Global aluminum output climbs in Oct.

Nov 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | Tom Jennemann

Global aluminum production last month approached levels not seen since October 2008, driven by a 17-percent year-over-year increase in China, according to the latest data from the International Aluminium Institute.

Global production totaled 3.26 million tonnes in October, up 4.6 percent from almost 3.12 million the previous month and off only 1 percent from 3.29 million tonnes in October 2008.

The catalyst for improved world production was China, where primary aluminum output reached 1.29 million tonnes in October, a 6.2-percent increase from nearly 1.22 million tonnes in September and a 17-percent jump from almost 1.11 million tonnes in October last year. ....

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