China’s Hsikwangshan reopens antimony furnace

China’s Hsikwangshan reopens antimony furnace

Beijing —

Major Chinese antimony producer Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star restarted its blast furnace this week, after suspending it for more than a month because of a shortage of concentrate feedstock availability.

The firm is aiming to ensure metal output of 1,500 t/month after reopening the blast furnace to meet its annual production target, although concentrate supplies from other countries have remained tight.

Hsikwangshan’s south mine reached its monthly production targets in April and May, with 1,200 t/month metal equivalent of antimony concentrate output during the two months, according to a company source.

China imported 7,545t of antimony concentrate during January-April, down by 41pc from the previous year, according to customs data. Shipments were 988t in April, down sharply from 2,493t in March and from 4,797t a year earlier.

Hsikwangshan, with 40,000 t/yr of capacity for antimony products, produced 24,000t last year, down from 26,000t in 2020 and 28,000t in 2019.

Most private-sector metal producers in Lengshuijiang city, China’s largest antimony production hub, have yet to reopen their blast furnaces, which produce the intermediate feedstock antimony oxygen powder, because of tight concentrate supplies. It will be difficult for them to reopen the furnaces this year because all feedstock supplies will be shipped to large-scale producers such as Hsikwangshan and Chenzhou Mining, according to sources at the smelters. But some of them may be still operating some refining furnaces with a certain volume of metal output by using standby feedstock inventories, according to market participants. The seven producers in Lengshuijiang have a combined metal capacity of 35,000-40,000 t/yr.

China produced 7,204t of antimony metal in April, up from 5,821t a year earlier but down slightly from 7,324t in March, according to data from the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association. Output during January-April totalled 24,950t, up from 20,562t for the same period last year.

The Chinese antimony market has been subdued with the reduced activity, with most producers withholding material sales at lower prices and consumers showing limited restocking interest. Most participants are sitting on the market sidelines while waiting for a recovery in economy when the Covid-19 pandemic is under control. Prices for 99.85pc grade antimony metal were last assessed at 80,000-81,000 yuan/t ($11,957-12,106/t) on 31 May, unchanged since 10 May.

Article Retrieved from: ArgusMetal

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St. Louis Group Featured in Spray Foam Magazine

St. Louis Group Featured in Spray Foam Magazine

A special thanks to Spray Foam Magazine for featuring three women in our company who are making waves in the spray foam industry! Read below to learn more about them and SLG.

LET’S TALK // Flames Away

St. Louis Group (SLG) is a leading supplier of brominated, chlorinated, and phosphorus flame retardants. Launching in 2010, by SLG’s president Dago Hornedo along with Rhonda Burgess, and Mindy Newton, SLG is now celebrating 12 years in business. Currently, SLG is also expanding into polyol and other polyurethane (PU) additives. According to the SLG team, “Our fire retardants and SmokeShield materials can help spray foam manufacturers meet the requirements of ASTM E84 and Appendix X for applications such as walls, floors, attics, crawl spaces, and roofs. Due to our broad product lines and knowledge of additive, reactive, intumescent, and low smoke mechanisms, SLG can provide tailor made low viscosity solutions to meet the most stringent flammability and smoke requirements.”

 

RHONDA BURGESS, Market Development Manager for Rigid and Flexible PU

How did you become a Market Development Manager? My career started at Great Lakes Chemical (now Lanxess), where I worked in the flame retardant (FR) lab. I helped launch SLG in 2010 and when you join a small new company, you must wear many hats. I served in many roles including Customer Service, Accounts Payable/Collections, and Materials Manager. SLG was growing rapidly, and our President wanted to expand into the Polyurethane FR Market. He asked if I would like to be the Market Development Manager for this new product line. I decided to take the risk and give it my best shot; so, I accepted the promotion almost seven years ago and love it!

What area do you specialize in? I am primarily focused on additives used in the rigid and flexible PU markets.

What is your favorite aspect of your role? My favorite aspect of this role is getting to travel and meet new customers and learn about their business. I am thankful to be given an opportunity that I would never have been given if I worked somewhere else and that I have a boss that believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.

