Global aluminium production rose by 0.19pc in April to 5.25mn mt from 5.24mt during the same month last year, according to the International Aluminium Institute. 

 

Aluminium output rose despite several aluminium producers reducing production because the COVID-19 pandemic has strained global supply chains. The daily average output last month was 175,200mt, up by 0.29pc from 174,700mt a year ago.

 

China, the largest producer of primary aluminium, produced 2.97mn mt of aluminium in April, up by 0.67pc from 2.95mn mt from a year ago. 

 

Gulf Corporation Council, the second-largest producer, registered production of 483,000mt in April, up by 6.86pc from 452,000mt a year ago. 

 

East and Central Europe, the third-largest aluminium producing area in the world, reached aluminum output of 342,000mt, up by 0.88pc from 339,000mt from the prior-year period. 

 

Aluminium output in West Europe stood at 277,000mt, decreasing by 3.25pc from 286,000mt from the prior-year period.

 

Asia’s (excluding China) aluminium output dropped to 333,000mt from 363,000mt—a 9.01pc decline caused by poor demand, itself induced by COVID-19.

 

North America produced 333,000mt in April 2020, up by 4.72pc from 318,000mt during the same month last year. Oceania produced 155,000mt of aluminium last month, down by 1.94pc from 158,000mt a year ago.

 

Africa produced 133,00mt of primary aluminium in April, down by 1.5pc from 135,000mt last year, while South Africa produced 91,000mt of aluminium, which rose by 12.35pc from 81,000mt in April 2019. 

 

The rest of the world’s unreported aluminium production in April 2020 was reported as 150,000mt, unchanged from the prior year. 

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