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Aluminium, the most abundant metal on earth’s crust has touched human lives in a number of ways. According to the statistics from European Aluminium Association & CRU, the total primary aluminium consumption in the world was of 50.2 million tons in 2013 and it is growing every year. Due to its inherent qualities like infinite [...]

March 17, 2014
Posted By Dr. Subodh Das ( ) at 5:25 am

Obama’s 2010 mandate that obligates car manufacturers to double new-car average fuel economy by 2025 has pushed the car industry to produce more fuel efficient cars at a faster rate. Ford’s next F-150 — the US’s largest selling vehicle — is currently being redesigned and rebuilt with an all-aluminum body, a huge helping hand to [...]

February 11, 2014
Posted By Joe Pickard, ISRI ( Chief Economist and Director of Commodities, ISRI ) at 7:06 am

Aluminum holds the distinction of being both the youngest and the most widely used among all the base nonferrous metals in the U.S. Aluminum is known to be a lightweight, ductile, malleable  and corrosion resistant metal, making it a popular choice with manufacturers. As with other nonferrous metals, aluminum is also inherently recyclable and recycled [...]

The prolonged price crunch in the global aluminium market is turning out to be a nightmare for the primary aluminium producers worldwide. Low market prices coupled with falling demand from Europe and some of the fastest growing emerging markets, China being the fulcrum, is pushing smelters world over into the operationally uneconomical zone. As if [...]

Before the 1980s, banking institutions weren’t allowed to own non-financial businesses — Congress wanted to reduce the risks banks take, as well as safeguard depositors. However, in the 1990s, Congress and the Federal Reserve’s rules were relaxed, soon permitting some banks to develop businesses in storing and transporting commodities. In 2010, Goldman Sachs bought Metro [...]

December 19, 2013
Posted By Paul Adkins ( MD, AZ China ltd ) at 5:07 am

One area of the aluminium industry that doesn’t get talked about much is, what happens to a dead pot? In the normal scheme of things, the steel furnace in which pure aluminium is made will last somewhere between 5 and 10 years before the protective linings wear down too far.   At that time, the [...]

Before you start reading the blog below, consider the following THREE facts about aluminium and China: 1. China is now the world’s largest producer (> 50%) of primary aluminum using mostly (> 80%) coal-generated electricity; 2. Production of primary aluminum requires large quantity of electricity, and therefore emits a large quantity of GHG (12 tonnes [...]

Primary Aluminium History: People often think of aluminum as a cheap and plentiful metal, but 130 years ago aluminum was considered rare and expensive. According to the book “Chemical Principles,” refining aluminum from bauxite was so costly in the 19th century that the Washington Monument was given an aluminum tip to symbolize its value. In [...]

September 3, 2013
Posted By S Gopalkrishnan ( ) at 5:40 am

India with its abundant supply of quality bauxite and low cost labour has established itself as a low cost producer of primary aluminium. Global primary aluminium production in 2012 was 45.2 million tonnes, with China accounting for an astounding 19.8 million tonnes or 44%. However, in India, the production of primary aluminium has stagnated around [...]

In order to remain in competition with rival Ford Motor, General Motors is planning to scale down the weight of its full-size pickup trucks by employing more aluminum from manufacturers like Alcoa and Novelis. GM’s 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are 250-400 pounds lighter than previous models, but Ford’s 2015 F-150 is anticipated to [...]