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  • Can the price of tabular alumina be raised again? 2021-07-30

    Jul. 30, 2021 - The electricity price of corundum producing areas has been raised by 4-5 cents/kWh, Chiping and Zouping of Shandong Province currently under the normal power cuts, Zhengzhou of Henan suffered a heavy rain disaster, other urbans in Henan have slowed down the use of electricity to support Zhengzhou, resulting in an increase in the cost of corundum and a tight supply. The corundum…

  • Limited production of brown fused alumina in Guizhou 2021-07-29

    Jul. 29, 2021 - Summer is the peak period for civilian electricity consumption. The Guizhou Provincial Government requires enterprises to use electricity in an orderly manner, use electricity at peak shifts, and reduce power consumption, so as to alleviate the shortage of power supply. Brown fused alumina enterprises are also included.   According to Refwin survey, most brow…

  • Market review on dead burned magnesia in July 2021-07-28

    Jul. 28, 2021 - According to Refwin investigations, in July mainstream FOB prices of DBM 90%, 92% and 95%, lump remain flat compared with last month, respectively at 255 USD/t, 270 USD/t and 450 USD/t, while mainstream FOB price of DBM 96.5%, lump stays at 465 USD/t, down around 50 USD/t. That of DBM 97% stands at 495 USD/t, down 50 USD/t. The DBM market this month can be divided into thre…

  • Zircon sand price soars constantly in July 2021-07-26

    Jul. 26, 2021 - Up to late-July, mainstream prices of zircon sand 65% and 66%, 80-120 mesh from Australia in China market both have soared by around 770 USD/t, which is caused by unceasing supply shortage. Overseas, Rio Tinto has declared force majeure on customer contracts at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa due to an escalation in the security situation at the operat…

  • Forsterite's downstream demand continues decline 2021-07-26

    Jul. 26, 2021 - According to Refwin investigations, in July forsterite producers’ operating rate in Xixia, Henan province remains at around 45%. Currently, mainstream FOB price of forsterite raw ore (MgO:43%) stands at 90-100 USD/t, maintaining stability in contrast to previous month. Local vendors generally comment the downstream buyers’ demand keeps on declining and the business c…

  • Silicon carbide prices slump in Gansu 2021-07-23

    Jul. 23, 2021 - At the end of June, the price of silicon carbide increased sharply, and the export price of silicon carbide blocks, SiC 98% FOB Tianjin, was USD 1,090 per ton. Until mid-to-early July, silicon carbide prices remained firm. Recently, however, the price of silicon carbide in Gansu has begun to decline.   It is learned that silicon carbide producers in Gansu ha…

  • Fused alumina enterprises production interrupted in Henan 2021-07-23

    Jul. 23, 2021 - Henan Province is the main producing area of brown fused alumina and white fused alumina in China. Recently, Henan has been severely affected by heavy rains, especially Dengfeng, Gongyi and Xingyang in Zhengzhou, as well as Xinxiang and Anyang in Henan. According to Refwin, corundum enterprises in Sanmenxia and Jiaozuo are basically not affected, but because some customers are l…

  • Andalusite price goes up in July 2021-07-23

    Jul. 23, 2021 - In July, mainstream price of andalusite 55%, granule in China rises by 15 USD/t compared with last month. For the moment, large scale Chinese andalusite factories have adjusted prices by 3-5%. In late of June, Imerys also announced andalusite price increase by around 45 USD/t, up 10%-12%, which is due to lower operating rate under pandemic, ocean freight hike and warehousin…

  • Market supply of sillimanite keeps tight 2021-07-23

    Jul. 23, 2021 - In July, mainstream price of China’s indigenous sillimanite 55%, 80-120 mesh increases by 8-15 USD/t, which is caused by tight market supply. Nationally, producers in Lingshou, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province give feedback their utilization rate is still at around 50%, with stockpile of 100-200 tons. Linkou Xinyuan Sillimanite in Heilongjiang province has started production, …

  • Kyanite supply capacity turns better 2021-07-20

    Jul. 20, 2021 - Surveys reveal market price of kyanite in China remains unchanged in contrast to previous month, coupled with recovery of overall supply capacity. Some Chinese kyanite producers told Refwin their inventory rate ramps up from 8% of last month to 10%. Due to higher market quotation of Australian kyanite, the market demand for it shows decline. Domestically, a kyanite p…

  • MgO-CaO brick with narrow profit margin 2021-07-20

    Jul. 20, 2021 - For the moment, mainstream FOB price of burnt MgO-CaO brick (CaO: 20%) remains at around 590 USD/t; that of burnt MgO-CaO brick (CaO: 30%) stands at 700-745 USD/t, Refwin reports. From raw material end, mainstream FOB price of sintered magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 20%) stands at 310-340 USD/t. Mainstream FOB price of sintered magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 30%) …

  • Prices of iron ore pellet bentonite remain stable in July 2021-07-19

    Jul. 19, 2021 - In mid-July, market price of sodium bentonite (colloid index: 400) excluding tax was concentrated at 450 yuan/ton, unchanged from the previous month.   Bentonite manufacturers in Jianping and Heishan, Liaoning told Refwin that sodium bentonite is the most commonly employed binder in the iron ore pellets due to its strong cohesiveness and high-temperature stability, u…

  • Silicon carbide prices in Ningxia remain firm 2021-07-19

    Jul. 19, 2021 - After the price increase of silicon carbide in Ningxia in May and June, the market price now stays firm. At present, the export price of petroleum-coke-based silicon carbide, 98% SiC, FOB Tianjin, is around USD 1,080-1,095 per ton, and the export price of anthracite-based silicon carbide, 98% SiC, FOB Tianjin, is around USD 1,155-1,170 per ton.   The increas…

  • Magnesia calcium clinker runs basically steady 2021-07-19

    Jul. 19, 2021 - Refwin investigations show in July, mainstream FOB price of sintered magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 20%) stands at 310-340 USD/t. Mainstream FOB price of sintered magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 30%) stays at 355-385 USD/t. That of sintered magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 55%) stays at 435 USD/t. That of high grade fused magnesia calcium clinker (CaO: 40%) is at 620 …

  • Lightweight mullite bricks sell well in the market 2021-07-19

    Jul. 19, 2021 - In July, the market price of lightweight mullite bricks MG-23 remain stable month-on-month.   Starting this year, raw material prices have gradually stabilized, while labor and fuel have become important factors in cost changes. Natural gas prices have risen instead of falling this summer, production costs of enterprises have risen. The current price has not yet been…

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