China’s Support Counters Weak Demand, Shapes Aluminium Market Dynamics

A remarkable development emerged as the discount on aluminium for immediate delivery, compared to the three-month contract on the London Metal Exchange (LME)

Referred to as contango, the discount for immediate aluminium against the three-month contract surged to $52 per metric tonne during last Monday’s market closure

During the first half of 2023, the International Aluminium Institute reported a 1.8% year-on-year surge in global primary aluminium production. Largely attributed to elevated production in China.

In the ever-evolving aluminium market, China’s backing serves as a counterbalance to demand challenges, shaping the trajectory of this vital industry.