Over the first nine months of this year, aluminum production in the world has increased by 0.3% compared with the same period last year, preliminary data from the IAI, uniting the largest producers of this metal, showed. At the end of 2017, the growth of world aluminum production was 5.8%. From January to September, aluminum production in North America decreased by 5.1%, in South America – by 14.3%, in Western Europe – by 1%. The countries of Asia, except China, during this period produced 3 million 296 thousand tons of metal, increasing output by 14%. In China, meanwhile, there was a decline in production by 0.7% to 27 million 177 thousand tons.