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Alumina Market Update: Surplus Of Alumina, Lower Prices Expected In 2019

Alumina Market Update: Surplus Of Alumina, Lower Prices Expected In 2019

2018 was a turbulent year for both the alumina market and the price, signified by the fact that spot price indexes remained above historic averages for most of the year. 2019, however, has brought calm and stability. The alumina price (both spot...

Events

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, […]

Surviving the Aluminium Bear Market

“Aluminium drops as bears attack, others wait for news on China”, was the headline of a recent Reuters news report on base metals. The piece noted: “Aluminium prices slipped as bearish speculators kept up selling pressure, while other base metals were lacklustre ahead of the conclusion of U.S.-China trade talks”. The overall gloomy economic climate […]

Indian Aluminium Makers Hurt by Pangs Of Rising Coal Costs

A consistent spike in coal costs has roiled India’s aluminium producers. If a spate of imports of fake semis and a clutch of value added products weren’t enough, smelters are unnerved by spiralling coal prices. Their worries are justified by the contribution of coal to the cost of aluminium smelting – power costs account for […]