China's Yunnan Aluminium targets 65% jump in 2018 alumina output to 1.4 mil mt

Platts - March 20th, 2018

China's Yunnan Aluminium late Monday said it targets producing 1.4 million mt of alumina in 2018, up 65.1% from realized output in 2017, as a newly commissioned expansion project ramps up.

The alumina and aluminum semi producer posted a 3.4% year-on-year rise in 2017 alumina output to 847,800 mt in its annual report filed to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Monday.

The company's 600,000 mt/year second phase alumina capacity expansion project at Wenshan in China's southwestern Yunnan province commenced trial production in late 2017. The launch will enable the company to lift alumina nameplate production capacity by 75% to 1.4 million mt/year in 2018.

The company's output of pure aluminum rose 13.4% year on year to 1.37 million mt in 2017, while output of aluminum alloy and aluminum semis rose 12.9% to 621,000 mt.

Aluminium Development Council to be formed to bring development of Aluminium Sector in #India – Dr. Chand

Orissa Diary - March 16th, 2018

Industry stalwarts in the aluminium sector, including the Consul General of Italy, senior Government officials, CEOs and Senior Executives of different organizations deliberated and stressed on a whole new world of opportunities that lie ahead for the ‘wonder metal’ at the National seminar on development of special alloys and composites of aluminium, held in Mumbai today.

Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO and President, Aluminium Association of India (AAI), emphasised, ‘’Demand for high-strength aluminium alloy will increase by five-fold in the next 10 years.’’ While showing concern over low applications of Aluminium, i.e. 300 odd applications in India as against 3000 globally used, Dr. Chand also stressed on the importance of R&D activities on various applications of Aluminium alloys in different sectors.

Dr. Chand, who is often called ‘Metal Man’ because of his knowledge and experience in the steel and aluminium sectors, said, the Aluminium Association of India will urge upon the Government of India for formation of Aluminium Development Council for protecting the interest of Aluminium Industry.

Huber expanding production capacity at German site

Rubber News - March 8th, 2018

J.M. Huber's Fire Retardant Additives business unit, a part of the Huber Engineered Materials division, is expanding production capacity for Martinal Leo fine precipitated alumina trihydrate at its Martinswerk facility in Bergheim, Germany.

The move will increase capacity for Leo grades by 20 percent, and it comes in response to growing demand for the product throughout Europe, India and Asia.

While the project is expected to be completed in 2020, Huber anticipates phasing in production capacity as early as the second half of 2019.

As Huber prepares for expansion in Germany, it's preparing to inaugurate expanded production at its facility in Bauxite, Ark. Huber anticipates bringing the expansion of precipitated alumina trihydrate on stream by the third quarter of 2018.

Antam’s bauxite production to skyrocket in 2018

The Jakarta Post - March 8th, 2018

Antam’s bauxite production and sales targets both stand at 1.6 million wmt for 2018. This, if realized, will pave the way for the company to record a 126 percent annual increase in production.

Antam obtained in April 2017 a one-year permit to export 850,000 wmt of washed bauxite.

India to Auction 10 Bauxite Mines in Next 2 Months: Mines Secretary

Aluminium Insider - March 5th, 2018

India's government expects to auction off another 10 bauxite mines in the course of the next two months after having auctioned off over forty in the course of the last three months, as the state plans to concentrate on sales of non-ferrous metal assets in the coming months.

Indian Mines Secretary Arun Kumar explained to a non-ferrous metals convention last week that a change in auction rules allowed for increased sales.

Miner ERG to more than double aluminum output by 2021

Reuters - March 1st, 2018

Kazakhstan-focused miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to more than double aluminum output within three years.

ERG produces 1.5 million tonnes of alumina a year, selling two-thirds to Rusal and smelting the rest into aluminum at its smelter in the city of Pavlodar in northeast Kazakhstan. It produced 254,000 tonnes of aluminum last year.