Aluminum Prices

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MetalMiner Insights includes prices for 1000, 3000, 5000 and 6000 series aluminum. Capabilities include: LME aluminum and other global aluminum price points, should-cost models, buying signals, price forecasting (monthly, quarterly and annually), sourcing strategy recommendations and 100+ price feeds. MetalMiner Insights shows companies how to buy, when to buy and what to pay.







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1000, 3000, 5000 and 6000 Series Aluminum Prices.

It’s not enough to merely know the LME price for aluminum. After all, OEM’s and their extended supply chains don’t buy ingots. They purchase the semi-finished materials in multiple forms from sheet, coil and strips, to bars, tubes and extrusions. MetalMiner provides a more granular view of total cost, giving the buying organization at least 45% more visibility into the total costs they actually pay.

Should-Cost Models

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The aluminum should-cost models contain European, Chinese and North American detailed aluminum price points for a full range of 1000, 3000, 5000 and 6000 series semi-finished products. The models include the LME aluminum price, associated geographic premiums, conversion premiums, freight and import duties.

Sample Should-Cost for 3XXX Aluminum

All Aluminum Prices

LME Primary 3 Month
LME Primary Cash
LME Aluminum Alloy Primary 3 Month
LME Aluminum Alloy Primary Cash
LME Aluminum NASAAC Primary Cash
US Midwest Premium Futures 3 Month

US 1000, 3000, 5000, 6000 Series Flat Rolled
European 1000, 5000, 6000 Series Flat Rolled
European 6082 Bar and Plate
European 5083 Plate
Korean 1000, 3000 and 5000 Series Flat Rolled
China Bar and Billet and India Cash
European LME Premium

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Aluminum Insights

Some may argue that timing an aluminum buy appears speculative. Spot buying, however, also means speculative buying! Merely having a specific price of aluminum per pound via fundamental analysis (e.g. supply and demand) rarely equates to an actionable buying strategy, particularly with high market volatility. Understanding the aluminum price from a short term and long term perspective allows buyers to alter strategies in falling, sideways, and rising markets – as well as save money by timing the buy.

For new procurement professionals or those that have the exciting responsibility of managing an aluminum category for the first time, this brief on the 5 best practices of metal-based sourcing can help with upcoming supplier negotiations. This brief describes how to use cost breakdowns to separate out the conversion/processing costs from metal prices, why one should buy by the weight vs. the each, the importance of “3” in supply awards and two other best practices all designed to help reduce cost of goods sold.

Have an upcoming negotiation for aluminum sheet or coil? Make sure you know how your service centers will negotiate the aluminum price. Whether you buy 3003 aluminum sheet or 6061 extrusions, a strong understanding of which part of the aluminum price moves with an index and which elements should remain fixed will help mitigate market volatility.

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MetalMiner helps manufacturers better manage margins, generate cost savings and cost avoidance, smooth volatility and meet profitability targets. We use data – data science, data analysis, artificial intelligence, statistical analyses as well as technical analysis to provide buying organizations with specific actionable buying guidance. When used consistently, MetalMiner’s buying guidance affords companies both cost savings and cost avoidance opportunities. 

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