ALUMINIUM BILLET WRAP: Premiums mostly flat; markets quiet

Global aluminium billet premiums were unchanged but for a drop in Thailand, with spot demand battered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Europe begins third quarter negotiations
  • US premium static in lifeless spot market
  • Brazil premium flat amid weak spot interest
  • Weak demand sinks premium in Thailand
Q3 negotiations in Europe start with offers around $280-300/t
Market participants throughout Europe have begun negotiating the premium for third-quarter supply.
Market conditions remain challenging due to the impact Covid-19 lockdowns have had on demand. Billet producers and sellers now must compete with supply held over from the second quarter and a weak downstream market.
Fastmarkets' weekly assessment of the aluminium 6063 extrusion billet premium, ddp Italy (Brescia region) was $240-260 per tonne, unchanged since April 9.
“Most of the guys pushed their Q2 volumes to Q3, and Q3 volumes have been reduced,” a trader said.
In some cases, extruders are going month to month or locking in what they are sure they can take.

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Justin Yang

Karen Ng

Michael Roh

Renato Rostás

June 05, 2020

23:04 GMT

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