SHANGHAI, Oct. 24 (SMM) – NPI Producers in Inner Mongolia are expected to halt production from October 25, Shanghai Metals Market survey shows.
The massive closures are expected to last for 1-2 months, SMM learns.
High costs against stainless steel mills’ cut in NPI procurement price are major factors behind these closures, in addition to the upcoming APEC meeting in early November, according to SMM survey.
These production halts will greatly impact NPI output in Inner Mongolia. One month of suspension will reduce NPI output by 2,000 tonnes (Ni content), SMM foresees.
The average operating rate at NPI producers in Inner Mongolia should fall further to 15% in October from September’s 35% if large-scale suspension happens at NPI producers in Ulanqab, SMM survey reveals.
The expected decline in NPI supply in China, however, will unlikely boost LME nickel prices if no positive macroeconomic policy is pushed during Q4, SMM expects.
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