Magnesia features

  • March 2017

    Turnover falls at Chinese refractory companies

    31 March 2017

    Total turnover at China’s 62 key refractory companies fell 3.72% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2016 to Chinese renminbi (Rmb) 32.04bn ($4.65bn). The average profit rate was 2.54%.

  • Chinese refractory products output falls in 2016

    31 March 2017

    China’s output of refractory products (excluding source materials) continues to fall.

  • China’s refractory customers show strength in 2016

    31 March 2017

    Downstream markets such as steel, construction and nonferrous metals, which consume industrial minerals via refractories, saw growth in China in 2016.

  • Ohio will host new HarbisonWalker refractories plant

    28 March 2017

    HarbisonWalker's has chosen South Point, Lawrence Country as the best location for its $30m monolithic refractories facility due to existing infrastructure.

  • Bauxite & Alumina ’17: Monolithics to continue growth trend

    20 March 2017

    Unshaped refractories are expected to gain further traction in emerging markets, while penetration in mature markets will be slow, according to leading refractories producer Calderys.

  • Price Briefing 10-16 March

    17 March 2017

    Antimony trioxide spot prices spike; magnesia unchanged but supply to remain tight; China-origin soda ash falls.

  • IM in Liaoning: China's magnesia supply set to remain tight until H2

    15 March 2017

    During a recent trip to visit magnesia companies in Haicheng and Dashiqiao, in China’s Liaoning province, IM’s Albert Li learned that supply has become very tight, as a result of severe environmental restrictions. This has led to a surge in domestic prices and an expectation of a similar rise in export prices.

  • EU magnesia market fails to bow under Chinese pressure

    10 March 2017

    European magnesia prices are holding as the lower offers from China have not generated the sudden knock-on effect that was first feared, while EU producers reported higher demand from customers who cannot source meaningful volumes from China

  • Price briefing 3-9 March

    10 March 2017

    Magnesia held unchanged, as brown fused alumina and titanium dioxide prices increased while iodine remained stable.

  • AMG increases profit in Q4

    09 March 2017

    Operations in the quarter were supported by positive developments in the AMG's critical minerals segment including better product mix and stronger sales, as capital expenditure increased to fund ongoing projects in lithium and graphite.

  • Rebound in US magnesia demand in early 2017

    07 March 2017

    US demand for Brazilian magnesia has surged 500% in volume terms in 2017 to date, while Latin American and European destinations recorded slower demand flows.

  • Price Briefing 24 February – 2 March

    03 March 2017

    Environmental controls in China continued to disrupt production for a number of industrial minerals; magnesia prices could rise; antimony trioxide climbed week-on-week; pigments producers announced price hikes for iron oxide.

  • Restructuring changes buoy Vesuvius 2016 results

    03 March 2017

    Despite large flat steel markets and excess steel-making capacity impacting the market, Vesuvius reported an increase in profits and revenue owing to restructuring savings.

  • Magnesia supply issues ahead in China, market says

    03 March 2017

    Chinese magnesia market participants believe production stoppages and the resulting supply implications will impact domestic prices as material continues to flow out of the country at lower values due to the lifting of the export quota.