15 Apr 2010 09:56

Refined copper output up 12.8 pct in first three months

Shanghai. April 15. INTERFAX-CHINA - China produced 1.05 million tons of refined copper in the first three months of 2010, up 12.8 percent from the same period of previous year, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on April 15.

The country's refined copper output in March stood at 358,000 tons, unchanged from the previous month.

China's refined lead, zinc, and nickel production in January and March saw year-on-year increases, up 12.4 percent, 37.1 percent, and 24.8 percent respectively to 859,000 tons, 1.17 million tons, and 47,424 tons.

Meanwhile, primary aluminum production increased by 48.3 percent year-on-year to 3.99 million tons during the three-month period. The country's alumina output increased by 52.7 percent year-on-year to 7.38 million tons in the same period.

Copper concentrate output increased by 26.9 percent on an annual basis to 269,000 tons during the three-month period.

The country's copper and aluminum product output grew by 22.8 percent and 32.6 percent year-on-year respectively in the same period to 2.24 million tons and 4.3 million tons.

The tables below show China's base metal, base metal concentrate and base metal product output for March and the first three months of 2010.

China's base metal output, March and the first three months of 2010