China started its supply-side reform in the aluminium industry at the end of 2016, and has already made some progress in cutting capacity – Metal Bulletin keeps a tally of inspections and capacity cuts in China so far.

The central government said it will make more use of the market system to allow the strongest aluminium producers to survive, according to comments made during a meeting at the country’s Central Committee conference on Monday July 24. However, China’s electrolytic aluminium production still rose by 8.8% year-on-year in the first half of 2017 to reach 16.84 million tonnes, according to National Bureau of Statistics data. There is 3.9-5 million tpy of non-compliant aluminium smelting capacity in China, mostly in the provinces of Xinjiang, Shandong and Inner Mongolia, according to local information providers Aladdiny and Mymetal. The Shandong local government has given a detailed six-month timeline of its illegal aluminium capacity clean-up project. According to the timeline, Shandong environmental inspectors should be carrying out spot checks at aluminium projects, including following up on problems reported by the public and the media, up until September 15. Metal Bulletin has collated a timeline...


Kiki Kang

Echo Ma

November 10, 2017

07:00 GMT