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Smelter Restarts Push China May Aluminium Production Up By 2.1%

Metal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Aluminium Insider reported that aluminium smelter restarts and a recovery in prices helped drive up China’s output last month, pushing production up by 2.4% on the year. May saw 2.98 million tonnes of aluminium rolling out of Chinese smelters, up by 2.1% on the month from April’s total of 2.92 million tonnes. Through the opening 5 months of 2019 the Middle Kingdom smelted 14.45 million tonnes of primary aluminium, an increase of 2.7% on the year.

Imported alumina rose significantly in April, doubling to 60 thousand metric tonnes, and experts expect that plant closures in Shanxi will help maintain that trend in May and June.

Overall, China’s total nonferrous production for the year through May totaled 23.41 million metric tonnes, an increase of 4% from last year’s first five months. Last month witnessed production of all non-ferrous metals stay abreast of April’s total of 4.74 million metric tonnes, up by 2.2% on the year.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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