China’s Henan Zhongfu Industrial has cut its total aluminium output by as much as 250,000 tonnes, the company said in a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Thursday December 13.

The 250,000-tonne cut in output, which represents approximately 30% of company’s total annual aluminium capacity of 750,000 tonnes, is taking place at Henan Zhongfu’s wholly owned subsidiary Linfeng Aluminum and Electricity Co, located in the city of Linzhou in Henan province. Henan Zhongfu cited elevated production costs due to an increase in coal prices during China’s winter heating season, which runs from November 15 until March 15, and the necessity to meet the strict environmental restrictions enforced for the country’s winter period as reasons for the cut. An official from Henan Zhongfu told Fastmarkets MB that the production cut at Linfeng Aluminum and Electricity Co had begun gradually in October.