Raw materialshttp://www.metalbulletin.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=1837©2017 MB60Raw materialsNORTH AMERICAN MORNING BRIEF 25/09: Hydro bauxite force majeure; Chinese FeSi prices; SGX bulks focusThe latest metal markets news and price moves for the start of the North American day on Monday September 25.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753817/NORTH-AMERICAN-MORNING-BRIEF-2509-Hydro-bauxite-force-majeure-Chinese-FeSi-prices-SGX-bulks-focus.htmlMon, 25 Sep 2017 12:15:00 GMTHydro issues force majeure notice on bauxite production problems at MRNHydro has issued a notice of force majeure as it will not receive its full contracted bauxite volumes from supplier Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) while it is experiencing lower bauxite mine production, the company said on Monday September 25.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753731/Hydro-issues-force-majeure-notice-on-bauxite-production-problems-at-MRN.htmlMon, 25 Sep 2017 11:53:00 GMTGLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: Chinese market falls in line with demand, prompting suppliers to slash offer prices; Europe bucks downtrendChinese ferro-silicon prices fell almost 18% last week as suppliers tried to book profits before further price falls following a strong rally during the first two months of the current quarter. Meanwhile, the European market managed to buck the global downtrend as prices ticked higher on renewed consumer demand.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753701/GLOBAL-FERRO-SILICON-WRAP-Chinese-market-falls-in-line-with-demand-prompting-suppliers-to-slash-offer.htmlMon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMTWeak downstream market, wariness could cut manganese ore pricesManganese ore prices are seen dipping in the fourth quarter of this year after large shipments were booked by Chinese buyers in mid-September, Chinese sources told Metal Bulletin.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753733/Weak-downstream-market-wariness-could-cut-manganese-ore-prices.htmlMon, 25 Sep 2017 10:33:00 GMTFT COMMODITIES ASIA SUMMIT: SGX prioritising bulk commodities, steel – ceoThe Singapore Exchange (SGX) is placing greater importance on bulk commodities and the development of steel contracts, and less so on base metals, according to SGX ceo Boon Chye Loh.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753717/FT-COMMODITIES-ASIA-SUMMIT-SGX-prioritising-bulk-commodities-steelceo.htmlMon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:00 GMTCBG, Rio Tinto Alcan declare force majeure on bauxite shipments after protests Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) has declared force majeure on bauxite shipments as a result of civil unrest in the country’s Boké region, an official from the company told Metal Bulletin. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753190/CBG-Rio-Tinto-Alcan-declare-force-majeure-on-bauxite-shipments-after-protests.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMTHenan starts early capacity cuts; aluminium, alumina prices hit fresh highsJiaozuo Wanfang Aluminium Manufacturing and Zhongzhou Aluminium have begun cutting capacity at their refineries in China’s Henan Province, almost two months ahead of the scheduled winter cutback set for November 15, Metal Bulletin has learnt.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752981/Henan-starts-early-capacity-cuts-aluminium-alumina-prices-hit-fresh-highs.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:10:00 GMTChina’s stainless steel prices dive as demand weakens, supply risesChina’s domestic stainless steel prices have fallen sharply over the past week amid softening demand and rising supply. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753228/Chinas-stainless-steel-prices-dive-as-demand-weakens-supply-rises.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 07:08:00 GMTHernic Ferrochrome enters business rescueHernic Ferrochrome has entered business rescue and is expected to be in breach of certain conditions of its main credit facility, the South African alloy producer has announced. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753249/Hernic-Ferrochrome-enters-business-rescue.htmlFri, 22 Sep 2017 06:58:00 GMTSeaborne alumina prices drift higher amid tight supplies, Chinese demand Benchmark reference prices for the alumina market set fresh six-year highs this week amid continued interest from Chinese buyers coupled with persistent tightness in the spot market in the Pacific. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753183/Seaborne-alumina-prices-drift-higher-amid-tight-supplies-Chinese-demand.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 18:40:00 GMTNOBLE ALLOYS MIDWEEK: Ferro-vanadium bulls hurt by weak demand, return of Chinese sellersEuropean ferro-vanadium prices dipped in midweek, coming under pressure from weak consumer demand for spot material, market sources told Metal Bulletin.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3753005/NOBLE-ALLOYS-MIDWEEK-Ferro-vanadium-bulls-hurt-by-weak-demand-return-of-Chinese-sellers.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:27:00 GMTMajor Chinese smelters raise Q4 copper TC/RCs price floor by 10% China’s top copper smelters have agreed to a 10% increase in fourth-quarter treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs), with the new quarterly price floor set at $95 per tonne and 9.5 cents per lb, sources familiar with the matter told Metal Bulletin on Thursday September 21.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752902/Major-Chinese-smelters-raise-Q4-copper-TCRCs-price-floor-by-10.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:00 GMTPhilippine commission defers confirmation of Cimatu as DENR chiefThe Philippines’ Commission on Appointments (CA) deferred the confirmation of Roy Cimatu, the current designated chief of the country’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), on Wednesday September 20.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752880/Philippine-commission-defers-confirmation-of-Cimatu-as-DENR-chief.htmlThu, 21 Sep 2017 09:55:00 GMTTrade log September 2017: Ferro-tungsten and APT The latest ferro-tungsten and ammonium paratungstate (APT) transactions, bids, offers and assessments in Europe, Vietnam and China. Blue tungsten oxide (BTO) and yellow tungsten oxide (YTO) deals are taken into consideration. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3747586/Trade-log-September-2017-Ferro-tungsten-and-APT.htmlWed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 GMTTrade Log September 2017: Ferro-vanadium and vanadium pentoxide The latest ferro-vanadium and vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) transactions, bids, offers and assessments in Europe. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3747584/Trade-Log-September-2017-Ferro-vanadium-and-vanadium-pentoxide.htmlWed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 GMTChinese manganese ore port inventories plunge due to buyers' rush for cargoesManganese ore inventory levels in the ports of Tianjin and Qinzhou in China have fallen below the 2.3 million tonne mark on low import volumes and strong downstream demand, which has been deemed as an uncomfortable inventory level by Chinese participants.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752423/Chinese-manganese-ore-port-inventories-plunge-due-to-buyers-rush-for-cargoes.htmlWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:05:00 GMTINTERVIEW: Capstone positions for bull copper market, now in ‘sweet spot’ for minersCapstone is positioning itself for a coming bull market for copper, the Canadian miner’s ceo Darren Pylot told Metal Bulletin.http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752305/INTERVIEW-Capstone-positions-for-bull-copper-market-now-in-sweet-spot-for-miners.htmlWed, 20 Sep 2017 09:15:00 GMTHow Metal Bulletin prices illiquid markets: minors and alloys – web seminar Q&A Here are the answers to key questions raised during Metal Bulletin’s recent web seminar, covering price discovery in illiquid spot markets. http://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3752110/How-Metal-Bulletin-prices-illiquid-markets-minors-and-alloysweb-seminar-Q-A.htmlTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:12:00 GMT