Brazil aluminum output creeps up in 2016

Friday, January 20, 2017

Brazil's primary aluminum production in 2016 was 792,700t, up 2.7% from 2015, according to the latest figures from industry association Abal.

Production in 2015 was 772,200t.

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Primary aluminum output in December rose 5.6% year-on-year to 67,400t. Sequentially, production was up 2.1% from 66,000t in November.

Abal is made up of CBA, part of local conglomerate Votorantim, as well as Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Albras and Novelis.

Brazil currently ranks ninth among the world's largest aluminum producers, after dropping several places in the last few years. However, it is still a major player with an integrated chain that includes bauxite mining, alumina refining and primary aluminum production.