FOB Lima $620-650

Ulexite, granular 40% B2O3, FOB Chile $720-820

Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg), Boric acid, gran, tech, FOB Latin America $620-1000

Borax, PP bags (25kg & 50kg), Decahydrate borax, gran, tech, FOB Latin America $910-1050

Boric acid, FOB Buenos Aires $620-1000

Colemanite, 40-42% B2O3, ground, bagged, FOB Argentina $630-690

Ulexite 46-48% B2O3, FOB Lima $675-720

Bromine

Purified, bulk, 99.95% Br, domestic destination, tonne lot, ex-works USA $/lb $2-2.45

Bulk, purified, 99.95% Br, ex works, CIF Europe $/lb $1.76-1.98

Large contract, Bulk, European $/tonne $3245-3490

Celestite

Turkish, 96%, SrSO4, FOB Iskenderun $90-100

Chromite

Foundry, 45.8% min Cr2O3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $400-440

Chemical grade, 46% Cr23, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $240-280

Foundry grade, 46% Cr23, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $410-450

Refractory grade, 46% Cr23  wet bulk, FOB South Africa $400-450

Diatomite

US, calcined filter-aid grade, FOB plant $635-670

US, flux-calcined filter-aid grade, FOB plant $640-880

Feldspar

Turkish, Na feldspar, Crude,

-10mm size bulk, FOB Gulluk $22-23

Turkish, Na feldspar, Glass grade, -500 microns, bagged, FOB Gulluk $70

(-38 micron, FCL’s bagged,>90 brightness) FOB Durban, South Africa $168-176

(-20 micron, FCL’s, bagged, >92 brightness) FOB Durban, South Africa $199-210

(Na), ceramic grade, 170-200 mesh, bagged, ex-works USA, $/s.ton $150-180

Na feldspar, floated -150 microns, bagged, FOB Gulluk, Turkey $53-55

Na feldspar, floated -500 microns, bulk, FOB Gulluk, Turkey $38-40

Fluorspar

Acidspar filtercake,

97% CaF2, Dry Filtercake, <5ppm, FOB, Tampico, Mexico $280-310

97% CaF2, Wet Filtercake, FOB, Tampico, Mexico $260-280

97% CaF2, Wet Filtercake, CIF, Rotterdam, Holland $250-270

97% CaF2, Wet Filtercake, FOB, China $380-400

97% CaF2, Dry Filtercake, FOB, Durban, South Africa $200-220

97% CaF2, Dry Filtercake, CIF, US Gulf Port, USA $260-270

Metallurgical

Metspar, min 85% CaF2, FOB, Tampico, Mexico $230-250

Metspar, min 85% CaF2, CIF, China to Holland $240-260

Metspar, min 80% CaF2, Bulk, FOB, China $250-270

Metspar, min 85% CaF2, FOB, China $290-310

Metspar, min 90% CaF2, FOB, China $330-350

Graphite

Amorphous, 80-85% C, -200 Mesh, FCL, CIF, China to Europe $400-430

Crystalline

Flake, 85-87% C, +100 Mesh -80 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe: $400-450

Flake, 90% C, -100 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe $500-550

Flake, 90% C, +100 Mesh -80 Mesh, CIF, Europe: $550-620

Flake, 90% C, +80 Mesh, CIF, Europe: $600-650

Flake, 94-97% C, -100 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe : $620-650

Flake, 94-97% C, +100 Mesh -80 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe: $700-750

Flake, 94-97% C, +80 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe: $750-850

Ilmenite

China, bulk concentrates. min 54% TiO2, CIF $200-260

Australian, bulk concentrates. min 54% TiO2, FOB $170-185

Australian, spot price, min 54% TiO2, FOB $170-210

Iodine

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, spot, $/kg $19.5-21

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, contract, $/kg $19.5-21

Iron Oxide Pigment

Brown type 868, bagged, FOB China $1015-1080

Red type 130 90% Fe2O3, bagged, FOB China $1435-1640

Kaolin

No 1 paper coating grade, Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $147-203

No 2 paper coating grade, Ex-Georgia plant, s.ton $126-198

Kyanite

Ex-works USA, 55-60% Al2O3, raw kyanite, s.ton $225-320

55-60% Al2O3, 22 ton lots, calcined $375-440

Leucoxene

min. 91% TiO2, max. 1% ZrO2, bagged, FOB West Australia $700-800

Lithium

Lithium carbonate, del continental, USA large contracts, $ per lb $4.8-7.3

Lithium carbonate, large contracts, del continental US, $/kg $10.5-16

Lithium carbonate, large contracts, packed in bags, CIF Asia, $/kg $10-16

Lithium hydroxide, 56.5-57.5% LiOH, large contracts, packed in drums or bags,

del Europe or USA, $/kg $14-20

Lithium hydroxide, Chinese, (56.5-57.5% LiOH), packed in drums or bags, large contracts, del Europe $/kg $14-20

