Global primary aluminum production stood at 5.56mn mt in April, up by 5.2pc from 5.28mn mt in the same month of 2020, according to the International Aluminum Institute. 

 

Last month, production in China rose by 7pc to 3.2mn mt compared with 2.9mn mt in the same month last year. During the same period, output in the rest of Asia also increased by 10pc to 366,000mt from 333,000mt. 

 

In North America, primary aluminum production fell by 1.9pc to 327,000mt in April, compared with 333,000mt in the prior-year period. Meanwhile, South America’s output increased by 33pc to 95,000mt from 71,000mt a year ago.

 

Output in East and Central Europe trended flat at 341,000mt from 342,000mt in April 2020. In West Europe, production inclined by 1.4pc to 281,000mt against 277,000mt a year ago. In the Middle East, output fell by 1pc on an annual basis to 476,000mt from 481,000mt. 

 

Production decreased by 2.3pc in Africa to 130,000mt from 133,000mt in April 2020 while Oceania produced 157,000mt of primary aluminum, up by 1.2pc from a year ago. Estimated unreported production in the rest of the world remained unchanged at 164,000mt in April 2021. 

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