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Robust Aluminium Price Rally Pushed Smelters back into Profit-Making Territory
Jan 16, 2023 16:40CST
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SHANGHAI, Jan 16 (SMM) - In terms of raw materials, alumina prices rose slightly last week.

SHANGHAI, Jan 16 (SMM) - In terms of raw materials, alumina prices rose slightly last week. The full costs of smelters dipped 72 yuan/mt from a week ago to 17,721 yuan/mt as of last Friday mainly because the electricity prices of some smelters fell slightly. Spot aluminium prices rebounded significantly last week, with the SMM A00 aluminium prices at 18,460 yuan/mt on Friday, enabling smelters to return to the profit-making territory. Smelters reported an average profit of 738.7 yuan/mt. 

The thermal power costs will show a downward trend in the medium and long run as increasing production and imports will weigh on coal prices. However, the short-term power costs will hardly fall sharply, and the raw material prices of smelters may hold stable, thus smelters’ costs will change little.

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