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2004 - the year in review

UK secondary aluminium smelters had a mixed year in 2004. In February, soaring prices for aluminium scrap forced Derbyshire-based Bernhard Metals to cut back its output of secondary alloys, and in March, neighbouring Calder, with 35,000 tonnes a year of secondary alloy production, went into administration. But two other major players - FE Mottram and Avon Metals - shared the benefits of a smaller playing field and had to miss their summer holidays to keep up with orders. Prices ...