BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Aluminium


This article comes from the Ghana Gazette.  According to our database, the smelter is about 200,000t capacity. The Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO), an aluminium smelting plant which was shut down two years ago due to power supply constraints, is to be reactivated. Consequently, stakeholders in the company have met to consider critical issues and plot […]

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The following article comes from the Geelong Advertiser.   This story has some personal colour.   Not only did I grow up in Geelong, and worked for Alcoa there for almost 14 years, I also had some involvement in the source of this HiCal40 product. Those of you who know about aluminium smelting know that there is […]

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Rio Tinto’s recent half-year results announcement got plenty of coverage in the mainstream press, but this angle caught my eye. Apart from the expansion of Kitimat, which was started in 2008, but delayed when Rio found itself in a debt hole, the reporter has a wonderful final word that will surely bring a smile to […]

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The article below is one of many on the same subject.    The story has come from a Journal published in Chinese and released today.   The basis of the story seems to be a draft plan for the non-ferrous industry for the next (12th) 5-year plan, which is due starting 2011. However, the basics of this […]

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Christina in our office has been calling each and every smelter to get to the bottom of what is going on in China’s aluminium industry. After yesterday’s announcement that production had hit record highs, it was clear something had to give. Unfortunately, it’s common sense that lost the fight. We have reported previously that smelters […]

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Aluminium production in June reached 1.424 million tonnes, for a daily rate of 47,500 tonnes, according to CNIA data released today. This is a new all-time record. The previous highest daily rate was in February this year. It is not enough that China has set a new production record. It has done so at a […]

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