Alumina

Falling aluminium prices are weighing on the industry. Industry titan Alcoa reported a quarterly loss of US$191m for the fourth quarter of 2011 while announcing significant production cuts. About 12% of Alcoa’s global capacity will be shut down, most likely permanently. Other giants such as Rio Tinto and Norsk Hydro are also contemplating large cuts to capacity. Even in China, where aluminium production is more a political hobby than an economic end, production cuts are expected. Want to know more? Alumina is a complex business. To understand how it makes money, our investment thesis and the key risks involved, we...

Falling aluminium prices are weighing on the industry. Industry titan Alcoa reported a quarterly loss of US$191m for the fourth quarter of 2011 while announcing significant production cuts. About 12% of Alcoa’s global capacity will be shut down, most likely permanently. Other giants such as Rio Tinto and Norsk Hydro are also contemplating large cuts to capacity. Even in China, where aluminium production is more a political hobby than an economic end, production cuts are expected.

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