Continued Smelters Clampdowns Force Antimony Prices Boost According to Merchant Research & Consulting, Ltd.31 May 2011 • by Natalie Aster
LONDON – The use of antimony as an ingredient in flame retardants is projected to remain its key use for global markets. Antimony is essential to ensure that the plastics used in computer casings and TVs don’t melt.
China is responsible for production of about 90 percent of the world’s antimony; Lengshuijiang itself is liable for 60 percent of global production. China’s exports of the metal increased 13 percent in 2010. However, a lot of Chinese smelters are being closed because of Chinese environmental restrictions. That leads to intense prices growth of this metal. Antimony price has reached above $13,000 a tonne, double of what it was worth a year ago, as China continues a clampdown on illegal and polluting mining. The length of the clampdown has surprised the industry, which was looking forward to a relaxation in 2011, leaving western users struggling to secure supplies of a metal, the production of which China monopolizes.
Detailed review and forecast on global, regional and country markets of antimony can be found in the new market research report “Antimony Market Review” that covers present situation, historical background and future forecast and addresses comprehensive data showing antimony capacities, production, consumption, trade statistics, and prices in the recent years are provided (globally, regionally and by country).
Antimony Market Review
Published: March, 2011
The report also indicates a wealth of information on antimony producers and suppliers, covers antimony production in the respective country, major antimony producers, antimony consumption in the country market, antimony trade in the country, antimony prices. Antimony market forecast for next five years, including market volumes and prices is also provided.
The study on Antimony has been completed by Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd, an internationally recognized market research agency, specializing in chemical industry. “Antimony Market Review” is included into the catalogue “Metals”, which also highlights Aluminum, Beryllium, Copper, Iron and Steel, Lead, Magnesium, Mercury, Silver, Titanium, Zinc markets.
Monthly report updates for “Antimony Market Review” are available at http://mcgroup.co.uk/periodicals/monthly
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