ALUMINIUM BILLET WRAP: US upcharge at record low; Thailand premium falls [CORRECTED)

The premium for aluminium billet in the United States fell to a record low on Friday October 25 due to to continued sluggish demand, while premiums in Europe and Brazil remained under pressure.

  • US premium at record low
  • European traders holding onto $300 per tonne level
  • Low spot demand in Brazil
  • Thailand premium falls
US billet premium drops to all-time low
Fastmarkets’ aluminium 6063 extrusion billet premium, delivered Midwest US, fell to 7-9 cents per lb on October 25, down by half a cent from the previously assessed range of 7.5-9.5 cents per lb on October 11.
The latest move brings the billet premium to an all-time low, which reflects billet producers' continued struggle to sell spot billet to extruders.
Extruders barely participated in the spot billet market this year after booking contract volumes ahead of the year that more than adequately met their 2019 supply requirements.
Although the spot market remains sluggish, market participants are engaged in long-term supply contract negotiations.

Sources told Fastmarkets that extruders are booking significantly lighter volumes in their contracts for next year to inure themselves...


Alice Mason

Karen Ng

Renato Rostás

Michael Roh

October 28, 2019

14:18 GMT

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