FOCUS: Refractories sector to face short-term bauxite shortage in H1

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Friday, 08 January 2021

Refractory raw material consumers are likely to face shortages in bauxite, with the continued supply and logistics bottlenecks from China coming against a low-stock situation in destination markets.

Supported by a stronger yuan, the price of refractory grade Chinese bauxite started to rise in the fourth quarter of last year following only a minor decrease at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when the first wave of closures swept nations across Europe and Asia.

Fastmarkets' price assessment for bauxite,...

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