Date of Issue: 28 Jul 2021

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China (Estimated)

North America

South America

West Europe

East & Central Europe


ROW Estimated Unreported



Primary aluminium is aluminium tapped from electrolytic cells or pots during the electrolytic reduction of metallurgical alumina (aluminium oxide). It thus excludes alloying additives and recycled aluminium.

Primary aluminium production is defined as the quantity of primary aluminium produced in a defined period. It is the quantity of molten or liquid metal tapped from the pots and that is weighed before transfer to a holding furnace or before further processing.

Source of Data

The data included in this IAI Statistical Report have been derived from voluntary reports of IAI Member and non-Member companies. It also includes estimates of unreported production, providing a figure as close as possible to total global, annual production. These estimates are based on known, non-reporting ROW facilities. An estimate for China’s production is based on information available from a number of analysts, including Aladdiny, Beijing Antaike Information Development Co. Ltd, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA) and CRU Group.

Data Aggregation

The IAI Statistical System is designed to meet the requirement that, in general, individual company data be included only within appropriately aggregated totals by declared geographical areas and not be reported separately. The declared geographical areas and the primary aluminium producing countries which fall in those areas are as follows:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Egypt (12/1975-Present), Ghana, Mozambique (7/2000-Present), Nigeria (10/1997-Present), South Africa
  • Asia (ex China): Azerbaijan*, Bahrain (1/1973-12/2009), India, Indonesia* (1/1973-12/1978), Indonesia (1/1979-Present), Iran (1/1973-6/1987), Iran* (7/1987-12/1991), Iran (1/1992-12/1996), Iran* (1/1997-present), Japan* (4/2014-Present), Kazakhstan (10/2007-Present), Malaysia*, North Korea*, Oman (6/2008-12/2009), Qatar (11/2009-12/2009), South Korea (1/1973-12/1992), Tadzhikistan* (1/1973-12/1996), Tadzhikistan (1/1997-Present), Taiwan (1/1973-4/1982), Turkey* (1/1975-2/1976), Turkey (3/1976-Present), United Arab Emirates (11/1979-12/2009)
  • China: China (01/1999-present)
  • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Bahrain (1/2010-Present), Oman (1/2010-Present), Qatar (1/2010-Present), Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (1/2010-Present)
  • North America: Canada, United States of America
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico (1/1973-12/2003), Suriname (1/1973-7/2001), Venezuela
  • West Europe:  Austria (1/1973-10/1992), France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands* (1/2014-Present), Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (1/1973-4/2006), United Kingdom* (1/2017-Present)
  • East & Central Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina* (1/1981-Present), Croatia*, German Democratic Republic* (1/1973-8/1990), Hungary* (1/1973-6/1991), Hungary (7/1991-1/2006), Hungary (7/1991-1/2006), Montenegro (6/2006-Present), Poland*, Romania*, Russian Federation* (1/1973-8/1994), Russian Federation (9/1994-Present), Serbia and Montenegro* (1/1973-12/1996), Serbia and Montenegro (1/1997-5/2006), Slovakia* (1/1975-12/1995), Slovakia (1/1996-Present), Slovenia* (1/1973-12/1995), Slovenia (1/1996-Present), Ukraine* (1/1973-12/1995), Ukraine (1/1996-Present)
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

An asterisk indicates that primary aluminium production data were not reported to the IAI by the company or companies producing primary aluminium solely within that country; these constitute "Estimated Unreported", where data is available. Dates given against a country indicate that data were reported or not reported, as appropriate, for the limited period shown.

Data Integrity

The IAI considers the figures shown to be reliable, but they may be subject to revision.