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  • BFA and WFA markets decouple

    Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    The market for fused alumina has been characterized by an increasing separation of brown fused (BFA) and white fused (WFA) alumina. As these factors strengthen, the decoupling is expected to drive these markets further apart in the near term, writes Davide Ghilotti

  • Impact of China’s environmental push on mineral downstream sectors

    Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Most provinces in China are still facing strict environmental restrictions during the winter months, with raw materials production and demand from the downstream sector affected to some degree, report Carrie Shi and Sybil Pan.

  • Restricted refractory-grade bauxite supply offset weak end-user demand in 2019

    Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Weakening refractories business affected trade flows of Chinese bauxite to international customers, but the supply tightness in mining and processing acted as a counterbalance, reports Sybil Pan.

  • Steely determination: The revival of India’s refractories sector

    Friday, 30 August 2019

    Indian refractories output rebounded in 2018, after three successive years of decline. Sunder Singh analyzes what was behind the shift in the industry’s fortunes and hears reasons for both optimism and consternation, from some of the market’s key participants.

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