Monthly Archives: September 2017

英语 丹麦语 Domestic imports of cobalt raw materials continue to decline

Domestic imports of cobalt raw materials growth continues to decline. Since 17, the import volume of cobalt raw materials is about 37688 tons, the cumulative growth rate has been increasing, showing 17 years of abundant ore source. From February to July, the cumulative growth trend slowed down to July end, the annual cumulative raw material imports have fallen below 10%, gradually matching 17 demand growth (we measured in depth report of 7.1%), smelting plant inventory or has been gradually restored to normal level.


Middle East polymerization MDI price reached the highest level of history

polymerized diphenyl Methane diisocyanate (aggregated MDI) the import spot price in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has been hit by a record high in the four consecutive weeks of rising market shortages.



In the week before September 21, CFR gcc prices reached $3250/ton, up 18% from August 24.


Local prices have risen by 26% per cent in mid-July, the highest level since August 2011, and prices are expected to continue to rise in the next few weeks.


The spot market in the Middle East is in short supply, and it is now the region’s traditional peak season. It is reported that some local buyers are worried about the price will continue to rise and scramble for supply.


A major producer has reserved a small number of products for customers in the Middle East and sold it at $3300/ton CFR gcc quotes.


More than a week ago, the CFR gcc price remained at a lower $3000-3150/ton.


Another aggregate MDI trader who sells in the Middle East believes there will be no traders offering CFR gcc quotes below $3200/ton this week.


Orders priced to be shipped in November have been heard as high as $3600 CFR GCC.


A market participant in the Middle East said it was willing to pay an CFR gcc price of $3500/ton for any polymerization MDI that could be shipped immediately, but still could not buy it.

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Another local market news that “in the GCC region, because there is no supply to buy goods, now any price can appear,”


Shortages are exacerbated by the fact that some of the key MDI producers in North-east Asia, such as Kam Lake Mitsui and East Cao, have reduced capacity.


China Wanhua Chemical is the world’s largest producer of aggregate MDI, with a total capacity of 3 units of 1.8 million tonnes.


Middle East aggregate MDI prices have grown in sync with the region’s rising tide since the end of August. Suppliers have raised prices as a result of continued supply shortages, with spot prices in South-East Asia and India following a sharp rise in the Chinese market.


The price of imported aggregate MDI from China continued to rise in the week before September 20 due to high domestic prices. During the week, China’s domestic demand has declined slightly after surging high tide.


Some Middle Eastern sellers say the aggregate MDI price in the GCC region should be higher than the current price. It is also known that the GCC market will overtake Asia’s high prices after new news emerges.


“It would be more appropriate to settle down [Asian prices] now,” said another market source in the Middle East market.

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Switzerland develops new high efficiency and cheap electrolytic water nanometer catalyst

The use of solar energy and wind power to produce hydrogen through electrolysis water is an important technical means of storing renewable energy. There are two types of catalysts used to accelerate the reaction of electrolysis water, one of which is highly catalytic but requires the use of precious metal iridium materials, which is expensive, while the other is lower but catalytic efficiency is not high.
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The Swiss Paul Rosier Institute (PSI) has recently successfully developed a highly efficient nano-catalyst that can be used to obtain hydrogen from electrolytic water, without the use of precious metals and therefore inexpensive. The new catalyst is a perovskite compound composed of barium, strontium, cobalt and iron. The research team first developed a new process, in the “flame injection” equipment to control the appropriate conditions, so that barium, strontium, cobalt, iron atoms in the flame to form a small nano-particles with the required structure, so that the catalyst with the largest surface area, to form more to accelerate the water molecule cracking “activation center.” By adjusting the proportion of oxygen elements in the material, a series of catalyst materials can be formed. This new kind of catalyst successfully completed the trial operation in the test device of the energy system integration platform of the state-level new energy research infrastructure in Switzerland, its performance can be comparable with that of the traditional iridium oxide material, but the cost is low and the production process is easy to realize large scale production.


The Institute is working with the U.S. electrolysis water equipment manufacturing enterprise to further validate and test its performance and reliability in the actual application of industrial equipment.

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