October 2014


Who said quantitative easing (QE) was over?

Norilsk's quarterly nickel production rose 16.9% in Q3

Norilsk Nickel has announced a 16.9% increase in nickel production for the third quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter.

Brazil's Al import premiums up pressured by global higher prices

Premiums offered for Brazil’s aluminium ingot imports have risen since mid-October pressured by higher international prices, but market activity remained thin.

European secondary aluminium prices dip on stock clearing

European secondary aluminium ingot prices dipped on Friday October 31, as some producers accepted lower prices for fourth-quarter delivery as they sought to clear stocks ahead of the year’s end.

INTERVIEW: Recylex to focus on cost-cutting, productivity as lead scrap remains tight, ceo says

After almost halving its losses in the first half of 2014, Recylex will continue to focus on cutting costs and boosting productivity to ease the pressure on its margins caused by high scrap prices and overcapacity in the secondary lead market, its ceo Yves Roche told Metal Bulletin.

WEEK IN BRIEF: Copper TC/RCs fall; LME stocks in Asia rise; big question about Trafigura and Nyrstar

Metal Bulletin's editor Alex Harrison looks back over the main stories of the week.

CHARGE CHROME INDEX: Prices hold in China and Europe, UG2 drops

Charge chrome prices held in China on Friday October 31 as chrome ore prices dropped sharply.

Brazilian aluminium ingot premium range narrows week-on-week

Brazil’s aluminium ingot premiums have narrowed week-on-week, with the upward pressure from higher international prices being offset by the sluggish demand and significant stock levels in the country.

Ten things we learned at the Asian bauxite and alumina conference

Metal Bulletin hosted its fourth Asian bauxite and alumina conference in Singapore this week. Here are ten of the key things we learned.

ASIAN BAUXITE & ALUMINA CONF: The hard numbers from China

China has 14.1 million tpy of new alumina capacity in the pipeline for 2014-17, with the province of Shanxi accounting for 35% of it, according to Sandy Kong, senior analyst at Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.