NEW YORK, July 26 -- The annual rate of primary U.S. aluminum production increased by 7.3 percent to 1,719,625 tonnes in June from 1,603,153 tonnes in June 2009, but declined 1.0 percent from May's annual rate of 1,736,611 tonnes, the Aluminum Association said in its latest report.
During the first half of 2010, the annual production rate was down 7.6 percent at 1,713,050 tonnes from an annual production rate of 1,854,341 tonnes for the comparable 2009 period.
Actual production for June came to 141,339 tonnes, down from 145,039 tonnes in June 2009, and from a revised 146,555 tonnes produced in May, the association said. Actual production for the first six months of the year climbed to 430,996 tonnes from 432,832 tonnes in the year-ago period, the association said.
June's average daily production was up at 4,711 tonnes from 4,392 tonnes in June 2009, but was down slightly from 4,758 average tonnes produced in May, the aluminum group added.
It also said that average daily production rose to 4,736 tonnes in the first two quarters from 4,657 tonnes at the first half of 2009 period.
The association said companies participating in the survey account for 100 percent of U.S. primary aluminum production.