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    U.S. International Trade Commission Hearing on Competitive Conditions Affecting Aluminum

    By Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor. On September 29, 2016, the day after the Aluminum Association and Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) Management Conference finished their Aluminum Week program in Washington, D.C., the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) held a hearing (Investigation No. 332-557) — Aluminum: Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Industry. The hearing addressed the harmful […]

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    Noranda Obtains Court Approval to Sell Aluminum Smelter to ARG International

    Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation obtained U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval for the sale of the its aluminum smelter and facilities in New Madrid, Missouri, to ARG International AG for a purchase price of $13.7 million. The Court approval follows an auction that took place on September 28, 2016. The company expects to close the transaction in […]

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    U.S. Aluminum Smelters Need Support

    By Goran Djukanovic, Aluminum Market Analyst & Consultant. Uncertainty hangs over the primary aluminum industry in U.S., or what has been left of it. Plummeting aluminum prices and high electricity costs resulted in closure or curtailment of some three-fourths of primary aluminum production in the last five years, leaving less than 1 million tonnes of […]

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    World Primary Production in Review – Part II

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. A conspicuous transformation occurred in the world’s primary aluminum industry during the past five years with the construction of “Mega” aluminum smelters (>1 million tpy) in China, which have boosted aluminum production to levels not previously experienced by companies. Nine aluminum companies had an annual production greater than 2 million […]

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    Noranda Finds Bidder for Its Flat Rolled Business

    Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation entered into an asset purchase agreement for its flat rolled products business with Gränges AB, a supplier of rolled products for brazed aluminium heat exchangers in Sweden. Under the agreement, a subsidiary of Gränges will serve as the “stalking horse” bidder for Noranda’s flat rolled products business in a court-supervised sale process […]

  • Alba holds Line 6 Supplier and Contractor Forum

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    Alba Selects an EPCM Contractor for its Line 6 Expansion

    Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) selected Bechtel as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor for its Line 6 Expansion Project. Under the terms of the contract, Bechtel will be responsible to design and construct the sixth potline as well as support industrial services. Bechtel has worked with Alba for more than 25 years, including previous work as […]

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    World Primary Aluminum Production in Review – Part I

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. The largest gain in primary aluminum production during 2015 was in China at 31.1%, followed by India (21.1%) and Saudi Arabia (11.3%). This was due to startup of new low cost smelters and/or the restart of potlines. China accounted for a staggering 54.9% of the total world aluminum production in […]

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    LME Roundup – Continued Overcapacity from China

    July 1 – Results of Warehouse Discussion Paper and Next steps for consultation on warehouse operation, London Metal Exchange July 1 – “Glut of Chinese Goods Pinches Global Economy,” The Wall Street Journal July 7 – “Aluminum Bear Market Piles Pressure on World’s Biggest Smelters,” Bloomberg Business China, which accounts for half of the world’s […]

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    LME Roundup – LME to Launch New Aluminum Contracts, but Are They Too Late?

    June 8 – “London Metal Exchange to Launch New Range of Aluminum Contracts: Only warehouses without any queues will be eligible to issue premium contracts,” The Wall Street Journal “The London Metal Exchange on Monday said it is launching a new range of aluminum contracts to allow users to protect themselves against rising regional charges […]