December 2013

Storage fee rises lower than previous year after LME urges restraint

Rent increases at LME-approved warehouses will be lower in 2014, after the London Metal Exchange urged warehouses to show restraint, the exchange has said.

2014 FORECAST: China's non-ferrous metals sector faces regulatory changes

The non-ferrous metal sector in China is bracing itself for significant changes in regulation in 2014 as a result of November’s third plenary session of the 18th central committee of the ruling Communist Party of China.

2014 FORECAST: Alba ceo Murray plots 2014 path as Middle East embraces downstream

After the rapid growth of its primary aluminium industry, the Middle East is looking to build up its downstream sector. Here, Alba ceo Tim Murray discusses his company’s role in the region’s next phase, going into 2014.

LME OFFICIALS: Copper price up as 2013 ends

Copper prices showed some signs of improvement during the official session on the London Metal Exchange on Tuesday December 31, as 2013 draws to a close.

MB CENTENARY: 2000 to the present day

The pace of change in the metals industry and at Metal Bulletin since the turn of the millennium has, as elsewhere in life, been greater in this century than at any time in the 20th, Trevor Tarring writes.

REVIEW OF 2013: A robust year for Japanese aluminium premiums

The benchmark main Japan port (MJP) aluminium premiums retreated in 2013 from the level seen in the last quarter of 2012 but stayed above $240 per tonne on supply disruptions and stable demand.

Japanese aluminium demand stays strong

Japanese aluminium shipments rose for a fifth month in November, as strong domestic demand offset continued weakness in exports.

Shanghai copper retreats in thin trading

Shanghai Futures Exchange copper price retreated on Tuesday December 31 as the market entered holiday mood with wide consolidation expected in 2014.

Ma’aden restarts potline at Saudi Arabia plant

Production has restarted at the first potline at Alcoa and Saudi Arabian Mining Company’s joint-venture aluminium smelter in Saudi Arabia.

SHFE vs LME arbitrage: copper, aluminium, zinc

Arbitrage for copper, aluminium and zinc imported into China*