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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.

Fluorspar export volumes drop by 40% m-o-m in February

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:45:00 GMT

China's February fluorspar exports have fallen below average monthly levels due to full and partial production closures resulting from environmental inspections.

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.

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.

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.

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.