CBIX INDEX WRAP_24 JANUARY 2022

24/01/2022

Guinea unrest, Indonesia’s bauxite export ban, China’s Winter Olympics shutdowns  15 – 21 January 2022 Highlights Social unrest was evident around Guinea’s major bauxite export hubs again last week, as well as some gold mines, although it was mostly uncoordinated and localised. The unrest is a direct response by locals…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_17 JANUARY 2022

17/01/2022

Unrest in Guinea, Indonesia threatens early resumption of bauxite export ban, domestic prices up 8 – 14 January 2022 Highlights Unrest at Chalco’s Boffa operations increased over the week to the point where Guineans, frustrated by the lack of jobs for locals, barricaded the operations. With little impact on operations…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_10 JANUARY 2022

11/01/2022

Bauxite mining crackdowns, alumina winter cuts, more primary capacity shifting to South China 18 December 2021 – 7 January 2022 Highlights A coal mining accident in Shanxi that claimed the lives of two workers triggered a month-long campaign of mine safety audits and inspections. This initially led to a crackdown…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_20 DECEMBER 2021

20/12/2021

Bauxite imports fall, winter cuts curtail alumina production 11 December – 17 December 2021 Highlights China’s November bauxite imports registered falls from all major exporting countries, as high freight rates over the past six months, as well as the Guinean wet season, significantly impacted imports. Guinea volumes were down 25%…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_13 DECEMBER 2021

13/12/2021

Bauxite Market steady, all eyes on Guinea’s junta 4 December – 10 December 2021 Highlights Worker strikes at another Guinean bauxite producer, this time SMB, affected its Dabiss and Malapouya sites, in early November, which may impact Q4 production rates by Guinea’s largest bauxite exporter. This may result in…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_06 DECEMBER 2021

06/12/2021

Vessels gathering in Indonesian waters ahead of potential export ban, bauxite prices unmoved 27 November – 3 December 2021 Highlights The past week has seen a build-up of vessels at several bauxite export locations around Indonesia, as talk of the country’s minerals export ban being brought forward persist. Vessel tracking…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_29 NOVEMBER 2021

29/11/2021

2022 bauxite price negotiations look to settle higher, alumina prices continue to slide 20 – 26 November 2021 Highlights Bauxite contract price negotiations for 2022 are likely to see prices settle higher, reflecting ongoing tightness in the domestic market and the potential for Indonesia to ban bauxite exports in 2022,…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_22 NOVEMBER 2021

22/11/2021

Bauxite prices steady as markets seeks equilibrium 13 – 19 November 2021 Highlights China’s bauxite import volumes now appear to be tracking those of last year, despite the global freight price excursion. And with significant vessel activity now observed at most major bauxite exporting sites around the world, the import…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_15 NOVEMBER 2021

15/11/2021

Imported bauxite prices ease, more forced cuts to smelting and refining to come in China, some rumblings emerge in Guinea 6 November – 12 November 2021 Highlights Bauxite prices CIF China broadly retreated over the week, as global freight rates stabilised at lower levels, providing some respite to the suffering…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_08 NOVEMBER 2021

08/11/2021

Cape rates down further, imported bauxite usage grows and the ‘long march’ to decarbonisation continues  30 October – 5 November 2021 Highlights China’s imported bauxite market remained at the mercy of international freight markets, although with capsize rates falling further over the past week, interest is clearly returning to the…

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