What personality traits are needed in your role? To be successful in a Market Development position, you need to be outgoing and enjoy helping people. You can’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk to people. People are bombarded with sales calls and emails, everyday; what makes you stand out is listening and taking interest in your customer needs.

Are you working on any special projects? Yes. We continue to expand our business, so I always must be ready to learn about and go to market with the next new product. Currently, we are working on new generation halogenated and nonhalogenated flame retardants.

What do you do in your spare time? My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our four grandchildren, including eight-month-old twin boys.

 

 

ALYSSA NASH, Business Manager for Brominated Flame Retardants

What did you study at college? I majored in history and minored in organizational leadership and supervision. While my major didn’t directly relate to the field I ended up in, I believe college did help me learn a lot of the skills I’d need to work and thrive at a company like SLG.

Did you ever imagine you would work in flame retardants? No, I never thought I’d work with flame retardants, but like many other young professionals, I was open to any opportunity and quickly found my home here at SLG.

Why is your job so crucial? I run one of our business units (BroShield line), which in a way is like its own mini business. I directly handle development, purchasing, strategic pricing, etc. and oversee everything related to my products from inventory, imports, and production.

What exactly are brominated flame retardants and how are these applied to a structure? Brominated flame retardants are used in a wide variety of markets, including spray foam. They are chemical compounds that contain bromine and act in the gas/vapor phase to reduce flammability and/or retard combustion in many types of polymers. It’s a very effective and commonly used flame retardant. It includes both reactive products which are chemically bound into the polymer material as well as additive products which are integrated into the material by physical mixing only.

Can any of the SLG products be customized for a specific client request? Yes, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and the ability to tailor our products to fit our customers’ specific needs.

Are there any exciting new products currently being worked on? Yes, we are always working on new and exciting projects to expand our BroShield line. Right now, we are working on a PHT4-Diol/tetrabromophthalate diol alternative.

What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I especially enjoy spending time outdoors when the weather is nice.

 

MEGAN MORRIS, Business Manager for Phosphorus Flame Retardants

How did you get started at the St. Louis Group? I started with SLG in 2012 when I was one year out of college and not sure what I wanted in a career. My first role was inside sales/customer service. Sales was not for me, but I moved into Logistics and Materials and quickly found my passion in the business side of the company.

How would you describe your management style? As a manager, I want my employees to feel empowered in their role while being readily accessible. I like to coach them as needed and help them grow in their career.

Why are flame retardants so essential? Flame retardants are used in a wide range of industries and applications to help prevent or slow the spread of fire.

What’s the difference between halogenated and non-halogenated solutions? Halogenated flame retardants are the traditional option and contain chlorine or bromine. While our new generation of non-Halogen FRs are a greener option.

What are phosphorus flame retardants? Flame retardants that contain the chemical phosphorus are under our PhosGard® product line. Phosphorus flame retardants act in the condensed phase by enhancing charring, yielding intumescence, and in the gas phase through flame inhibition. It includes both reactive products which are chemically bound into the polymer material as well as additive products which are integrated into the material by physical mixing only.

Describe a typical workday for you? On a typical day I analyze market conditions, quote customers, review inventory levels and pipeline, and work on new product development.

When it comes to flame retardant chemicals, how is St. Louis Group actively looking for environmentally friendly alternatives? We have some exciting projects currently in development and we are always working to expand our line with the latest technology. SLG is committed to addressing the needs of our customers whether that be through our existing products or developing custom blends.

When you have spare time, what do you like to do? I have two young children so outside of work I spend most of my time with them. When the weather is nice, I love to read and spend time outdoors.

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.

Weaker demand to dampen Chinese antimony prices

Weaker demand to dampen Chinese antimony prices

Beijing, 16 May —

Chinese antimony prices are expected by market participants to soften further in the short term because of limited demand from the flame retardant industry, following consecutive price falls over the past month.

Prices have continued to fall since 12 April from a 10-year high in mid-March, as Covid-19 outbreaks and lockdowns in China have stemmed market activity and buying interest in the main consumption areas in east China.

