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Proposed Construction of Zhongwang Plant in China Spurs Mass Protests

Proposed Construction of Zhongwang Plant in China Spurs Mass Protests

An oil-depressed city in the far northeast of the People’s Republic of China is the site of unrest in recent days as locals have organized in opposition to a massive new aluminium plant to be built by China Zhongwang Holdings. Fearing that...

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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 implement a carbon price, let’s say tomorrow and maybe even escalate it a […]

US Government Seizes Aluminium Stockpile with Alleged Ties to Liu Zhongtian

According to a report in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, officers from the United States Department of Homeland Security have seized a stockpile of aluminium valued at US$25 million that is alleged to have ties to China Zhongwang’s Liu Zhongtian. This move by the United States government is the latest step in the journey to an […]

Parting Shot – Obama Administration Takes China’s Aluminium Overcapacity to WTO

The Obama Administration initiated a complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday over government subsidies given to aluminium producers by the People’s Republic of China. This complaint, which is the sixteenth (and likely final) such complaint against China with the trade body, alleges that Beijing has been handing out low-interest loans and energy subsidies […]

Chinese Scientists Develop Improved Method for Production of Aluminium Gallium Nitride

Scientists at Nanjing’s Southeast University and Changshu Institute of Technology announced the successful development of an improvement of crystal quality of a-plane aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN) using pulses of precursors of nitrogen and aluminium. The method, which is used on aluminium gallium nitride with an aluminium content of over sixty percent that is grown via […]

WSJ Article Alleges Aluminium Stockpile is Liu’s Retirement Fund

According to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, a well-traveled aluminium stockpile allegedly connected to China Zhongwang that has made international headlines is actually the founder of the firm’s retirement fund. As explained in the article, citizens of the People’s Republic of China are forbidden from moving more than US$50,000 per year from the […]