SHANGHAI (Scrap Register): Chinese zinc production declined by 5.6 percent year-on-year to 474,000 tons during the month of April this year, this is according to latest National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data.
China’s zinc production during the first four months of 2017 totaled 1.958 million tons, up 0.7% year-on-year.
Chinese refined zinc production fell to 413,000 tons in April 2017, a drop of 3.95% month-on-month and 5.92% year-on-year, SMM data show. Total refined zinc output in the first four months of the year was 1.711 million tons, a fall of 1.84% on a yearly basis.
According to SMM, lower zinc prices and domestic zinc concentrate TCs ate into profit at domestic zinc smelters. Besides, enhanced environmental protection in some regions affected mine production, tightening raw material supply for zinc smelters. An increasing number of smelters chose to conduct maintenance.