Prices for 99.65pc grade antimony metal were last assessed unchanged at 79,000-80,000 yuan/t ($11,636-11,784/t) ex-works on 12 May, following a combined fall of Yn2,500/t over 12 April-10 May.

Most primary antimony metal is used as a flame retardant together with bromine, which is added in plastic products that are further consumed by the electronics, vehicles and other instrument industries.

But renewed buying interest from the seaborne market in February and March shored up market confidence and prompted antimony producers to float higher offer prices during these two months, when they expected downstream consumers to replenish stocks when they run out of stocks in this year’s second quarter. China exported 3,772t of antimony metal during January-March, up by 26pc from 2,996t a year earlier, customs data show.

“Domestic and overseas demand became weak in April and we are unsure when the situation will be better,” a market participant told Argus.

Major Chinese antimony producer Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star closed its blast furnace in late April because of low concentrate feedstock availability. The suspension is expected to last for at least one month. Hsikwangshan, with 40,000 t/yr of output capacity for antimony products, produced 24,000t last year, down from 26,000t in 2020 and 28,000t in 2019.

Production halts

The seven private-sector metal producers in Lengshuijiang have a combined output capacity of 35,000-40,000 t/yr. They are likely to completely halt metal production if concentrate supply shortages persist in May.

They also halted their blast furnaces in April because of concentrate supply shortages. Some of them may not restart their furnaces this year because all feedstock supplies will be shipped to large-scale producers such as Hsikwangshan and Chenzhou Mining, according to sources at some smelters.

China imported 6,557t of antimony concentrate during January-March, down by 18pc from a year earlier, according to customs data. Shipments reached 2,493t in March, down from 3,671t a year earlier.

There will remain downside potential for the antimony market in the short term because of slower economic growth caused by China’s lockdowns. It is unlikely prices will drop significantly in the long term either, as tighter metal supplies continue and the lockdowns in Shanghai are expected to be gradually lifted next month, according to market participants.

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-March antimony metal output rises

China’s January-March antimony metal output rises
Beijing, 9 May (Argus) — 

China’s antimony metal output during January-March increased on the year, with producers lifting production in response to higher spot prices in the first three months of the year, and renewed demand from seaborne consumers.

Production totalled 17,746t, up from 14,742t in the same period last year, according to China’s Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA) data. Production in March rose to 7,324t, up from 3,280t in February, and up from 4,371t in March 2021.

Export prices for the metal were assessed stable at $13,700-13,900/t fob during 25 April-5 May, following a fall of $400/t on 21 April. Prices are likely to fall further this week on weaker demand both from domestic and seaborne consumers.

Key metal producers in Hunan’s Lengshuijiang city in late April closed their blasting furnaces on a lack of concentrate availability. This, coupled with the expectations of a recovery in economic growth after the current Covid-19 crisis in the country is brought under control, may slow the downward trend of the market.

China’s antimony metal production
Province Jan-Mar 2021 Jan-Mar 2022
Hunan 12,051 14,971
Yunnan 1,335 1,579
Guangxi 371 509
Guizhou 985 686
Total 14,742 17,746
Source: China’s Nonferrous Metals Industry Association

 

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.

Chinese antimony smelters shut furnaces on ore shortage

Chinese antimony smelters shut furnaces on ore shortage
Beijing, 28 April (Argus) —Major Chinese antimony producer Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star closed its blast furnace this week because of a lack of concentrate feedstock availability. The suspension is expected to last for at least one month.

All seven private-sector metal producers in Lengshuijiang city, China’s largest antimony production hub, have also halted their blast furnaces this month because of concentrate supply shortages. They may not reopen their furnaces this year because all feedstock supplies will be shipped to large producers such as Hsikwangshan and Chenzhou Mining, according to sources at some smelters.

Hsikwangshan’s antimony mine can support only 200-300 t/month metal equivalent of antimony production, so it has to purchase concentrate and metal from other producers to maintain its production. Hsikwangshan, which has 40,000 t/yr of capacity for antimony products, produced 24,000t last year, down from 26,000t in 2020 and 28,000t in 2019.

