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I came across a story on the weekend about the Huomei alumina refinery in Inner Mongolia. According to the news story, 300 tribal herdsmen protested at the plant recently, but their protest was cut short by the presence of 500 police and security guards.  The story says that police roughed up a few of the protesters, […]

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The recent release of the Panama Papers – 11 million documents relating to offshore company ownership – has had a stranglehold on the world’s headlines.  It led us to wonder, to what extent do China’s aluminium companies use offshore entities in their corporate structures? There is nothing illegal in setting up an offshore company.   […]

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Reuters today reported that the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)  is to launch an investigation into the international aluminium market. The USITC says it will look at unwrought and wrought aluminium in markets including the United States.  The investigation will take a year to complete. The announcement follows lobbying by US interest groups seeking redress […]

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We are hearing reports at AZ China that the so-called “Commercial stockpile” of aluminium doesn’t exist. Readers may recall about 3-4 months ago, in the middle of the price slide to below RMB 10,000 per ton, news emerged that six leading aluminium companies had formed a Joint Venture that would manage a stockpile of 1 […]

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In a stunning move, China’s aluminium industry has decided to act to improve its position and reputation in the global primary aluminium space.   All China’s aluminium companies are secretly planning to change their names to English, to make them easier to identify amongst the international community. According to secret documents AZ China has seen, […]

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Each month the International Aluminium Institute publishes the global statistics on metal production and other key data points.   The information is released on the 21st of each month for the previous month, so those of us who track these things closely have a diary note to check the website on that day. The International […]

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