China Bauxite Monthly Update

Over the past two years, the global traded bauxite market has undergone a transformational change, with China increasing its imports from 52 Mt in 2016 to an estimated 107 Mt in 2021. Supply-side dynamics have seen different countries and suppliers entering and exiting the market with a frequency not seen in other bulk material markets. Grades and prices fluctuate routinely, as do the perceived requirements of the major customers. And with the impact of COVID-19 profoundly felt across the globe, there’s no better time to receive export bauxite market analysis and intelligence from the leaders in the field. With new refining capacity using imported bauxite ramping up, inland refineries using domestic bauxite is facing increasing pressure. Chinese may experience a structural shift to imported bauxite. 

This monthly publication provides readers with not only a snapshot of the market, including key prices, trends and news, but also CM’s unique assessment of different bauxite grades based on our benchmark Value-in-Use (ViU) assessment methodology. It is presented in the form of an easily digestible set of charts and tables, together with relevant commentary to provide further insights into the evolution and changing dynamics of China’s bauxite sector.

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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.

For over a decade, we have been continually conducting in-depth studies of these industries in China, among which field studies are a cornerstone of our work. Over that time, we have drawn on, and continue to draw on, a diverse range of sources to gather primary data, on which our analyses and forecasts are based.

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