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  • December 2017

    CMP starts new calcined bauxite production

    14 December 2017

    Porduction begins at 80,000 tonne calcination facility in Guizhou

  • Aachen ‘17: Raw materials, consolidation troubling refractory makers

    14 December 2017

    Small and medium-sized operators in the refractories sector are worried about additional pressures coming from two sides, as higher raw material costs come at a time when larger market participants get even larger through mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

  • Chinese alumina export volumes down 76% in October

    12 December 2017

    The commodity lost three-quarters of its export volumes in October compared with the previous year.

  • IM's November Price Movements

    11 December 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Price briefing December 1-8

    08 December 2017

    Global iodine market slows down; Zircon prices are set to increase in the first quarter with Tronox and TiZir announcing price rises and 2018 negotiations continuing; Quiet antimony trioxide market shrugs off higher Chinese metal offer prices; PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue magnesia grades; Minimal prices moves in lithium spot market while contract talks continue; Global lithium contract prices rise while contract periods shorten; BFA prices tick up on China’s supply squeeze; China Southern lowers prices of most rare earths

  • China to announce first list of regulation-compliant refractory companies

    07 December 2017

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is preparing to publish its first list of domestic refractory companies that comply with industry regulations.

  • Brazilian ATH exports grow in Jan-Nov

    06 December 2017

    Shipments of alumina trihydrate from Brazil to the United States continued to increase, while Japan regained its position as leading buyer, although it imported less than last year.

  • China's refractory materials output down 12% in Jan-Sep

    05 December 2017

    Reduced demand, supply shortages and the burden of environmental inspections combined to reduce China's refractories output to 14.22 million tonnes in the first three quarters of the year.

  • RHI Magnesita completes mandatory divestments

    01 December 2017

    The European Commission has granted buyer approval for German group Intocast to take over the dolomite production sites in Italy and Spain and the carbon bricks operation in Oberhausen.

  • BFA prices tick up on China’s supply squeeze

    01 December 2017

    The restrictions put in place in refractory minerals producing areas in China have taken yet another toll on local supply as customers struggle to secure the volumes the need.

  • November 2017

    Metro Mining to commission bauxite mine in Q2

    29 November 2017

    Final construction work on marine infrastructure at the Bauxite Hills mine project are nearing completion.

  • Nabaltec continues revenue growth in Q3

    28 November 2017

    Demand for environmentally-friendly flame retardants products has underpinned growth in 2017 to date.

  • RHI Magnesita buys Swedish technology supplier Agellis

    28 November 2017

    The acquisition of Agellis Group is seen as strategic to deliver performance-enhancing products to end-users as metals producers which see their production costs rising.

  • Henan refractories face stoppages of up to 4 months in winter cut plans

    17 November 2017

    Chinese provincial governments are enacting plans to cut mineral production to meet Beijing's demands for air pollution controls over the winter months.

  • Italmatch to take over US-based Detrex

    15 November 2017

    The Italian chemicals group is in line for its third acquisition this year, by taking over fellow speciality chemicals company Detrex, which has a strong presence in US end markets.

  • Vesuvius reports increased refractories trading in Q3

    15 November 2017

    Refractories sales were on the rise in the third quarter on increased steel output, although raw materials sourcing issues continued to bite.

  • High refractories sales for Magnesita in Jan-Sep

    14 November 2017

    The company posted a high net loss related to the divestment of the carbon bricks operation in Germany, but business was otherwise strong in both refractories and minerals sales.

  • Strong end markets support RHI Magnesita’s turnover in Jan-Sep

    13 November 2017

    In its first trading update since the completion of the merger, the refractory maker highlights strong fundamentals in steel and industrial end markets, leading to high profitability and turnover.

  • Australian Bauxite inks deal to enter aluminium fluoride production

    13 November 2017

    The company will process its bauxite ore using ROIL’s patented technology to produce aluminium fluoride and related products - commissioning is expected in 2019 - while it pursues higher material value through refining.

  • Minerals business, Asia activity boost MTI's Q3 revenues

    06 November 2017

    Strong chromite sales boosted the performance of MTI's minerals segment due to good conditions in its industrial and construction end-markets although its talc sales fell. The company will open a new precipitated calcium carbonate plant in Indonesia while it continues to focus on growing its business in Asia.

  • IM's October Price Movements

    02 November 2017

    IM's monthly price movements.

  • Imerys posts rising revenues, income in Jan-Sep

    01 November 2017

    Further growth was seen in refractories within the high resistance minerals and energy solutions & specialties operations, while the acquisition of Kerneos brought additional turnover.

  • Noranda owners buy ARC Fused Alumina

    01 November 2017

    The white fused alumina operation in La Bâthie is now part of the group of US alumina and bauxite maker Noranda, after the European Commission required Imerys to divest it following a buyout from Alteo.

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