May 30, 2012 / 10:53 AM / 5 years ago

Japan's April zinc exports up 80 pct on year

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) - Japan's April zinc exports to Asia surged 80
percent on a year-on-year basis as smelters resumed work following
earthquake-related closures last year.  	
    Exports of refined zinc to China nearly quadrupled to 1,149 tonnes from 276
tonnes a year ago, customs-cleared data showed on Thursday.   	
    Zinc is mainly used as an anti-corrosive coating in galvanised steel
production and in plating.    	
    Japan's zinc smelters lost nearly 70 percent of their output capacity after
the quake in March 2011 damaged facilities.  	
    Following is a breakdown of exports (in tonnes):	
 Type     Apr 2012  Mar 12   Apr 2011  Jan-Apr 12  Jan-Apr 11
  SHG        4,606   15,855     1,069      36,738        9,358
  PW         4,481    4,395     3,978      18,191       18,238
  TOTAL     9,087   20,250     5,047      54,929       27,596 
  NOTE: Figures for Prime Western include high-grade zinc. SHG is short for
special high grade.	
	
 (Reporting by Yuko Inoue, editing by Jane Baird)

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