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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.



Imerys to consider divestment in review of roofing business

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Sale of the roofing division is only one of three options for Imerys subsequent to an internal review, contradicting reports that the business will definitely be sold.



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.



CERAMITEC 2018: Economic factors weigh on kaolin producers’ margins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Kaolin producers speaking at the Ceramitec 2018 conference outlined the cost pressures facing the upstream end of the market while consumers and retailers fight back against price increases in raw materials.



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.



CERAMITEC 2018: Strong kaolin demand in European ceramics contrasts with weak sentiment in paper

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

The conference was attended by many global kaolin-mining companies which supply the ceramics industry, and producers in Europe expect ceramics to be the principal driver of kaolin demand. They maintain a dim view of the potential for paper, despite figures showing growth in the paper and board sectors.



European, North American lithium spot markets up; Chinese spot market unchanged

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

The European and North American lithium market's prices increased slightly this week on lithium carbonate tightness in the spot market, while the Chinese spot market remains unchanged due to thin buying activity.



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.



Future lithium supply problems take center stage at Geological Society conference in London

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Lithium supplies will not increase as smoothly as predicted by a recent report produced by Morgan Stanley and any existing surplus will be absorbed by growing demand from existing users, keynote speakers told delegates at the Geological Society Lithium Conference, held in London on April 9-10.



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.



Chinese lithium carbonate imports, hydroxide exports volumes soften m-o-m in February

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:30:00 GMT

Lithium carbonate imports and lithium hydroxide exports in China fell in February, coinciding with higher contract prices in 2018.



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.



Orocobre lithium production down but average lithium carbonate prices up

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Adverse weather and lower evaporation rates reduced Orocobre’s lithium compounds output in the first quarter, but it still achieved higher sales prices.



INTERVIEW: Bolivia’s YLB targets spot, international markets for lithium

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Amid recent price increases, Bolivian lithium producer YLB has set its sights on international markets as it hurries to ramp up production. Industrial Minerals market reporter Martim Facada hears how the company and the state plan to harness the country’s vast resources.



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?



Solvay expects reduced profits from soda ash in 2018

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Higher costs for energy will hold back the performance of the chemicals division at Solvay this year, it says.



January shows strong spike in Chinese fluorspar export volumes

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Chinese export patterns suggest that there is a lot of acid-grade fluorspar material available, but supplies may be being manipulated to increase profits.



A growth trajectory: ceramics markets look to Asia

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:15:00 GMT

The ceramics industry registered a dip in trade and production following the global economic downturn in 2008. But, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh finds, trade in Asia is now picking up, which is putting renewed pressure on kaolin, zircon, bentonite and other ceramics markets.



Comment: Standard industries take hold

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT