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China Copper Tube/Pipe Producers Bask in Stronger Air-Conditioner Demand, SMM Says

SMM Insight 05:14:01PM Aug 03, 2016 Source:SMM

SHANGHAI, Aug. 3 (SMM) - China’s copper tube/pipe producers are expected to benefit from improvement in air-conditioner demand during July-August, SMM says.

High temperatures worldwide boosted demand for air-conditioners. Output at domestic top 8 air-conditioner manufacturers increased 0.21% year-on-year to 6.82 million sets in July, SMM finds. Their output in August is expected to be 6.58 million sets, up 9% year-on-year.

Domestic air-conditioner producers suffered from high inventories in 2016, but their inventories fell after destocking and better exports, which witnessed an 8.4% year-on-year increase in the first six months of this year.

“Higher air-conditioner production will drive up operating rates at domestic copper tube/pipe producers in July and August from the same period of last year,” said one SMM copper analyst. “Output at several large domestic copper tube/pipe plants appeared to have risen in July after months of declines.”

But copper tube/pipe demand will unlikely pick up significantly, SMM added. Most large air-conditioner plants were unwilling to increase production noticeably due to concerns over orders and inventories. 

For news cooperation, please contact us by email: sallyzhang@smm.cn or service.en@smm.cn. 


China Copper Tube/Pipe Producers Bask in Stronger Air-Conditioner Demand, SMM Says

SMM Insight 05:14:01PM Aug 03, 2016 Source:SMM

SHANGHAI, Aug. 3 (SMM) - China’s copper tube/pipe producers are expected to benefit from improvement in air-conditioner demand during July-August, SMM says.

High temperatures worldwide boosted demand for air-conditioners. Output at domestic top 8 air-conditioner manufacturers increased 0.21% year-on-year to 6.82 million sets in July, SMM finds. Their output in August is expected to be 6.58 million sets, up 9% year-on-year.

Domestic air-conditioner producers suffered from high inventories in 2016, but their inventories fell after destocking and better exports, which witnessed an 8.4% year-on-year increase in the first six months of this year.

“Higher air-conditioner production will drive up operating rates at domestic copper tube/pipe producers in July and August from the same period of last year,” said one SMM copper analyst. “Output at several large domestic copper tube/pipe plants appeared to have risen in July after months of declines.”

But copper tube/pipe demand will unlikely pick up significantly, SMM added. Most large air-conditioner plants were unwilling to increase production noticeably due to concerns over orders and inventories. 

For news cooperation, please contact us by email: sallyzhang@smm.cn or service.en@smm.cn.