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Nickel Productions In Japan For May 2010 Decreased Compared To That In April
= Total Output Of Nickels In Jan. - May / 10 Increased Compared With That In Same Period 2009
The quantities of nickel metal and ferro-nickel produced in Japan in January - May of 2010 as well as in a single month of May were known on the end of last week. Namely, in May of 2010, Japan produced <> 3,096 tons of nickel metal and <> 5,819 tons of Ni (27,419 tons on material base) in ferro-nickel.

Accordingly, the total quantities of nickel metal and ferro-nickel produced in Japan in the first 5 months (January - May) of 2010 were <> nickel metal : 16,482 tons and <> ferro-nickel : 29,858 tons on Ni content base (including part of estimation).

These figures have been based on the monthly statistics covering steels and nonferrous metals compiled and released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the output of nickel metal in Japan in the first 5 months of 2010 had a considerable increase of 54.4% compared with that (10,676 tons) in the same period of 2009. Also, that of ferro-nickel had a substantial increase of 33.7% compared to that (22,406 tons) in the same period of 2009. These remarkable increases in production of nickels in January - May of 2010 were compared with those produced in the same period of 2009, when the output of nickels had declined to an extraordinarily low level. However, this level of nickel metal produced in Japan for the first 5 months of 2010 had exceeded even the actual quantity produced in the same period of 2008, when was a normal time.

For a reference, since the Hachinohe refinery of Pacific Metals resumed to operate No.7 electric furnace from December of 2009, their production of ferro-nickel turned to increase but a smelting company in Japan implemented to reform an electric furnace for refining in May and, therefore, the output of ferro-nickel in May decreased from that in April.

The quantities (on Ni content base) of nickel metal and ferro-nickel produced in Japan in January - May of 2010 were as per the table shown below ;
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