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  • December 2016

    Price Briefing 16-22 December

    23 December 2016

    Trading activities wind down this week ahead of the festive season with most industrial minerals prices unchanged, although chromite prices increased again as buyers are keen to secure 2017 supplies.

  • Minerals shipping delayed on push for higher freight rate

    23 December 2016

    Deliveries of some industrial minerals have been delayed as container shipping companies are giving priority loading to higher-value cargo. Minerals suppliers are reportedly having to pay higher freight rates in order to secure space for prompt shipment.

  • China's rare earths industry on track, says association

    22 December 2016

    Consolidation in the rare earths sector in China continued in 2016, leading to an improvement in trading patterns, although market prices remained subdued.

  • Malaysian bauxite stockpiles remain high

    21 December 2016

    The country has banned bauxite mining for 11 months now, although the latest inspections appear to show high outstanding inventories of the mineral. The ban, which is due to last until 31 December, might now be renewed into 2017.

  • Severe transport disruption in Tianjin to hit mineral deliveries

    21 December 2016

    In response to harmful smog levels in Tianjin city, China, the local government has imposed mass restrictions on motor vehicles. The transport disruption is expected to hit industrial minerals deliveries as Tianjin is one of the main export routes from China.

  • South African chromite output spikes in September

    14 December 2016

    Production of chromite with 44-48% Cr2O3 content in September was the highest monthly output in 2016 to date.

  • Price Briefing 2-8 December

    09 December 2016

    Anti-pollution related production shutdown in China has yet to impact spot bauxite and brown fused alumina prices, while iodine prices remained low as producers undercut offer to battle for market shares.

  • Mt Marion, Mt Cattlin truck lithium concentrate to port

    08 December 2016

    Both new players on the spodumene market are in the process of moving material to port in Western Australia, ahead of shipments to China expected to begin this month.

  • Freight rate volatility impacts minerals trading

    05 December 2016

    Minerals trading has been increasingly impacted by volatility in freight rates and tight availability of cargo over the last few months against a situation of flatness in raw material prices.

  • Industry concerned over China’s magnesia quota affair

    01 December 2016

    The magnesia industry is at a loss as to what the cancellation of the export quota system in place until this year in China will mean for business, as many fear international supply could increase and instigate price cuts.

  • November 2016

    Phosphate ’16: Fertiliser demand unlikely to recover before 2018, says Rabobank

    30 November 2016

    Better application rates and policy changes could impact phosphate fertiliser demand but growth is unlikely before crop profitability returns in 2018, Rabobank told delegates at IM's phosphate conference in Amsterdam.

  • Spain’s Huelva opens new terminal

    24 November 2016

    Southern port expands to handle additional dry bulk minerals and storage facilities.

  • BDI breaks 1,000 and keeps climbing

    18 November 2016

    The Baltic Dry Index surpasses levels not seen since August 2015 but signs are it could slow

  • Gulf Alumina to accept Metro’s takeover offer

    17 November 2016

    The board of the junior bauxite miner sees Metro Mining’s offer as a better deal against a previous buyout offer by Moly Mines.

  • China fails to set magnesia export quota

    16 November 2016

    Magnesia and talc are not mentioned in the official register of export quotas Beijing released for 2017, leading to suspicions that the quotas in place for over two decades may have been quietly scrapped.

  • Black Mountain returns to ASX trading

    14 November 2016

    The Australian developer is now in control of the Namakera vermiculite mine in Uganda, whose acquisition has meant the company’s shares could be relisted for trading on the ASX.

  • TZMI 2016: More funds could invest in minsand projects, says Hannam & Partners

    11 November 2016

    Mining speciality funds could potentially invest in mineral sand mining projects as, following years of downturn, market demand and prices are finally starting to improve in 2016.

  • Price Briefing 4-9 November

    11 November 2016

    The TiO2 industry sees improving demand, chromite prices continue their weekly increases amid firm demand and lithium buyers expressed frustration as producers hike annual contract rates.

  • India to subsidise fertiliser shipping

    10 November 2016

    Government to give subsidies to coastal and inland phosphate and potash shipments.

  • Moly ups game in Gulf Alumina M&A race

    09 November 2016

    Moly has put forward a higher cash option and a cash plush share option as it seeks to come out on top against rival Metro Mining on the buyout of junior bauxite developer Gulf Alumina – a deal which is crucial for Moly’s shares to resume trading on the ASX.

  • TZMI 2016: Freight costs could rise by 2017, says Braemar

    09 November 2016

    Rising demand for handysize vessels could impact freight costs for the mineral sands market, according to Peter Malpas, director of Braemar ACM Shipbroking.

  • Dry bulk shipping still ‘gloomy’

    03 November 2016

    Despite a rise in freight rates, conditions for shipowners are still tough with demolition rates slowing.