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  • Former Timet exec Entrekin asked to return as president Dec 26, 2006

    A top post at Titanium Metals Corp. that has been in flux for a little more than a year—held by four different people during that period—has been awarded to a returning former executive.

  • Colombia looking to improve mining access Dec 26, 2006

    Colombian authorities hope to present a bill to congress in March that will improve access to land for miners and discourage speculators, Beatrice Duque, director of mines at the Ministry of Mines and Energy said.

  • Wolverine Tube to be delisted from NYSE Dec 26, 2006

    After being notified by the New York Stock Exchange that its stock would be delisted for failure to meet exchange rules, Wolverine Tube Inc., Huntsville, Ala., said it will move quickly to facilitate trading of its shares on the OTC Bulletin Board.

  • Comex copper rebounds in thin holiday market Dec 26, 2006

    Copper on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rebounded Tuesday as a recent softening in prices sparked renewed buying interest.

  • Alcoa to look at new sites for Trinidad smelter Dec 26, 2006

    Alcoa Inc. will consider alternative sites in Trinidad for its planned $1.5-billion, 341,000-tonne-per-year smelter project after Cap-de-Ville, the site initially proposed, was eliminated by the government of Trinidad and Tobago for environmental reasons.

  • Freeport bid for Phelps Dodge gets antitrust clearance Dec 26, 2006

    U.S. antitrust authorities have approved Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s takeover bid for fellow copper producer Phelps Dodge Corp.

  • Alcoa reaches tentative agreement at Cleveland Works Dec 26, 2006

    Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, said Sunday that it had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with 830 striking members of United Auto Workers Local 1050 at its Cleveland plant, potentially ending a seven-week strike.

  • Votorantim seeking to import 4,000T of nickel concentrate Dec 22, 2006

    Brazilian electrolytic and matte nickel producer Votorantim Metais is seeking to import 4,000 tonnes of sulfide nickel concentrate to feed its Fortaleza de Minas nickel matte plant.

  • Novelis unable to pass along $350M in costs Dec 22, 2006

    Aluminum rolled products producer Novelis Inc., Atlanta, was unable to pass along $350 million in metal price increases to its customers during the first nine months of 2006, the company revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Glencore regains control of shares Dec 22, 2006

    Glencore International AG has regained control of shares in Xstrata Plc that had been held on its behalf by Credit Suisse, Xstrata said.

  • Demand for copper unlikely to rebound fast, traders say Dec 22, 2006

    Soft demand for copper is expected to continue into the New Year as consumers report weak order books in the wake of the U.S. housing slump, according to traders.

  • Alcan’s Alma workers vote 90% in favor of labor pact Dec 22, 2006

    Unionized workers at Alcan Inc.’s Alma smelter in Quebec have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Montreal-based company’s contract offer.

  • Market braces for magnesium tax possibility Dec 22, 2006

    U.S. magnesium prices could shoot up next year if China decides to slap an export tax on the metal, traders warned.

  • Pan Pacific paves way in Japan; settles BHP copper TC/RC at $60/T Dec 22, 2006

    Pan Pacific Copper Co. Ltd., Tokyo, has settled its annual copper treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) with Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton at $60 a tonne/6 cents a pound with no price participation, trade sources said.

  • Zinc premiums pressured as stocks build up Dec 22, 2006

    An end-of-year slowdown continues to put pressure on zinc premiums as stocks slowly build up in London Metal Exchange warehouses.

  • Sherritt confirms switch in cobalt sales to ICCI Dec 22, 2006

    Sherritt International Corp. has confirmed speculation it will switch its sales of cobalt to International Cobalt Co. Inc. (ICCI), a Bahamas-based joint venture.

  • Willekens named IMA’s Europe rep Dec 22, 2006

    The International Magnesium Association (IMA) said Jo M.A. Willekens, formerly worldwide market development director for Hydro Magnesium, a unit of Oslo, Norway,-based Norsk Hydro ASA, has been named its European representative, succeeding René Poss.

  • LME appoints Davey as OTC market analyst Dec 22, 2006

    The London Metal Exchange confirmed late Friday that it had appointed Emma Davey as over the counter market analyst.

  • CVRD refinances loan used to pay for Inco purchase Dec 22, 2006

    Brazil’s Cia. Vale do Rio Doce has refinanced 84 percent of the bridge loan of $14.6 billion that it used for the purchase of Canadian nickel producer Inco Ltd.

  • IMA names Willekens to European post Dec 22, 2006

    The International Magnesium Association, Wauconda, Ill., said Jo M.A. Willekens, formerly worldwide market development director for Hydro Magnesium, a unit of Oslo, Norway,-based Norsk Hydro ASA, has been named its European representative, succeeding René Poss.

  • Japanese smelter settles annual TC/RC with BHP Dec 22, 2006

    Japanese smelter Pan Pacific Copper Co. (PPC) has settled its annual copper treatment and refining charge (TC/RC) contract with BHP Billiton at $60 per tonne/6 cents per pound with no price participation, according to trade sources.

  • Golden Northwest mulling partial restart of smelters Dec 21, 2006

    Golden Northwest Aluminum Holding Co., the post-bankruptcy successor of Golden Northwest Aluminum Inc., is close to a decision on the future of two Pacific Northwest primary smelters under its control.

  • Former Falconbridge exec moves to Phelps Dodge Dec 21, 2006

    The former director of cobalt marketing for Falconbridge Ltd., David Elliott, has been appointed vice president of cobalt marketing for Phelps Dodge Corp., Phoenix, the company said Thursday.

  • Votorantim looking to import nickel concentrates Dec 21, 2006

    Brazilian electrolytic and matte nickel producer Votorantim Metais (VM) is seeking to import 4,000 tonnes of sulfide nickel concentrates to feed its Fortaleza de Minas nickel matte plant, company superintendent João Bosco said Thursday.

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