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Smelter hits halt global aluminum production growth

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018

   Global aluminum production growth ground to a standstill in the first half of this year.

  The world’s smelters produced 31.76 million tonnes of metal in January-June, a 1 percent decline on the first half of 2017, according to the International Aluminum Institute (IAI).
  Expressed in annualized terms, global output in June was almost two million tonnes lower than a year earlier.
  Production outside of China has been creeping higher since January but the growth rate is being constrained by an unusually high level of disruption with multiple plants operating at reduced rates.
  National run rates in China, the world’s largest single producer, have also been recovering from last year’s combination of “illegal” capacity closures and winter heating season restrictions but are still down on year-earlier levels.
  This stuttering production profile fits in with expectations that this year will be one of global supply shortfall and a resulting drawdown in inventories.

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