German aluminium industry “still in crisis mode”

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A member survey conducted by Aluminium Deutschland has shown that the supply and price situation on the energy markets remains poor for around half of the companies.
One in seven companies said that the situation had even worsened.
For the coming months, 40% expect the situation to become tense, in some cases significantly.
In addition, three-quarters of those surveyed consider the competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location to be low or very low.
No company rates them as high or very high.
In addition to capacity cuts (37%), 31% of companies are forced to introduce short-term work.
Another 18% are cutting jobs and 8% are relocating parts of their production abroad.
Rob van Gils, president of Aluminium Germany, said: "While aluminium is essential for the transformation, the German aluminium industry is in a tangible crisis.
"We are seeing significant declines in the order books.
"This runs counter to the political goal of making Europe greener and more resilient.
"Three-quarters of the world's primary aluminium is produced in China, Russia and the Middle East – with all the consequences for the security of supply in Germany and Europe. That is why I appeal to common sense in Berlin. There, the people involved urgently need to find a way to defuse the situation until green energy is available nationwide and cheaply."
Hope ahead?
The news comes shortly after the European Parliament decided to add aluminium to the list of Strategic Raw materials on 14 September, in the ongoing legislative process for the Critical Raw Materials Act.
Previously, the European Council had also included aluminium in this categorisation.
Rob van Gils, president of Aluminium Germany, said: "It is right and important that Parliament also recognises the importance that aluminium has for the Green Deal.
"Many technologies and goods that are indispensable for the transformation contain large quantities of aluminum.
"In the ensuing trilogue negotiations and the final law, it is imperative that decision-makers continue to recognise this central role of our material."

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