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  • China’s April bauxite shipments show surprise 34% jump

    Monday, 01 June 2020

    China’s export shipments of refractory-grade bauxite unexpectedly rose in April by 34% despite the global consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, exports of brown fused alumina (BFA) increased by 5% but those of white fused alumina (WFA) fell by 5%, with market weakness still evident, according to sources.

  • WFA price down but bauxite, BFA prices stable amid soft demand

    Friday, 29 May 2020

    The price of white fused alumina (WFA) fell still further on the low end of the range, amid the dollar’s depreciation against the euro over the fortnight ended Thursday May 28. Prices for refractory-grade bauxite and brown fused alumina (BFA) stayed flat while demand remained sluggish.

  • China’s port operations back to normal while weak demand weighs on container throughput

    Monday, 25 May 2020

    China’s ports have resumed normal operations but overseas demand for exported materials remains reduced by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in lower container throughput. Most producers of refractory raw materials, however, continued to get limited orders from global buyers.

  • BFA, WFA prices fall further on weak demand; bauxite stable

    Friday, 15 May 2020

    Fused alumina prices have fallen further during the two weeks to Thursday May 14 because of continued bearish pressure resulting from weak demand from refractories consumers, while bauxite prices remained flat on a largely muted export market and scarcity of supply in China.

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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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