The aluminum scrap market has been struggling with oversupply for some time, though difficult winter weather in various parts of the United States in February helped to bring some relief, sources say. Some of these sources add that they expect supply and demand to normalize as the year progresses. The export market has helped somewhat, providing demand and stronger pricing for zorba. However, demand for traditional secondary grades, such as painted siding and aluminum extrusions, appears to be largely on a spot basis off the West Coast, a source with a wholesale processor in that region says. He adds that export pricing for this material is “not wonderful.” When it comes to the zorba being generated by auto shredding plants in the U.S., a source with a processor that operates a number of yards based primarily in the Midwest says U.S. and export pricing is disconnected. “The export price is much stronger and has been trending upward for the last few months,” he says. “The domestic market is stagnant or not buying much if any.” China’s zorba buying and its aluminum scrap buying from the U.S. in general decreased over the last year largely because of the 50 percent tariff the coun...