China’s refractory materials output up 5% in H1 2018
Published: Monday, 22 October 2018
Increasing demand for refractory materials saw Chinese output reach 9.45 million tonnes in January-June 2018, with firm prices for magnesia and graphite.
China’s total output of refractory materials was
9.45 million tonnes in the first half of 2018, up by 4.8%
year-on-year, according to data from the China Association of
Refractories output in January-June rose continuously
because of increasing demand from downstream consumers, with
more projects involving the replacement of steel production
capacity and maintenance projects at several kilns.
The supply of some refractory products was tight due to
increasing demand, especially for silica bricks.
The total volume of unshaped refractory materials produced
in January-June was 3.26 million tonnes, up by 5.57%
year-on-year. This included 2.71 million tonnes of refractory
alumina-silicon, up by 20.28%, and 550,000 tonnes of
magnesia-based unshaped refractory, down by 34.09%.
The downstream crude steel sector showed a year-on-year
increase in output in the first half of 2018, with a total
output of 451.16 million tonnes in the first six months, up by
6% compared with the first half of 2017.
Prices for most refractory raw materials, such as magnesia
and graphite, were firm in the first half of this year, helped
by the knock-on effects of China’s strict
imposition of environmental regulations.
Magnesia prices in China were on an uptrend, especially for
high-grade products, in the first half of 2018. But they began
to soften because of increasing stock levels and slow buying
during the seasonal summer lull.