SHANGHAI, Apr. 12 (SMM) – Continuous price recovery has triggered restart of idled capacity and commissioning of new capacity in Chinese aluminum market. How much output will those capacities contribute in the first half of this year?
SMM expects restarted capacity unlikely to exceed 300,000-tpy in the first half of this year, contributed mainly by smelters with power tariff subsidies and scale effect. These restarted capacities will contribute less than 50,000 tonnes to output in H1, though.
High restart cost and tight bank lending will deter many smelters from following suit. Besides, rising coal and alumina prices will also act as constraints, SMM aluminum analyst Liu Xiaolei explained.
As for new capacity, the figure is unlikely to surpass 500,000-tpy in Q2, with output contribution estimated at just around 70,000 tonnes, According to SMM survey.
About 20% of operational aluminum capacity in the country is still suffering losses in terms of full costs even after aluminum prices rebounded to around 11,600 yuan per tonne.
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