Antimony in Art

At the St. Louis Group we are known for providing flame retardants and smoke suppressants, but we recently discovered a new use for our antimony: pottery. Antimony is a metal that we manufacture in Bolivia and China, and we recently had a customer inform us of his hobby and side business of ceramics. You can visit his site to view his studio’s work here.  He expressed that he and the other members of the studio were interested in using our antimony in producing some of their art, and we were on board to help! They said that they are currently working on various luster glazing techniques and that our antimony would be an excellent addition to the line up. We are so honored to have received a couple of those pieces and we are proudly displaying the pieces to share with those who visit us at our headquarters in Indianapolis.

The larger bowl pictured is a piece by Bert-Jan Baas and is a pinch pot with copper and silver and an antimony luster glaze. It was fired at 1020° C and cooled to 680° C before being reduced and cooled. The shorter of the two bowls is a piece by artist Dave Gutman and is  a wheel thrown piece fired 2400° C, then refired with a luster glaze on the outside of the bowl.

Again, visit the website to view more of this work. Give us a call at 317.975.3121 or email us at info@thestlouisgroup.com to learn more about our antimony products and how they can help you.

Chinese Producers Maintain Stable Quotations for Ethylene Glycol Antimony

BEIJING (Asian Metal) 14 Dec 17 – Currently, mainstream transaction prices for Chinese ethylene glycol antimony 57%min hold at RMB44,500-45,500/t (USD6,734-6,885/t), basically unchanged from last week. At present, the Chinese market for ethylene glycol antimony strikes a balance between supply and demand, and transactions are relatively good. Insiders anticipate that prices for Chinese ethylene glycol might remain unchanged from the current level in the coming days.

A producer in North China said, “At present, our selling price for ethylene glycol antimony is RMB45,500/t (USD6,809/t) as the lowest, unchanged from last week.” The source now mainly focuses upon overseas markets and sold around 15t of the material at RMB45,000/t (USD 6,809/t) this week, believing that prices would remain unchanged from the current level in the near future. With an annual production capacity of 2,400t of ethylene glycol antimony, the source expected to produce around 150t in December, basically unchanged from November, and holds around 100t of stocks now. A producer in South China quotes ethylene glycol antimony at RMB45,500/t (USD 6,885/t) at present, unchanged from last week. “We make routine sales now and the market runs steadily,” the source said. They remain unchanged in the near future. With an annual production capacity of 4,500t of ethylene glycol antimony, the source expected to produce around 350t in December, basically unchanged from November, and holds around 100t of stocks now.

Article Retrieved from: AsianMetal.com

China’s Winter Cuts Reduce November Output

London, 14 December (Argus) — China’s November aluminium production fell to its lowest since February 2016 as China’s winter capacity cutbacks have started to bite, National Bureau of Statistics data show. Primary aluminium output fell by 17pc on the year and by 7.8pc on the month to 2.35mn t in November. This was the fifth consecutive month that China’s primary aluminium output has fallen. Producers and local governments have confirmed their commitment to capacity cuts of around 30pc during the winter heating season that runs from 15 November to 15 March, in addition to shutdowns of unauthorised capacity. Closure of capacity is expected to reduce supply by 3mn-4mn t/yr during the winter heating season. Stock-building ahead of environmental cuts pushed aluminium inventories on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) to record highs this year. SHFE aluminium stocks on warrant stood at 670,454t on 8 December, compared with 86,662t on 9 December 2016. The three-month LME aluminium contract has risen by a fifth this year — to $2,033.50/t on 14 December from $1,693/t on 3 January.

Non-ferrous metal output falls

China’s output of 10 types of non-ferrous metal — copper, aluminium, zinc, lead, tin, mercury, nickel, titanium, antimony and magnesium — fell by 6.9pc year on year to 4.32mn t in November. All eight private-sector antimony producers in the Lengshuijiang region were forced to stop production at the end of November following a new wave of environmental restrictions. Titanium production fell in November because of lower domestic demand.

Article Retrieved by: ArgusMetals.com

Chinese Antimony Ingot Market Runs Slowly

BEIJING (Asian Metal) 29 Nov 17 – Currently, mainstream transaction prices for Chinese antimony ingot 99.65%min hold at RMB51,000-52,000/t and RMB52,000-53,000/t (USD7,874-8,025/t) VAT included EXW respectively, both almost unchanged from late last week. The market is in strong seesaw battle with sluggish deals and market participants predicted that the Chinese antimony ingot prices would be stagnant at current level in the coming few days.

A producer in South China claimed that “We quote RMB52,000/t (USD7,874/t) for antimony ingot 99.85%min at present, unchanged from prices last week.” They sold about 30t of the material last week and claimed that only limited deals are concluded on the market currently, which is in seesaw battle. They are cautious about the future market.

With an annual production capacity of 4,000t of antimony ingot, the

source expected to produce around 240t in November, nearly unchanged from October, and holds around 200t of stocks now.

Another producer in South China claimed that they refuse conclude deals of antimony ingot 99.65%min (low-bismuth) at prices lower thanRMB51,000/t (USD7,798/t) at present, basically unchanged from last week. “Raw material prices are firm currently and the spot deals are limited. Thus, we maintain our offers,” [he said]. They sold about one truck of antimony ingot 99.65%min (low bismuth) last week at the price of RMB51,000/t (USD7,798/t) last week, believing that prices would remain firm at current level in the future market.

With an annual production capacity of 4,000t of antimony ingot, the source plans to produce around 200t in November. They suspend production in October due to environmental inspection, holding stocks of about 200t currently.

 

Article Retrieved from AsianMetal.com