December 2020

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 24

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Thursday December 24 that are worth another look.

UK, EU reach Brexit deal ensuring tariff-free trade

The United Kingdom and European Union have reached an agreement on a trade deal that will ensure tariff-free trading of most goods between the country and the bloc after December 31 when the withdrawal transition period ends, easing metals and minerals market participants’ fears of logistics paralysis and material shortages.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 22

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Tuesday December 22 that are worth another look.

2021 PREVIEW: Markets wary of worsening shipping problems ahead of Chinese New Year

Shipping problems faced by commodity market participants are likely to get worse ahead of Chinese New Year on February 12, 2021, sources told Fastmarkets.

EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM INGOT 226 SNAPSHOT: Scrap shortages propels ingot price to 5-year high

Key data from Fastmarkets’ pricing session in Europe on Friday December 18, during which the European aluminium pressure diecasting ingot, DIN226/A380 price climbed to its highest level since August 2015.

FOCUS: Brexit deadlock casts doubt on secondary aluminium sector amid UK auto plant closures

The temporary closure of Japanese carmaker Honda’s Swindon plant last week sparked concerns through the local downstream aluminium sector that a no-deal Brexit would prompt a chain reaction of automotive closures and sound the death knell for UK car production.

PEOPLE MOVES: Ulas Alkan moves to VTB Capital

Ulas Alkan has joined VTB Capital, where he will trade a range of commodities in the base metals space, Fastmarkets understands.

Rio Tinto names Jakob Stausholm as new CEO

Jakob Stausholm will become the new chief executive officer of mining major Rio Tinto at the start of next year, the company announced on Thursday December 17.

Rusal continues green push with CDP ‘A’ rating; five smelters get ASI

UC Rusal has become the first aluminium producer to receive an ‘A’ level rating from CDP, parent company En+ Group said on Monday December 14.

EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM INGOT 226 SNAPSHOT: Dwindling scrap supply pushes price to 2.5-year high

Key data from Fastmarkets’ pricing session in Europe on Friday December 11.