Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Asian smelters to benefit from Doe Run Peru shutdown

Doe Run Peru shut down its lead and zinc smelter on June 2 after the company ran out of money and credit, therefore rendering it unable to buy the raw materials being produced at near by mines.

According to this Bloomberg article, guess who's stands poised to benefit from this? You guessed it Asia's smelters, who despite the global slow down remain hungry for

Alex Emery in Lima down in Lima writes:

Glencore International AG, the world's biggest commodities trader, and Trafigura Beheer BV are benefiting as suppliers of Doe Run Peru's shut lead and zinc smelter seek international traders to sell their concentrates.

"We're looking for more clients abroad, particularly Asian smelters," to buy the extra production, Glencore's Peruvian manager Fernando Cafe said in a July 3 interview.

Cia. De Minas Buenaventura SA, Pan American Silver Corp. and about 30 other miners in the central Peruvian Andes have had to seek alternative buyers after the Renco Group Inc. unit smelter ran out of cash and halted all operations on June 2...

To read the complete article please visit the complete Bloomberg article.