Weak demand caps refractory bauxite prices; BFA spread widens, WFA down

By Davide Ghilotti, Sybil Pan
Published: Monday, 06 April 2020

Refractory grade bauxite remained mostly flat amid a quiet seaborne market and poor availability over the past fortnight. Brown fused alumina (BFA) ticked up while white fused alumina (WFA) dropped, and participants warned of a potential cliff edge in demand ahead.

Demand for bauxite outside of China has been dampened as the broader effects of the Covid-19 outbreak hit consuming markets in Asia, Europe and North America, capping the previous upticks of prices.

Among the four grades of refractory bauxite assessed by Fastmarkets, the 85% to 87% grades material were unchanged,...

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