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  • Global alumina output up 5.49% in October 2022-12-08

    Dec. 8, 2022 - Data reveals in October, global alumina output was 12,004 thousand tons, up 5.49% YoY and 4% MoM.  Global alumina’s daily output in October was 387.2 thousand tons, up 5.48% YoY and 0.65% MoM. From January to October, global alumina output totals 116,067 thousand tons, up 0.44% compared with same period of last year. In October, China’s alumina outp…

  • Outputs of China refractory products of October in different regions 2022-12-05

    Dec. 5, 2022 - According to statistics, in October outputs of refractory products in China show year-on-year increase, with total output of 2,020,702.64 tons, up 0.92% YoY.    The output increases in Chinese regions like Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Anhui province, Jiangxi province, Hubei province, Guangdong province and Gansu province are over 8%. Dropping degrees in Shaanxi, Sichua…

  • German government to cap energy prices from March 2023 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - The German government has announced that it will apply natural gas and electricity price relief measures, capping energy prices in March 2023 until the end of April 2024. The government will finance this €200 billion measure to tackle the energy crisis by temporarily levying charges on the profits of electricity producers after December 1 this year. The measures, …

  • CISA: Steel exports to be impacted by stronger RMB and weak overseas demand 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - The increasing trend of steel prices in the Chinese domestic market and the appreciation of the Chinese currency exerted a negative impact on China’s steel exports in November, as stated by the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA). In October alone, China imported 772,000 mt of finished steel, down 31.5 percent year on year, while down 13.4 percent month on mon…

  • Performance of Brazilian steel sector rated as positive in 2022 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - The Brazilian steel institute, IABr, updated its expectations for the year, with apparent consumption of steel products reaching 23.3 million mt, domestic sales reaching 20.2 million mt and the steel production reaching 34.6 million mt, ranking 2022 as the fourth best year in the decade; however, when compared to an “atypical year” such as 2021, such figures are show a declin…

  • Tangshan to build China's largest waste steel processing and utilization ba… 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - On November 24, the Tangshan government issued a notice on the implementation plan for the construction of waste materials recycling system (2022-2025).  It is mentioned that by 2025, the Tangshan's steel production enterprises will recycle 40 million tons of scrap steel, and the proportion of scrap steel will reach more than 30%. Reduce raw ore mining by 172 …

  • Vietnam cement market expands 5% in October 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - Cement sales in Vietnam saw a five per cent increase to 5,376,495t in October 2022 when compared with October 2021, according to the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). Of this total VICEM reported a four per cent uptick YoY to 1,805,791t while other VNCA members increased their deliveries at the same rate to 1,200,704t. Vietnam’s other producers saw a fiv…

  • European construction outlook revised down for 2023 2022-12-01

    Dec. 1, 2022 - The outlook for Europe in 2023 remains challenging and unpredictable after a better than expected 2022. Citing recent data from Euroconstruct, the materials, construction and infrastructure sector in the EU-15 plus four Eastern European countries is now expected to expand by just 0.2 per cent next year, but this has been revised down from growth of 2.3 per cent forecast in June…

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in Sep 2022 2022-11-30

    Nov. 30, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of flake graphite, silica sand, and chromite in September 2022 increased by 147%, 79.72% and 13.74% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of zircon sand, aluminium ore and andalusite, kyanite & sillimanite decreased by 3.5%, 1.61% and 5.58% respectively compa…

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in Sep 2022 2022-11-30

    Nov. 30, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's exports of mullite, fused magnesia, and alumina in September 2022 increased by 9.56%, 7.49% and 2336.36% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year. Meanwhile, China's exports of flake graphite, fireclay, dead bruned magnesia, caustic calcined magnesia, brown fused alumina, white fused…

  • China's output of refractories' downstream industries in Jan-Oct 2022 2022-11-29

    Nov. 29, 2022 - In October, the added value of China's industrial enterprises above designated size organically increased by 5.0% year-on-year and 0.33% month-on-month. From January to October, the added value of China's industrial enterprises above designated size increased by 4.0% year-on-year. In October, China's output of refractories' downstream industries mainly rebounded. …

  • Chinese cement output falls by 12% in Jan.-Sep. 2022 2022-11-28

    Nov. 28, 2022 - Data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China shows that cement output fell by 12% year-on-year to 1.56Bnt in the first nine months of 2022 from 1.78Bnt in the same period in 2021. However, output started to pick up on a monthly basis in September 2022, with a year-on-year increase of 1% to 207Mt. Despite national increases in infrastructure development, the China Cement A…

  • Supply of China's chrome ores increases 2022-11-26

    Nov. 26, 2022 - According to customs data, from January to December 2021, China's total imports of chrome ore were 14.92 million tons, of which about 12 million tons were imported from South Africa, accounting for more than 80% of the total imports. The verified chrome ores in China are mainly distributed in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Gansu, and the basic reserves a…

  • Global alumina production slightly increases in Q3 QoQ 2022-11-26

    Nov. 26, 2022 - According to statistics released by the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), global alumina production totaled around 35.68 million tons in the third quarter, a slight quarter-on-quarter increase of 1.22%.  Among them, China's alumina output was 20.76 million tons, up by 2.98% quarter on quarter and by 9.9% year on year. The production from Oceania was 4.85 millio…

  • The output of refractories in Liaoning up 24.7% in Jan-Oct 2022 2022-11-26

    Nov. 26, 2022 - Liaoning Province is rich in magnesite resources, and the magnesite industry has become the most resource competitive industry in Liaoning, and also the pillar industry for its economic development. Magnesia-based refractories occupy a leading position, covering about 90% of the domestic market and about 60% of the international market, and play an important role in the d…

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