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  • Part of makers lift prices for alumina magnesia carbon brick 2021-05-14

    May 14, 2021 - In May, mainstream FOB price of bauxite based alumina magnesia carbon brick (Al2O3≥78%, MgO: 8%,C: 8%) stays at 745-820 USD/t and part of vendors raise quotations by 30 USD/t. That of alumina based alumina magnesia carbon brick is at 820-900 USD/t, keeping steady month on month. The reason why a part of makers lift quotations is the price hike of …

  • Demand for boron carbide in refractory industry sees growth 2021-05-13

    May 13, 2021 - In May, market prices of boron carbide continue stable status.   Some boron carbide producers said they have received some new orders from refractories companies this year and the demand from refractories companies has increased by about 10%-15%. Most of the new users are using boron carbide for the first time and it needs to be observed whether there will be a stable…

  • Power price rise pushes up the price of fused alumina 2021-05-12

    May 12, 2021 - The news of rising electricity prices almost sweeps the fused refractory minerals industry, even if it just happened the day before yesterday. The price for industrial electricity has been first raised by 0.02 yuan/kWh in the Sanmenxia Shanzhou Industrial Park starting at 3:00 pm on the 10th of May, because power companies are said to be considering raising…

  • Silica fume prices hold steady with uneven quality 2021-05-12

    May 12, 2021 - Market prices of silica fume with SiO2 content of 94% and 95% in China continue to stay stable in May. According to producers in Sichuan, the overall demand for silicon fume in the refractories industry this year is weaker than last year, partly due to the increase in the supply of silica fume, and the shrunk demand of steel sector for refractory materials with the boomin…

  • Prices of industrial alumina move upward slightly 2021-05-12

    May 12, 2021 - On May 6, China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission of China announced the decision to suspend indefinitely all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, a key intergovernmental dialogue between the two major Pacific economies. Australia is the main sourcing country for China to import industrial alumina. Nearly 70% of …

  • Market demand for alumina cement recovers modestly 2021-05-11

    May 11, 2021 - The prices of alumina cement CA-50 series continue the stable status this month.   The alumina cement producers’ capacity utilization still stays at around 60%-70%. Due to the high operating rate, producers’ inventory rate has increased to over 40%. Therefore, the market supply of alumina cement has gradually shifted from tight to abundant.   Alumina ceme…

  • Calcined bauxite prices in Guizhou temporarily stable 2021-05-11

    May 11, 2021 - In early May, market prices of rotary kiln calcined bauxite 80%, 85%, 88% lump in Guizhou remain the same with last month. However, though the bauxite market seems to be temporarily stable currently, the bauxite ore market has shown some fluctuation.   Recently, the supply of bauxite ores in Guizhou is relatively tight. It is reported that this is mainly due to the sa…

  • Price of rebonded magnesia chrome brick gets down 2021-05-11

    May 11, 2021 - Refwin surveys show up to now, mainstream FOB price of direct-bonded magnesia chrome brick (Cr2O3: 12%) stays at 730-745 USD/t. Mainstream FOB price of rebonded magnesia chrome brick (Cr2O3: 20%) is at 1,215-1,445 USD/t, down around 45 USD/t month on month. There are two factors leading to downward price adjustment of rebonded magnesia chrome brick. On the one hand, it is re…

  • Bauxite producers in Xiaoyi under rising cost pressure 2021-05-10

    May 10, 2021 - In early May, market prices of calcined bauxite 80%, 85%, 88% lump, rotary kiln in Xiaoyi remain unchanged despite the mass production suspension.   According to a recent survey, the supply of bauxite from Xiangwang Mine is normal. But some calcined bauxite producers said that the prices of bauxite ores have increased by 30 yuan per ton.   Around 15%-20% of…

  • Prices of phenolic resin continue to rise in May 2021-05-10

    May 10, 2021 - Market prices of phenolic resin in China follow the upward trend of last month and have risen by 400 yuan/ton when compared with that in April. Refwin survey shows that the price of phenol boosts 400 yuan/ton in May from last month's high level due to cost increase, and trade becomes more activate for buyers fearing further price hikes. Price increase of …

  • Bauxite producers in Yangquan at low operating rate 2021-05-08

    May 8, 2021 - Currently, prices of shaft kiln calcined bauxite in Yangquan remain stable despite the producers’ low operating rate.   Though the environmental supervision work in Shanxi is still continuing, the local government in Yangquan does not issue any mandatory production suspension regulations. The local government requires producers to conduct self-inspection. If they meet…

  • Zirconia market witnesses price soar 2021-05-07

    May 7, 2021 - Compared with April, mainstream price of yellow zirconia (ZrO2≥94.5%) and desilicated zirconia in China jumps by RMB 3,000/t, Refwin reports. The reason for this wave of swift price increase is still attributed to zircon sand price hike. Refwin detects the rise of desilicated zirconia is more fierce than zirconia for its wider application sectors and more perky market demand…

  • Prices of zircon sand in China continue to move upward 2021-05-07

    May 7, 2021 - Market prices of zircon sand imported from Australia have gone up by about 500 yuan/t in China, when compared with that in early April, but the upward drivers have weakened slightly. According to Refwin survey conducted among large-sized agents in China, they have not booked the zircon sand for the third quarter yet, and the overall supply situation in China will beco…

  • Flint clay prices show slight increase 2021-05-07

    May 7, 2021 - Market prices of flint clay YNS43, YNS44 and YNS45 in Shandong in May slightly increased by 20 yuan per tonne compared with the same period last month.   Although the extensive mine safety inspections have been completed, the rectification works after the safety inspections have started. At present, large flint clay mines like Wanglv Mine has resumed production, but th…

  • Silicon metal powder prices show signs of decrease 2021-04-25

    Apr. 25, 2021 - The ex-works prices of silicon metal powder have decrease by 200-300 yuan per ton over the past month. Silicon metal producers still maintain a high operating rate and the price of silicon metal has dropped by 500 yuan per ton. It’s expected that the silicon metal price in Southwest China is likely to continue falling after entering the wet season. Though the pri…

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