SHANGHAI, Aug. 9 (SMM) – China’s alumina output rose notably in July, but was lower than expected due to maintenance at many producers, SMM survey found.
The country’s alumina output totaled 5.77 million tonnes in July, up 14.4% year-on-year, and the daily average output was 186,000 tonnes, down 1.3% month-on-month, SMM statistics showed.
Producers that conducted maintenance in July include Guizhou Huajin Aluminum, Henan Zhongmei Aluminum, Chalco Group Shanxi Jiaokou Xinghua Science & Technology, Yunnan Aluminum Wenshan Alumina, and Shanxi Xiaoyi Tianyuan Chemical. Besides, Shandong Weiqiao Aluminum & Electricity carried out maintenance because it was ordered to cut output, and it’s still uncertain how long the maintenance will last.
In August, Shandong Weiqiao Aluminum & Electricity is still under maintenance, while other alumina producers have returned to normal production. As such, SMM expects China’s alumina output to rise further to 5.81 million tonnes in August, with the daily average output at 188,000 tonnes.
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