Global primary aluminum output in December 2020 rose by 4.22% year-on-year: IAI

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Global primary aluminum production grew to 5.67 million tonnes in December, up 4.22% year-on-year, accompanying continuing demand growth, the International Aluminium Institute  (IAI) reported.

Average daily output during the month at 182,900 tonnes was nonetheless 0.33 per cent lower than in November 2020, IAI said.

Primary aluminium is aluminium tapped from electrolytic cells or pots during the electrolytic reduction of metallurgical alumina (aluminium oxide). It thus excludes alloying additives and recycled aluminium. Primary aluminium production is defined as the quantity of primary aluminium produced in a defined period. It is the quantity of molten or liquid metal tapped from the pots and that is weighed before transfer to a holding furnace or before further processing.

Estimated production in China was 3.28 million tonnes in the month of December, while Africa produced 135,00 tonnes, North America 338,000 tonnes, South America 93,000 tonnes, Asia excluding China 363,000 tonnes, Western Europe 281,000 tonnes, East and Central Europe 352,000 tonnes, Oceania 163,000 tonnes and Gulf Cooperation Council countries was 495,000 tonnes, IAI said in a statement.

IAI Secretary General Miles Prosser was cited as saying that the December data “continues to show that aluminium production has been sustained through the Covid pandemic,” due to aluminum’s essential role in the global economy.

During the entire year in 2020, global primary aluminum production reached 65.27 million tonnes, slightly up from 63.66 million tonnes in 2019, according to IAI data. In 2020, China produced 37.32 million tonnes of primary aluminum, GCC 5.83 million tonnes, East & Central Europe 4.15 milllion tonnes, Asia excluding China 4.14 million tonnes, North America 3.97 million tonnes, Western Europe 3.33 million tonnes, Africa 1.6 million tonnes, South America 1.008 million tonnes, and other nations around 2 million tonnes, IAI said.

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