Price Briefing

  • Price briefing: October 12-18 19 October 2018

    Antimony trioxide markets soften on low demand; All DBM kilns closed in Dashiqiao; China's domestic DBM prices up; Bauxite, fused alumina market in supply limbo in Q4; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of micronised zircon, zircon opacifiers, zircon flour and fused zirconia prices; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese producers raise battery-grade lithium carbonate offer prices; seaborne markets quiet; Iodine sellers looking to push prices closer to $28 per kg; Acidspar prices continue to rise, with contracts for 2019 settled early Read More

  • Price briefing: October 5-11 12 October 2018

    Chinese TiO2 prices fall further as yuan exchange rate slides; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate, hydroxide prices soften after Golden Week; China's DBM price edges up on magnesia industry consolidation in Haicheng; PRICING NOTICE: Extending consultation period on proposal to amend soda ash prices Read More

  • Price Briefing: September 28 – October 4 05 October 2018

    Rutile price range narrows upwards while tight supply, strong demand continues; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Seaborne battery-grade lithium compound prices dip on slow consumption, falling offer prices; Diverging demand scenarios result in steady pricing for zircon in Q4; Chromite market quiet as fourth quarter begins; Antimony trioxide market unchanged over Golden Week. Read More

  • Price Briefing: September 21-27 28 September 2018

    China’s domestic magnesia prices edge up on regulatory restrictions, export prices unchanged; China’s unshaped refractory materials output up 10% in August; Aachen 2018: Prices of refractory minerals expected to remain firm Read More

  • Price briefing: September 14 - 20 21 September 2018

    Chromite market still quiet at Q3-end; Antimony metal price drives trioxide prices upward; China's magnesia prices firm on strict environmental inspections; PRICING NOTICE: Launch of frac sand price; Ilmenite price range widens downward in China, defying expectations; Industrial Minerals to track prices in booming frac sand market Read More

  • Price briefing: September 7-13 14 September 2018

    Antimony trioxide prices increase as trade tension grows; Haicheng govt progresses magnesia industry consolidation; Alteo to increase calcined alumina prices on rising costs; Stocks availability, low-cost materials push Chinese lithium carbonate prices lower, other markets steady; Fused alumina prices rise on Q4 supply concerns. Read More

  • Price briefing: August 31-September 6 07 September 2018

    Falling yuan, rupee trigger iodine sell-off in Asia; Flake graphite market in Europe stable, local availability reducing; Battery-grade lithium carbonate prices dip on ample supply and lack of buyer interest; Non-met chromite prices unfazed by weaker rand; European titanium dioxide buyers well stocked after China export drive Read More

  • Lithium producer share prices - a glass half full or a glass half empty? 05 September 2018

    Lithium producers’ share prices have been under pressure all year and some investors are no doubt wondering whether that marks the end of the lithium boom? Read More

  • Price Briefing: August 17-23 24 August 2018

    Currency depreciation not yet reflecting on iodine prices; sluggish sales weigh on China’s magnesia export prices; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to launch frac sand price; China flake graphite prices dip on slow buying, weakening yuan; Chinese carbonate price range widens on lower concluded deals; Imported ilmenite price continues to fall in China; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of seven fluorspar prices Read More

  • Price Briefing: August 10 - 16 17 August 2018

    Flake graphite prices soften on sellers’ push; Seizure of ‘smuggled’ antimony metal turns trioxide sentiment positive; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese, Europe, US lithium carbonate prices edge down; Weak yuan pushes bauxite, fused alumina prices down; Pricing notice: Discontinuation of four European graphite prices Read More

  • Price Briefing: August 3 - 9 10 August 2018

    Dried and bagged foundry chromite price edges up on strong demand; titanium dioxide producers downplay chance of price increases; South African chromite sales surge as production stalls; China’s lithium prices continue to fall on quiet trade; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of leucoxene price; antimony trioxide prices slide as Chinese suppliers drop prices; lithium pricing evolution and the role of price reporting agencies; validity of some Fluorspar inquiries from China questioned, though demand remains high. Read More

  • Price briefing: July 27-August 2 03 August 2018

    Trade war fear pushes down seaborne antimony trioxide market; Tight supply pushes iodine prices higher; Supply, demand dynamics trigger evolution in chromite pricing spreads; GLOBAL LITHIUM WRAP: Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate prices extend downtrend; Soda ash producers to factor higher costs into contract price negotiations; Tight supply pushes iodine prices higher; PRICING NOTICE: Launch of dried and bagged foundry chromite price; amendment of two prices; China's high-grade magnesia export prices fall on sporadic buying Read More

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