Spodumene concentrate, > 7.5% Li2O, bulk, CIF Asia $755-780

Spodumene concentrate, 5% Li2O, CIF Asia $350-410

Magnesia

Calcined, 90-92% MgO, lump, FOB China $135-160

European calcined, agricultural grade, CIF Europe €240-300

Dead-burned,

Lump, FOB China

90% MgO $140-160

92% MgO $150-170

94-95% MgO $160-235

97.5% MgO $305-335

Fused,

Lump, FOB China

96% MgO $360-390

97% MgO, Ca:Si 1:1 $455-480

97% MgO, Ca:Si 2:1 $495-550

98% MgO $750-910

Magnesite

Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,

FOB East Mediterranean €65-80

Mica

Indian mine scrap green

(Andhra Pradesh) for mica paper,

FOB Madras $350-450

Indian wet-ground, CIF Europe $550-850

(325 mesh, FCL’s, bagged) FOB Durban $400-475

(60 mesh, FCL’s, bagged) FOB Durban $450-575

Micronised, FOB plant, USA $700-950

Wet-ground, FOB plant, USA $700-1250

Flake, FOB plant, USA $350-500

Nitrate

Sodium, about 98%, ex-store Chile €560-600

Olivine

Olivine, refractory grade, bulk, US ex-plant/mine $80-150

Perlite

Coarse (filter aid) FOB east Mediterranean, bulk €75-80

Raw, crushed, grade, big bags FOB Turkey $100-110

Raw, crushed, grade, bulk FOB Turkey $85-95

Phosphate

Phosphate, 70-72% BPL, long term contract, FAS Casablanca, Morocco, $/tonne $110-120

Phosphate DAP FOB Central Florida $/tonne $475-500

Potash

C&F Western Europe, contract, Standard $310-390

Muriate, KCl, granular, bulk, ex-works, North America $310-340

Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB Vancouver $300-390

Muriate, KCl, standard, bulk, FOB Baltic $/tonne $280-330

Rare earth minerals

Min 99%, large purchases, FOB China, $/kg

Cerium oxide $1.5-1.6

Dysprosium oxide $240-267

Europium oxide $95-165

Lanthanum oxide $1.7-1.9

Neodymium oxide $39-42

Praesodymium oxide $48-53

Samarium oxide $1.9-2.5

Refractory clays/Mullite

Clay, Mulcoa 47% (sized in bulk bags), for coarse sizing, FOB USA, s.ton $195-200

Rutile

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $770-850

China concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bulk, CIF $800-890

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, large vol. for pigment, FOB $710-770

Salt

Australian solar salt bulk CIF Shanghai, $42-50

Industrial solar salt, ex-works China $40-55

Industrial vacuum salt, ex-works China $45-53

Silica sand

Minus 20 micron, FCL, bagged >92 brightness, FOB Durban $300-375

Glass sand, container, ex-works USA $30-35

Silicon carbide

FEPA 8-220 Black about 99% SIC Acid wash DDP Europe €1300-1500

FEPA 8-220 Black about 99% SIC Water wash DDP Europe €1100-1300

Green over 99.5% SiC, FEPA 8-220 DDP Europe €1800-2100

Refractory grade min 95% SiC DDP Europe €850-1000

Refractory grade min 98% SiC DDP Europe €1000-1200

Soda ash

Chinese synthetic soda ash, dense & light, CIF Far East $250-280

Chinese synthetic soda ash, dense & light, FOB China $220-250

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Domestic ex-works India $250-260

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Export C&F India $220-235

European synthetic, dense & light, Large Contracts ex-works €180-200

Sulphur

Canadian solid, spot, FOB Vancouver $140-155

FOB Middle East $119-135

TiO2  pigment

Bulk volume, per tonne CFR Asia $2720-3100

CIF Northern Europe €2765-3190

CIF USA $2400-2900

CIF Latin America, per lb $1.3-1.5

Vermiculite

South African, bulk, FOB Antwerp $320-600

Brazilian, big bags, FOB Antwerp $230-577

Brazilian, big bags, FOB East Coast Port $250-550

Wollastonite

US ex-works, s.ton Acicular minus

200 mesh $210-240

325 mesh $220-250

Acicular (15:-1-20:1 aspect ratio) $440-445

Chinese, FOB, tonne Acicular minus

200 mesh $80-100

325 mesh $90-105

Zircon

CIF China, min 65.5% ZrO2 bulk shipments

Premium $1030-1100

Standard $1000-1100

FOB Australia, min 65.5% ZrO2, bulk shipments

Premium $1000-1050

Standard $950-1000

FOB USA, min 65.5% ZrO2, bulk shipments

Premium $1000-1150

Standard $950-1100

CIF South Africa, bulk shipments

Ceramic grade $900-1000

FOB South Africa, bulk shipments

Ceramic grade $1000-1100

Micronised zircon

99.5% <4µ, average particle size <0.95µ, C&F Asia, $1500-1750

Fused zirconia

Monoclinic, refractory/abrasive, contract, CIF main European port $6000-7000

Monoclinic, Ceramic pigment grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $3500-4500

Monoclinic, Structural ceramic/ electronic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $4300-5500

Monoclinic, Technical ceramic, grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $15000-19000

Stabilised, Refractory grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $6000-7000

Stabilised, Technical ceramic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $4700-9500

Zircon Opacifiers

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, CFR Asia $1500-2000

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, ex-works Europe $1500-1950

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