NEW YORK Scrap
aluminum wheel prices have risen since the middle of August as
demand continues to outpace supply.
transaction prices for 356.1 wheels are between 86 and 89 cents
per pound, up from 85 to 88 cents Aug. 13, traders said.
One trader noted that
he had seen an uptick in trading activity over the past week,
which he said was likely a function of alloy producers ramping
up production schedules following annual furnace overhauls.
"Rims are a
hard-sought item right now. Sellers are sold out and interest
from buyers remains very strong," he said. "Because of these
factors, we have been able to achieve sales that were 1 to 2
cents higher from last week."
Demand from the
automotive sector continues to be robust, one rim seller said.
"Were up a penny from last month. This is because of
basic supply and demand fundamentals. The automotive business
is still really good."
Prices for 356.1
alloy, primarily used in automotive production, have held
steady over the past two weeks, with most producers pegging the
market at $1.09 to $1.11 per pound.
The primary aluminum
cash contract on the London Metal Exchange ended the official
session Aug. 27 at $1,828 per tonne (82.9 cents per pound),
down 0.6 percent from $1,839.50 per tonne (83.4 cents per
pound) two weeks earlier.