China Dec aluminium production rebounds despite winter cuts

Kitco - January 18th, 2018

China's primary aluminium production rebounded in December after five months of decline despite winter output restrictions imposed on smelters, helping lift total 2017 output to record levels.

The world's top aluminium producer churned out 2.71 million tonnes of the metal last month, up 15.3 pct from 2.35 million tonnes in November to its highest level since June's record output, although it was down 1.8 pct on a year ago, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

For the full year, China produced 32.27 million tonnes of aluminium, a rise of 1.6 percent from 2016, the data released on Thursday showed.

Why QAL's alumina production for 2017 was down

Gladstone Observer - January 16th, 2018

RIO Tinto's alumina production for last year remained steady despite a drop at QAL.

The statistics were revealed in the mining giant's fourth quarter report.

"Alumina production for 2017 was in line with 2016, with a strong performance at Yarwun partially offset by lower production at the Queensland Alumina refinery due to major maintenance," the report reads.

Alumina production dropped 1 per cent overall, although bauxite production was up six per cent.

For Rio Tinto, which has Boyne Smelter Limited in their portfolio, aluminium production for 2017 was 3.6 million tonnes - one per cent lower than 2016.

Iran metals sector production update

Steelguru - January 16th, 2018

Iran's three major aluminum producers registered an aggregate output of 251,858 tonne of aluminum ingots in the nine months to register a 2% decline YOY.

Iran Aluminum Company produced 127,312 tonne, Hormozal Aluminum Company 79,018 tonne and Almahdi Aluminum Company 45,528 tonne.

Iran Alumina Company produced 179,576 tonne of alumina powder, up 2% YOY.

Middle East aluminum demand to grow by 750,000 mt through 2022: Alba exec

Platts - January 15th, 2018

Middle East aluminum demand is expected to increase by 750,000 mt through 2022, and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) is positioning itself to capture a major portion of that growth, according to a company executive Monday.

Speaking at the S&P Global Platts Aluminum Symposium in Miami, Alba's manager of marketing operations and customer services, Hisham Yousif Alkooheji, said the company expects to complete a more than 500,000 mt capacity addition by January 2019.

GFG Alliance buys Europe's largest aluminium smelter

The Chemical Engineer - January 11th, 2018

GFG ALLIANCE, the UK-based metals, mining and energy group owned by Sanjeev Gupta, has bought Europe's largest aluminium smelter in Dunkerque, France, from Rio Tinto.

The Dunkerque smelter currently employs around 570 workers.

Qatar to Construct Domestic Aluminium Plant Amid Ongoing Economic Embargo

Aluminium Insider - January 10th, 2018

In a bid at increasing its economic self reliance in the face of an ongoing regional embargo against it, a Qatari firm will soon begin construction on plants to produce, among other materials, aluminium bars.

Senyar Industries Qatar Holding W.L.L., which is a 50/50 joint venture between Qatar's Aamal Company Q.P.S.C. and Egypt's El Sewedy Electric Co, will own and operate three new plants, of which one, to be named Senyar Aluminum Production Factory, will become Doha's first aluminium plant.

Norsk Hydro can raise aluminium output from Norway plants - CEO

Reuters - January 9th, 2018

Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro (NHY.OL) can further increase its domestic output on top of the planned restart of a mothballed facility and the production from a recently opened pilot plant, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

By increasing the power current of its plants, Hydro aims to boost efficiency and cut unit costs, Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said on the sidelines of a conference.

Nalco to Increase Aluminium Smelting Capacity to 1.1 MTPA by 2024

Aluminium Insider - January 9th, 2018

Already in the midst of debuting several new projects, India's state-run smelter National Aluminium Company (Nalco) announced its intentions to boost aluminium production capacity to 1.1 million metric tons per annum and alumina refining capacity to 3.27 million metric tons by 2024.

