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Even since our post a couple of days ago, the situation regarding the impact of the environmental inspections is becoming murkier.  The carbon side of the market is showing  signs of a sudden and seismic shift. Subscribers to our Weekly Carbon Monitor will know that we called a steep rise in petcoke prices about 10 […]

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US-based Bloomberg reporter Joe Deaux sent me a rather interesting piece he had written this morning. In it, he explains that the US Department of Commerce in a preliminary ruling found “that heat-treated products from China that meet specifications for 5050-grade alloy are bypassing tariffs”.  The Commerce department went on to find that China Zhongwang did not […]

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We have been reporting recently that there is a new wave of environmental inspections going on in China right now.  We have gleaned some more information from the government announcements on the new push, so here is an update. There are a total of just over 100 people in the environmental inspection teams.   In […]

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Here’s an article appeared in today’s Australian newspaper.   Alcoa’s plant in Portland, in the Australian State of Victoria is facing a double whammy in the coming months, as an electricity subsidy from the local government expires this week, and their basis electricity contract expires in 2017. Victoria’s oldest town, Portland, faces losing 30 per cent […]

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November 3 is our birthday!  We are 10 years old! AZ China was officially registered in Hong Kong back on November 3 2006.   It seems like ages ago! At the time, my business partner Janet Zhu and I had decided on the business model and the only thing left to do was find a […]

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In an article published last night, the South China Morning Post says the Hongqiao group has been caught up in the recent environmental inspections. The SCMP article says there were several “punishments” issued by the local government of Zouping County – the area where most of Hongqiao’s capacity is located.   AZ China checked the website for […]

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