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  • BFA producers plan to raise prices on cost rise 2021-04-16

    Apr. 16, 2021 - Market prices of brown fused alumina (BFA) stay firm with an upward trend in April, chiefly because of production constraints due to a reduction in the supply of BFA's raw materials, calcined bauxite, whose producers in Shanxi and Henan have ceased production as a result of environmental impacts. Refwin survey shows that China's central environmenta…

  • Silica fume producers under rising costs pressure 2021-04-15

    Apr. 15, 2021 - Market prices of silica fume 94% & 95% in Sichuan continue to stabilize in April. According to local producers, the production cost of silica fume has risen this year, and "no price increase" means "price reduction."  They said that the transportation costs have led to an increase of at least 5% in packaging costs and labor costs this year. Therefore, t…

  • Market of pyrophyllite for refractories picks up 2021-04-15

    Apr. 15, 2021 - In April, the market prices of pyrophyllite Al2O3: 13%-18% and SiO2: 75-80% produced in Zhejiang remain stable at the previous month's level. Some companies said that sales to refractories sector continue to improve. Refwin survey shows that the current operating rate of pyrophyllite producters is still maintained at more than 80%. From mid-March until now, t…

  • Indian sillimanite supply interruption to China 2021-04-14

    Apr. 14, 2021 - Up to Mid-April, market price of China’s indigenous sillimanite 55%, 80-120 mesh remains unchanged, but imported sillimanite sources confront cutting state. Domestically, the producers in Lingshou, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province are almost under utilization rate of 50%. They are majorly selling inventory and the supply capacity won’t ramp up largely in short run. Con…

  • Prices of kyanite seen a modest rise in April 2021-04-14

    Apr. 14, 2021 - Market prices of kyanite edge up by 50 yuan/ton as market demand picks up this month. Refwin survey shows that the inventory level has reduced to 10%, and buyers have started a new round of procurement as their kyanite inventories are exhausted which was reserved before the Spring Festival. On the other hand, the overall market supply of kyanite is in a do…

  • Smooth market operation for ladle castables in April 2021-04-14

    Apr. 14, 2021 - Market prices of refractory castables DGBJ-85 and DGBJ-75 for steel ladle hold steady in April, but the overall price level has lowered by about 1,000 yuan/ton from the same period last year. According to Refwin survey, the number of producters whose main business is ladle castables has decreased. On the one hand, manufacturers usually arrange production a…

  • Burnt magnesia brick prices inching up in April 2021-04-14

    Apr. 14, 2021 - Prices of burnt magnesia brick quoted by some producers in April are 100-200 yuan/ton higher when compared with that in previous month, as a result of production restrictions caused by environmental inspection. According to producers in Liaoning, most of them are less affected by environmental inspection, and they currently sell products in stock …

  • Bauxite prices stay at a high level in Yangquan 2021-04-13

    Apr. 13, 2021 - In mid-April, prices of shaft kiln calcined bauxite in Yangquan generally keep stable compared with last month.   The operating rate of most calcined bauxite producers in Yangquan in April is around 40%-50%, an increase from the previous month.   As for the production costs, prices of bauxite ores from Yangquan region remain high and stable and the price …

  • Market prices remain stable for bauxite in Jiexiu 2021-04-13

    Apr. 13, 2021 - Market prices of calcined bauxite in Jiexiu remain stable and producers’ sales show some improvement compared with last month.   According to a recent survey, most bauxite producers using down-draft kilns are operating normally, with operating rate of 40%-60. Their inventory rate is around 40%-50%, a slight decrease from the previous month. Most producers also said …

  • Calcium aluminate cement in stable supply 2021-04-13

    Apr. 13, 2021 - According to a recent survey, China’s calcium aluminate cement ex-works prices remain stable this month, while export prices decrease slightly due to the devaluation of yuan. The average prices of FOB Tianjin, sintered CA-70 and fused CA-70 respectively stay at USD 910 per tonne and USD 1,045 per tonne.   In terms of its raw material, the price of…

  • Sintered MgO-Al spinel in varied quotations 2021-04-13

    Apr. 13, 2021 - Refwin surveys in April show due to disparity of detailed product specs, market quotations for SMB-60 in China demonstrate comparatively large variation. The lower FOB price can be 445 USD/t. The FOB price in middle level can be 525 USD/t. The higher FOB price can be 660 USD/t. In spite of the price disparity, compared with last month, the overall market price keeps flat, s…

  • WFA producers in Chiping idling on power cut 2021-04-12

    Apr. 12, 2021 - As environmental control measures intensifies, part of the generator set in Chiping Xinfa Industrial Park has been shut down, resulting in reduced capacity utilization rate of white fused alumina (WFA) producers in the park.  Refwin survey shows that almost all local WFA producers have ceased production at present with the exception of Chiping Haoxin …

  • Market demand shrinks for alumina cement in April 2021-04-12

    Apr. 12, 2021 - The pice of alumina cement CA-50 series continues to stay stable in April as it has been unchanged since the beginning of 2021. With the end of the heating season, the capacity utilization of alumina cement producers in Zhengzhou, Henan has gradually recovered to about 70% currently, which is likely to be decrease from this month because demand is shrinking and sales are…

  • Prices of phenolic resin quoted higher in April 2021-04-09

    Apr. 9, 2021 - Market prices of phenolic resin stay unchanged at high level in April, for both used in making iron trough materials, magnesia carbon bricks and functional refractproes for continuous casting, but prices quoted by phenolic resin producers are 100 yuan/t higher than that in previous month due to price hike of pheno as the raw material. Refwin survey shows that as of early …

  • Calcined alumina prices lower down slightly in April 2021-04-09

    Apr. 9, 2021 - Market prices of calcined alumina in Shandong decline slightly by 30 yuan/t in April, for Al2O3≥99%, 325mesh. The driving force is the price decrease of industrial alumina by the same amount. According to local producers of calcined alumina in Shandong, the market outlook of industrial alumina still remains uncertain from the current point of view, therefore they ju…

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