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Global Nickel In Deficit 2010 Due To China Demand -Metalytics
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May 26,2010

BEIJING, May 25, -- The global nickel market will be in a slight deficit this year, due partly to growing demand from China and still-idled nickel capacity, metals consultancy Metalytics Ltd. said Wednesday.

Primary nickel consumption is likely to climb 9.5% this year to 1.435 million tons, while primary nickel supply could rise 5.3% to 1.4 million tons, resulting in a deficit of 35,000 tons, John Barkas, a director of Metalytics, told an industry conference.

Global stainless steel production is expected to rise 15.3% to 29 million tons, he said.

Nickel demand growth slowed after the global financial crisis, but China has played an important role in driving that demand.

China accounts for about one-third of global nickel consumption, with an average annual growth rate of 25% from 2000-2009, when annual growth in global demand was about 1.1%.

"The world is relying on China for the next stage of large (nickel) growth," Barkas said.

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