5N Plus cuts bismuth refining in favor of purchasing on multi-year low prices

Canadian minor metals and specialty chemicals producer 5N Plus has “significantly” reduced the production of bismuth at its refining and recycling facilities and will increase procurement of the material due to low metal prices, the company said on Monday July 22.

Until now, 5N Plus has relied on process technologies to extract bismuth from the various residues and secondary streams in its refining and recycling facilities. Bismuth is generally recovered as a byproduct of lead and copper. 
5N Plus utilizes bismuth as an active ingredient in its products and is a major consumer of bismuth metal.

The company refines around 3,000-3,500 tonnes per year of bismuth depending on actual feeds available, according to an email on July 26 from 5N Plus chief financial officer Richard Perron, who did not respond to Fastmarkets' inquiries on how much the company...


Cristina Belda

July 25, 2019

15:30 GMT