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  • China's exports of flake graphite show improvement 2020-09-30

    Sep. 30, 2020 - In August, China’s export of flake graphite dropped slightly, and the import volume continued the downward trend.   In August, China exported 9,059 tonnes of flake graphite, down by 0.28% compared to August 2019. Iran, India, and Germany were the top three importers of flake graphite from China, with a year-on-year growth rate respectively at 117.31%, 44.64…

  • Output of refractories' downstream industries in August 2020 2020-09-30

    Sep. 30, 2020 - According to official statistics, the output of refractories in China reached 1.828 million tonnes in August 2020, a year-on-year increase of 0.27%; the accumulative output of refractories from January to August was 14.513 million tonnes, a 10.44% decrease compared to the same period of last year. Generally, the monthly output of refractories’ downstream industries has …

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in July 2020 2020-09-29

    Sep. 29, 2020 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of silica sand, andalusite & kyanite & sillimanite, and alumina in July 2020 increased remarkably by 84.79%, 121.16% and 106.41% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of flake graphite, dead burned magnesia, brown fused alumina and silicon carbide plu…

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in July 2020 2020-09-29

    Sep. 29, 2020 - According to the statistics from China Customs, exports of many refractories declined in July this year. Among those, China's exports of fireclay, mullite, BFA and silicon carbide decreased remarkably by 40.30%, 45.35%, 51.65% and 58.70% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year. Meanwhile, China's exports of other refractory products&…

  • 8 refractories manufacturers in China shortlisted in the 5th batch of green… 2020-09-28

    Sep. 28, 2020 - The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) recently published to be included in the fifth batch of green manufacturing list, according to the "Notice on Construction of Green Manufacturing System" and the "Notice on Recommendation of the Fifth Batch of Green Manufacturing List and the Review of the First Two Batches".  Ei…

  • Tanzania publishes export regulations update for natural graphite 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - According to Roskill, the Government of Tanzania has published updated regulations concerning the export of natural graphite concentrate. The new regulations make no changes to either the 65% minimum content for total graphitic content (TGC) or to the payment of royalties as conditions of export. The Mining Regulations, 2020 supersedes the Mining Guidelines set last year. &n…

  • China andalusite import possible to ramp up 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - Customs data shows from January to July 2020, China import of andalusite totals 13,923.67 tons, down 12.49% YoY. Therein, China import from Iran is 401.48 tons and that from UAE (Iranian source) is 300 tons, showing salient increase year on year. Import from South Africa is 7,472 tons, down 33.17% YoY. Import from France is 5,376 tons, up 40.23% YoY. Import from Peru is 374…

  • China's bauxite production slides during Jan-Aug 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - According to statistics, China produced around 6.68 million tons of bauxite in August, up by 0.75% compared to the previous month while dropping by 1.0% from the same month a year ago.   Among them, the output from Shanxi accounted for the largest proportion, totaling roughly 2.3 million tons, a month-on-month decrease of 1.72%, followed by Henan, Guangxi, G…

  • China's bauxite imports hike in Aug 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - According to statistics, China imported around 10.3 million tons of bauxite in August, growing by 19.7% compared to the same month a year earlier.   In the first eight months of this year, China’s accumulative bauxite imports amounted to approximately 79.6 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 11.6%.

  • Cyanite import from US keeps rising despite trade friction 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - According to customs data, from January to July 2020, China imported 3351.72 tons of cyanite from US in total, up 30.16% YoY in spite of trade friction. Therein, firms in Tianjin imported 3331.67 tons and the rest is to Jiangsu province. Cyanite import from Thailand is descending. From January to July 2020, the import volume is totally 288 tons, down 33.33% YoY and the dest…

  • Alacero: Latin America shows signs of a slow recovery in steel production a… 2020-09-27

    Sep. 27, 2020 - Latin America is one of the regions most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in a severe economic crisis. The countries in the region are offering tax incentives according to their conditions in order to reactivate their economies and restore at least part of the jobs lost. Despite some positive signs, there is a long road ahead to achieve normality again. …

  • The 2nd China International Refractories Industry Exposition rounded off 2020-09-25

    Sep. 24, 2020 - The 2nd China International Refractories Industry Exposition (CIRIE 2020) has successfully come to a close on 24th of September in Tangshan, Hebei province, one of the biggest steel production cities in China. Organized by Refractories Window (Refwin) and sponsored by the Association of China Refractories Industry (ACRI) and Association of Hebei Refrac…

  • US steel imports down 21% year-to-date through August 2020-09-25

    Sep. 25, 2020 - Data shows the U.S. imported a total of 1,300,000 net tons (NT) of steel in August 2020, including 1,188,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (down 51.9% and 13.9%, respectively, vs. July final data).  Through the first eight months of 2020, total and finished steel imports are 16,400,000 and 11,211,000 net tons (NT), down 20.7% and 26.9%, respectively, vs. the same …

  • Global crude steel up 0.6% YoY in August 2020 2020-09-25

    Sept. 25, 2020 - According to World Steel Association (worldsteel), world crude steel production for the 64 countries was 156.2 million tonnes (Mt) in August 2020, a 0.6% increase compared to August 2019.  Due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this month's figures are estimates that may be revised with next month's production …

  • Graphite firms integrate European battery supply chain 2020-09-24

    Sep. 24, 2020 - Graphite mining firms are developing an integrated supply chain in Europe, in response to rising demand from electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and EU concerns about critical mineral supply. Much of the focus in the EV market remains on the lithium supply chain, but graphite is also significant for battery production. Historically, around 70pc has been mined in China, and close…

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