PINGDINGSHAN, China, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOK) (the "Company" or "SinoCoking"), a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor, today announced that trial production at its recently leased coke production facility began on April 24, 2013. As previously announced, the 200,000 metric ton facility is being leased by Henan Province Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd. ("Hongli") from Pingdingshan Hongfeng Coal Processing and Coking, Ltd., ("Hongfeng"), and is approximately 3 miles from Hongli's current coking facility and rail yard. Hongli (along with its subsidiaries) conducts all of the Company's business operations in China.
SinoCoking plans to improve both the efficiency of the coke ovens and the quality of the coke produced at this facility while gradually increasing production to full capacity. Coke by-products such as crude benzol, sulfur, sulfur ammonia and purified coal gas will be produced at the same time, thereby increasing the Company's product portfolio.
SinoCoking's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Jianhua Lv, noted, "Through operating the Hongfeng facility, we aim to gain and hone the skills needed to operate and manage its new type of coke ovens, which will be a valuable experience once our state-of-the-art coking facility is completed and becomes operational."
Mr. Lv added, "We have received approval from local authorities to increase that facility's designed annual production capacity from 900,000 metric tons to 1.2 million metric tons. Such increase, if implemented, would enable us to further expand our product offering by recapturing additional coke by-products for refinement into high value-added chemical products. This fits well with our business plan to focus on increasing our market share in China's coal chemical industry which has been growing rapidly."
Discussing recent developments in China, Mr. Lv concluded, "The recent steps taken by the central government to lift the one-year-old coal price control rule, coupled with record levels of coal imports, should give coal consumers more bargaining power when negotiating contracts with coal suppliers. Additionally, we believe that recent recovery of the steel and construction markets should positively affect coke and coke by-product prices going forward. We also believe that strategic decisions such as leasing the Hongfeng facility will put SinoCoking in a leadership position long into the future. We remain committed to implement our ambitious business plan to profitably grow our Company and in so doing, enhancing shareholder value."
SinoCoking and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation, is a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor that uses coal from both its own mines and that of third-party mines to produce basic and value-added coal products for steel manufacturers, power generators, and various industrial users. SinoCoking has been producing metallurgical coke since 2002, and acts as a key supplier to regional steel producers in central China. SinoCoking also produces and supplies thermal coal to its customers in central China. SinoCoking currently owns its assets and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, Top Favour Limited and Pingdingshan Hongyuan Energy Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., and its affiliated companies, Henan Province Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd., Baofeng Coking Factory, Baofeng Hongchang Coal Co., Ltd., Baofeng Hongguang Environment Protection Electricity Generating Co., Ltd., Zhonghong Energy Investment Company, Henan Hongyuan Coal Seam Gas Engineering Technology Co., Ltd., Baofeng Shuangrui Coal Mining Co., Ltd., Baofeng Xingsheng Coal Mining Co., Ltd. and Baofeng Shunli Coal Mining Co., Ltd.
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