Shipping delays to rock bauxite, fused alumina supplies, sources warn

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Friday, 07 February 2020

Participants active in the bauxite and fused alumina markets expect short-term supply shortages to affect consuming destinations in areas including Europe, while sellers take stock of the shipping disruptions arising from measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Market prices for refractory grade bauxite, and for brown fused (BFA) and white fused alumina (WFA), have mostly remained stable in the two weeks to Friday February 7, while Chinese operations have remained closed, although several sources have pointed to shipping delays as a bullish factor for prices in the...