Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)
Antimony, pp. 159-167 ff. PDF (887.8 KB)
159Antimony By Charlie Wyche 1 In 1972, domestic mine production of antimony, curtailed by a tragic fire at the Sunshine Mine, declined to the lowest level in more than 30 years. Secondary production also continued the downward trend from the 1969 high. The 18% increase in consumption of primary antimony, however, was supplied by a 75% increase in imports of ore, metal, and oxide. The price of RMM brand antimony metal, in bulk, f.o.b. Laredo, Tex., was stable at 57 cents per pound throughout the year. The free world antimony price edged upward following buying interest from both consumers and dealers, and the People's Republic of China's reluctance to sell. The quoted price range of European lump ore, 60% antimony, declined during the first half of 1972 but reversed the trend in the second half and showed substantial strength at yearend. Legislation and Government Programs.— Effective January 1, 1972, the General Modification of Tariff Schedules of the United States, Federal Register document 67—14749, filed on December 18, 1967 (Federal Regis- ter, v. 32, No. 244, Dec. 19, 1967, pp., 19002— 19004, reduced the import duty on antimony metal TSUS No. 632.02 from 12 to 1.0 cents per pound. No further reduction is scheduled. Under authorization of Public Law 92— 105, enacted August 11, 19-71, the -General Services Administration (GSA) disposed of 70 tons of antimony from the Government stockpile in 1972. The total quantity authorized for disposal is 6,000 tons of "C" and "D" grades metal with a maximum of 800 tons to be sold each calendar quarter. All of the antimony was restricted to domestic consumption. Sales of the metal were in the form of granules, pigs, siabs~ cakes, ingots, and broken pieces. All sales were made on an "as-is" basis and in keeping with its policy in stockpile sales, no warranties were made by GSA as to the chemical analysis, physical condition, or fitness for any use or purpose of the metal. Total Government inventory at the close of the year was 46,676 tons, of which 5,976 tons were surplus. 1 Physical scientist, Division of Nonferrous Metals. Table 1.—Salient antimony statistics (Short tons) 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 United States: Production: Primary: Mine Smelter' Secondary Exports of ore, metal and alloys Imports, general (antimony content) Consumption' Price: New York, average cents per poun& - World: Production 856 12,489 23,699 109 17,343 18,520 45.75 67,628 938 13,203 23,840 207 17,032 17,843 57.57 73,001 1,130 13,381 21,424 543 18,654 13,937 144.19 77,124 1,025 11,374 20,917 1,023 13,595 13,707 71.18 70,891 489 13,344 22,500 121 23,743 16,124 59.00 75,035 1 Includes primary antimony content of antimonial lead produ cod at prim ary lead refineries.
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