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China Jan-Feb Aluminium output rises 2.4% despite demand hit from coronavirus

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BEIJING (Scrap Register): China’s aluminium production rose by 2.4% year-on-year in the first two months of 2020, official data showed, as smelting capacity commissioned late last year took supply higher despite a big hit to demand from the coronavirus outbreak.

The world’s top aluminium producing country churned out 5.85 million tonnes of the metal in January and February combined, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The year-earlier, two-month period had one less day due to 2020 being a leap year.

China’s output of 10 nonferrous metals – including copper, aluminium, lead, zinc and nickel – rose 2.2% year-on-year to 9.35 million tonnes in January and February combined.

The other non-ferrous metals in this group are tin, antimony, mercury, magnesium and titanium.

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