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Half-Year Report: Aluminium Prices Still Under Pressure

Half-Year Report: Aluminium Prices Still Under Pressure

Base metals prices continued to slide in May and early June, with metals traded on the LME witnessing some serious losses, causing the index to drop by 6.6% in May. The reason for this fall remains the same: investors are cautious about...

Events

The Venezuela Blackout Spells Doom for its Aluminium Industry

After Venezuela’s energy supply failed on March 8th, the directors of the CVG together with the presidents of each company decided to shut down Venalum and Alcasa. With a joint installed capacity of 600 thousand tons of primary aluminium per year, both sites were already operating at less than 15% of their capacity, due to […]

Aluminium Alloys in the Automotive Industry: a Handy Guide

Looking at the flurry of announcements of new aluminium alloys developed by some of the big aluminium producers (Novelis, Constellium, Norsk Hydro, Alcoa, and UC Rusal), it almost seems that OEMs didn’t actually know – until recently at least – how the metal can be improved in terms of both strength and ductility by using […]

Unequal Loads – Why China Must Include Aluminium In Its ETS

Electricity has long been the largest single cost associated with the production of primary aluminium. Though understood in theory for many years, the process of smelting aluminium was not economically viable prior to the advent and availability of large-scale electrical production. Even if energy requirements have fallen over the years due to advances in technology, […]