For producers, traders and recycling professionals alike, last year was exceptional in terms of tonnage and profits. But what can we say about the record-breaking start to 2005 for raw materials?
In first place on the podium comes copper, the price of which climbed to a historic high of US$ 3307 per tonne on March 16. In second position is aluminium, whose price reached US$ 2030 per tonne on March 11 - its highest level for 10 years. Completing the podium is zinc, which looks on cogurse to achieve a price of US$ 1500 per tonne between now and the end of April. The performance of the other base metals has not been dis- appointing and they are following in the slipstream of the three leaders. Sportsmen never forget that records are there to be broken, even if they fear falling during the event.
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