Feeling the rub: Asian abrasives continue to challenge Western suppliers

By IM Staff
Published: Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cheap Chinese alumina has been undercutting abrasives prices and output in North America and elsewhere for several years, but recent supply restrictions in China could reverse this trend, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers.

Producers of mineral-based abrasives in developed economies are continuing to buckle under the strain imposed by rising competition from Asian suppliers.

Efforts by some of the leading global abrasives companies to upgrade their product portfolios and to offer more refined, processed abrasive materials have protected margins to some extent, but...

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