China’s magnesia market dilemma

By Carrie Shi, William Clarke
Published: Friday, 01 November 2019

Magnesite production restrictions and magnesia factory suspensions in China have failed to raise magnesia prices, trapping the country’s producers in a difficult situation. With prices already at unprofitable levels, stocks mounting and no sign of a demand rebound in downstream markets, Carrie Shi and William Clarke consider how Chinese magnesia companies are responding to the situation.

China’s magnesia market has been stuck in a bind in 2019. 

Low prices have continued to dominate the spot market, even though mining restrictions and a ban on using explosives have remained in place in Haicheng, the part of China's northeastern Liaoning province where, along with Heilongjiang province,...

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