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Construction-Chemicals

  • WFA price falls on renewed pressure; bauxite, BFA stable on low demand

    Friday, 07 August 2020

    The price of white fused alumina (WFA) made a further downward move during the past fortnight despite participants’ expectations the market had bottomed out owing to changes in feedstock prices during previous weeks.

  • HF producers warn of capacity idling due to weak acidspar demand

    Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Hydrofluoric acid (HF) producers are operating below nameplate capacity because the Covid-19 pandemic has stifled demand and some are considering idling capacity and push outs on contracted volumes for the calendar year.

  • Wet bulk chromite sand price dips; chemical grade price flat

    Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    The market price of wet bulk foundry sand chromite fell slightly on the low end of the range in the week to Tuesday August 4 on perceived weakness while consumer markets battle with the summer slowdown on top of widespread Covid-19 economic struggles.

  • Ciner Resources soda ash volumes fall by one-third due to pandemic

    Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Soda ash sales and production volumes at Ciner Resources fell by one-third in the April-June quarter of 2020, and the company warns of similar declines in the near and mid terms while it grapples with weaker demand due the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Logistics

  • Frac sand companies report slumping sales

    Friday, 07 August 2020

    Smart Sand on August 4 reported revenues of $26.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared with $67.9 million in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Wet bulk chromite sand price dips; chemical grade price flat

    Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    The market price of wet bulk foundry sand chromite fell slightly on the low end of the range in the week to Tuesday August 4 on perceived weakness while consumer markets battle with the summer slowdown on top of widespread Covid-19 economic struggles.

  • Chinese antimony trioxide continues to gain ground amid bullish domestic signals

    Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    The price of antimony trioxide in China increased for a third consecutive week on Tuesday July 28 due to increased domestic demand and strengthening antimony metal prices in China, with sellers reluctant to close deals at lower prices despite persistent weakness in consumer markets abroad.

  • US military funding for Lynas heavy rare earth facility back on track

    Monday, 27 July 2020

    Australian rare earth miner Lynas Corp has secured funding from the US government to build a processing plant, in a bid to secure a non-Chinese supply chain for key minerals used in electric vehicles (EVs) and generators.

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