Global aluminium production fell in June, as the worldwide total of smelted primary aluminium last month came to 5.25 million metric tons according to numbers released by the International Aluminum Institute on Monday.
Per the Institute’s numbers, June’s production was down on the month by 180 thousand metric tons on the month and 80 thousand metric tons on the year. The world’s top-producing country was the People’s Republic of China, turning out 2.96 million metric tons last month. China’s total was down on the year from last June’s production of 3.05 million metric tons.
Aside from China, Asian producers combined to smelt 360 thousand metric tons of primary aluminium in June, down by 8 thousand metric tons on the year. Producers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) teamed up to produce 449 thousand metric tons of primary aluminium, a rise on the year from last year’s total of 437 thousand metric tons.
European producers diverged last month, with those in the west recording a drop on the year last June from 310 thousand metric tons to 284 thousand metric tons last month. Meanwhile, aluminium producers in Eastern and Central Europe experienced an 11 thousand metric bump on the year in aluminium production to 344 thousand metric tons.
Aluminium production was up in the Western Hemisphere, with North American producers increasing production by 11 thousand metric tons on the year to 314 thousand metric tons, while South American producers combined to smelt 95 thousand metric tons of aluminium last month, up on the year by 7 thousand metric tons.
Production by African producers fell slightly, dropping from 140 thousand metric tons in June 2018 to 135 thousand metric tons last month.