Global aluminium output falls to 5.321 mln T in June - IAI

Kitco - July 20th, 2018

Global primary aluminium output fell to 5.321 million tonnes in June from revised 5.442 million tonnes in May, data from the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) showed on Friday. Estimated Chinese production fell to 3.03 million tonnes in June from 3.09 million tonnes in May, it added.

Rio Tinto releases second quarter production results

B N Americas - July 17th, 2018

Key points

Bauxite production of 13.3 million tonnes was three per cent higher than the corresponding quarter of 2017, due to continued operational improvements. Third party shipments increased by ten per cent to 8.7 million tonnes due to firm demand.

Aluminium production of 0.9 million tonnes was three per cent lower than the second quarter of 2017 due primarily to labour disruptions at the non-managed Becancour smelter in Canada and a power interruption at the Dunkerque smelter in France.

China June aluminium production rises as smelters ramp up

Reuters - July 16th, 2018

China’s aluminium output in June rose 1.6 percent from the previous month to 2.83 million tonnes, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Monday, as a gradual ramp-up of new smelting capacity raised production.

On a daily basis, the world’s top aluminium producer churned out 94,000 tonnes of the metal last month, compared with 90,000 tonnes in May, which had one extra day, according to Reuters calculations based on the data.

Altech turns first sod for Malaysian Alumina plant

The West Australian - July 12th, 2018

ASX listed Altech Chemicals has pushed the button to start construction of its 4,500 tonne per annum high purity alumina plant in Johor, at the southern tip of mainland Malaysia.

The plant will take super-high purity kaolin product sourced from the company’s massive deposit near Meckering, east of Perth for processing into a low contaminant high purity alumina stream with a myriad of lucrative industrial uses.

Demand for high purity alumina or “HPA” is experiencing rapid growth and is expected to more than double to nearly 76,000 tpa in the next 5 years, according to Altech.

Russia’s Aluminium Consumption To Rise By 300k Metric Tons This Year – Trade Minister Manturov

Aluminium Insider - July 12th, 2018

In an effort at mitigating the damage done by sanctions and tariffs lately applied to domestic smelters by the United States government, the Russian Federation plans to bump national consumption of aluminium by 300 thousand metric tons by year’s end.

Russian Federation Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov made the announcement to Russian news agency TASS on Monday this week.

“We have about one million [tonnes of aluminum consumed in Russia in 2017 – TASS]. 300,000 tonnes will be added this year.”

Russia’s domestic consumption has significant room to grow, he added, noting that the volume of consumption could rise to 2.5 million metric tons per annum within the next five years.

Malaysian bauxite ban extended indefinitely-Report

Steel Guru - July 11th, 2018

Aluminium Insider reported that although the moratorium on bauxite mining in place since early 2016 in Malaysia has been extended indefinitely, bauxite miners in Pahang continue to remain hopeful that operations will begin again in the very near future. Pahang Iron Ore Operators Association president Tengku Datuk Seri Zulkifly Tengku Ahmad told local media late last week that he and his organization are looking forward to meeting with the incoming Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar at his earliest opportunity.

Though Jayakumar indicated on July 3 that the moratorium has been extended indefinitely, Tengku Zulkifly continues to hold out hope for a change of heart in the halls of government.

Ghana’s VP Calls Upon United States To Partner On Bauxite Development Project

Aluminium Insider - July 10th, 2018

In a speech delivered at a conference between the two countries’ governments, Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia called upon United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to aid in bringing the African nation’s fledgling bauxite ore sector into global prominence.

Altech To Raise A$20 MM As Construction At Johor Alumina Plant Begins

Aluminium Insider - July 10th, 2018

Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. announced yesterday the launch of two share offerings that are expected to raise A$20 million to complete engineering and begin construction of the firm’s high-purity alumina (HPA) plant in Johor, Malaysia.

Altech Chemicals is based in Subiaco, Western Australia and is attempting to implement a marketable process for delivering 99.99% (4N) HPA using conventional equipment at a lower production cost than methods currently available. It plans to construct a 4,500 metric ton per annum HPA plant at Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor, Malaysia that will use kaolin clay from a company-owned mine in Meckering, Western Australia.

Rusal's June aluminium exports up 49 pct from May - Ifax

Reuters - July 9th, 2018

Russian aluminium producer Rusal , placed under U.S. sanctions in April, increased aluminium exports by 49 percent in June, Interfax news agency said.

The company’s exports of aluminium in the period between January and June this year, at 1.27 million tonnes, were 9 percent lower than during the same period the previous year, Interfax said, citing the data.

Last year, Rusal, in which Deripaska’s En+ is a controlling shareholder, sold a total of 3.95 million tonnes of aluminium, of which 42 percent was shipped to Europe.

Xinjiang East Hope Cited By Beijing For Illegal Aluminium Smelting Capacity

Aluminium Insider - July 7th, 2018

Spot prices for aluminium in the People’s Republic of China rallied today after news broke that 200 metric tons per annum in illegal smelting capacity under construction by Xinjiang East Hope that was ordered shut down last year by the local government in Xinjiang was recently found by government inspectors to still be under construction.

Per reporting by AZ China, a document entitled “Announcement on stopping the under construction illegal aluminum capacity” was issued in April 2017 by the Changji county government in Xinjiang mandating closure of illegal capacity under construction at three plants, namely Xinjiang Jiarun (400 thousand metric tons per annum), Xinjiang Qiya (800 thousand metric tons per annum), and Xinjiang East Hope (800 thousand metric tons per annum). The document disappeared from the county’s website shortly afterward.

China's Luoyang Heungkong Wanji Aluminium cuts 680,000 tpy of alumina output

Nasdaq - July 6th, 2018

Chinese alumina producer Luoyang Heungkong Wanji Aluminium Co Ltd said on Friday it has cut output of alumina by 680,000 tonnes on an annual basis.

China's Chalco to cut alumina output by 770,000 T

Reuters - July 5th, 2018

Aluminum Corp of China , known as Chalco, is to cut alumina output on some of its production lines in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi.

In a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, the state-run Chinese aluminium producer said that about 770,000 tonnes of annual alumina production capacity at its Shanxi New Material unit would be affected by “flexible” output arrangements, a euphemism for production cuts, with effect from Thursday.

Chalco is one of China’s biggest alumina refiners, with annual capacity of 16.86 million tonnes at the end of 2017, according to its annual report.

Shanxi New Material had capacity of approximately 2.6 million tonnes, but produced only 1.85 million tonnes of alumina last year, the report says.

Utkal expansion to be completed in 30 months: Hindalco

The Economic Times - July 4th, 2018

Utkal Alumina International, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hindalco, today said it will complete the 500-kilotonne expansion, over the next 30 months.

"Our Utkal plant remains the most efficient producer of alumina globally and continues to provide strong support to our upstream aluminium business. The Rs 1,300-crore capacity expansion by 500 kt has already began and is expected to be over in the next 30 months," Hindalco managing director Satish Pai told reporters here this evening.

In FY2018, the company had achieved record production at 1,291-kt with alumina (including from Utkal) at 2,881 kt.

Pai said during the past two months, aluminium imports have increased in double-digits.

Emirates Global Aluminium signs deal to supply bauxite to UK-based Vedanta

Gulf Business - July 4th, 2018

UAE-based Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed an agreement to supply bauxite from its mining project in Guinea to UK-based mining company Vedanta.

EGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) is building a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in Guinea.

The first bauxite exports from the project are expected during the second half of 2019.

Once fully functional, GAC is expected to produce some 12 million tonnes of bauxite per year.

EGA supplied Vedanta with three sample shipments of bauxite from GAC in 2017, to enable testing of the ore in Vedanta’s alumina refinery.

The sample shipments totalled approximately 150,000 tonnes.

Indian aluminium exports jump 36% in 2017-18 on high global demand

Business Standard - July 4th, 2018

Aluminium exports from the country increased by 36 per cent in 2017-18, aided by global demand, which outstripped supply.

Figures of the Union commerce and industry ministry show in volume terms aluminium exports rose from 1.22 million tonnes (mt) at the end of 2016-17 to 1.66 mt in 2017-18.

India's production of primary aluminium grew 21 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) in the last financial year, going past the 15.5 per cent rise in 2016-17.

The country's primary aluminium production was 3.39 million tonnes in 2017-18 while consumption was 2.08 million tonnes.