Aluminium Prices in the UK, Today
Updated May 2021
Aluminium Prices (per ton)*
Clean Alu/Cu Rads – £2,540
Dry Ali Wire / Quadrant – £1,560
Clean HE9 – 2′ – £1,490
Painted HE9 – 2′ – £1,330
Baled Litho Sheets – £1,470
Loose Litho Sheets – £1,400
Clean Wheels – £1,240
Dirty Wheels – £1,240
Baled Aluminium Cutts – £1,090
Loose Aluminium Cutts – £1,040
Cast Aluminium – £890
Baled Old Rolled – £950
Dural / Loose Old Rolled – £810
Thermal – £820
Aluminium Turnings (No Group 2/7) – £440
Clean Ali Rads – £550
UBC’s Loose – POA
Irony Aluminium (No Fe engine blocks) – POA
Aluminium is a silvery-white, ductile metallic element, and the third most abundant element. It accounts for 8% of the weight of the Earth’s solid surface. Aluminium has good thermal and conductive properties. Also used to form light hard alloys which are corrosion-resistant. The Element Symbol is Al and its Atomic Number is 13. Aluminium is a member of the boron group on the periodic table of elements.
It cannot occur naturally in a pure form as its a highly reactive metal. Pure aluminium is only found in environments that lack abundant oxygen. Pure aluminium forms a high-energy chemical bond with oxygen. Found in over 270 minerals on the Earth’s crust and the most common of which is bauxite ore. About 85% of all bauxite mined worldwide is used to produce alumina for refining into metal. Other uses are for abrasives, chemicals, materials and refractory products, and aluminium compounds.
Corrosion resistant properties of aluminium
Useful as a catalyst or additive in chemical mixtures because of its reactive nature. One of aluminium’s other special properties is that it is corrosion resistant. Aluminium oxide forms when the metal is exposed to air. This thin layer helps prevent oxidation that would otherwise cause rust.
Lightweight and versitile
Aluminium is exceptionally light with a density of 2.7g/ccm (by comparison steel has a density of 7.75g/ccm). Impervious to rust, great strength when alloyed and possesses a high conductivity. Also ductile and versatile, that is, it can be pressed into sheets or drawn into wires or foil making.
Aluminium is used in a wide variety of applications
Out of all non ferrous metals, aluminium is the most used metal in total volume. Many objects in the home and industry use aluminium and is a familiar metal to nearly everyone. The strength, lightness and corrosion resistance of aluminium are important considerations.
Metallic aluminium, is used in applications such as cans, construction, transportation and electrical.
What are the different types of aluminium?
- Rolled Aluminium
- Aluminium Wheels / Alloy Wheels
- Aluminium Cutts (New Production)
- Clean H9 / HE9
- Mixed H9 / HE9
- Painted H9 / HE9
- Aluminium Quad / Aluminium Wire
- Cast Aluminium
- Aluminium Turnings
- Aluminium Rads / Copper Rads (Steel Free)
- Irony Aluminium
Scrap Aluminium Recycling
Aluminium has an infinite life and can be recycled from one product to another. Recycled aluminium is used in a multitude of different products. Examples of products include window frames, cars, food packaging and aeroplanes. This endless reuse cycle is also known as ‘closed loop’ recycling.
Environmentally Friendly Recycling
It takes up to 95 percent less energy to recycle it than to produce. Recycled aluminium has exactly the same properties as new. Recycling also limits emissions, including greenhouse gases.
Aluminium Recycling for Commercial Businesses in the UK
We buy and recycle non-ferrous metals including aluminium from businesses across Kent. If your business produces any scrap aluminium, recycling can be a extra source of profit.