CBIX INDEX WRAP_29 JUNE 2022

29/06/2022

Bauxite prices hold recent gains as more inland refineries are forced to close capacity, major Indonesian quota being renewed  22 June – 28 June 2022 Highlights Imported bauxite prices held their ground last week, albeit on thin trade, with at least two more inland refineries ceasing production under mounting input…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_22 JUNE 2022

22/06/2022

Indonesian bauxite prices hit US$70/dmt, China bauxite imports hit fresh record high, domestic inventories running low 15 June – 21 June 2022 Highlights On the back of strong demand from Chinese refiners and fuelled by the growing prospect of the bauxite export ban being fast-tracked, Indonesian bauxite prices jumped US$4/dmt…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_15 JUNE 2022

15/06/2022

Bauxite prices remain steady, alumina prices fall further, China refineries under increasing cost pressure 8 June – 14 June 2022 Highlights Chinese alumina prices continued to fall over the past week, placing greater pressure on some already financially stressed refiners, who are paying elevated prices for input raw materials, such…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_08 JUNE 2022

08/06/2022

Bauxite prices up again on supply concerns, alumina refineries cut capacity in China, Jokowi reiterates bauxite export ban is coming 1 June – 7 June 2022 Highlights Growing concerns regarding Indonesia’s plans to bring forward its bauxite export ban continue to shift market sentiment and push imported bauxite prices higher…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_01 JUNE 2022

01/06/2022

New capacity wedges Chinese refiners between rising bauxite prices and capped primary producers 19 May – 31 May 2022 Highlights Over 8 MTPY of new or restarted alumina refining capacity has come onstream in China over the past five months, compared with only 2.3MTPY of smelting capacity. On a 2t/t…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_25 MAY 2022

25/05/2022

China bauxite imports at 11.1 Mt in April, prices up on tight supply, SPIC converts more capacity to imports, Indonesia rachets up the rhetoric…again 18 May – 24 May 2022 Highlights Higher freight rates, new alumina capacity additions in China, crimped domestic bauxite supply and Indonesia’s government spruiking an…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_18 MAY 2022

18/05/2022

Guinea prices up, more Chinese capacity using imports, COVID-19 lockdowns bite  11 May – 17 May 2022 Highlights Chinese alumina production from imported bauxite continues to increase, with a string of new refineries having recently been commissioned. It’s happening at the same time as domestic bauxite supply is as tight…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_11 MAY 2022

11/05/2022

COVID-19 disruptions intensify in China, bauxite mines in north China under pressure….oh, and we’ve made some changes 30 April – 10 May 2022 Highlights China’s domestic bauxite and alumina markets found themselves caught up in China’s ongoing COVID-19 frustrations last week, caused by more government-imposed snap lockdowns. The impact has…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_2 MAY 2022

02/05/2022

Guinea’s junta settles in for the long haul, bauxite prices steady ahead of May Day holiday, CBIX shifts to Wednesdays   23 April – 29 April 2022 Highlights Under mounting pressure of sanctions from neighbouring west African nations, on Saturday Guinea’s president, Colonel Doumbouya, announced a 39-month target for return…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_25 APRIL 2022

25/04/2022

Bauxite prices hold recent gains, imports hit new record 16 April – 22 April 2022 Highlights China imported 11.7Mt of bauxite in March 2022, up 13.6% m-o-m and marking a new monthly import record. Imports from Australia and Indonesia were up 15.6% and 45.2% respectively, while Guinea recorded a…

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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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