Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday it has won permits from Brazilian authorities to restart operations at half capacity at its Alunorte alumina refinery.
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The new products range from hot rolled coil (HRC) steel to alumina, the raw material for aluminium, as well as cobalt, which is key for EV batteries.
The stake comes as New Day Aluminium Holdings LLC completes a $110 million refinancing and as it readies two major expansion projects in Louisiana.
The strike added to recent supply pressure on bauxite and alumina, key raw materials for aluminium production.
Aluminij Mostar, Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter, is at risk from high alumina and electricity prices and only urgent government intervention can help it stay on line.
What has historically been a highly efficient part of the aluminium production chain is experiencing an unprecedented degree of turmoil this year.
Hydro was ordered to slash output by half at Alunorte after the company admitted to making unlicensed emissions of untreated water during severe rains.
A vote by the striking workers on whether to accept a new workplace agreement is due to close on Thursday, with the union anticipating a strong "no" vote.
China alumina, aluminium output set for repeat curbs this winter.
Alumina is having a turbulent year.
Alumina refineries and aluminium smelters in parts of China cut production by 30% during November to March as part of a campaign against air pollution.
Precious metals expert Michael Ballanger explains why he believes base metals are overbought and precious metals, especially silver, are set to appreciate.