Asian Metal News
Xiaoyi Tianyuan Chemical, with alumina capacity of 400 ktpy, halted operations due to a production line failure in September, reducing its monthly output to 20 kt. The company completed maintenance on the production line and resumed normal operation immediately last week. Its October alumina output is expected at 30 kt.
Tianyuan Chemical, has one alumina production line using domestic bauxite for alumina refining at present, and is considering using imported bauxite in the near term. The company has set its 2019 output target at 300 kt, the same as 2018, with total 200 kt output for the first three quarters of 2019. All of its alumina produced is sold under long term contract.
At present, mainstream alumina prices stand at RMB 2,590~2,640/t ex-works in Shanxi, up RMB 10/t from last week. Domestic alumina prices are expected to trend up slightly next week.