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ALUMINUM MARKET OUTLOOK & PRICE FORECASTS

HARBOR offers a clear and candid qualitative and quantitative description of the competitive landscape of the aluminum industry and its various markets. We provide our clients with valuable intelligence and data on the forces and players that move the aluminum industry, as well as detailed aluminum price and industry forecasts. Whether you are an aluminum end-user, producer, merchant, investor or regulator; our industry data, market insight, outlook and forecasts will provide you with a strategic edge on the aluminum market.

Overview of the Global Aluminum Market

The major sectors of the global aluminum market can be broken down into three industries:

  • Packaging: The rise of processed food and beverages in developing countries is increasing rapidly. As a result, the need for aluminum packaging is growing. In this area, aluminum faces competition from plastic and glass.

  • Automotive: Aluminum is a major player in the automotive world, as manufacturers look to replace steel with aluminum whenever possible. Aluminum is much more lightweight and can dramatically increase fuel economy.

  • Construction: Which country uses the most aluminum? The major demand for aluminum comes from China, which ran a major aluminum trade surplus about eight years ago. China is responsible for about 60 percent of world demand for aluminum, mostly for construction.

Importance of Aluminum Market Intelligence

Access to accurate aluminum market research is critical. Daily aluminum prices can shift, and if you don’t have access to an up-to-date aluminum market intelligence and outlook, you can fall behind your competitors. A market outlook and aluminum price subscription from HARBOR Aluminum meets this need. We supply daily aluminum market and price intelligence reports and longer-term forecasts to keep you ahead of the competition.

Market Outlook and Aluminum Forecast Reports Offered

We offer a variety of daily, weekly and monthly aluminum report options.


1. ALUMINUM INTELLIGENCE (MONTHLY)

Aluminum Intelligence Report (monthly)
A. Aluminum Intelligence (monthly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
An executive analysis of the aluminum industry's landscape and insight into who and what is driving the market. We identify the most relevant market trends to expect, while also providing detailed forecasts for price, demand, supply, production costs and market balance, per country, for up to 5 years.
LATEST ISSUE :
ROW’s Market Set to Tighten Further Even Though A Surplus Will Persist
The market feels tighter as ROW’s surplus has diminished, attractive LME contango limits the availability of prompt units
Aluminum Production Intelligence (monthly)
B. Aluminum Production Intelligence (monthly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Detailed analysis on global monthly primary aluminum production trends and figures—broken down by region, key countries, and key smelters. It provides updated intel on who is expanding, cutting, delaying or suffering disruption in production, why these moves are being made, and what to expect. Find valuable data on output, capacity utilization and production costs.
LATEST ISSUE :
RECORD! World Aluminum Production, Expansion to Accelerate in 2021-2022
In October, Chinese primary aluminum production expanded to record levels and ROW’s gathered steam.

2. ALUMINUM PRICE OUTLOOK (MONTHLY)

Aluminum LME Price Outlook Report (monthly)
Aluminum LME Price Outlook Report (monthly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Special report that analyzes the outlook for LME aluminum prices. Identifies the most relevant price drivers, includes different views circulating in the market, and provides detailed monthly, quarterly and annual LME aluminum price forecasts, by the most accurate analysts, for up to 5 years under different scenarios.
LATEST ISSUE :
On Track to Reach Our $2,000-2,200 per mton Forecast Before End Q1 2021
LME prices continue to rally and are headed toward $2,000-2,200 per mton.

3. ALUMINUM WORLD PRODUCT PREMIUMS (DAILY)

Daily Aluminum Lme & World Product Premiums Intelligence (daily)
Sample-Daily Aluminum LME & World Product Premiums Intelligence
REPORT DESCRIPTION
An executive analysis of the most significant aluminum industry, market, price and premiums developments of the day, and their impact on the outlooks for price and premiums. The report includes daily field intelligence and transactional aluminum premiums for P1020 ingot, billet, PFA (A356.2), wire rod, slab, high purity and o -grade metal, in different countries and regions of the world.
LATEST ISSUE :
Daily Aluminum Commentary
LME prices climb back to two-year highs; MW P1020 spot premium range tightens; European billet premiums jump
Aluminum Premiums Outlook (weekly)
Aluminum Premiums Outlook
REPORT DESCRIPTION
An executive, in-a-nutshell summary of the most significant world’s aluminum premiums developments of the week. The report provides HARBOR’s relevant intelligence, premium assessment movements and analysis by region, including P1020, purity and VAP premiums.
LATEST ISSUE :
What is the Latest on Aluminum Premiums?
US MW PREMIUM ALERT. MW P1020 spot premium gaps up; we see market trending toward... cent/lb range (From November 13). | NORTH AMERICA PFA ALERT. US Foundry 2021 premiums stable amid supplier competition. (From November 11). | MEXICO P1020 ALERT. Mexico's P1020 premium jumps to 28-month highs (From November 11).
Alerts & Special Analysis On Latest/Exclusive Aluminum Market And Product Premiums Intel (several per week)
Alerts-Special-Analysis-Aluminum-Market-Premiums
REPORT DESCRIPTION
On-time, expert intelligence analysis of any key development occurring across the aluminum value chain. These alerts will provide you with time-sensitive actionable intelligence on key industry and market developments, price movements and outlook, and premium activity across the globe. Alerts are segmented by region, type of material, industry sector and market segments, warning specific stakeholders in specific areas of the aluminum value chain. HARBOR's Aluminum App send users a timely signal when any alert has been released.
LATEST ISSUE :
US BILLET ALERT.
SOLD OUT: US billet premiums gap up to... amid lack of spot availability across regions; rally expected to continue.
European Billet Market Updates And Alerts (weekly)
European Billet Market Updates And Alerts
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Expert analysis on the European Billet market by relevant country. Offering intelligence, unparalleled insight and detailed visibility into billet premiums by country and by type of supplier, transactional activity, trade flows, key demand drivers and market trends. The report distills key market commentary and field intelligence to provide actionable intelligence to stakeholders in the different European billet markets. Spanish and Italian versions available.
LATEST ISSUE :
EUROPEAN BILLET UPDATE.
SOLD OUT: Q2 premiums jump to $... per mton

