Aluminium prices experience uptrend in the global economy

Aluminium prices increased and closed on their highest levels in 10 years. It followed a global demand from the pandemic for everything started from beer cans to packaging rebounds. Prices for the metal also experienced an increase by 31 per cent this year. It reached its closing high of $2,616 a tonne this week. This price update seems welcoming for an industry that suffered from oversupply this year because of the harsh expansion in China. The world’s biggest aluminium producers` shares have also experienced a rise by double digits this year. It showed an increase with Alcoa by more than 69 per cent and Europe’s Norsk Hydro by 48 per cent. An analyst at BMO Capital Markets, Colin Hamilton, said that this year could be a triumph of 2010 as the most significant annual demand growth in history.

Aluminium usage

Companies primarily use Aluminium in packaging, cans, construction and aerospace, and they mainly benefit from this production when the economy expands. It is also beneficial for electric cars, in the bodies of some premium models and the battery packs. An analyst at consultancy CRU, Eoin Dinsmore, said that aluminium benefits nearly all fronts as you had a pretty broad-based rebound in the global economy. More than 75 per cent of all beer packaged in aluminium bottles and cans are sold in the US. BMO calculates global consumption might grow by 8.6 per cent this year to 68.3m tonnes. Aluminium is also getting benefits from restrictions in supply. Yunnan province in China cut the hydropower output in the region, causing shortages. After that, the government was asking smelters working on aluminium to reduce their usage.

CRU’s Dinsmore said that any shortfall has a global impact, so it is essential for the market. He added that the market is where there is supply growth.

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