The AZ China office will be open for business as usual tomorrow –Sunday, but we will be closed Monday and Tuesday. That’s because Wednesday April 4 is Qingming, or “Tomb Sweeping” Day. We will not publish our Weekly Market Reviews next week Monday. Tomb Sweeping day is a chance for Chinese people to pay their […]

By: June Wang | Read More

Hi folks! As you already know, we’re active participants in Reuter’s Base Metals Forum.  This Thursday won’t be the exception, we’ll be presenting at the forum and covering the following topics: 1. A look at aluminum consumption. Overview of the major sectors of China’s aluminum usage.  2. Which sectors China is developing, or that are […]

By: Steph | Read More

Since entering March, aluminum prices did not find further highs as the market had expected, and even found a small decline.  Up to now, the Shanghai Futures Exchange aluminum main contract to maintain 13500-14300 yuan / ton range, before the daily fluctuations up to 400-500 yuan/ton of the market temporarily difficult to find; LME aluminum basically […]

By: Monte Zhang | Read More

In our weekly report this week, we reported Qixing Aluminum halted both its aluminum and alumina production on March 14th due to financial reasons. Its nameplate capacity is 140Kt, but was running at 70Kt before they curtailed the aluminum production. Just two weeks after they curtailed the aluminum and alumina production, Qixing Group’s supply of […]

By: Kathy Liu | Read More

On March 22nd, Shandong Province started a new Environmental Protection Inspection. They have organized five inspection teams. This inspection will last around one month. It will cover 10 cities including Weifang, Dongying, Jining, Heze, Taian, Rizhao, Zibo, Binzhou, Liaocheng and Laiwu. Through the provincial environmental protection inspectors, they will: focus on the understanding and implementation of national […]

By: Kathy Liu | Read More

Liaocheng smelter in Shandong province will close 30% of its smelting capacity next winter.  The city fathers have announced they will implement cuts to factories in a wide variety of industries, including cement, steel, pharmaceutical, pesticide and aluminum. We understand the smelter will run at top possible amps in the run-up to the shut-down. The announcement […]

By: Paul Adkins | Read More
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