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  • Iran produced over 176,000 tons of alumina powder in 9 months 2023-01-29

    Jan. 28, 2023 - Iran has produced 176,239 tons of alumina powder during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 21, 2022). As reported, the figure shows nearly one percent growth as compared to the output in the nine-month period of the previous year, which was 175,284 tons. Aluminum oxide, which is commonly called alumina, is an inert, odorless, whit…

  • Cement production cut down by 70 percent in Nepal 2023-01-28

    Jan. 27, 2023 - The cement industry has cut its production by up to 70 percent due to the drop in demand in the market. Due to the heavy decline in the demand for cement due to stagnation of development projects resulting from liquidity crisis in banks, reduction in capital expenditure, lack of construction materials, the production has been affected.  Dhruba Thapa, president of Nepal Ceme…

  • China Imports of Refractory Materials and Products in Nov 2022 2023-01-27

    Jan. 27, 2023 - According to the statistics from China Customs, China's imports of flake graphite, silica sand, aluminium ore, chromite and alumina in November 2022 increased by 105.56%, 35.28%, 52.73%, 18.13% and 24.19% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, while imports of andalusite, kyanite & sillimanite and zircon sand decreased by 46.3…

  • China Exports of Refractory Materials and Products in Nov 2022 2023-01-27

    Jan. 27, 2023 - According to the statistics from China Customs, except for alumina, China's exports of major refractory raw materials all achieved negative growth in November 2022, among which fireclay fell the most, down 61.13% year-on-year. The table below shows China's exports of refractory materials and products in the eleventh month of 2022 and 2021: …

  • ARENA maps out pathways towards zero emissions alumina 2023-01-26

    Jan. 25, 2023 - The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released a roadmap to decarbonise Australia’s alumina sector – crucial for net zero goals as the country is the world’s largest alumina exporter. Worth $7.5 billion to the national economy every year, the Roadmap for Decarbonising Australian Alumina Refining, outlines technologies that could reduce emissions from Austral…

  • Site secured for Australia’s first critical minerals plant to be built in N… 2023-01-26

    Jan. 25, 2023 - An Australian-first critical minerals demonstration facility which will be expanded to include more than just vanadium will be built in Townsville to unlock Queensland’s next mining and manufacturing boom. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $75 million facility – more than seven times the original investment - will be located at Cleveland Bay Industrial Park between t…

  • Japan’s domestic steel consumption down 7.2 percent in Jan-Nov 2023-01-25

    Jan. 25, 2023 - In November last year, domestic steel product consumption in Japan amounted to 3.74 million metric tons, rising by 0.3 percent compared to October and declining by 7.7 percent year on year, according to the data released by the Japan Iron and Steel Association (JISF). Meanwhile, in the January-November period last year, domestic steel consumption in the country dropped by 7.2 …

  • China records higher aluminum, alumina trade with Russia in 2022 2023-01-23

    Jan. 20, 2023 - China's primary aluminum imports from Russia rose for the sixth straight month in December 2022, while alumina exports also rose sharply, customs data showed Jan. 20. China's primary aluminum imports fell 65.8% on the year to 540,409 mt in 2022, the customs data showed. China's aluminumimports rose 15.3% on the month and 55.8% on the year to 127,646 mt in December …

  • Hydrova technology helps to decarbonize aluminum, cement production 2023-01-21

    Jan. 20, 2023 - California-based Hydrova, a technology startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and TST Inc., a California-based aluminum recycler, have produced aluminum ingots using salt and aluminum recovered from dross, generating hydrogen during the recovery process, further enhancing the sustainability of aluminum recycling. Hydrova was spun out of MI…

  • Indonesia bans bauxite exports in boost for Aussie miners 2023-01-19

    Jan. 19, 2023 - Indonesia will stop exporting bauxite, used to make aluminium, this year as South-East Asia’s largest economy doubles down on protectionist policies to boost advanced manufacturing at home. Indonesia’s Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia confirmed the bauxite ban in remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. The move is likely to benefit Australi…

  • India's mineral production rises by 9.7% in November 2022 2023-01-19

    Jan. 18, 2023 - According to the data released on Tuesday, the index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of November, 2022 (Base: 2011-12=100) at 105.8, is 9.7% higher as compared to the level in the month of November, 2021. As per the provisional statistics of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), the cumulative growth for the period April-November, 2022-23 over the…

  • Sweden discovers largest rare earth deposit in Europe 2023-01-13

    Jan. 12, 2023 - EU is looking for other sources than China for these crucial minerals, but it will take at least a decade before Sweden’s are available to industry. Sweden’s state-owned mining company says it has identified more than 1 million tonnes of rare earth minerals in the northern area of Kiruna. LKAB said on Thursday that the deposit, found next to its iron ore mine, was the…

  • A new sorting technology is expected to cut 800,000 tonnes of CO2 2023-01-13

    Jan. 12, 2023 - Scientists from SINTEF and Norsk Elektro Optikk are working with partners across Europe on a new sorting technology. The researchers are developing a sensor-based system for recycling refractories, with the aim of significantly reducing Europe’s carbon emissions. And the potential is there, as this technology could reduce CO2-emissions by as much as 800,000 tonnes. “Differ…

  • Why Indonesia Plans to Ban Bauxite Exports in 2023? 2023-01-11

    Jan. 10, 2023 - As reported by Reuters, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently announced that in June of this year his country will ban exports of bauxite. Bauxite is an important input in many industrial products including aluminum, cement, and various chemicals. The goal of the ban is to ensure that bauxite mined in Indonesia is used as an input in domestic industrial activi…

  • China's export of WFA decline for three months in a row 2023-01-10

    Jan. 10, 2023 - China’s exports of white fused alumina (WFA) were 20.9kt in November 2022, a year-on-year decrease of 46.93%. Except for March, June, September, October and November, China's WFA exports in other months all achieved positive growth. In November 2022, the major destinations of China's WFA exports were Japan (4.5kt, -44.37% YoY), India (3.5kt, +40.02% YoY),&nb…

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