08 July 2020
Magnesia producers in a number of cities in Liaoning province have received notice that opencast magnesite mining using explosives must be halted from July 1 for at least half a year to reduce air pollution and relieve high magnesia inventory levels, sources told Fastmarkets.
01 July 2020
Chinese exports of magnesia mostly fell year on year in May due to the reduced buying from traditional buyers due to global Covid-19 lockdowns, Fastmarkets understands.
04 June 2020
Lower rates of operation and a new round of environmental inspection in Liaoning province failed to support China’s magnesia market, with sufficient stocks and slow downstream buying keeping prices constrained.
03 June 2020
Refractories production in China fell to 1.65 million tonnes in April, down by 4.1% year on year, according to data from the China Association of Refractories.
01 June 2020
Chinese exports of dead burned magnesia fell in April from the corresponding month of 2019 due to slow activity from global buyers, while caustic calcined magnesia and fused magnesia exports increased.
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.
11 May 2020
China's refractories output fell to 4.10 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020, mainly due to a slowdown in production caused by the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
15 April 2020
China’s magnesia prices were mostly rangebound in the week to Tuesday April 14, with export orders from overseas buyers being scarce because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
01 April 2020
The total output of refractory materials in China increased by 3.7% year-on-year to 24.31 million tonnes in 2019. But most refractory raw materials prices were still under downward pressure.
25 March 2020
The Chinese market for dead burned magnesia (DBM) softened over the week to Wednesday March 25 due to a lack of downstream buying and strong stock levels, with the spread of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus pandemic curbing global demand.
18 March 2020
China’s magnesia prices remained largely rangebound this week on concerns about the potential impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on global demand.
04 March 2020
China’s magnesia market declined over the week to March 3 on weak buyer appetite and sufficient stocks despite current higher transportation costs amid the coronavirus (2019-nCoV ) outbreak.
26 February 2020
Magnesia producers in the production hub of Liaoning province in China, are beginning to ramp up operations after the local government relaxed its public health emergency status to 'level three' on February 22.
19 February 2020
China’s magnesia market continued to step up operations this week, with more businesses returning to work, but production and supply remain sluggish due to a lack of workers.
12 February 2020
China’s magnesia producers began gradually to resume production this week, with magnesia export prices steady over the past seven days on a limited number of new deals.
03 February 2020
View the Fastmarkets holiday pricing schedule for 2020 and 2021.
21 January 2020
Beginning in 2020, Fastmarkets will review its pricing methodologies and price specifications across all its Price Reporting Agency (PRA) divisions - Metals & Mining and Forest Products - on an annual basis rather than twice per year.
08 January 2020
The Chinese government has canceled official customs commodity inspections on magnesia, thereby simplifying export procedures.