December 2016

Chalco resumes full production at alumina plant following pollution incident

Aluminum Corp of China (Chalco) has resumed full production at its subsidiary Shanxi Huaxing Aluminium following an accidental pulp leakage at the latter’s alumina plant, a Chalco spokesman told Metal Bulletin last week.

2017 PREVIEW: Alumina contracts could move to benchmark settlement as LME price divergence continues

With benchmark alumina prices ending 2016 close to two-year highs and continuing to diverge from the LME aluminium price that contracts have traditionally been fixed to, more 2017 contracts could be linked to benchmark indices, market players have suggested.

2017 PREVIEW: Is secondary Al alloy going back to the future?

Secondary aluminium ingot prices have not been below London Metal Exchange aluminium prices since primary metal spiked above $3,000 per tonne just before its precipitous collapse in 2008, but they are below them again now.

MB NON-FERROUS EUROPEAN SCRAP PRICE CHANGES 23/12

The following Metal Bulletin non-ferrous European free market scrap prices changed on Friday December 23:

ASIAN MORNING BRIEF 23/12: Comex copper falls; alumina outshines aluminium; Malaysia extends mining ban

The latest metal markets news and price updates for the start of the Asian day on Friday December 23.

ALUMINA INDEX: Restocking sends benchmark higher as alumina outshines aluminium

Benchmark alumina prices settled just shy of $350 per tonne this week as reluctant buying by Chinese smelters allowed sellers to continue to hike their offers.

Malaysian bauxite mining ban extended until March 2017

Malaysia has extended its ban on bauxite mining until the end of March 2017, amid concerns illegal mining of the raw material has delayed the clearing of local stockpiles, according to reports.

CHINA ALUMINA SNAPSHOT: Prices tick up slightly amid transportation disruption worries

Key data from the Thursday December 22 pricing session in Shanghai.

IN FIGURES: China's base metal imports in November

A summary of China’s base metal imports figures for November 2016.

MB NON-FERROUS UK SCRAP AND FOUNDRY INGOT PRICE CHANGES 21/12

The following Metal Bulletin UK non-ferrous scrap and foundry ingot prices changed on Wednesday December 21: