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…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_19 APRIL 2022

19/04/2022

Indonesian bauxite export quotas cancelled early, sentiment shifting, prices jump. 09 April – 15 April 2022 Highlights At least 28 bauxite mining licences in West Kalimantan have been cancelled prior to their expiry date. Furthermore, last week the Deputy for Investment Planning at BKPM (Ministry of Investment), Nurul Ichwan, stated…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_11 APRIL 2022

11/04/2022

Guinea’s Government demands refinery plans from bauxite exporters, Covid-19 in China elevates caustic prices and cripples supply routes 02 – 08 April 2022 Highlights Guinea’s military government launched another salvo at its bauxite miners last week, as the administration seeks to leverage further value from the country’s world-class reserves. Having…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_04 APRIL 2022

04/04/2022

Bauxite price momentum gathering pace, Guinea’s Rusal operations resuming 26 March – 01 April 2022 Highlights The ongoing tightness in China’s domestic bauxite supply has been repeatedly covered in our weekly CBIX publications over the years. Once again, this week we report further domestic bauxite supply tightness, as mining safety…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_28 MARCH 2022

28/03/2022

Guinea’s Junta shows its hand, sentiment slowly shifting toward a seller’s market 19 March – 25 March 2022 Highlights In a move clearly aimed at increasing Guinea’s direct benefit from its booming bauxite mining and export industry, the Government of Guinea has sought to invoke two previously dormant sections…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_21 MARCH 2022

21/03/2022

Disruptions, backlogs and delays squeeze the bauxite market, mixed messages from UC Rusal in Guinea, ROW alumina prices jump 12 March – 18 March 2022 Highlights Domestic disruptions, backlogs and delays in delivery from multiple sources have conspired to tighten an already struggling regional Chinese bauxite market. Indonesian supply…
CBIX INDEX WRAP_14 MARCH 2022

14/03/2022

Bauxite market disruptions on the horizon, as bank sanctions threaten UC Rusal’s Guinean operations   5 – 11 March 2022 Highlights Operations at UC Rusal’s two bauxite mines (Dian Dian and CBK) and one alumina refinery (Friguia) in Guinea, are under direct threat of closure, as the company faces global…

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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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