St. Louis Group Attending 2022 American Coatings Show and Conference Held in Indianapolis

March 2022 –

After a hiatus in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coatings industry is excited to return to Indianapolis in 2022. Cheryl Matthews, vice president of Events and Expositions at the American Coatings Association, offers insight into the new features of the show and conference.

Since the last ACS unfortunately had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, does it feel different to prepare the event for 2022?

Cheryl Matthews: Every aspect of planning for the 2022 American Coatings Show and Conference is different due to COVID-19. Even 24 months later, the pandemic is constantly evolving, and as the organizers of the show, we must stay on top of the changing protocols that might affect the outcome of the event.

Planning a large trade show is complex in a normal year; but considering state and local mandates, international travel restrictions, and different protocols from 15-20 hotels, it adds another level of complexity to the planning process. Our industry has expressed that they would like to return to an in-person trade show. Our goal is to do so in a way that protects those that attend, and ensures they have a great experience.

Have you set a particular focus for the upcoming show?

Matthews: Our focus for the 2022 AC Show and Conference will be to give exhibitors an opportunity to present their new products and innovations at the largest industry gathering since the 2019 European Coatings Show. This will be the first major trade show/conference in our industry in almost three years by April 2022.

Are there any new features of the show and conference?

Matthews: There are many new features that we will roll out in 2022. The trade show will feature new branding that has been used on marketing materials, but not on the show floor. It will provide the exhibition hall a new, fresh look.

We have also redesigned the schedule of events so that the AC Show and Conference take place Tuesday through Thursday. This will give conference attendees numerous opportunities to visit the show floor each day. For the first time, all breaks for the American Coatings Conference will be held in the same hall as the exposition. Attendees of the conference and show will share joint luncheons, and conference breaks will provide opportunities for attendees to spend more time at the exhibition throughout the event. The goal is to provide a more seamless, integrated event for participants and more opportunities for exhibitors to engage with attendees.

The launch of the Powder Coatings pavilion will provide exhibitors an opportunity to highlight industry-specific products and services and draw attendees whose interests and business needs focus on that segment of the industry.

This article was retrieved from American Coatings Show

China antimony prices hit decade-high on supply squeeze

China antimony prices hit decade-high on supply squeeze

Beijing, 16 March (Argus) —

The Chinese antimony market has been rising over the past month, with prices hitting a 10-year-high on 15 March driven by continued shortages of concentrate feedstock availability and supply uncertainty because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Prices for 99.65pc grade antimony metal were last assessed at 80,000-81,000 yuan/t ($12,600-12,760/t) on 15 March, up by Yn8,000/t from 8 February when market participants returned from the lunar new year holiday. Export prices for 99.65pc grade metal were assessed at $13,800-14,000/t fob, up by $200/t fob from 10 March and up sharply by $650/t from a week earlier.

Metal producers have kept lifting their offer prices and are withholding material from sales in response to limited stocks and renewed buying interest.

China produced 35,802t of antimony concentrate in 2021, down by 15pc from the previous year, with it producing 65,661t of antimony metal that was down by 16pc over the same period, according to data from the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association. Production in the first few months of this year are expected to continue falling because of depleted concentrate resources in China, along with reduced concentrate imports from other countries disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and Ukraine-Russia conflict.

China’s January production of antimony metal fell to 7,142t from 8,178t a month earlier and was down from 7,643t a year earlier, with key metal producers in Hunan province reducing production on a lack of concentrate availability. Most private-sector metal producers in the province’s Lengshuijiang city, the largest antimony production hub in China, have yet to reopen their blast furnaces and are maintaining only a few refining furnaces to produce metal. Their refining furnaces are also likely to be closed in April if the concentrate supply shortages continue, according to the producers. The seven producers have a combined metal capacity of 35,000-40,000 t/yr.

The two major antimony producers Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star and Chenzhou Mining have been buying truckloads of metal from private-sector metal producers since late January as they have completed production chains from ore to metal and then to trioxide and downstream products. The two producers have suspended offer prices for metal this week and are prioritising meeting in-house consumption on expectations of further feedstock shortages.

Demand from the domestic downstream alloy and flame retardant industries has remained weak, with most consumers operating from stocks or making purchases for prompt demand because of the consecutive rises in feedstock prices. But antimony suppliers have held firm on their offers in anticipation of renewed demand from downstream consumers after they run out of stocks.

Article Retrieved from: ArgusMetal

For More Information on Antimony Products 

SLG 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.

China’s January antimony metal output falls

China’s January antimony metal output falls

Beijing, 2 March (Argus) —

China’s antimony metal output declined in January on the month and on the year as most smelters had to lower production on a persistent shortage of concentrate supplies.

China’s January production of antimony metal fell to 7,142t from 8,178t in December 2021, and was down from 7,643t a year earlier, according to data from the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA).

Production is likely to fall further in February as most producers cut or halted output during the lunar new year holiday and postponed production restarts on a shortfall of concentrate availability.

Export prices for the metal were assessed at $13,000-13,300/t fob on 1 March, up by $200/t from the assessment on 24 February, in line with higher domestic prices and supply tightness outside of China.

Prices are likely to move up further as many smelters in Hunan province’s Lengshuijiang city, the antimony production hub in China, may shut down metal production if concentrate supplies tighten further on Covid-19 restrictions and the uncertainties brought about by the war between Ukraine and Russia. Russia is a key antimony concentrate supplier and the country exported 38,364t of antimony concentrate during 2020-21, with 68.2pc shipped to China.

Article Retrieved from: ArgusMetal

For More Information on Antimony Products 

SLG 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.