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  • District, union rap new Kitimat power proposal Dec 31, 2007

    Both the District of Kitimat and the Canadian Auto Workers union will fight the revised power deal proposed by Rio Tinto Alcan and the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro), which provides electricity for Alcan’s aluminum smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia.

  • Ladish allocates up to $20M for casting facility in Mexico Dec 31, 2007

    Aerospace components producer Ladish Co. Inc. is looking for further expansion outside the United States via a new titanium casting facility in Mexico and is naming a veteran of more than 25 years to head its main forging operation.

  • Ladish allocates up to $20M for casting facility in Mexico Dec 31, 2007

    Aerospace components producer Ladish Co. Inc. is looking for further expansion outside the United States via a new titanium casting facility in Mexico and is naming a veteran of more than 25 years to head its main forging operation.

  • District, union rap new Kitimat power proposal Dec 31, 2007

    Both the District of Kitimat and the Canadian Auto Workers union will fight the revised power deal proposed by Rio Tinto Alcan and the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro), which provides electricity for Alcan’s aluminum smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia.

  • Nymex hunts senior exec to guide metals trading Dec 28, 2007

    The New York Mercantile Exchange is looking to name a senior metals executive as the exchange moves closer to launching its steel futures contract.

  • US bismuth tags slip further from midyear summit Dec 28, 2007

    The spot bismuth market continued its soft landing after a midyear rally that saw prices top $19 a pound.

  • Apogee expands architectural offerings with Tubelite buy Dec 28, 2007

    Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis, has purchased Tubelite Inc., Reed City, Mich., for $44 million in a move that will unite two producers of building and construction materials.

  • Mexican copper production plunges in October Dec 28, 2007

    Mexico produced 19,638 tonnes of copper in October, down 33.9 percent from 29,718 tonnes in October 2006 and down 11.8 percent from 22,255 tonnes in September this year, a Mexican government agency said Friday.

  • November copper, moly output climb in Peru Dec 28, 2007

    Copper production in Peru increased 7.2 percent in November to 99,317 tonnes vs. November 2006 as higher output at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s Cerro Verde Mine in Arequipa offset lower production at the Antamina Mine, Peru’s mining and energy ministry said.

  • Striking port workers block Codelco shipments Dec 28, 2007

    Workers at a port in northern Chile went on strike for a second day Friday, blocking copper shipments from Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco).

  • Norilsk forms independent directors committee Dec 28, 2007

    Russia’s MMC Norilsk Nickel has created a committee of independent directors within its board to review possible transactions concerning the company’s shares.

  • US bismuth prices slip further from midyear peak Dec 28, 2007

    Spot bismuth prices continued their soft landing after a midyear rally that saw tags topping $19 per pound.

  • Norilsk forms committee of independent directors Dec 28, 2007

    Russia’s MMC Norilsk Nickel has created a committee of independent directors within its board to review possible transactions concerning the company’s shares.

  • Nickel ore imports up, but tide said set to turn Dec 28, 2007

    China imported 1.17 million tonnes of nickel ore and concentrate in November, up 10 percent from a month earlier, according to the latest statistics from China’s General Administration of Customs. But market participants expect imports to fall in the coming months amid sluggish demand.

  • Bulk alloy exporters cringe over tax hikes Dec 27, 2007

    Chinese bulk alloy exporters and copper smelters have balked at the Asian nation’s latest round of export taxes, with respective predictions of slowing overseas trade and the possibility of oversupply in China when the taxes come into force Jan. 1.

  • N. American aluminum demand down 1.6% in Oct., 3.6% for year Dec 27, 2007

    North American aluminum demand, defined as domestic production plus imports, totaled 2.19 billion pounds in October, off 1.6 percent from nearly 2.23 billion pounds in the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Aluminum Association, Arlington, Va.

  • Comex copper edges lower on profit-taking Dec 27, 2007

    Copper on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell Thursday after a recent run up in prices sparked a wave of profit-taking by investors.

  • Ball to install 24-ounce can line at Indiana plant Dec 27, 2007

    Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., is adding a new 24-ounce beverage can production line to its Monticello, Ind., facility.

  • Copper fabricators brace for slow start to ‘08 Dec 27, 2007

    Copper fabricators are preparing for a slow start to 2008 as the residential construction slump shows no signs of turning around and customers continue to run minimum inventory levels.

  • Ball to install 24-ounce can line at Indiana plant Dec 27, 2007

    Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., is adding a new 24-ounce beverage can production line to its Monticello, Ind., facility.

  • Escondida fights contract worker hiring order Dec 26, 2007

    Cia. Minera Escondida Ltd., the BHP Billiton venture that runs the world's largest copper mine, has appealed a government directive requiring it to hire hundreds of non-union workers on a permanent basis, Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper reported Tuesday.

  • Nalco expanding capacity in alumina, bauxite Dec 26, 2007

    National Aluminium Co. Ltd. (Nalco) of India will spend about $104 million to raise capacity at its alumina refinery, the company said in a letter to the Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.

  • Rusal to purchase an additional 2% of Norilsk Dec 26, 2007

    United Co. Rusal plans to buy an additional 2-percent stake in MMC Norilsk Nickel from KM-Invest, a Russian investment firm.

  • Smelter cuts seen driving spot copper TC/RC gains Dec 26, 2007

    Maintenance shutdowns slated at several smelters during the first half of next year are expected to release additional copper concentrates onto the market and force spot treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) higher, trade sources said.

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