jul 17

Refractories in the Foundry Industry

Founding is in metallurgical terms commonly meant to encompass the processes used in melting, purifying and casting metals and alloys including ferrous and non-ferrous products of all types and as such is still a very important market sector for both refractories suppliers and installers to satisfy.

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jul 10

El pasado día 27 de junio tuvo lugar en la sede de Anfre en Madrid la Junta Directiva y las reuniones de los Comités Técnicos y de Montadores

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En esta ocasión y con motivo del próximo curso de montadores, que se llevará a cabo, si todo procede según lo previsto en noviembre, la reunión de los comités fue conjunta, para poder tomar decisiones claves al respecto.

Carlos Briz y Roberto Caballero han tomado cargo de sus nuevos puestos, como Presidente y Vicepresidente de ANFRE respectivamente.

Queríamos agradecer a José María Domínguez, Presidente saliente, toda la dedicación que ha ofrecido a Anfre durante su mandato.

En la reunión de la Junta Directiva, como en ocasiones anteriores, se han tratado temas de suma importancia dentro del sector, tanto nuevos como temas anteriores que preocupan a los asociados.

Una vez finalizadas las reuniones hemos podido disfrutar de una comida en buena compañía ofrecida por Anfre.

Os esperamos a todos en Octubre!!!

jul 04

Review of Refractories Markets & Research – 2016

Globally, the major markets for refractories are iron and steel (~70%) and cement (~10%). The annual production of steel and cement, by the World and China, since 2000, as a general indication of the market trend for refractories. For both steel and cement production worlwide, and in China, it is seen thar the upward trend of many years has slowed/flattened over the las 2-3 years.

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More information, download .PDF

jun 26

Refractory Products, the TC Refractories Perspective

During its meeting in spring 2016 in Völklingen/DE, VDEh Technical Committee (TC) Refractory Materials made 10 high ranking speakers from refractories industry address the most important product groups of refractory materials. Starting fron definition, composition and characterisation the focus was laid on the applications and latest refractory developments …

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jun 19

Supply shortage pushes Chinese bauxite prices higher again

Chinese bauxite spot prices increased again in May as the ongoing anti-pollution related production shutdowns caused severe shortages in the market.

Refractory-grade bauxite spot prices jumped 18 May, as the ongoing massive production shut downs in China led trades to be concluded at higher values higher for the second time in May.

The anti-pollution controls in China have increased since the beginning of May, with Beijing shutting down most bauxite mines in Shanxi and Guizhou province, while calcining and processing plants in Shanxi and Tianjin were also impacted.

Only a minority of facilities that meet the strict environmental standards are allowed to continue production, but raw bauxite supply remains scarce due to current mining restrictions, market participants told IM.

“The whole system is choked, the supply is cut,” one US-based trader told IM.

“We have a bottleneck in Shanxi, we have no raw material, all the kilns are not running….Guizhou also more or less same situation,” another Europe-based trader agreed.

Following a price increase in early May, China-origin bauxite’s values rose again over the past two weeks amid reduced supply, according to IM’s assessment of the market on 18 May.

Prior to 2017, bauxite prices were depressed for the past few years amid oversupply and weak demand.

Spot prices of 85% refractory-grade bauxite (85% Al2O3/2.0/3.15-3.2/0-6mm) rose to $330-340/tonne on a FOB Xingang basis, while 86% bauxite increased to $340-350/tonne, both grades gained $10/tonne compared to previous assessment on 4 May.

As supply for higher-grade material, above 86% Al2O3 content, was even scarcer, 87% and 88% bauxite were trading at a higher premium in the market.

87% bauxite jumped to $390-420/tonne, up an average of $47.50 compared to a fortnight ago, while 88% was assessed at $420-440/tonne, both on FOB Xingang basis 18 May.

Only one supplier was reported to hold stock for the 87% bauxite in the market and bigger volume trades to refractory makers were concluded at $390/tonne while smaller lot sizes were sold at the higher range, according to the supplier and one Tianjin-based trader.

The output disruption in China has also caused shipment delays. At least two refractory makers in Asia and Europe reported delivery delays of up to one month.

Amid the severe supply shortage in China, producers elsewhere are reportedly receiving more enquiries.

But production elsewhere would not be able to replace lost output from China, market participants told IM.

While there is no official export data, one Europe-based distributor claimed China exported up to one million tonnes of bauxite in 2016, with shipments to Europe, Turkey and North Africa accounting for half the volume. While another Europe-based trader estimated Europe imports about 350,000 tonnes of bauxite from China.

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