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Chinese magnesia prices steady on halt in magnesite mining

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT

The stoppage to magnesite mining in Liaoning province continued this week, and with no confirmed news on when a restart will happen, magnesia export prices were unchanged on quiet buying activity.

BATTERY MATERIALS CONF: Chinese graphite demand set to rise with NEV battery development

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

The demand for graphite in China will rise alongside growth in the new energy vehicles (NEVs) market due to its importance as an anode material in batteries, the chairman of Matrass c-Graphene Science Technology Group said at Industrial Minerals' and Metal Bulletin's inaugural Battery Materials conference in Shanghai on Thursday April 19.

Bauxite calcination plants in Shanxi shut on government orders

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Industrial Minerals understands no calcined bauxite operation in the Chinese province is being allowed to run, and the disruption may last for up to two months.

Lower Chinese prices push white fused alumina market down

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

The material has depreciated somewhat from the heights reached at the beginning of the year, with an evident split between cheaper Chinese material and more expensive prices from other regions.

Showa Denko sets up battery materials subsidiary in China

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

The Japanese company will supply anode material, carbon nanotubes and other products for use in lithium-ion batteries in China, hoping to seize business opportunities in the leading battery market in Asia.

Timab Magnesium becomes sole owner of Spain’s Magnesitas Navarras

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:30:00 GMT

The subsidiary of France-based Roullier takes full ownership of the Spanish magnesia producer after 18 years of joint ownership with Grecian Magnesite, at a time of tightness in the global magnesia markets.

Rio Tinto raises speciality alumina output in Q1

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Bauxite production increased from last year but was down by 8% from Q4 last year due to wet weather affecting mining operations.

Market fears rise in prices as Liaoning stops magnesite mining

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

A sudden government-ordered halt to magnesite mining in China’s main magnesia-producing province has triggered a rise in domestic prices, with exporters planning to raise export prices if the restriction continues.

CERAMITEC 2018: Ten key things we learned this year

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:30:00 GMT

A summary of ten of the most valuable points to be learnt at the 2018 Ceramitec conference, held in Munich, Germany, on April 10-13.

Metro Mining starts bauxite production at Queensland asset

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:30:00 GMT

The Australian company has a number of supply agreements in place with China-based alumina and aluminium producers, which have been affected by disruptions of their local bauxite supplies during rounds of government inspections and closures last year.

Chinese graphite exports, imports rise y-o-y in Feb

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Chinese demand for graphite was notably stronger at the beginning of this year than in early 2017, contributing to firm prices, while imports of non-Chinese graphite are increasing significantly.

Spherical graphite price grows on tight supply

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The price for uncoated spherical graphite in China has increased twice over the course of one month, while demand from overseas buyers has led to a rebound in Chinese export volumes.

Saint-Gobain expands glassmaking capacity in China with JV

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:30:00 GMT

The French glassmaker already operates three production units for automotive glass, and wants to capitalise on growing demand from the automotive sector in Asia.

China magnesia market stable while mining restrictions continue

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Prices in the global markets for magnesia products remained steady over the past week despite the challenges of mining restrictions, lackluster demand and reduced availability.

Chinese antimony trioxide market softens amid fears of trade war

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:30:00 GMT

The market for antimony trioxide in China has softened week on week on fears of a possible trade war between China and the United States, as well as lower demand.

Weak activity slows chemical chromite trading; foundry-grade spread increasing

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Chinese chemical chromite buyers have been slow to return to the market after the holiday period with volatility in UG2 chrome ore potentially contributing to the hesitant attitude, while foundry chromite premiums have been increasing.

Hydro says fresh reviews confirm no contamination from Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Reviews by Hydro and a third-party environmental consultancy have found no indications of contamination from the company's Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil, Hydro said on Monday April 9.

Brazilian ATH exports fall 87% in March on Hydro’s output cut

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Market concerns that Hydro’s production cuts would affect alumina hydrate output seem to be proving accurate after both March and first-quarter exports dropped on an annual comparison.

Lead times grow for alumina, silicon carbide amid tightness in supply

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT

Users of silicon carbide, brown-fused alumina and calcined alumina are having to wait longer to get their consignments amid limited availability and firm prices.

Graphite juniors news in brief, April 4

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

A brief roundup of notable activity in the graphite industry, with news from Armadale Capital, Alba Mineral Resources, Archer Exploration, Black Rock Mining and Magnis Resources.

US private equity firm buys Prince Corp

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT

The minerals supplier has been acquired by American Securities.

Refractories industry remains cool under pressure

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

The world’s refractories manufacturers are proving resilient, despite mounting pressures on the sector. How is this most traditional of industries adapting to unpredictable circumstances?

Comment: Standard industries take hold

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT