The Dunkerque Smelter: Is Rio Tinto Wrong Again?

The Dunkerque Smelter: Is Rio Tinto Wrong Again?

Reports that Rio Tinto agreed to sell the Dunkerque plant, the largest aluminium smelter in Europe, located in northern France, confirms the London-based company’s willingness to offload parts of its aluminium business. The deal was agreed with Liberty House, an industrial arm...


Year in Review: The Journey of Aluminium Prices in 2017

The last twelve months have seen an incredible comeback in the aluminium market. Thanks to sweeping fundamental changes in the way aluminium is produced and consumed, the metal has rocketed from lows of $1,700 to five-year highs, before settling around the $2,000 mark. But what caused such a remarkable turnaround, and will the forces that […]

Why aluminium prices still have potential to grow

Aluminium has been the top-performing base metal this year, prices climbing 25 % so far, largely due to China’s determination to shutter illegal smelters, and cut production of aluminium and alumina by 30% in four provinces around Beijing during the winter, to curb pollution. After reaching the its highest level in five years of US$ […]

Long Read: Hongqiao’s Trials and Tribulations in 2017

The world’s largest aluminium firm has had a challenging year. From a series of damaging anonymous reports from short sellers to seeing its stock crashing down as a result, 2017 has been a minefield for China Hongqiao Group. According to critics, the company is scarcely out of danger, as it has a myriad of explosive […]