The seven private-sector metal producers in Lengshuijiang have a combined capacity of 35,000-40,000 t/yr. They are likely to completely stop metal production if concentrate supply shortages persist in May.

China imported 6,557t of antimony concentrate during January-March, down by 18pc from a year ago, according to Chinese customs data. Shipments reached 2,493t in March, down from 3,671t a year earlier. Depleting resources in China and reduced shipments from other countries have prompted the smelters in Lengshuijiang to close their blast furnaces.

Argus assessed prices for 99.85pc grade metal stable at 81,000-82,000 yuan/t ($12,270-12,420/t) ex-works this week, following a fall of Yn1,000/t on 21 April.

“We have limited metal stocks, and sold 40t of 99.85pc grade metal at Yn81,000/t this week to generate cash,” a source at a smelter in Lengshuijiang told Argus.

Most producers and traders are upbeat about the market outlook, despite low demand from downstream consumers over this past month. They find it meaningless to cut offer prices to attract sales because consumers will not make purchases even if prices move lower, after Covid-19 lockdowns forced them to also halt production. Prices are likely to move up in the coming months in light of continued tight supply and expected restocking activity from domestic and overseas consumers, market participants said.

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 antimony concentrate imports rise in Jan-Feb

China’s antimony concentrate imports rise in Jan-Feb
Beijing, 18 April (Argus) —

China’s antimony concentrate imports in January-February rose on the year, as Chinese smelters sought more concentrate supply outside of the country on concerns of depleted resources in China.

China imported 4,064t of antimony concentrate during January-February, up from 3,393t the previous year, according to Chinese customs data. Shipments were at 2,195t in January and 1,869t in February. But imports in March and April are likely to fall because of disruptions brought about by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Russia is the second-largest antimony producer after China. Russia exported 38,364t of antimony concentrate during 2020-21, with 68.2pc shipped to China. The remainder went to Vietnam, Oman, and South Korea with the countries taking 8,946t, 2,496t and 762t respectively, customs data show. China imported 988t of antimony concentrate from Russia in the first two months of this year, compared with 1,035t in the corresponding period of 2021.

Prices for 99.65pc grade metal were last assessed at 81,000-82,000 yuan/t ($12,709-12,866/t) ex-works on 14 April, stable after dipping by Yn500/t on 12 April. The decrease on 12 April came surprisingly as prices have risen continuously since early February, supported by concentrate supply tightness and renewed demand from seaborne consumers. But weak demand from domestic downstream consumers outweighed supply tightness and weighed on the market slightly last week.

China’s antimony concentrate imports (t)

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 Huayu launches Tajikistan antimony-gold project

China’s Huayu launches Tajikistan antimony-gold project

Beijing, 20 April (Argus) —

Chinese base metals mining firm Huayu Mining, has launched production at its antimony-gold smelter Talco Gold in Tajikistan following Covid-19-related delays in the last few years.

Huayu and Tajikistan Aluminium, a state-owned aluminium smelter, are co-investors in Talco Gold. The project is expected to process 1.5mn t/yr of ores to produce 2.2 t/yr of gold and 16,000 t/yr of antimony metal when it reaches full capacity. The project was supposed to launch in 2019 but faced delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tajikistan Aluminium owns 264,616t metal equivalent of antimony and 49.9t of gold resources.

Huayu mines lead, zinc, copper and silver and owns 434,600t metal equivalent of antimony resources in Tibet and outside China after investing in the Talco Gold project. Huayu is able to produce around 5,000 t/yr metal equivalent of antimony metal from its domestic mines.

A continued shortage of concentrate and metal supplies bolstered the antimony market to a 10-year high of 81,500-82,500 yuan/t ($12,800-12,970/t) for 99.65pc grade metal on 24 March. The range softened by Yn500/t from 7 April to Yn81,000-82,000/t ex-works on 12 April as weaker demand outweighed the concentrate shortage to prompt sellers to cut offers to attract sales. Export prices for the metal have remained firm at $14,100-14,300/t fob since 24 March as tight supply outside of China has encouraged Chinese exporters to maintain their offers.

Article Retrieved from: ArgusMetal

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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.

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.