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Timing is everything

Politicians must hate the idea of their words being recorded.   The Business Spectator magazine today quoted Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey as saying “I’m not as bearish as many others about China. Why? Because China must grow”. His words today came at the same time that China published its latest set of economic data points. China’s Continue Reading

Alcan shrinking

There are reports this morning that Rio Tinto Alcan is to shed up to 170 jobs in Montreal, while the Alcan part of the name will gradually disappear. The jobs will go between now and the end of the year, with the cuts said to be part of the company’s streamlining and cost-cutting efforts. The Alcan Continue Reading

Chalco – “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”

Let’s hope nobody in the circles of power in Beijing is up to speed on the murder of Thomas Beckett. He was murdered by followers of King Henry II, reportedly after the king cried out those immortal words in exasperation. For surely Beijing is getting exasperated by the performance coming from one of its favorite Continue Reading

May Day!

No, we are not drowning. May 1st is a Public Holiday in China, so AZ China is closed today. We will be busy dancing around the Maypole, or rallying around the workers of the world, or kicking back with a coffee and the newspaper… We will be back on deck on Monday.

Zoo news – Rod dons new attire

Rhodri Harries, who was the CFO for Rio Tinto Alcan, has traded in his RTA safety helmet and smelter attire for a whole new line of clothing. Rod has joined a company called Gildan. Gildan make all sorts of clothing products, under various brand names, mostly within the “active wear” genre. Rod had been with Continue Reading

Rusal looking at 200KT cuts

UC Rusal has announced that it is reviewing the potential closure of about 200,000t of metal capacity. With metal prices slipping over the previous quarter, Rusal announced that their average revenue including premium came in at US$2282.  With Chinese metal now reaching Rusal markets, and with no signal yet from the Chinese government that they Continue Reading

It’s Raining Blogs

Not really, but it’s the catchiest headline I could think of. I received a note today from Les Edwards at Rain CII, alerting me to the fact that his company has re-launched their blog. If you want to see what’s going on in the world of Rain CII and Rutgers, go to

Zoo news – Franz votes to retire

This week we bid goodbye to another well-known and well respected colleague from our industry, Franz Vogt who has decided to call it a day after more than 47 years on the job. Franz started his career with Kaiser Carbon back in 1968 and spent 10 years working in the bauxite/alumina area at the Gramercy Continue Reading

April Fool’s Day headlines we would like to see

We hope you enjoyed our earlier story about new developments with TiO2.   Our industry gives a rich palette of ideas for stories for this one day of the year.   Here’s some headlines we could have used.   Enjoy! Shell buys BP’s coke assets, and rules that all employees must adopt Dutch names. Howard Van Continue Reading

White is the new black, and silver, in stunning move

White anodes

This blog can now reveal two amazing breakthroughs achieved by the Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) industry. TiO2 is used in everything from paint to paper as the pigment that delivers the colour white to hundreds of products in our daily lives. TiO2 has always had to compete with the aluminium industry for supply of calcined coke. Continue Reading