BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Bauxite and Alumina


Imported bauxite volumes to China increased substantially in March to 4 million tonnes, up 47% m/m and 144% y/y. However, prices continued to fall. In March, the average price dropped to $55/t from $56/t last month, and down from $59/t at the beginning of 2015. Nonetheless, transaction volumes still reached a new height. As the chart […]

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Malaysia has been the talking point of the aluminium industry for some months now, as a result of the boom in exports of bauxite to China.   In 2014, Malaysia sold 3.5 million tonnes to China, after selling almost nothing in 2013. But for most of us, it’s just not possible to go there and […]

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One of the popular discussion points this year has been about how will China replace Indonesia as a source of bauxite. Since the Indonesian Government carried out its veto on exports of raw commodities (which it had been warning the market of since 2009), Chinese players have been trying a wide range of alternatives.  Those […]

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In the quest for feed for its burgeoning aluminium industry, China has been exploring the world looking for bauxite and/or alumina supplies, while at the same time growing its domestic bauxite mining industry quite rapidly. But there’s another source of alumina that often gets overlooked. Fly ash, otherwise known as coal ash, can contain up […]

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China’s import figures for bauxite and alumina illustrate one point about these markets that most commentators failed to notice or understand.   In a dynamic and evolving industry, there’s not enough time to develop new supply sources. China’s imports of bauxite so far this year are well down on 2013, with 22 million tonnes imported, […]

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China energy company Datang International Power Generation Pty Ltd (Datang) was in the news recently.   It has sold off its coal-to-gas facility to a Government-owned “sump company” – a company set up by Beijing to house troublesome assets. Datang is the company presently developing the process of extracting alumina from coal ash.   It […]

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