SÃO PAULO Brazils nickel output increased to 5,475 tonnes in June, up 33.3 percent from 4,108 tonnes in the same month last year, following increased exports, according to figures from Brazilian nonferrous metals institute ICZ.
However, that tally represented an 11.4-percent drop from the 6,179 tonnes produced in May of this year.
Exports in June stood at 3,655 tonnes, up 10.5 percent from 3,307 tonnes in the same month last year, ICZ data show.
Brazils nickel consumption of 1,387 tonnes down 13.2 percent from June 2012.
Meanwhile, zinc production in Brazil fell 5.5 percent year on year to 19,304 tonnes in June, partly prompted by a 36.4 percent year-on-year decrease in imports to 2,789 tonnes, according to ICZ. Production of the galvanizing metal had totaled 20,430 tonnes in June 2012.
Zinc consumption stood at 21,025 tonnes, up 4.6 percent from 20,106 tonnes in the same comparison.
Exports of the metal totaled 2,206 tonnes, down 47.9 percent from 4,232 tonnes in the same month last year.
Brazils lead imports in June totaled 6,957 tonnes, down 1.7 percent from imports June 2012 levels.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.