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China Ferroalloy Production By Division - August 2012
= Up 7.3% from July thanks to the sharp increases in Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Yunnan =
Production of ferroalloys by division (province, region and municipality) in China in the single month of August 2012 as well as during the first eight months (January through August) of 2012 are as per the table attached hereto.

The figure of the total output in August is the same as the one recently published by National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBSC) at 2.720 million tons, up 7.3% from July 2012, and substantially up 25.6% from August 2011 when there was a big power shortage in the south compelling the ferroalloy industry in the southern divisions to curtail production. The power supply restriction of last year spread to 11 divisions in the southern/central/eastern China during September. Apart from the supply restriction, power rates rose in the northwest also curbing output.

Production during the first eight months of 2012 was 20.233 million tons, unchanged from the one released last week by NBSC, up 12.7% from 17.973 million tons in the same period of 2011. For reference, the eight-month (January - August) output figure for 2011 was amended downward to 17.973 million tons as seen in the past release by the NBSC, resulting in a bigger increase year-on-year basis.

The divisions that recorded higher output than in the preceding month were Inner Mongolia (up 65.6%), Shandong (up 91.5%) and Yunnan (up 60.7%). Production in Hunan (down 14.5%) and Sichuan (down 31.1%) notably shrank.

In Yunnan the lowered power rates for rainy seasons started in June, of which applicable period was extended to November, meaning the ferroalloy production there will comfortably continue for some time. In Guangxi, competing with Inner Mongolia for a leading ferroalloy producer in China, the special rainy season power rates are applied in September/October, apparently prompting the producers there to produce as much as possible during the two months before the dry season high power rates are introduced in November, most probably making its output substantially rise in September and October.
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