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  • Global alumina production decreases in May YoY 2022-06-30

    Jun. 30, 2022 - According to statistics released by the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), the global alumina production reached 11.73 million tons in May, rising by 3.09% compared to the previous month while decreasing by 3.08% from the same month a year ago. In May, China was the largest alumina producer, producing 6.6 million tons, up by 3.3% month on month and by 0.61% year on yea…

  • China's output of refractories' downstream industries in Jan-May 2022 2022-06-27

    Jun. 27, 2022 - Affected by unexpected factors such as the complex and severe international environment and the impact of the epidemic, the downward pressure on China's economic operation increased in the second quarter of 2022. In April, affected by the spread of the epidemic in many cities of China, the main economic indicators declined; In May, demand showed positive changes, but some indi…

  • The competitiveness of calcined bauxite producers in Xiaoyi 2022-06-25

    Jun. 24, 2022 - Rotary kiln calcined bauxite is at a high price in Xiaoyi, Shanxi. As the low quotation of bauxite with an alumina content of more than 85% gradually disappeared, some producers will continue to increase the price of bauxite with a content of 85% by 20-30 CNY/Ton. In the Xiaoyi, ore quality has declined, and the price of low- and medium-grade bauxite has not changed, so the ext…

  • Hebei's pig iron production increase 14.9% YoY in May 2022-06-23

    Jun. 23, 2022 - In May, China's pig iron output was 80.489 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 2.0%, setting a new record for monthly data. From January to May, China's cumulative pig iron output was 360.868 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 5.9%. Hebei Province has the highest pig iron production. Since 2022, the pig iron output in the first quarter of Hebei Province…

  • Global crude steel production down 3.5% YoY in May 2022 2022-06-23

    Jun. 22, 2022 - World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 169.5 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2022, a 3.5% decrease compared to May 2021. Crude steel production by region Africa produced 1.1 Mt in May 2022, down 18.9% on May 2021. Asia and Oceania produced 126.8 Mt, down 1.7%. The EU (27) produced 12.9 Mt, down…

  • Global primary aluminum production grows in May 2022-06-22

    Jun. 22, 2022 - According to statistics released by the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), the global primary aluminum production amounted to 5.805 million tons in May this year, growing by 3.64% compared to the previous month and slightly rising by 0.43% from the same month a year earlier. In the first five months of this year, the global primary aluminum production totaled 27.97 mil…

  • China's steel production may start to decline in 2023 2022-06-22

    Jun. 2022- Although China's steel production grows this year, it may probably start to decline in 2023. Considering that the government policy to replace low-efficiency mills with new-built larger mills has been removed, which could hopefully reduce the steel production of China in 2023-2026. Meanwhile, in 2022 the steel demand in both domestic and international markets may turn weak, whic…

  • Italy’s crude steel output decreases in May YoY 2022-06-22

    Jun. 22, 2022 - According to statistics from the Italian steelmakers' association Federacciai, Italy's crude steel production totaled around 2.1 million tons in May, decreasing by 0.6% compared to the same month a year ago. In the first five months of 2022, Italy's crude steel production was down by 1.9% year on year, reaching approximately 10.3 million tons. In terms of flat products, th…

  • China's cement output fell 15.3% YoY in Jan-May 2022 2022-06-21

    Jun. 21, 2022 - From January to May 2022, China's cement output was 783 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 15.3%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from January to April, and an increase of 19.2% in the same period last year; China's cement output was 203 million tons in May, a year-on-year decrease of 17%, an increase of 4.2% month-on-month. In May, the impact of the epi…

  • US April steel shipments down 2.6% from prior month 2022-06-20

    Jun. 9, 2022 - For the month of April 2022, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,629,985 net tons, a 2.7 percent decrease from the 7,845,008 net tons shipped in April 2021. Shipments were down 2.6 percent from the 7,835,600 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2022. Shipments year-to-date in 2022 are 30,456,079 net tons, a 1.7 percent increase vs. 2021 shipments of 29,951,322 for four months. …

  • Iranian cement sales decline in May 2022-06-20

    Jun. 20, 2022 - The Iranian cement market contracted 11.6 per cent YoY to 5.11Mt in May 2022 from 5.78Mt in May 2021, according to the Iranian cement association. In addition to domestic deliveries, 0.301Mt of cement and 0.558Mt of clinker was exported in May 2022. This represents a YoY decrease of 11.5 per cent for cement (May 2021: 0.34Mt) and 29.4 per cent for clinker (May 2021: 0.79Mt) …

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in Apr. 2022 2022-06-18

    Jun. 18, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's exports of white fused alumina, alumina, and silicon carbide in April 2022 increased by 11.32%, 1827.86%%, and 30.41% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year. Meanwhile, China's exports of flake graphite, fireclay, mullite, fused magnesia, dead burned magnesia, caustic calcined magnesia, brown fus…

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in Apr. 2022 2022-06-18

    Jun. 18, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of flake graphite, silica sand, andalusite, kyanite & sillimanite and aluminum ores in April 2022 increased remarkably by 345.55%, 10.33%, 50.13% and 27.36% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of chromite, zircon sand and alumina decreased by 11.2…

  • Ukraine's pig iron & crude steel output decreases in Jan-May YoY 2022-06-17

    Jun. 17, 2022 - According to data from the Ukrainian steelmakers' association Ukrmetallurgprom, in the first five months of 2022, Ukraine's pig iron production was around 4.15 million tons, decreasing by 53.3% year on year. During the period, the crude steel output from Ukraine was about 4.24 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 52.8%. Ukraine's steel production totaled around 3.79 mil…

  • ICRA revises outlook for Indian steel industry to ‘stable’ from ‘positive’ 2022-06-17

    Jun. 17, 2022 - After two consecutive years of robust growth, Indian steel companies are staring at a significant decline in earnings over the next 12 months as the industry faces multiple headwinds from the export duty on finished steel, unprecedented coal and energy cost pressures, and muted domestic demand, Indian rating agency ICRA said in an industry report on Friday, June 17. …

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