Dragon with Clipped Wings – China’s Excess Capacity Remains Earthbound For Now

Dragon with Clipped Wings – China’s Excess Capacity Remains Earthbound For Now

The global aluminium market has experienced a cautious rise in prices from last year’s nadir, largely thanks to smelters in the People’s Republic of China agreeing late last year to cut back capacity. Now that prices are beginning a shaky rebound, there...


Aluminium Wrap – 21st CRU World Aluminium Conference 2016

The 21st CRU World Aluminium Conference 2016 took place between May 9-11 in Shanghai, China. As the setting was the Middle Kingdom, many of the speakers’ presentations were oriented to the subject. What follows are a few highlights of presentations delivered at the conference by two of CRU’s experts. CRU’s Michael Insulán delivered a presentation on […]

Mixed fortunes for U.S. industry – facing challenges on a broader front

The primary aluminium sector in the USA has been decimated over the past 10 years, with a succession of smelter closures and heavy job losses. Looking for the root causes, accusing fingers have pointed towards China and its unfair industry trading position supported by its national government’s policies. The debate continues – spearheaded by the […]

Aluminium Luminaries – Zhang Shiping

Zhang Shiping is Chairman and majority shareholder of China Hongqiao Group, which is currently the world’s largest producer of aluminium. He was born in Weiqiao, in the northwest of China’s Shandong province in February, 1946. In 1966, during the Cultural Revolution’s “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement,” Zhang was one of […]

Global can stock market moving East

Global demand for beverage cans will grow~3-4% in 2016 and a similar growth trend is expected up until the end of this decade. This growth is being driven largely by increased consumption in emerging markets. Together, the US and Canadian markets use approximately 94 billion aluminium cans per year, making North America the largest market […]