BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Bauxite and Alumina


AZ China’s 5th biennial conference will be held in Shanghai September 7-9.  But there are just 33 days to go if you want to make the most of the Early Bird special price. The Early Bird registration fee is just US$1000, but it jumps up from June 1.   Compare that price with other conferences […]

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I came across a story on the weekend about the Huomei alumina refinery in Inner Mongolia. According to the news story, 300 tribal herdsmen protested at the plant recently, but their protest was cut short by the presence of 500 police and security guards.  The story says that police roughed up a few of the protesters, […]

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China imported a record amount of bauxite in 2015, hitting 53 million tonnes.  That’s a big jump over 2014, which came in at 40 million tonnes. China also produced a lot more metal in 2015, with almost 32 million tonnes produced (see previous post about whether that number is completely accurate.) But hidden is these […]

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The news that sanctions on Iran would be lifted will have some implications for aluminium. When I visited Tehran in 2014, the local aluminium industry was very much looking forward to the day when the sanctions would be lifted. At present, Iran has to import both alumina and aluminium.   Its smelters need alumina, but […]

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Bloomberg has today run a story that 4 government officials in Pahang state in Malaysia have been detailed on corruption charges. This news follows the announcement on Wednesday of a 3-month moratorium on the mining of bauxite in Kuantan.   Kuantan is the capital of Malaysia’s Pahang state. Bloomberg says the detained officials were  from […]

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The Malaysia government has announced a 3-month moratorium on the mining of bauxite, effective January 15. The moratorium, which we first alerted readers to on the weekend, will not affect existing export permit holders, who can continue exporting from the stockpiles that have built up around the port. But perhaps the potentially most important part […]

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