After Platts began assessing the US A380 price in 1992, the industry requested price assessments for additional US secondary alloys.
Platts began assessing 319, 356 and F132 on the same twice-weekly schedule in April 1993. The specifications for these alloys follow Aluminum Association parameters for chemistry and are for truckload quantities, delivered Midwest customers within 30 days, payment net-30 to net-60 days.
The price assessments quickly were adopted as a basis for pricing metal supplies between smelters and diecasters and the supply of diecast parts from diecasters to automakers and other end users.
Some traders and brokers also began offering over-the-counter derivatives settling against the Platts A380 assessment, as US A380 physical pricing has not been well correlated with LME prices.
Platts continued to expand its coverage of the secondary aluminum market in the years that followed, adding 8 assessments for US aluminum scrap in July 2000 for old cast, old sheet, mill-grade mixed low copper clips, dealer grade mixed low copper clips, high-grade turnings,auto shreds,used beverage cans and 6063 press scrap.
These assessments were updated in 2006 with the splitting of auto shreds into two assessments for high and low grades (twitch and tweak) and the addition of a painted siding assessment.
That decade also saw the expansion of Platts' secondary aluminum coverage into other regions with the addition of a weekly price assessment for the European alloy closest in specification to A380 '226 alloy' in September 2003, and price assessments for the closest Japanese equivalent -- ADC12 -- on both an FOB China and ex-works China basis in January 2008.
Platts continues to round out its secondary aluminum alloys coverage in response to industry requests, having added a US assessment for A413 in 2010 and for B390 in 2013.
Platts further expanded its aluminum scrap price assessments in early 2016 and continues to research additional secondary alloy and scrap assessments globally.