Sumitomo Metal Mining to increase nickel production

February 16, 2011

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has announced it will increase the electrolytic nickel production capacity of its Niihama Nickel Refinery from the current 41,000 tons per year to 65,000 tons per year in 2013.

The company stated it will invest 14 billion yen (US$167 million) over the next two years in order to expand and enhance its nickel operations.

The additional capacity will allow Sumitomo Metal Mining to refine nickel from its subsidiary, Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp., based in the Philippines.

Work began in 2009 on the Taganito project to construct a large scale nickel refining plant based on HPAL (High Pressure Acid Leach) technology in Mindanao, the Republic of the Philippines. Production of Nickel/Cobalt mixed sulphide, an intermediary nickel product which forms the raw material for electrolytic nickel production at Niihama Nickel Refinery, is scheduled to begin in 2013.

Sumitomo Metal Mining produce nickel powder for use in the powder metallurgy industry. The company’s SNP-YH Series spherical nickel powder does not contain coarse particles, but contains particles of an even particle size. It can meet the need for fine particles with a 0.1 µm particle size.

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