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The F-150: Ford to pick-up where they left off?


The Ford F-150 is a car that has achieved iconic status for the Ford Motor Company. The Ford F-Series has been in production by Ford since 1948 and has been a firm American favorite for years. It has been the number one selling truck in the US for 38 years straight and the saw the latest iteration released in 2014. The latest version has attempted to revolutionize sports utility vehicles and trucks by using an aluminum body with a steel frame, which has allowed the truck to shed approximately 750… Read more

Primary aluminum producer Rio Tinto Alcan struggles amid triple threat


In summer 2007, Rio Tinto outbid rival American aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. to acquire Alcan Inc., Canada’s largest aluminum producer, for $38.1bn in a friendly takeover deal. The high price was paid with the belief aluminium prices would continue to rise, and China would eventually open up to foreign aluminium imports. However the acquisition soon turned sour. Sealed less than a month before the financial crisis came to the fore, aluminum prices plummeted from a 35 year high, falling 36.9% by 2009 from 2007’s peak. Relying on China as a… Read more

Primary aluminum industry falls prey to energy price hikes


The 2008 financial crisis had a serious impact on the aluminum industry, with global revenues declining over 40% in 2009. Despite two consecutive years of growth in 2010 and 2011, a decline in 2012 ensured industry sales have once again dipped below pre-recession levels. Analysis shows that the global aluminum industry declined by 11.8% in 2012 to reach a value of $84.5 billion, representing a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of -2.4% for the period spanning 2008-2012. This was despite growth in the Asia-Pacific region (fuelled by China’s relatively… Read more