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September 2018 | Aluminium Weekly Market Tracker

Carbon Products: European tar availability remains tight

On average smelters will use 80-90kg of binder pitch in the production of 1 tonnes of aluminium, which means that there has not been a huge impact on overall smelter input costs as a result of these CTP prices increases.

Coal tar prices show no sign of retreating
Most smelters around the globe are now paying in the order of $900/tonne for delivered liquid pitch supplies. This is close to twice the average level of in Q4 16-Q1 17, although after the sharp increases noted on a quarterly basis during 2017, over the course of 2018 prices has been relatively stable.

Carbon input costs have risen sharply in the past two years

On average smelters will use 80-90kg of...


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