January 2021

Alumina prices in China rise again on transport issues; imports resume

Tight availability caused by transportation problems, and stockpiling ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, pushed up the domestic price for alumina in China in the week to Thursday January 21.

IN FIGURES: China 2020 aluminium ingot imports soar; alumina imports up 130% y-o-y

A summary of China’s alumina and aluminium ingot imports for December 2020 and the full-year 2020 from China customs data released on January 20.

AT A GLANCE: Alcoa sets production records in bauxite, alumina despite 'challenging' 2020

A summary of aluminium and alumina producer Alcoa’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings results.

Germany's Audi becomes first OEM to gain certification for responsible aluminium sourcing

German automaker Audi has gained recognition for its sustainable and responsible sourcing of aluminium by attaining the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) "Chain of Custody Standard" (CoC).

WEEKLY BASE METAL PREMIUMS REPORT: 19/01

A summary of base metals premiums from across the globe for the week to Tuesday January 19.

AT A GLANCE: Rio Tinto’s 2020 Al output stable; bauxite production at 56.1 mln

A summary of Rio Tinto’s fourth-quarter 2020 production results.

Rio Tinto to become major scandium oxide producer in Québec

Rio Tinto is to become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America and will produce around one-fifth of the current level of world supply from a planned plant in Québec, Canada.

Falling China aluminium scrap market drags down Asia ADC 12 prices

Aluminium alloy ADC 12 prices in China and Japan continued to trend down in the week to Wednesday January 13 on reduced production costs after the price of aluminium scrap - used as a raw material - weakened.

Brazil's alumina exports up 58.6% in December; 16.2% higher in 2020

Alumina exports from Brazil continued to grow in December, contributing to higher volumes in full-year 2020, while Alunorte, the world’s largest refinery, recovered its capacity usage throughout the year, data from the country’s economy ministry showed on Thursday January 7.

Local rail suspension in Hebei prompts surge in Chinese alumina buying

The Chinese alumina price rose slightly this week following a spate of panic buying after railway transport in Shijiazhuang, in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, was suspended amid a rise in Covid-19 infections, market participants told Fastmarkets.