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China smelters opt for overhauls on zinc concs shortage

China’s major zinc smelters have started scheduling maintenance stoppages this month in response to a shortage of zinc concentrate supplies, according to Mymetal, Mysteel’s data collection arm for non-ferrous products. Some smelters have already idled their furnaces.
Baiyin Nonferrous Group Co (BNMC), a major zinc smelter based in Northwest China’s Gansu province, began its maintenance shutdown on May 8 and expects the complete overhaul to be finished by June 16. The maintenance stop is expected to impact the company’s zinc ingot production by a total of 6,500


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