Will the Chinese supply crisis continue during the Year of the Pig?

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Thursday, 31 January 2019

Refractories bounced back in 2018, driving demand for bauxite and alumina raw materials, but the market continues to face what is becoming a perennial state of crisis affecting supply from China.

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The outlook for refractory-grade bauxite and alumina in 2019 is once again intrinsically linked to how well Chinese production will perform.

While consuming end-markets are showing an adjustment following a stellar 2018 in terms of demand, the supply situation in China – amid authorities’ continuing restructuring of...

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