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Chinese Alumina Production in 2019 dips 2.5% YoY

Metal News - Published on Mon, 13 Jan 2020

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China produced 5.87 million tonnes of alumina in December, with metallurgical-grade materials accounting for 5.62 million tonnes. This brought China’s alumina production in 2019 to 70.42 million tonnes, down 2.47% from 2018. Alumina refineries that suspended or trimmed output in November due to bauxite supply shortages, environmental woes or losses did not recover in December, while the Jingxi Tiangui project failed to see production ramping up as expected.

As of early January, alumina capacity in operation in China reduced to 66.19 million tonnes on an annualised basis, as Guangxi Xinfa and Xinghua Technology curtailed production. With average daily production shrinking to 180,000 tonnes, China’s production of metallurgical-grade alumina is likely to slip to 5.58 million tonnes in January. Jingxi Tiangui, however, will likely help limit the decline.

China’s net imports of alumina are expected to stand at 1.1 million tonnes in 2020.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 13 Jan 2020
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