China’s Antimony Concentrate Output Falls Sharply

Beijing, 10 April (Argus) —

China’s antimony concentrate production fell in the first two months of 2020 from a year earlier because of a prolonged shutdown caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Domestic concentrate output fell by 42pc to 5,600t of metal content in January-February, down from 9,700t a year earlier, data from the China nonferrous metals industry association show.

Combined production of antimony products fell by almost a fifth to 24,200t of physical weight in January-February from 29,900t a year earlier.

Production in March is expected to have increased from February as most producers resumed output as restrictions to combat the virus eased. But the spread of coronavirus outside China has weighed on international demand and dragged down prices.

Prices for 99.65pc grade metal dipped by 500 yuan/t ($71/t) to Yn35,500-36,500/t ex-works yesterday from Yn36,000-37,000/t ex-works on April 7th. A slowdown in global economic growth caused by the pandemic is expected to continue to result in weaker demand and lower prices in the near term.

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This article was retrieved from Argus Metals

China’s Antimony Imports Drop In January-February

Beijing, 1 April (Argus) —

China’s antimony concentrate imports fell in the first two month of 2020 because of a prolonged lunar new year holiday and lower metal output caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The country imported 10,279t of antimony concentrate during January-February, down by 27.2pc from 14,120t a year earlier, official customs data show.

China’s antimony metal output for January-February totalled 10,453t, down by 24pc from 13,730t a year earlier. Output in Hunan province, the country’s largest producing area for antimony, fell to 8,000t in January-February from 12,056t a year earlier as major producers closed in February during the coronavirus outbreak.

Concentrate shipments from Tajikistan dropped by 20pc from a year earlier to 4,671t, while deliveries from Russia fell by 32.6pc to 3,791t. Imports from Australia dropped by 15.9pc to 1,152t.

Shipments from Myanmar (Burma) declined by 61pc from a year earlier to 362t, while imports from Bolivia fell by 58.3pc to 155t. Deliveries from Turkey were 148t, while there were no imports from the country a year ago.

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St. Louis Group offers a variety of antimony products that serve a variety of needs. For more information on our antimony products please visit our Flame Retardants page, or you can always give us a call here at our office by visiting our Contact Us page.

This article was retrieved from Argus Metals