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  • Global crude steel production down 5.1% YoY in April 2022 2022-05-25

    May 24, 2022 - World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 162.7 million tonnes (Mt) in April 2022, a 5.1% decrease compared to April 2021. Crude steel production by region Africa produced 1.2 Mt in April 2022, down 5.4% on April 2021. Asia and Oceania produced 121.4 Mt, down 4.0%. The EU (27) produced 12.3 Mt, dow…

  • Bauxite prices to be pushed up on industry standardization 2022-05-24

    May 21, 2022 - In view of the shortage of higher-grade bauxite, Shanxi has accelerated the standardization of the bauxite market by implementing the payment of tax in the bauxite mining process, which is bound to drive up the price of calcined bauxite in Shanxi. Refwin survey shows that many bauxite mining companies in Shanxi have recently stopped production, and raw bauxite i…

  • Outputs of China finished refractory products of March in different regions 2022-05-23

    May 23, 2022 - According to statistics, in March outputs of finished refractory products in China show year-on-year decrease, with total output of 5,461,068 tons, down 9.55% YoY.    The year-on-year downward trend is common to different Chinese regions. Output in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province, Shanxi province, Liaoning province, Shanghai, Zhejiang province, Hubei province, Chon…

  • Refractory is fast emerging as key to India’s infrastructure growth 2022-05-22

    May 20, 2022 - According to Sameer Nagpal, MD and CEO, Dalmia-OCL/DBRL, India has entered a new phase of development. In this phase, we will witness a significant growth in infrastructure, thanks to the policy-driven focus on the sector. For instance, the Union Budget for FY 2022-23 outlined the roadmap for growth across infrastructure creation, which focusses on roads, mass transport, logi…

  • China's crude steel output down in Jan-Apr YoY 2022-05-21

    May 21, 2022 - According to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China, China's crude steel output totaled 92.8 million tons in April, up by 5.1% compared to the previous month while sliding by 5.2% from the same month a year ago. During the period, China's output of pig iron and finished steel totaled 76.8 million tons and 114.8 million tons, rising by 7.2% an…

  • Italy’s crude steel output rises in Apr YoY 2022-05-21

    May 21, 2022 - According to statistics from the Italian steelmakers' association Federacciai, Italy's crude steel production totaled around 2.16 million tons in April this year, increasing by 4.8% compared to the same month a year ago. In the first four months of 2022, the production of crude steel was down by 2.4% year on year, reaching approximately 8.1 million tons.

  • Covid enclosed management lifted in Haicheng 2022-05-10

    May 10, 2022 - According to latest notification from Haicheng Covid Precaution and Control Leading Department, since May 10th, the enclosed management is lifted in whole Haicheng area. Haicheng is one of leading magnesite reserving regions in the world and a main magnesia production base in China. The previous enclosed management imposed effect on normal magnesite and magnesia supply for d…

  • German steel plants cut the production 2022-05-02

    May 2, 2022 - High energy prices and tenses in the natural gas market are forcing steelmakers to reduce production. Germany’s steel plants are forced to cut steel production due to energy prices growth and the unpredictable situation in the natural gas market, Eurometal reported. German rebar mill Badische Stahlwerke, according to the statement, is still working at the…

  • Interview with Ms. Barbara Steuler, Chief Commercial Officer of Almatis Gmb… 2022-04-29

    Refwin: Dear Ms. Barbara Steuler, thanks for the interview. Would you please give a brief introduction to Almatis’ history and its current business structure?  Ms. Barbara Steuler: Almatis is the market leader in specialty alumina products and solutions for the high performance refractory and ceramics markets. At our core, we focus on customer centricity, innovative & sustainable…

  • A review of listed refractories companies in China 2022-04-26

    Apr. 26, 2022 - China's four listed refractories companies have announced the financial reports in 2021. All companies achieved a certain growth in revenue. Performance of China's listed refractories companies in 2021 Company Revenue (billion yuan) …

  • Global crude steel production down 5.8% YoY in March 2022 2022-04-24

    Apr. 22, 2022 - World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 161.0 million tonnes (Mt) in March 2022, a 5.8% decrease compared to March 2021. Crude steel production by region Global crude steel production was 456.6 Mt in the first three months of 2022, down by 6.8% compared to the same period in 2021. Asia and…

  • China’s output of refractories' downstream industries in Q1 2022 2022-04-22

    Apr. 22, 2022 - In the first quarter of 2022, affected by the Winter Olympics and the heating season, the production of China's steel industry was in strictly control. The spread of the epidemic and changes in the global market environment have further affected the production of refractories' downstream industries. In the first quarter of 2022, China's pig iron and crude steel ou…

  • World Container Index decreased by 0.9% to $7,874.43 per 40ft container 2022-04-22

    Apr. 22, 2022 - The composite index decreased by 0.9% this week, but, remains 60.3% higher than a year ago. The average composite index of the WCI, assessed by Drewry for year-to-date, is $8,965 per 40ft container, which is $5,708 higher than the five-year average of $3,257 per 40ft container. Drewry’s World Container Index composite index decreased by 0.9% to $7,874.4…

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in Feb 2022 2022-04-22

    Apr. 22, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of flake graphite, silica sand, aluminium ores, and alumina in February 2022 increased by 110.44%, 24.01%, 18.98% and 28.29% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of andalusite & kyanite & sillimanite, chromite, and zircon sand decreased by 47.61%, 4…

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in Feb 2022 2022-04-22

    Apr. 22, 2022 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's exports of fused magnesia, dead burned magnesia, caustic calcined magnesia, white fused alumina and silicon carbide in February 2022 increased by 11.4%, 26.52%, 53.66%, 16.27% and 53.46% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year. Meanwhile, China's exports of flake graphite, fireclay, m…

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