4. NORTH AMERICA ALUMINUM ROLLED PRODUCTS (MONTHLY)

North America Aluminum Rolled Products Intel Report (monthly)
North America Aluminum Rolled Products Intel Report
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Expert analysis on the North American aluminum flat products market (common alloy sheet, can sheet, auto sheet & foil).Offering intelligence and insight into prices, imports, key demand drivers and market trends. The report distills market commentary and field intelligence on aluminum, scrap, and end markets (B&C, auto, packaging) to provide actionable intelligence to stakeholders in the aluminum flat products market field.
LATEST ISSUE :
NO OTHER OPTION: Booming US Cansheet Demand Boosts Imports & Exemptions
North American aluminum cansheet demand is expected to grow... % in 2020 and... % in 2021 amid the Aluminum Can Revolution 2.0 that has been boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. SCRAP & SECONDARY ALUMINUM (WEEKLY)

US & Mexico Aluminum Scrap Market Intel Report (weekly)
US & Mexico Aluminum Scrap Market Intel Report (weekly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Expert insight and market intelligence on Mexico and US scrap and secondary aluminum markets. This report offers exclusive market talk, real transactional activity and unparalleled market price intelligence.
LATEST ISSUE :
US & Mexico Aluminum Scrap Market Intel
USA: Painted siding scrap prices jump to as high as... cent/lb. | US secondaries raise their pricing for 6061 turnings. | Dirty A356 wheels scrap prices
North America Scrap Lights (monthly)
North America Scrap Lights (monthly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Expert commentary on Mexico and US scrap and secondary aluminum markets. Report offers expert insight on underlying market trends, commentary on transactional activity and what to expect looking forward. This report provides a tactical edge to stakeholders in the market.
LATEST ISSUE :
North America Scrap Lights
US: Don't take the aluminum scrap market for granted | Mexico: Mexico's old cast prices jump to two-year highs, 2021 mating season stalled
European Secondary and Scrap Aluminum Intelligence (weekly)
EUROPEAN-SECONDARY-AND-SCRAP-ALUMINUM-INTELLIGENCE
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Expert insight and market intelligence on Europe ś secondary and scrap aluminum markets by relevant country and their interaction with the major regional hubs like North America and Asia. This report offers exclusive market talk, real transactional activity and unparalleled market price intelligence.
LATEST ISSUE :
BULL MARKET CONTINUES: Extrusion scrap and secondary ingot prices up again
Extrusion scrap prices up sharply at the consumer and scrap dealer levels in a context of higher demand for domestic secondary billet.

6. ALUMINA & BAUXITE INTELLIGENCE (MONTHLY)

Alumina & Bauxite Intelligence (monthly)
Alumina & Bauxite Intelligence (monthly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
In-depth analysis of the bauxite and alumina industries. Intelligence on bauxite reserves, bauxite/alumina production, output costs, trade flows, demand, and prices—both globally and regionally.
LATEST ISSUE :
Alumina Prices Remain Undervalued
ROW’s metallurgical alumina production plunged in September to its lowest run-rate since May 2019 amid lower operating rates at Alunorte.

7. COST CURVE INTELLIGENCE (QUARTERLY)

Aluminum Smelting Cost Curve (quarterly)
Aluminum Smelting Cost Curve (quarterly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Contains detailed cost analysis for each of the more than 250 smelters in the world. Also, cost calculations after casting, realized pricing, and actual profitability, considering the cast house mix for each smelter. HARBOR leverages its high-level contacts in the industry and agents in the field to produce this report.
LATEST ISSUE :
HARBOR's Aluminum Smelting Cost Curve Report (Data for Q3 2019)
Q4 2019 report will be issued in the first half of January.
Alumina Refining Cost Curve (quarterly)
Alumina Refining Cost Curve (quarterly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Contains the most recent in-depth intelligence on industry production economics for each alumina refinery in the world. HARBOR leverages its high-level contacts in the industry, special relationships with refineries and agents in the field to produce this report.
LATEST ISSUE :
HARBOR's Alumina Refining Cost Curve Report (Data for Q3 2019)
Q4 2019 report will be issued in the first half of January.
Bauxite Mining Cost Curve (quarterly)
Bauxite Mining Cost Curve (quarterly)
REPORT DESCRIPTION
Get the latest intelligence on industry production economics for each bauxite mine in the world. It allows you to efficiently sort data by mine, company, country and opex and capex cost category.
LATEST ISSUE :
HARBOR's Bauxite Mining Cost Curve Report (Data for Q3 2019)
NOTE: Q4 2019 report will be issued in the first half of January.