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China's Nov non-ferrous metals output falls 7% on year at 4.3 mil mt

Hong Kong (Platts)--29 Dec 2017 620 am EST/1120 GMT


China's production of 10 major non-ferrous metals totaled 4.32 million mt in November, down 6.9% year on year, the National Development and Reform Commission said Thursday.

The 10 major non-ferrous metals monitored by NDRC are aluminum, copper, nickel, zinc, lead, tin, antimony, magnesium, titanium, and mercury.

The country's primary aluminum output, at 2.35 million mt in November, slumped 16.8% year on year, NDRC said.

Alumina output plunged 22.1% year on year to 4.86 million mt, a 19-month low since April 2016 when the country produced 4.87 million mt.

Production of refined copper, zinc and lead, however, all showed only moderate annual growth in November.

Chinese smelters' refined copper production reached a 35-month peak at 786,000 mt last month, up 9.8% year on year.

Lead output rose 7.6% year on year to 424,000 mt while zinc production was up 7.5% at 603,000 mt last month.

Output of the 10 non-ferrous metals over January-November was 49.34 million mt, up 2.5% from a year ago.

Primary aluminum production inched up 1.7% year on year to 29.54 million mt, while alumina output rose 10.5% to 65.14 million mt over January-November.

Copper production rose 6.8% year on year to 8.09 million mt over the period.

--Winnie Lee, newsdesk@spglobal.com

--Edited by E Shailaja Nair, shailaja.nair@spglobal.com




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