Abal: Primary Al output up 3.8% in Jun

Friday, July 13, 2007

Brazilian primary aluminum production totaled 137,300t in June, up 3.8% from 132,300t reported in same-month 2006, local aluminum association Abal said in a statement.

CBA was the top producer last month with 38,400t, a 15.3% increase year-over-year, and up 7.6% to 216,100t through June 2007. Albras came in second with output of 37,800t, down 0.3% from June 2006, and a 0.2% rise to 228,400t in the first half of the year. Brazilian mining and metals group CVRD (NYSE: RIO) owns 51% of Albras and Japanese investors the rest.

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa (NYSE: AA) churned out 30,000t of primary aluminum in Brazil last month, up 1% from June last year and a 4.7% expansion to 180,900t in 1H07. Anglo-Australian group BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) saw its Brazilian primary aluminum output grow 1.4% in June to 14,700t and increase 0.5% to 88,500t through June 2007.

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US-based Novelis reported output of 9,100t last month, up 1.1% year-over-year, and a 0.2% rise to 54,400t in January-June 2007. Valesul, controlled by CVRD, saw its primary aluminum production slip 7.3% in June to 7,300t and decrease 2.7% to 46,000t in the first six months of the year.

Primary aluminum producers in Brazil churned out 814,300t through June 2007, a 2.9% increase from 1H06, according to Abal.