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Following on from my previous post, it seems to me that there is precious little space given in our industry for keeping up with who is who and who is not.   New hires, retirements, transfers, promotions – sometimes it’s easy to miss the news that so-and-so has just left to join the opposition or […]

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One thing about the aluminium/alumina/bauxite industry and the petcoke/anode business, they are both small worlds. This post isn’t about the metal or the carbon, but about the people. Each year, we all have occasion to meet at various venues.   Be it TMS in February/March, the AZ China conference every 2 years, the MB conference […]

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In the previous post, I reported on the incremental progress in the development of fly ash as a source of alumina in several Chinese refineries. Reader and former work colleague Gordon sent me an email on the weekend to let me know that in fact Alcan had been experimenting with fly ash as far back […]

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One of the hot discussions in the aluminium world at present is the question of how quickly China can replace Indonesian bauxite with material from other sources.  Indonesia stopped exports in January of this year, seeking to keep the value-add inside their own country. The Indonesians insisted that anyone who wanted their bauxite had to […]

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AZ China has revamped the Weekly Aluminium Alert recently. We are now providing a market call as part of the service. We are pleased to report that in the 20 weeks since we started making the call, our accuracy level exceeds 95%. We think this new report is an excellent service to those of you who […]

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Sometimes you don’t need words when a single picture will do.  Some Chinese entrepreneurs are exporting primary metal and avoiding paying the 15% export tariff by putting a small amount of work into the metal then declaring the metal to be “semi-finished”. This also entitles them to get a refund of 13% of the 17% […]

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