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Aluminium of Greece (AOG): is the Pechiney spirit still alive?

Between September 24-25, FastmarketsMB organized its annual aluminium conference in Athens. A day before the conference, in accordance with an old tradition, a one-day field trip for conference delegates was organized to the Aluminium of Greece (AoG) plant, some 180 km from Athens. The plant is nestled in a picturesque bay on the North coast […]

International Aluminium 2019 Conference – Key Takeaways

The FastmaketsMB aluminium conference is the sequel to the Metal Bulletin aluminium conferences, which have traditionally been one of oldest and biggest aluminium events in the world. This year, the conference was held in Athens between 23 and 25 September and was marketed as the largest aluminium event in Europe, with nearly 400 registered delegates. […]

Dirty Metal – China’s Troublesome Tether Between Coal And Aluminium

The year 2019 has been a red-letter year for the aluminium sector in the People’s Republic of China. Despite trade tensions, tariffs, reciprocal tariffs, environmental crackdowns, and all manner of price fluctuations across the entire spectrum of the aluminium value chain, the Middle Kingdom churned out a record volume of aluminium per day in June, […]

Jesús Manuel Rodriguez

Jesús Manuel Rodriguez is a Metallurgical Engineer graduated from the National Polytechnic Experimental University (UNEXPO) of Puerto Ordaz; with an MBA in Operations and Production from the National Experimental University of Guayana (UNEG). After a decade and a half in management positions in the primary aluminum industry (CVG VENALUM), he has diversified into downstream products. Based on his knowledge and analysis on the aluminum industry, Jesús Manuel has started contributing articles to publications interested in the field.

The Venezuela Blackout Spells Doom for its Aluminium Industry

After Venezuela’s energy supply failed on March 8th, the directors of the CVG together with the presidents of each company decided to shut down Venalum and Alcasa. With a joint installed capacity of 600 thousand tons of primary aluminium per year, both sites were already operating at less than 15% of their capacity, due to […]

Resurrecting Venezuela’s aluminium industry? The government has a plan

After a year marked by deep regression and economic paralysis, Venezuela has decided to revive its lagging economy by resurrecting a rescue plan for the country’s aluminum industry…that failed to deliver positive results in 2018. The companies that make up the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana (CVG) closed 2018 in the red, reporting declining production values […]

Andrzej Michalski-Stępkowski

Andrzej Michalski-Stępkowski is a metals market expert. He is the publisher of Nowa Stal Magazine, a quarterly dedicated to the aluminium and stainless steel sectors, and is the Chairman of the Polish Stainless Steel Association.

Why Poland’s Aluminium Industry is Growing

Poland, one of the biggest economies in Central Europe, is also home to one of the fastest developing aluminium markets in the region. The country’s aluminium consumption grew by about 10 percent in 2018, reaching 1.43 million tons. According to information published by “Nowa Stal” Magazine, the driving force behind this growth came from secondary […]


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 […]

US-China trade spat could hollow out India’s downstream aluminium

Mounting concerns over the trade war between the US and China have sent jitters across global financial and commodity markets. The imposition of billions of dollars worth of tariffs by Washington on Beijing, followed by the knee-jerk retaliation by the Middle Kingdom have sent metals markets into a tizzy. Repercussions of the US-China tussle have […]

Jie Liu & Xiaozhong Zhang

Jie Liu is an industry analyst and consultant, currently pursuing his MBA in the USA. Xiaozhong Zhang is an aluminium smelting expert based in Malaysia with 15 years of experience in the industry.

The Promised Road: China’s Aluminum Industry in 2018 (Part 3)

With China gearing up for the lunar new year, the good news is that the air quality has improved significantly this winter, many calling this the “brightest” winter in the last five years. Although the favorable weather has played a part, the central government should definitely be given more credit for its environmental campaign. As […]

The Promised Road: Implementing Aluminium Capacity Cuts (Part 2)

As mentioned in the first part of this series, three main policies will remain in force this winter. We have already shown that the policy of shutting down illegal production capacity is strictly implemented. So far, the vast majority of illegal production have been closed or halted. The same trend is visible in the implementation […]


Low-carbon Aluminium Boosts Industry’s Green Credentials

Global warming remains one of the leading critical global issues – emphasised in the last Paris accord and this month’s COP23 summit in Bonn. The carbon equivalent (CE), as a measure of how much CO2 is produced by any activity, is now accepted as a crucial major index of environmental performance, not least for the […]

Flying cars – from design fantasy to production reality

Good news for aluminium technology? Given that the automotive and aviation sectors both remain major markets for aluminium technologies worldwide, any development that spans both – such as flying cars – is worthy of note. Although cars that fly, or alternatively road-able aircraft and hovercars, have for years featured prominently in fantasy and science fiction […]

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

‘Sustainability’ now interfaces with business on a number of fronts, including operational performance, regulatory compliance, commercial relationships and broader reputation. Governments, leading companies, NGOs and consumers are increasingly focused on how companies should approach sustainability issues in their own businesses and supply chains. Increasingly, business approaches need to be closely integrated with broader regulatory frameworks […]

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