Aluminum prices have performed meekly since May, as we entered the low season for demand. The average SHFE active price bounced around RMB13714 in the first half of June. But the price suddenly rebounded and hiked to RMB13995 on June 20th. What caused the price rise and how long will it last? On June 15th, the […]

By: Kathy Liu | Read More

China’s appetite for bauxite and alumina is still growing, so it’s interesting to see what has happened since the days of Indonesia’s ban and the unlikely rise of Malaysia.   Guinea has now risen to be the big mover, replacing both countries.    For Weiqiao (also known as Hongqiao), they seem to have the supply […]

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Well-known and well-respected aluminum professional Matt Powell has accepted a position at Liberty House Group. Matt was previously at Century Aluminum, then at Ormet.   When Ormet closed about 3 years ago, Matt started his own trading and consulting company International Aluminum Solutions.  But soon after that, Matt also joined forces with Michael Wrotniak at […]

By: Paul Adkins | Read More

According to today’s NBS data, aluminum production in China in May was 2.83Mt, with an increase of 4.2% YoY. But we think that number is seriously understated.  According to us, May production was around 3.15Mt. And we are on the conservative side.   Some of our Chinese competitors are saying that May was 3.17 or […]

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Last week, aluminum prices appeared first fell then rose, influenced by the surged production and weak demand at the beginning of the week. After news of strict control of electrolytic aluminum production capacity in Xinjiang began to spread in the market, aluminum prices were briefly boosted. But the market became suspicious about the implementation efforts of these […]

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A conflict between Middle Eastern nations has isolated Qatar from its neighbours.  In the process, it has caused problems for the Qatalum smelter. Norsk Hydro, 50% owner of the smelter along with Qatar Petroleum, has published a statement saying that shipments of finished metal have struck problems.  According to the announcement, shipments go through the […]

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