CBIX INDEX WRAP_10 May 2021

10/05/2021

Freight rates spike, Al prices hit an 11-year high, alumina prices still under pressure   1-7 May 2021 Highlights Despite abundant stocks of imported bauxite on the ground in China, prices have begun to rise as a direct result of soaring freight rates, which have all but stopped the spot…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_3 May 2021

03/05/2021

Domestic bauxite shortages escalate, alumina prices improve further, capesize timecharter rates hit 10-yr highs 24 – 30 April 2021 Highlights Local bauxite supply shortages forcing several northern refineries to cut production would come as no surprise to industry watchers. However, when China’s southern bauxite-rich province of Guizhou begins to experience…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_27 APRIL 2021

27/04/2021

Bauxite imports still strong, alumina prices improve over production cuts and potential demand lift, cape rates stronger    17 – 23 April 2021 Highlights China’s bauxite imports continue to remain strong, with official March 2021 tonnages surpassing 10 Mt again, according to China Customs. The figure represents a y-o-y increase…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_19 APRIL 2021

19/04/2021

Environmental audits force more mines to close, alumina spot trades see some light, Al futures prices at ten-year highs, cape rates strengthen… it’s all happening!   10-16 April 2021 Highlights China’s recent round of environmental audits continues to force more closures at bauxite mines, mainly due to dust pollution and…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_12 APRIL 2021

12/04/2021

Environmental pressure mounts on China’s bauxite miners, as ore supply tightens 02 – 09 April 2021 Highlights The second week of April has seen the Chinese government launch a new round of environmental audits across eight provinces, including the big bauxite mining provinces of Shanxi, Henan and Guangxi, sending environmental…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_06 APRIL 2021

06/04/2021

Bauxite prices showing signs of life, alumina prices stagnant and directionless… 27 March – 01 April 2021 Highlights Imported bauxite prices remained stable over the week, with bulk freight rates for some vessel classes coming off recent highs, although not sufficiently to shift prices. Some Indonesian bauxite exporters have lowered…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_29 MARCH 2021

29/03/2021

Have Guinea bauxite prices bottomed? More alumina capacity to come despite depressed prices, supramax freight rates continue to increase 20 – 26 March 2021 Highlights Despite the recent surge in supramax freight rates, which have all but stopped shipments from Indonesia to China, imported bauxite supply in China remains…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_22 MARCH 2021

22/03/2021

China maintains high import volumes in January and February, higher freight rates ramping up pressure on prices 13 – 19 March 2021 Highlights China customs data indicate that China imported 8.4 Mt of bauxite during January, and 8.7 Mt during February, totalling 17.1 Mt and sourced from Guinea –…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_15 MARCH 2021

15/03/2021

Surging freight rates push imported bauxite offers higher, depressed alumina prices create a conundrum for refiners, smelters enjoy their moment in the sun  6 – 12 March 2021 Highlights Persistently high imported bauxite volumes out of Guinea continue to feed into China’s LT bauxite oversupply situation, despite recent increases in…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_08 MARCH 2021

08/03/2021

Bauxite producers feeling the pain, alumina prices ease, primary aluminium prices at nine-year highs.  1 – 5 March 2021 Highlights Bauxite oversupply into the Chinese market continues to create major headwinds for prices, despite a significant lift in bulk freight rates for handymax and supramax class vessels, which is forcing…

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China’s Aluminium Value Chain Quarterly Update is an independent and detailed assessment of the key metrics of China’s bauxite, alumina and primary aluminium industries, as we see them, presented in the form of an easily digestible set of charts and tables, together with relevant commentary on significant events, emerging trends and other key themes arising from our analysis.

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