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China's Aluminium Value Chain Quarterly Update is an independent and detailed assessment of the key metrics of China’s bauxite, alumina and primary aluminium industries, as we see them, presented in the form of an easily digestible set of charts and tables, together with relevant commentary on significant events, emerging trends and other key themes arising from our analysis.

For over a decade, we have been continually conducting in-depth studies of these industries in China, among which field studies are a cornerstone of our work. Over that time, we have drawn on, and continue to draw on, a diverse range of sources to gather primary data, on which our analyses and forecasts are based.

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China's Aluminium Value Chain Quarterly Update

Quarterly Update_ Q4 2017

Highlights of this issue:

  • China’s bauxite imports fell 9% QoQ to 17.5 mln t, driven mainly by October’s lower import figures, which were a response to higher inventories and an anticipation of forced alumina production cuts.

  • Domestic alumina prices increased sharply, peaking at RMB 3,803/t end October, before falling to RMB 2,865/t by end-Q4

  • China’s Q4 alumina production, though down 4% (or 0.7 mln t) QoQ, remained a historical high at 17.3 mln t

  • Primary aluminium inventory reached 1.76 Mt by the end of 2017, a significant YoY increase of 1.3 mln t, or 340%

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