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Century closes Ravenswood smelter

US group Century Aluminium has closed its smelter in Ravenswood, Virginia, USA with the loss of more than 650 jobs.

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China Al exports down

The first month of 2009 witnessed sharp declines in China’s exports of both primary metal and semifabricates, a sign of continuously weakening demand outside the country.

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ABB commissions world’s largest aluminium smelter potline

Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC) has installed the world’s largest aluminium smelter potline in Oman.

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NALCO to incur losses for first time

India’s National Aluminium Company (Nalco) may incur losses for the first time in its history in 2009-10 if the current global economic slowdown continues, said its chairman.

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Demand down in North America

Aluminium demand in the USA and Canada totalled an estimated 22611M pounds (10.2Mkg) during 2008, 8.1% less than the year before.

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Rio Tinto head to retire

Rio Tinto says Dick Evans, chief executive of aluminium division Rio Tinto Alcan, plans to retire and leave the board of directors on April 20.

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Chinese state buys from domestic producers

China's State Reserves Bureau agreed to buy about 272kt of aluminium in January from eight domestic producers in order to prop up market prices.

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Bosnian factory halts production

Bosnia's sole alumina factory, Birac, was forced to stop production at its site after gas supplies from Russia were cut.

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