Bauxite price spread narrows, WFA ticks up as BFA firm

By Davide Ghilotti, Sybil Pan
Published: Friday, 19 February 2021

Refractory-grade bauxite prices showed a reduction this week from previously wider spreads, with China gradually returning to the market after the Lunar New Year holiday, while white fused alumina (WFA) ticked upward on higher operational costs and brown fused alumina (BFA) held firm.

Consumers and suppliers alike spoke of strong demand at present, in particular in markets such as India and Europe. This was expected to support prices in the short term, considering the continuing winter production restrictions and the logistics issues affecting China’s seaborne routes.

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