BFA price hits two-year high on supply interruptions; WFA, bauxite firm

By Davide Ghilotti, Sybil Pan
Published: Friday, 06 August 2021

China’s prices for brown fused alumina (BFA) ticked upward over the fortnight to Thursday August 5 on supply problems created by factors including the Henan floods, Covid-19-related logistics issues and electricity shortages, while white fused alumina (WFA) was supported by “exploding” freight costs, and bauxite held firm because of closures affecting mining and calcination.

Fastmarkets’ fortnightly price assessment for alumina, fused brown, min 95% Al2O3, refractory sized (0-6mm), fob China, was $740-770 per tonne on August 5, up by $10 per tonne and reaching a two-year high on the mid-point.

Liquidity was reported at both ends of the range, indicating strong bullish sentiment among...

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