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Increase In India’s Aluminium Import Duties May Be Death Sentence For SMEs

Increase In India’s Aluminium Import Duties May Be Death Sentence For SMEs

A renewal in calls by some in India’s aluminium sector for an increase in import duties on scrap and primary aluminium, has been seen since the fall of 2018. The country’s Commerce Ministry has taken up the baton and has urged that...

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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 […]

Aluminium: Year in Review and What to Expect in 2019

It’s been a rocky year for metal prices. The second half of the year, especially November and December, were quite a disappointment, and all five LME traded base metals are on track to post yearly drops. The main reason for this negative market sentiment is the lasting uncertainty over U.S.- China trade sanctions and the […]

Why Are Anode Production Costs Rising?

Between 2017 and 2018, smelting costs for the primary aluminium industry have increased significantly. Aside of volatile alumina prices, higher prices of calcined petroleum-pet coke (CPC) and coal tar pitch (CTP), the two main ingredients of carbon anodes that provide the electrolytic chemical reaction during aluminium smelting were the key contributors to this rise. To […]

Explaining Global Aluminium Flows and Smelter Costs

Since October 22, aluminium prices have been trading below US$ 2000/tonne, and are currently barely keeping above US$ 1900/tonne. Without much good news on horizon, uncertainty over U.S.-China trade war persisting, and further strengthening of the US dollar, it would seem that demand for aluminium has completely stalled. But that’s not at all the case […]