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  • Supply risk puts brake on BFA price falls while WFA still down

    Friday, 21 January 2022

    Prices for refractory-grade brown fused alumina (BFA) stabilized after five consecutive drops over the fortnight to Thursday January 20, while the price for abrasive-grade BFA ticked down slightly on the low end. White fused alumina (WFA) prices fell despite upward adjustment in the feedstock price, while bauxite prices remained firm on a looming supply crisis.

  • Kenmare reports 'records for safety, production and sales' in 2021

    Friday, 14 January 2022

    Titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources achieved records for safety, production and sales in 2021, the company said in a trading update for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021.

  • BFA prices post fifth fortnightly drop despite Covid outbreak, winter closures in Henan

    Friday, 07 January 2022

    China’s brown fused alumina (BFA) prices continued to fall in the fortnight to Thursday January 6 due to slow spot liquidity at home and abroad. White fused alumina (WFA) also dipped after holding stable in the previous session, and bauxite held firm on limited availability projections.

  • Chinese soda ash prices ease in December after hitting highs in November

    Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Chinese soda ash prices fell last month, with previous highs proving unsustainable in the long term and anticipation of domestic factory closures ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday period weighing on the market.

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Construction-Chemicals

  • Supply risk puts brake on BFA price falls while WFA still down

    Friday, 21 January 2022

    Prices for refractory-grade brown fused alumina (BFA) stabilized after five consecutive drops over the fortnight to Thursday January 20, while the price for abrasive-grade BFA ticked down slightly on the low end. White fused alumina (WFA) prices fell despite upward adjustment in the feedstock price, while bauxite prices remained firm on a looming supply crisis.

  • Demand for antimony expected to pick up after Chinese new year

    Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    Antimony metal and trioxide market sources expected a supply squeeze and logistical problems during the imminent Chinese new year holiday although they also expected demand to return after the break.

  • Rising synthetic graphite costs may push battery makers to rely on natural material

    Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Chinese battery makers are expected to consider increasing the proportion of natural graphite feedstock they use in anode material because of the fast-rising cost profile and availability issues affecting supplies of synthetic graphite.

  • Leverton, Helm form JV to expand European lithium supply

    Monday, 10 January 2022

    European lithium chemical suppliers Leverton and Helm have formed a joint venture to expand manufacturing capacity of battery-grade lithium chemicals to serve the nascent battery industry in the region, the companies announced on Monday January 10.

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Processing

  • Fastmarkets launches graphite electrodes prices with firm market facing rising costs

    Friday, 21 January 2022

    The first week of Fastmarkets’ coverage of China’s high power (HP) and ultra-high power (UHP) graphite electrodes prices examined a market in which prices were described as already high and expected to climb further, due to rising costs for raw materials, sources said.

  • Supply risk puts brake on BFA price falls while WFA still down

    Friday, 21 January 2022

    Prices for refractory-grade brown fused alumina (BFA) stabilized after five consecutive drops over the fortnight to Thursday January 20, while the price for abrasive-grade BFA ticked down slightly on the low end. White fused alumina (WFA) prices fell despite upward adjustment in the feedstock price, while bauxite prices remained firm on a looming supply crisis.

  • Fastmarkets’ graphite flake carbon value in use narrows to below 4% for first time

    Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    Fastmarkets’ graphite value in use (VIU) for carbon content of flake material has fallen to its lowest level since Fastmarkets began the measurement, while the price premium of large flake over fine flake has also been narrowing due to rising costs and prices for all materials.

  • Demand for antimony expected to pick up after Chinese new year

    Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    Antimony metal and trioxide market sources expected a supply squeeze and logistical problems during the imminent Chinese new year holiday although they also expected demand to return after the break.

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