News Arawak Tribune reported that Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd, which owns aluminium smelting plants in Bintulu and Mukah, expects aluminium demand to outstrip supply going forward. According to group CEO Mr Datuk Koon Poh Keong, aluminium demand is still expected to increase in 2019 due to its inherent advantages and key characteristics – strong, durable, flexible, lightweight and corrosion-resistant – making it a versatile metal of choice for various industries.

He said demand in China is also expected to pick up in anticipation of the government implementing stimulus programmes for the economy. However, for the near term, Mr Koon said the industry still faces uncertainty of the Brazil alumina refinery in resuming its full production capacity.