SINGAPORE Rio Tinto
Plcs fourth-quarter aluminum output fell 6 percent year
on year to 906,000 tonnes due to a lockout at its Alma smelter
Year-over-year output was 55,000
tonnes lower in the fourth quarter of 2012 but up 51,000 tonnes
from the previous quarter.
Rio Tintos total annual
production for aluminumwhich includes the Rio Tinto Alcan
and Pacific Aluminium units and two other smeltersfell 10
percent year on year in 2012 to 3.46 million tonnes.
In the three months ended Dec.
31, aluminum output at Rio Tinto Alcan was 587,000 tonnes, down
from 600,000 tonnes in the year-ago quarter but up from 538,000
tonnes in third-quarter 2012. The fall was mainly due to the
impact of the Alma lockout, the company said.
The ramp-up in production at
Alma continues following a labor deal reached in July, Rio
Tinto said in a statement (
amm.com, Aug. 29).
Rio Tinto Alcan operated the
Alma smelter at one-third capacity for the first six months of
2012 after the labor dispute saw the company declare force
majeure (amm.com, Jan. 5, 2012).