Zhaoqing--Production at the biggest aluminum processor in Asia formally began in this Guangdong city on Friday, securing the southern province's status as one of the world's most important centers for the manufacturing of finished aluminum products.
Located in the city's Dawang Industrial Development Zone, the facility is expected produce more than 350,000 metric tons of high quality aluminum this year.
Yet annual output is expected to double and reach more than 700,000 metric tons when the project's second phase is completed in the fourth quarter of 2007, making it one of the three largest aluminum production facilities in the world.
Covering 6.5 square kilometers, the facility was funded by Hong Kong-based Asia Aluminum Holdings Ltd at a cost of more than 8 billion yuan. It is less than 100 kilometers from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.
Kwong Wuichun, chairman of Asia Aluminum, said the project will have a bright future due to growing demand for aluminum products in both domestic and international markets.
Aluminum is widely used in industrial fabrication for automobiles, airplanes, building materials and a wide range of products used daily by people throughout the world.
"The project will help establish China as a major aluminum production base and one of the largest aluminum product suppliers in the world," Kwong said.
All 36 of the facility's automated production lines and major equipment, as well as technology, were imported from Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, Kwong said.
In addition to aluminum production facilities, the project also includes a multi-function metal testing center and an aluminum mould processing center. Both are the largest in the world.
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