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  • October 2017

    Rio Tinto's bauxite output rises on de-bottlenecking

    17 October 2017

    The miner raises its production forecast, as output at the Gove facility grows 11% y-o-y.

  • UniteCR ’17: Andalusite supply contracts expected to be shorter, costlier

    12 October 2017

    Market patterns governing andalusite trade are expected to change next year, as suppliers say they will seek shorter contracts amid a situation of high demand and limited output.

  • CMP to start new calcined bauxite production in November

    06 October 2017

    The major Chinese calcined bauxite producer will start operations at its newly constructed calcination plant in Guizhou in Q4. Although there is widespread environmental restriction on production, CMP has received all the governmental permits to continue production in both Guizhou and Tianjin.

  • Price briefing 29 September – 5 October

    06 October 2017

    With China shut for the golden week holiday between 1-8 October, business across many industrial minerals remained very quiet. But environmental restrictions in the country continue to disrupt production in many minerals. Graphite prices in Europe spike amid output crimp and rising demand; Fused alumina producing region in Henan province have enforced mass shutdowns from November onwards; and with the draconian anti-pollution measures and related shutdowns showing no sign of abating, a number of buyers are also anticipating higher raw material costs in 2018.

  • Metal Bulletin Group completes its first independent benchmark assurance review

    05 October 2017

    Metal Bulletin Group, a leading provider of information to the steel and metals industry, has completed its first external assurance review of selected benchmark prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Buyers brace for higher raw material prices in '18

    05 October 2017

    Several consumers of refractory minerals gathered in Santiago told IM they are certain that “everything will appreciate” next year as shortage of materials will trigger higher contract prices.

  • UniteCR ’17: Refractories recycling takes centre stage as shortage bites

    04 October 2017

    With the markets of several raw materials currently experiencing short supply and surging prices, refractory makers should invest into recycling options, delegates were told in Santiago.

  • Henan enforces mass brown fused alumina shutdown from November

    03 October 2017

    The Henan government has ramped up efforts to combat pollution by implementing yet more shutdowns of brown fused alumina production later this year. This is set to cause more global supply disruptions since output was already intermittent in recent months.

  • Metro to complete bauxite mine construction by year-end

    02 October 2017

    Ongoing works for the construction of the bauxite mine at the Bauxite Hills site in Australia are on schedule.

  • Almatis ups Indian tabular alumina capacity

    02 October 2017

    The installation of a tabular alumina converter is crucial to ensure continuous expansion in the Indian market.

  • Uncertainty in supply chain as US storms close ports

    02 October 2017

    Rail and sea links are fractured in the US's largest international port, as supply chains of some industrial minerals could be disrupted.

  • September 2017

    Price briefing 22-28 September

    29 September 2017

    Ilmenite prices firmed; several buyers hope to settle 2018 refractory minerals supply contract early; market participants warned of potential acidspar price increase in China; antimony trioxide softens ahead of the Golden Week holiday

  • UniteCR ’17: Increased pressure from customers to negotiate 2018 contracts

    28 September 2017

    Several buyers of refractory minerals are already seeking to settle next year’s contracts to lock in prices and volumes, but suppliers claim volatility is too high now to commit to earlier-than-normal negotiations.

  • China releases reserves data for nonmetallic minerals

    25 September 2017

    China's Ministry of Land and Resources released new data last month about the country's reserves of strategic important minerals, including several non-metallic minerals such as graphite, lithium and zircon.

  • Price briefing 15–21 September

    22 September 2017

    Chinese fused magnesia prices hit all-time high; a ban on sales of explosives propel bauxite prices; brown fused alumina hit two-year high; iodine rises as consumers stock up; lithium prices held firm

  • Brown fused alumina prices hit two-year high

    22 September 2017

    Brown fused alumina spot prices continue to climb higher as the environmental inspections show no sign of abating in China, while white fused alumina is supported by raw material cost increases.

  • Chinese bauxite price rocket higher on explosives ban

    22 September 2017

    A looming mining curtailment due to an explosive sale ban in China has propelled spot bauxite prices higher. Supply uncertainty is set to continue over the coming months as Beijing continues its anti-pollution crusade.

  • Morgan develops extra-large crucibles

    21 September 2017

    The crucibles will have a capacity of 3 tonnes of molten metal, which can be increased up to 10 tonnes for specific melting requirements.

  • Tata Steel, ThyssenKrupp sign MoU for EU joint venture

    21 September 2017

    The proposed merger would lead to the creation of Europe's second-largest steelmaker.

  • Australian Bauxite completes latest cargo delivery

    20 September 2017

    The delivery of 35,000 tonnes cement-grade bauxite took place three weeks before schedule, bringing total sales since start of operations to over 80,000 tonnes.

  • Higher revenues, lower margin for RHI in H1

    14 September 2017

    Improved activity in refractory sales to both steelmakers and industrial customers led to higher turnover but negative currency effects, impairment charges related to the divestments and merger-related costs dented profitability.

  • Magnesita sells Oberhausen carbon bricks operation

    12 September 2017

    The company’s magnesia carbon bricks facility in Germany is being acquired by Intocast, the group that is also taking over RHI’s dolomite operation in Italy and refractory plant in Spain.

  • RHI divests dolomite business to Intocast

    11 September 2017

    RHI is divesting its dolomite operations in Spain and Italy, which will be taken over by Germany’s Intocast, following European directives prior to the merger with Magnesita. Separately, the company is also selling off the fused cast refractories for glassmaking business in Italy and Russia.

  • Price Briefing 1-7 September

    08 September 2017

    Chromite prices rebound; stronger renminbi supports brown fused alumina prices; supply shortage supports bauxite; global iodine price move up; antimony trioxide stalls.

  • Chinese bauxite shortage persists amid quality issues

    08 September 2017

    Refractory-grade bauxite prices remained firm as supply uncertainty related to anti-pollution controls in China continues, while market participants warned of quality issues brought about by intermittent production.

  • Stronger RMB supports brown fused alumina prices

    08 September 2017

    Rising renminbi value against the US dollar has eroded Chinese brown fused alumina (BFA) producers’ profit margins, and many are raising their offers in early September as a counter-measure. This has lifted BFA spot prices in China while anti-pollution checks continued to cap output.

  • Global Refractories: Facing the next production revolution

    08 September 2017

    One of the largest markets for industrial minerals, refractories are essential for producing steel, glass, ceramics, cement and lime and for many other processes requiring high temperatures. But as Richard Flook* explains, despite their crucial role, manufacturers of these products are facing significant challenges from changing global trends.

  • Indian refractories sector hopes rising steel tide will lift all boats

    08 September 2017

    Booming steel production has helped prop up demand for Indian refractories amid lacklustre demand from cement and foundries, but as Sunder Singh, IM Correspondent explains, the country’s relatively healthy market is attracting increased foreign competition.

  • Alteo triples Taiwanese grinding capacity

    06 September 2017

    The alumina producer increases Taiwanese grinding capacity in response to rising Asian demand.

  • New Chinese policy criminalises unlicensed businesses

    05 September 2017

    The Chinese government plans to criminalise businesses operating without licences, and the new, harsher policy could eliminate many small-scale industrial minerals producers without the legal paperwork.

  • Traxys Group completes acquisition of CMC Cometals

    04 September 2017

    Luxembourg-headquartered Traxys Group has successfully acquired US-based minerals trader CMC Cometals.

  • Metro to complete bauxite mine construction by year-end

    01 September 2017

    Ongoing works for the construction of the bauxite mine at the Bauxite Hills site in Australia are on schedule.

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