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  • Andalusite market ticks up on costlier shipping, clearer sentiment

    Monday, 01 March 2021

    Higher logistics costs and a steadier flow of inquiries have supported the andalusite market in the three months to Thursday February 25.

  • World crude steel output up 5% in January 2021

    Monday, 01 March 2021

    Global crude steel output increased by 4.8% year on year to 162.9 million tonnes in January 2021, the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) said on February 26, marking the third monthly consecutive increase.

  • Bauxite price spread narrows, WFA ticks up as BFA firm

    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.

  • Total EU new car sales down by 24% in January

    Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Sales of passenger cars in the EU dropped by 24.04% year-on-year in January 2021, the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said on Wednesday February 17.

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  • Bauxite shortage likely for refractories

    Monday, 15 February 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.

  • China's brown fused alumina exports tumble in 2020

    Monday, 15 February 2021

    China’s exports of refractory-grade bauxite and white fused alumina dropped slightly in 2020, while exports of brown fused alumina plunged by 26%, owing to preference for lower-priced WFA according to sources.

  • Download the February 2021 issue of MMM

    Monday, 15 February 2021

    Welcome to the February 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we feature an in-depth look at the issues surrounding Chinese bauxite supply, the effect of environmental controls on bauxite and fused alumina output, and a gradual improvement in trading conditions for calcined alumina.

  • Environmental controls squeeze fused alumina, bauxite supply

    Monday, 15 February 2021

    Supply uncertainty facing the refractories raw material sector is to continue in the first quarter of 2021 due to regulations in major Chinese production hubs for bauxite and fused alumina, as well as surging logistics costs.

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