A Chinese squeeze? Fluorspar industry governed by uncertainty
Published: Friday, 29 September 2017
China is the largest producer and consumer of fluorspar, but supply has been curtailed due to draconian environmental legislation, which has pushed up prices. Will this give new producers in Vietnam, Canada and Afghanistan a chance to swoop in and further alter the supply mix? IM Consultant Editor, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, reports.
Over the past two years, the worldwide fluorspar market has
seen a great deal of uncertainty. Prices have edged slowly
lower and volumes have dropped, while the supply mix has
shifted as large producers reduce output and new suppliers,
such as those in Vietnam, have started to increase