"Right now, our capacity is at 4.6 lakh [460,000] tonne," explained Chand in a separate interview. "Out of which, this year we may be producing around 4.2 lakh tonne and the coming year, that is 2018-2019, we are planning to ramp up the production to 4.6 lakh tonne or a little above that. We have already started working for a new smelter which will be 0.6 lakh tonne and added together, four year hence, it will be one plus million tonne for aluminium."

Guinean Government Approves Mining Project With China

Prensa Latina - January 9th, 2018

The Guinean government approved the construction of an extraction and refining project for bauxite and aluminum smelter with the Chinese company TBEA, authorized media confirmed today.

The new facilities will raise the country's bauxite production to 50 million tons, according to estimates from the Ministry of Mines, whose general director, Saadou Nimaga, announced negotiations with a Singapore consortium for the construction of an aluminum refinery in 2019.

Bahrain's Alba sets new record with 2017 production volume

Construction Week Online - January 8th, 2018

Bahrain-headquartered aluminium smelter, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has announced that its production volume for 2017 is the highest annual production recorded in the company's history.

In a statement, the company said that its 2017 production volume hit 981,016 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa), 1% higher compared to 2016.

Commenting on the company's new record, Tim Murray, chief executive officer (CEO) of Alba, said: "Alba's record-breaking production speaks volumes about our resilience and determination to achieve excellence against all odds.

"We aim to rise higher in 2018 as we progress with the construction of Line 6 Expansion Project."

According to Alba, 2017 was the sixth year in a row that it has surpassed its annual production, noting that in 2012, the company's production record was 890,217mtpa; 912,700mtpa in 2013; 931,427mtpa in 2014; 960,643mtpa in 2015; and 971,420mtpa in 2016.

Bauxite production drops 73% to 7,269 tonne in FY17

Economic Times - January 4th, 2018

Production of bauxite, an aluminium ore, dropped sharply by almost 73 per cent to 7,269 tonnes in 2016-17 compared to 27,146 tonnes in 2015-16, Parliament was informed today.

Official Numbers Show Another Drop in China's Aluminium Production in November

Aluminium Insider - January 2nd, 2018

According to numbers released late last week, aluminium production by smelters in the People's Republic of China fell yet again in the year's penultimate month from last year.

The National Development and Reform Commission said on Thursday that November's total aluminium output came to 2.35 million metric tons, which was a drop of 16.8 percent from the country's total aluminium output in November 2016.

Perhaps contributing to aluminium's fall off was that of alumina, production of which the Middle Kingdom lagged in as well. Refiners churned out 4.86 million metric tons, which was off by 22.1 percent from last year. November's production total was a 19-month low, dipping to depths not plumbed since the country refined 4.87 million metric tons of the aluminium precursor in April 2016.

Primary aluminium production through the first eleven months of the year came to 29.54 million metric tons. Production was very nearly level with last year's eleven-month total, besting it by a mere 1.7 percent. Alumina production for the first eleven months was up however, totaling 65.14 million metric tons. That total was 10.5 percent above last year's first-eleven-month total for alumina production.

The continuing falloff in production is largely due to the 2+26 winter cuts implemented midway through the month, which mandated curtailment of up to one-third of production through mid-March at smelters and refineries across eastern China in an effort at combating seasonal smog.

However, independent analysts continue to express reservations about official numbers, asserting that independent analyses of production totals show cuts have been far less severe than announced by Beijing.

Commodities Buzz: World Aluminium Production Declines in November 2017

India Infoline - January 2nd, 2018

International Aluminium Institute latest numbers for Aluminium showed a sharp dip in the production of the metal. China has been one of the strong trigger in this dip as production in World Aluminium dropped by more than 5%. On a monthly basis Aluminium prices declined by 5.3%. The data estimates from International Aluminium Institute (IAI) showed that Aluminium production was up to 4.714 million tonnes in November 2017, from 4.957 million tonnes in October 2017. On a yearly basis, Aluminium production shrinked by 8.3% from 5.145 million tonnes in November 2016. China Aluminium production was 2.35 million tonnes in November 2017, up from 2.54 million tonnes in October 2017.