According to the forecast by the former China National Nonferrous Metals Corp. and the former Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources, the total of China's domestic antimony demand and exports will be 36,900 tons (of which 11,900 tons is for domestic market) in the year 2000 and 46,800 tons (of which 16,800 tons is for domestic market) in the year 2010.
Antimony products are China's traditional commodities for export to earn foreign exchange. China's antimony products are low in production cost, high in quality and competitive on the international market. For example, the products of the Shanxing Brand of the Xikuangshan Bureau of Mines, the Huachang Brand of the Yiyang Antimony Plant, and the Jiutong Brand of the Banxi antimony mine are all brand-name products very famous on the international merket. The products of the Shanxing Brand, in particular, are exempt from inspection requirement on that market. China's exportation of antimony products has made great contributions to the earning of foreign exchange for the country, and should continue in a proper way in the future. An analysis indicates that to maintain and develop China's preponderance and initiative in antimony products exportation, it is proper for the country to export 25,000~30,000 tons of the products per year.
Based on the predicted antimony demand mentioned above, it is held that... [continues]
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