• Holiday notice Dec 19, 2013

    AMM’s offices will be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday, and no issue will be published Jan. 2.

  • Most copper scrap discounts widen Dec 19, 2013

    Discounts for most grades of copper scrap widened Dec. 18 as buyers and sellers reacted to slight upticks on Comex and a noticeable drop in “pre-holiday” trading activity.

  • Alcoa to curtail Texas powder metal operations Dec 18, 2013

    Alcoa Inc. plans to curtail its Rockdale, Texas, aluminum powder operations as it looks to cut costs in its primary products business.

  • Quanex ponders Nichols sale amid low prices Dec 18, 2013

    Quanex Building Products Corp. would consider selling its Nichols Aluminum LLC subsidiary for the right price, given low aluminum prices and after a November fire at its Decatur, Ala., plant proved more serious than initially disclosed.

  • Quanex hit by weak window demand Dec 18, 2013

    Quanex Building Products Corp. bled red ink in its fiscal year ended Oct. 31 as improved construction activity failed to translate into better demand for the company’s aluminum window and door components.

  • Lead, zinc global demand moves higher: ILZSG Dec 18, 2013

    Global demand for lead metal and refined zinc increased in the first 10 months of 2013 compared with the same period last year, and both markets were in deficit, according to the latest data from the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG).

  • Aleris names new board member Dec 18, 2013

    Aleris International Inc. has appointed Donald T. Misheff to its board of directors and also made him a member of the board’s audit committee.

  • General Moly directors retiring Dec 17, 2013

    General Moly Inc. said three directors will retire from its board effective Dec. 31.

  • DLA offers ferrochrome for sale Dec 17, 2013

    DLA Strategic Materials is offering 2.24 million pounds of low-carbon ferrochrome and 2,000 short tons of high-carbon ferrochrome for December.

  • Noranda Aluminum slashing 190 jobs Dec 17, 2013

    Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. plans to slash about 190 people from its work force, including contract workers, as it looks to cut costs.

  • Novelis to boost capacity in Europe, US Dec 17, 2013

    Novelis Inc. plans to spend $205 million to boost automotive capacity in North America and Europe.

  • Auto could shift to secondary metal: Novelis Dec 17, 2013

    Secondary aluminum could one day be automakers’ primary choice, a Novelis Inc. executive told AMM.

  • Antitrust suits vs. LME, banks go to NY court Dec 17, 2013

    A raft of lawsuits against the London Metal Exchange, big banks and warehousing companies over an alleged conspiracy to restrict aluminum supplies and inflate aluminum prices and premiums have been consolidated in federal court in New York.

  • Alcoa enters bid for Ormet carbon anodes Dec 16, 2013

    Alcoa Inc. has entered the fray for carbon anodes on sale from bankrupt aluminum producer Ormet Corp.

  • Airbus deal lifts Alcoa’s share of aero products Dec 16, 2013

    Alcoa Inc.’s $110-million forgings supply agreement with Airbus SAS gives the aluminum producer a larger share of some major commercial aircraft programs.

  • Aluminum shipments increase in November Dec 16, 2013

    U.S. service center shipments trended upward in November vs. the same month last year, marking the third month in a row of year-over-year gains.

  • Trimet completes purchase of Rio Tinto plants Dec 16, 2013

    Trimet Aluminum AG has taken control of two former Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. production plants in France.

  • Consolidated Aluminum files for Chapter 11 Dec 16, 2013

    Consolidated Aluminum Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it grapples with a raft of personal-injury and environmental lawsuits.

  • Doe Run winds down Herculaneum smelter Dec 16, 2013

    Doe Run Co., whose Herculaneum, Mo., smelter is set to cease operations at the end of December, said it will continue to meet the demands of its primary lead customers in the final weeks of 2013.

  • Materion sets copper alloy price hikes Dec 16, 2013

    Materion Brush Performance Alloys is raising prices on premium grades of copper alloy and copper-beryllium alloy strip, rod, bar, tube and wire products by 2 to 5 percent effective Jan. 2 across its global operations.

  • Trafigura expects balanced copper; alumina oversupply Dec 16, 2013

    The copper market is expected to remain in balance next year, while alumina, which has been in structural overcapacity since 2007, is forecast to remain that way for the foreseeable future, according to Simon Collins, head of nonferrous and bulk commodities at Trafigura Beheer BV.

  • Alcoa signs $110M accord with Airbus for aero forgings Dec 16, 2013

    Alcoa Inc. has signed a long-term, $110-million supply agreement with Airbus SAS for titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings.

  • Nyrstar reinstates support for nickel miner’s reorganization Dec 16, 2013

    Nyrstar Sales & Marketing AG has reinstated its support for the corporate reorganization application made by Talvivaara Mining Co. Plc and operating subsidiary Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd.

  • Rio Tinto Alcan receives OK to sell two plants in France Dec 16, 2013

    Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. has received permission from the European Commission to sell two plants in France to Trimet Aluminum AG and Electricité de France SA (EDF).

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