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Will 2017 Be the Year Aluminium Prices Reclaim Their Shine?

Will 2017 Be the Year Aluminium Prices Reclaim Their Shine?

Oleg Deripaska, the president of Russian aluminium titan UC Rusal, addressed the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. “Renewables are an excuse for some countries to use more coal”, he said, before arguing that “We need to...

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Falling Aluminium Stockpiles Could Mean Rising Prices

One of the ongoing challenges for the global aluminium market is the significant stockpiles held in warehouses around the world. Their very presence, coupled with the immutable law of supply and demand, has done serious damage to the worldwide price of the commodity for several years. However, in at least some quarters, the seemingly all […]

No threat of closure for South East Europe’s smelters in near future

Latest on SEE primary aluminium industry In the Balkan region, there are currently five operational smelters producing some 610,000 tonnes of primary aluminium a year, with total capacity of 672,000 tonnes/year. However, production has decreased by over 180,000 tonnes in 2015, compared to 2006. Today, there are just over 6000 workers employed compared to over […]

Petroleum coke market tightens

In 2017, the aluminium industry may face rising production costs due to an expected deficit of pet-coke (petroleum coke). CRU, a London based consultancy, recently warned in a report that the reduction in calciner operating rates will lower China’s CPC (calcined pet-coke) production by 774,000 tonnes in 2017, in comparison to 2016. Meanwhile, Chinese domestic […]

Aluminium Wrap – Aluminium 2016

Aluminium 2016, 11th World Trade Fair and Conference recently concluded in Düsseldorf, Germany. Also known as Aluminium Messe Dusseldorf, the biennial conference is considered the biggest and most influential aluminium fair in the world. Organized by Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH, the conference featured 992 exhibitors from fifty-eight countries, and was attended by almost twenty-five thousand […]

Aluminium in Iran – can the potential be realised?

Following the relaxation of sanctions, Iran, which has for many years been marred by political issues and civil unrest now has plans for fresh development of its infrastructure and industry – and the country’s aluminium sector in particular has been targeted for key support. However, the prospects for realising the considerable potential will be impacted […]