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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Clifton, Robert A.
Asbestos,   pp. 169-180 PDF (956.2 KB)


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PRICES 
AAA Nonferrous spinning fiber Can $895 
AA    do 711 
A    do 541 
AC Asbestos cement fiber 388 
AK Shingle fiber 276 
CP do 261 
AS do 240 
CT ..~do 235 
AX do 219 
CY do 155 
AY do 155 
 1 First 8-month data on imports, U.S. Bureau of the Census. 
 2 Asbestos. V. 54, No. 7, January 1973, p. 36. 
 ASBESTOSQuoted prices for Quebec asbestos in 
1972 were unchanged since July 1, 1971. On January 1, 1973, British Columbia
spinning grades were to rise 2% and cement grades 5%. The, price of Arizona
asbestos was expected to remain unchanged. 
 Prices for Arizona chrysotile asbestos have remained unchanged since August
1, 1968. Quotations, f.o.b. Globe, were as follows: 
Grade Description Per short ton 
Group 1__ Crude $1,410—$1,650 
Group 2 do 700— 950 
AAA  800 
Group 8~ Nonferrous filtering and 
 spinning 425— 700 Group 4. - Nonferrous plastic and 
filtering 400— 500 
Group 5~ - Plastic and filtering 385— 425 
Group 6 - Refuse or shorts 250 
Group 7 do 65— 90 
 As of January 3, 1973, Vermont Chrysotile asbestos, f.o.b. Morrisville,
was priced as follows: 
Grade 
Description 
Per short ton 
Grade 4 - 
Grade & - 
Grade & - 
Grade 7~ - 
Shingle fiber         
Paper fiber        
Waste, stucco, or plaster fiber      
Shorts and floats     
$218. 00—$371 .00 
 157.50— 185.00 
 114.00 
 43.50— 95.00 
Quotations for Canadian (Quebec) chrysotile, f.o.b. mine, were as follows,
as of July 1, 1971: 
Grade 
Description 
Per short 
ton 
Group 1. - 
Group 2 
Group 3~ - 
Group & - 
Group &. - 
Group & - 
Group 7_ - 
 Crude                do                
 Spinning fiber           
 Shingle fiber           
 Paper fiber           
Waste, stucco, or plaster - - 
Refuse or shorts  
Can $1,615 
875 
 412—675 
 227—383 
 164—195 
120 
 52—100 
175 
 The increased demand for asbestos used in cement products (groups 5, 7)
resulted in greater price increases in these categories. The last price rise
for British Columbia emphasizes this point.2 
Prices for British Columbia, Canada, chrysotile asbestos, f.o.b. Vancouver,
will rise January 1, 1973 to the following: 
Grade Description Per short 
ton 
 Privately negotiated sales are typical. of the African asbestos producers.
As this rules out market quotations, the following figures are averages,
regardless of grade, cf the values of South African imports calculated from
U.S. Department of Commerce 
Data: 
Type 
Per shor 
t ton 
1969 
1970 
1971 
19721 
Amosite      
Crocidolite    
$153 
189 
$160 
196 
$164 
212 
$188 
222 
Chrysotile    
192 
198 
120 
21 
FOREIGN TRADE 
The value of exports of asbestos prod. 
ucts manufactured in the United States increased 2 percent over the value
of those exported in 1971. Five of the nearly 100 countries buying these
products accounted for better than 60% of the foreign sales. They were Canada
(44%), West Germany (9%), the United Kingdom (4%), Venezuela (2%), and Australia
(4%). 
 In 1972 -the United States imported 91% of its asbestos needs. This bettered
the 
1971 percentage, because of increased demand. Canada provided 97% of the
imports, the Republic of South Africa provided 2%, and nine other countries,
1%. Chrysotile, with 98%, dominated the imported ' types. There was a near
10% increase in the dollar value of imported 
fibers. The Rhodesian values in table 7 reflect the recent lifting of the
1967 embargo. 


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