According to data from the Canadian Aluminum Association, in December 2014, Canada's primary aluminum production was 241,750 metric tons, with an annual production rate of 2,846,411 metric tons; an increase of 0.3% from the previous month and a decrease of 2.2% from the same period last year. In 2014, Canadian primary aluminum production decreased by 3.7% year-on-year to 2,858,237 metric tons. Alcana's data includes Alcoa Inc., Aluminerie Alouette Inc and Rio Tinto Alcan.
In December 2014, North American primary aluminum production was 383,041 metric tons, with an annual production rate of 4,509,999 metric tons; an increase of 1% from the previous month and a decrease of 4.5% from the same period last year. In 2014, North American primary aluminum production decreased by 7.1% year-on-year to 4,567,905 metric tons, as the low aluminum price forced producers to cut production.
Alcoa Inc. said on January 12 that the global aluminum market gap in 2015 will be narrowed from 948,800 tons last year to 38,000 tons, due to more than 5 million tons of new capacity. Alcoa pointed out that in 2015, the global production capacity will be 5.1 million tons, making global production reach 52.8 million tons; of which, 4.4 million tons will be put into production in China. The mainland is the world's largest aluminum producer and consumer.