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China’s first batch of Central Environmental Inspections started on 19th July and ran through almost 2 months.  In that round of inspections, some 8 provinces came under scrutiny. Although there was not a huge impact on the aluminium industry directly, it had a big influence on the aluminium raw material industry, especially anode and calcined petcoke producers. […]

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On the first day back from China’s National holidays, the aluminium SHFE price gave people a big surprise. The SHFE active price closed at RMB12,865, an increase of RMB400 compared to the last day in September. The big spread between Changjiang and SHFE future active price narrowed from RMB1015 before the holidays to RMB615 on the […]

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At around 3:15pm on 22nd of September, Shandong Yankuang Keao Aluminium arranged a full stop on its rectifier unit for its potlines. It meant Keao formally shut down all aluminium production lines. Yankuang Keao Aluminium was established in 2002 and it started production in November 2003. From that time to last week, the plant totally produced […]

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This week I received the feedback report for our recent AZ China conference. Conference attendees gave us some excellent feedback.   There were lots of positive comments, plus several suggestions for improvement.   A couple of people didn’t like the hotel, though people were generally in favour of holding the conference in Shanghai.  The simultaneous […]

By: Paul Adkins | Read More

Those readers who have travelled around China will be well used to the sight of overloaded trucks.   Sometimes the loads appear to defy gravity, but most of the time it’s simply a case of dangerous stupidity. Have you ever wondered why so many trucks in China overload themselves?   It’s because of the taxes and […]

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The August aluminium production data has been published by IAI. Monthly production increased slightly to 2713Kt in August. The daily production catches up from July’s 86Kt to 88Kt in August. When we check the China Q2 aluminium production, the April production decreased compared to March. The aluminium Changjiang price broke RMB12,000 in April and smelters […]

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