Metal prices keep rising, key paper grades and HDPE bottles fall

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The price of industrial metals continued to rise last week, according to the latest Intelligence report.

Copper grades rose by £125 per tonne, brass was up by £150 per tonne, while aluminium was up by £25 per tonne. Aluminium cans rose by £20 per tonne.


Even steel grades including cans, which has been in the doldrums for a while, increased by £10 per tonne.


The pressure on getting hold of containers and less local demand in China pushed down paper grades on the spot market. OCC lost £7 per tonne, mixed was down £2 per tonne and news & pam eased back by a quid.


While most plastics were stable, a little less demand led to £10 per tonne coming off HDPE bottles.

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