Pandemic puts China metals supply chain in jeopardy – MINING.COM

….potential shortages of key metal-making raw materials create risks to production of everything from home appliances to electric vehicle batteries.

Imports from Indonesia dwarfed China’s domestic output in 2019, but the Southeast Asian country has banned nickel ore exports and inventories at Chinese ports are at their lowest since June 2018, data from research house Antaike shows.

The Philippines’ top nickel ore producers, Nickel Asia Corp and Global Ferronickel, suspended mining and export operations to comply with coronavirus-containment measures.

Tight supply will force producers of stainless steel raw material nickel pig iron (NPI) in China to “consider cutting output,” says Antaike chief nickel analyst Xu Aidong.

Pandemic puts China metals supply chain in jeopardy – MINING.COM