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Primary aluminium output in Jan-Apr jumps 4.1% YoY: NBS

Shanghai Metals Market - May 15th, 2019

China's production of primary aluminium in January-April increased 4.1% year on year, to stand at 11.48 million mt, showed data by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday May 15.

This followed after a year-on-year rise of 3.9% in January-March, standing at 8.57 million mt.

Output of primary aluminium in April expanded 3.9% from a year ago, to 2.92 million mt, after increased 3.4% year on year in March.

China's Henan Shenhuo starts construction of 900,000 T aluminium smelter

Kitco - May 8th, 2019

China's Henan Shenhuo Group has commenced construction of an aluminium smelting project with an annual capacity of 900,000 tonnes in southwestern province of Yunnan, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the first phase, the project will have a capacity of 451,100 tonnes per annum.

Australian Bauxite Limited Ships 32,477 Tonnes Of Bauxite From Bell Bay Port

Kalkine Media - May 8th, 2019

As at 9 April 2019, Australian Bauxite Limited had produced 31.6k tonnes of cement-grade bauxite and had achieved the contracted tonnage target of 30k to 33k.

On 8 May 2019 confirmed that it had produced as well as loaded 32,477 tonnes of bauxite onto the customer’s ship at Bell Bay Port.

Alba marks 50% milestone on Line 6 start-up

Zawya - May 5th, 2019

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), on course to become the largest aluminium smelter in the world, announced that it has successfully started additional 106 pots in Line 6 bringing by that 212 pots into life which is equivalent to 50% of Line 6 capacity on Thursday 18 April 2019.

Greater arrivals grow aluminium billet stocks

Shanghai Metals Market - May 5th, 2019

Stocks of 6063 aluminium billet across five major consumption areas in China stemmed their seven consecutive weeks of declines and inched up this week, as more cargoes arrived.

SMM data showed that inventories rose some 2,700 mt from Thursday April 25 to stand at 94,900 mt as of Sunday May 5.

Inventories of primary aluminium extend decline during holiday

Shanghai Metals Market - May 5th, 2019

Social inventories of primary aluminium across eight consumption areas in China, including SHFE warrants, dropped 28,000 mt from Monday April 29 to stand at 1.44 million mt as of Sunday May 5, SMM data showed.

Hawesville Restart Yields Four-Percent Rise in Century Aluminum’s Q1 Shipments

Aluminium Insider - May 3rd, 2019

American aluminium smelter Century Aluminum released production results for the year’s opening quarter earlier this week.

In the first quarter Century Aluminum shipped 206,451 metric tons of aluminium, up 4 percent from last quarter’s total of 199,466 metric tons. A restart of operations at the Hawesville smelter helped push shipments higher in the quarter.

Final Month Of U.S. Sanctions Weigh Down Rusal’s Q1 Results

Aluminium Insider - May 2nd, 2019

In the first quarter Rusal smelted 928 thousand metric tons of primary aluminium, down by 1.6 percent from the prior quarter and 0.3 percent on the year.

Rusal refined a total of 1,932 thousand metric tons of alumina last quarter, a drop of 1.3 percent from the fourth quarter but up 2.1 percent from last year’s opening quarter.

Rusal’s bauxite operations mined 3,831 thousand metric tons of the ore, a 3-percent increase on the quarter and a 29.4-percent jump on the year.

Expanded Aluminum Production for the Automotive Market at Hydro

Spotlight Metal - May 1st, 2019

To produce more advanced products for the growing automotive aluminum forging market, Hydro Husnes casting operations are now being equipped with low pressure casting.

The newly developed in-house casting technology, ‘Low Pressure Casting’ (LPC) enables Hydro to provide materials with enhanced properties for various extrusion segments, where Hydro is already a major material supplier. After the upgrade, Hydro Husnes will also be able to offer materials for forging.