Alumina’s balancing act

By Jessica Roberts
Published: Monday, 23 August 2010

Producers juggle a delicate supply-demand balance as alumina’s end use sectors call for increasing production from a market still emerging from economic hardship

How quickly the tide turns. In less than two years the non-metallurgical grade alumina (NMGA) market has been transformed from an investment nightmare into a financial playground of acquisitions, exploration and capacity expansions (see Table 1: Supply developments).

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