By Nnamdi Anyadike
This file analyses the country of the aluminium marketplace before everything of the twenty first century, the aftermath of the MoU and at traits and advancements within the proven and rising marketplace economies contemplating the adjustments and demanding situations confronted through aluminium in its center car, packaging and development end-use sectors.
- A transparent and specified research of the and its significant markets
- A survey of developments in mining, refining, processing, end-use and consumption
- Unique and industry forecasts
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However, the social and political costs involved in the closure of any significant part of Russia's smelter capacity make it politically difficult to shut down the non-Siberian smelters. In addition, it is clear that by 2000, the aluminium industries based in the CIS were enjoying something of a renaissance and had succeeded in confounding the most gloomy of predictions about their future made in the 1990s. It is now clear that while power prices for the aluminium industries of the CIS, overwhelmingly based in Russia, did indeed rise in the mid-1990s, by 2001 power costs at $10/MWh were still the lowest in the world, rivalled only by Canada.
The positive impact of the economic recovery was also reflected in the housebuilding and non-residential building markets, where construction output increased by about 3% in comparison with 1999. 74 million units. Passenger car production nevertheless remained at a high level due to increased exports to the US market. In the meantime, there is still a clear upward trend for aluminium applications in the automotive sector, with several manufacturers introducing new models with aluminium front hoods in order to achieve lighter cars and create a better weight balance between the front and rear.
Since the end of the MoU, Norway has brought back on stream mothballed capacity. Norway now has just over 1 million tonnes per year of primary aluminium capacity, equivalent to some 30% of EAA production and 18% of EAA consumption. The biggest producer is Hydro Aluminium. It has four smelters with an estimated combined capacity of 617000 tonnes. The second largest producer is Elkem. Its two smelters have an estimated combined capacity of 200000 tonnes. The remaining smelter, the 95 000 tonnes per year Husness smelter, is operated by Soer Norge.