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* August copper at 560,515 tonnes, up 4.9 pct on month
* August Aluminium at record 1.863 million tonnes
By Polly Yam
HONG KONG, Sept 12 China's refined copper
production rose 4.9 percent in August, reversing a fall the
previous month, as some smelters likely stepped up operations
ahead of seasonal demand hike in September-October.
China, the world's top producer and consumer of refined
copper and primary aluminium, produced 560,515 tonnes of refined
copper in August, the third-highest this year.
The output was 11.2 percent up from August 2012, data from
the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday.
"The August output was higher than we had expected. Some
smelters may have increased production as they expect more
demand around September and October," said Yang Xiaoguang,
analyst at Jinrui Futures, a subsidiary of top producer Jiangxi
Seasonal demand had risen in September to November in
previous years. This year, some end-users were buying refined
copper to build stocks as they expected orders to rise, he said.
Yang said refined copper production should rise further in
A large copper smelter has planned to temporarily shut a
200,000 tonnes of capacity between late August and late
September for maintenance, which may affect the September
production, traders said.
Refined copper production rose 12.3 percent from a year
earlier to 4.325 million tonnes in the first eight months of
China's primary aluminium production rose 1.3 percent from
the previous month, hitting a record 1.863 million tonnes in
August 2013, the data showed.
The output increased 5.2 percent from August 2012.
New capacity in northwestern regions such as Xinjiang had
helped push up aluminium production, Yang said.
The bulk of existing operating capacity was still running,
thought some were making losses due to low prices, he added.
Spot aluminium prices AL-A00-CCNMM in China have fallen
near 5 percent so far this year to 14,340 yuan ($2,300) on
Thursday because of oversupply problem in the industry.
China produced 14.349 million tonnes of primary aluminium in
the first eight months of the year, up 8.2 percent from the same
months in 2012, the data showed.
Henan was the top producing province in August with 274,140
tonnes. Xinjiang, the new power house of aluminium production,
was the second-largest with 218,261 tonnes in August 2013.
($1 = 6.1185 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Polly Yam; Editing by William Hardy)