SHANGHAI, May 9 (SMM) - According to SMM survey, the output of refined bismuth in China was 2,621 mt in April, up 0.06% MoM. Some producers remained closed due to maintenance or raw material shortages. The output increase at some producers was basically offset by declines at others. Downstream demand changed little. The supply-demand pattern will barely change in the near future.
According to SMM survey of 24 producers, five of them were closed in April, compared with seven in March. Four producers saw their output rise slightly, and one of them resumed production. Another five producers reported small declines in their output. SMM predicts that the domestic refined bismuth production will probably stabilise in May, but a slight increase is also likely.