May 2022

Downtrend in Australian alumina prices slows, Brazil differential narrows slightly

The downtrend in Australian alumina prices has begun to slow, with a recent deal providing some stability to the market, sources told Fastmarkets. At the same time, the Atlantic premium over Pacific material has declined slightly following a dip in freight rates.

Chinese alumina exports to Russia surge in April

China’s alumina exports to Russia surged in April amid stronger demand from the latter due to international trade sanctions imposed on it following its invasion of Ukraine.

China's base metals imports in April 2022

A summary of China’s base metals imports in April 2022, according to Chinese customs data released on Friday May 20.

Chinese alumina exports into Russia likely to continue despite narrowed arbitrage - sources

Traders in China could continue exporting alumina into Russia, even though the export terms have already turned negative, sources have told Fastmarkets.

Indonesia confirms ban this year on tin, bauxite exports - reports

The Indonesian government will ban exports of tin and bauxite this year as part of efforts to develop the domestic downstream metals sector, a minister said on Wednesday May 18, according to local media.

Chinese, Japanese ADC 12 aluminium markets down on weak demand

Key data from Fastmarkets’ aluminium alloy pricing session in China on Wednesday May 11.

Brazil's alumina exports fall 11.7% in April

Brazilian alumina exports fell by 11.74% in April, from the same month last year, amid reduced shipments from the northeastern São Luís port, the ministry of economy said on Wednesday May 11.

Cloudy outlook for SHFE aluminium after prices fall amid Covid-19 curbs

Aluminium prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange have fallen to their lowest since 2022, with market participants largely worrying about the light metal’s short-term outlook amid measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in China.

Hydro produces first near-zero carbon aluminium in Luxembourg

Norsk Hydro's recycling plant in Clervaux, Luxembourg, has produced 130 tonnes of near-zero carbon aluminium with 100% post-consumer aluminium scrap, the company announced on Tuesday May 10.

Alumina prices stabilize; Brazil differential jumps

Key data from Fastmarkets’ alumina pricing session on Friday May 6.