IM's May Price Movements

By IM Staff
Published: Tuesday, 05 June 2018

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 pricing@indmin.com

Price effective 31st May 2018

Alumina
Alumina, calcined, unground 98.5-99.5% Al2O3, bulk, ex-works US/Europe, long-term contract, $/tonne  $730-780

Alumina, calcined, ground 98.5-99.5% Al2O3, bulk, ex-works US/Europe, long-term contract, $/tonne $830-930

Alumina, calcined, ground and unground, min. 99.5% Al2O3, medium-soda min. 0.25% soda, bulk, ex-works US/Europe, long-term contract, $/tonne $830-930

Alumina, fused

Brown 95% min. Al2O 3, FEPA F8-220 Grit, FOB China $870-920

Brown 95% min. Al2O 3, refractory sized (0-6mm), FOB China $750-780

White, 25kg bags, CIF Europe €760-850

Hydrated Alumina (ATH)

Hydrated alumina (ATH) Damp (57-60% Al2O3, 5-8% moisture) Bulk FOB refinery $280-300

Andalusite

Andalusite, min. 57% Al2O3, FOB South Africa, €/tonne €260-320

Andalusite, min. 57% Al2O3, CIF Europe, €/tonne €390-430

Antimony Trioxide

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 20 tonne lots FOB China $7350-7400

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, 5 tonne lots, CIF Antwerp/Rotterdam $7400-7450

Typically 99.5% Sb2O3, CIF East Coast USA $7450-7500

Baddeleyite

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

Barytes

Unground lump, API, bulk, SG 4.2

FOB Chennai $87-95

FOB Morocco $84-95

FOB China $89-95

Ground

OCMA/API, big bags (1.5t), FOB S.Turkey $110-120

Bauxite

Refractory-grade bauxite 85%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $430-440

Refractory-grade bauxite 86%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang  $440-450

Refractory-grade bauxite 87%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang  $460-480

Refractory-grade bauxite 88%/2.0/3.15-3.2 (0-6mm) FOB Xingang $500-520

Bentonite

Bentonite, rail hopper cars, crude, bulk (all grades), ex-works Wyoming, USA, $/s.ton: $65-75

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

Celestite

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

Chromite

Foundry, 45.8% min Cr2O3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $500-520

Chemical grade, 46% Cr2O 3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $285-340

Foundry grade, 46% Cr2O 3, wet bulk, FOB South Africa $510-530

Refractory grade, 46% Cr2O 3 wet bulk, FOB South Africa $500-530

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 $370-390

97% CaF2, Wet Filtercake, FOB, China $430-530

97% CaF2, Dry Filtercake, FOB, Durban, South Africa $350-400

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 $240-280

Metspar, min 80% CaF2, Bulk, FOB, China  $310-330

Metspar, min 85% CaF2, FOB, China  $350-370

Metspar, min 90% CaF2, FOB, China $390-410

Graphite

Amorphous, 80-85% C, -200 Mesh, FCL, CIF, China to Europe $400-450

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 : $790-940

Flake, 94-97% C, +100 Mesh -80 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe: $950-1100

Flake, 94-97% C, +80 Mesh, FCL, CIF, Europe: $1000-1300

Ilmenite

Ilmenite concentrate, 47-49% TiO2, CIF China, $/tonne $190-200

Iodine

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, spot, $/kg $24.50-26

Iodine crystal, 99.5% min, drums, contract, $/kg $24-25

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, large contracts, del continental US, $/kg $16-19

Lithium carbonate, large contracts, packed in bags, CIF Asia, $/kg $16-20

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

del Europe or USA, $/kg $18-20

Spodumene min 7-7.5% Li2O, CIF China $975-1000

Spodumene min 5-6% Li2O, CIF China $900-970

Magnesia

Calcined, 90-92% MgO, lump, FOB China $180-220

European calcined, agricultural grade, CIF Europe €250-350

Dead-burned,

Lump, FOB China

90% MgO $220-280

92% MgO $280-300

94-95% MgO $680-700

97.5% MgO $1100-1400

Fused,

Lump, FOB China

96% MgO $900-1000

97% MgO, Ca:Si 1:1 $1100-1200

97% MgO, Ca:Si 2:1 $1250-1400

98% MgO $2000-2200

Magnesite

Greek, raw, max 3.5% SiO2,

FOB East Mediterranean €65-80

Olivine

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

Refractory clays/Mullite

Clay, Mulcoa 47% run of kiln, FOB Andersonville, GA, USA, $/s. ton $130

Clay, Mulcoa 70% (sized in bulk bags), for coarse sizing, FOB USA, $/s. ton $345-350

Rutile

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bagged, FOB $1000-1250

China concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, bulk, CIF $850-950

Australian concentrate, min. 95% TiO2, large vol. for pigment, FOB $800-900

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 €1300-1410

FEPA 8-220 Black about 99% SIC Water wash DDP Europe €1240-1350

Green over 99.5% SiC, FEPA 8-220 DDP Europe €1860-2000

Refractory grade min 95% SiC DDP Europe €950-1050

Refractory grade min 98% SiC DDP Europe €1050-1250

Soda ash

Chinese synthetic soda ash, dense & light, CIF Far East $300-320

Chinese synthetic soda ash, dense & light, FOB China $300-310

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Domestic ex-works India $275-285

Indian synthetic soda ash, dense & light, Export C&F India $250-260

European synthetic, dense & light, Large Contracts ex-works €190-210

TiO2 pigment

Bulk volume, per tonne CFR Asia $2800-3100

CIF Northern Europe €2800-3200

CIF USA $2900-3400

CIF Latin America, per lb $1.3-1.5

Zircon

CIF China, min 65.5% ZrO2 bulk shipments

Premium $1410-1600

Standard $1360-1550

CIF Spain, min 66.5% ZrO2

Premium $1450-1520

Micronised zircon

99.5% <4µ, average particle size <0.95µ, C&F Asia, $1600-1750

Fused zirconia

Monoclinic, refractory/abrasive, contract, CIF main European port $6150-7150

Monoclinic, Ceramic pigment grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $3650-4650

Monoclinic, Structural ceramic/ electronic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $5000-6000

Monoclinic, Technical ceramic, grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $15150-19150

Stabilised, Refractory grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $7000-8000

Stabilised, Technical ceramic grade, Contract price, CIF main European port $4850-9650

Zircon Opacifiers

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, CFR Asia $1600-2000

Micronised zircon, 100% < 6 microns, average 1-2 microns, bagged, ex-works Europe $1600-1950

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