SOURCE: China Armco Metals, Inc.

January 06, 2011 07:00 ET

China Armco Metals' Recycling Facility Returns to Full Time Operations With Ending of Government Restrictions

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2011) - January 6th - China Armco Metals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CNAM) ("China Armco" or the "Company"), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler with a new state-of-the-art scrap metal recycling facility in China, today announced it has received confirmation that local government imposed power restrictions for energy intensive industries and steel producers will be lifted in January 2011. With the announcement, the Company's scrap metal recycling business can return to full operations.

The central government imposed energy restrictions in at least 18 provinces beginning in September 2010 in an effort to meet the energy consumption and emissions targets set by the National 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010), which significantly impacted output in the steel industry and the operations at China Armco. 

"We are pleased to receive news that the power rationing will be phased out," said Mr.Kexuan Yao, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These restrictions temporarily affected our operations in the third and fourth quarters of 2010, and we are encouraged to be operating on a full time basis. We will now be able to rapidly accelerate our growth in this area of great potential."

China consumes over 500 million tons of steel annually and is the largest in the world. 100 million tons of scrap steel are utilized in this production per year and currently Chinese producers only meet 60% of this demand annually. The Company's recycling operations, which can process up to one million tons of metal scrap per year, is expected to contribute substantially to the company's revenues.

About China Armco Metals, Inc.
China Armco Metals, Inc. is engaged in the sale and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals throughout the PRC and is in the recycling business with the recent launch of operations of a metal recycling facility capable of producing up to approximately one million tons per year located on 32 acres of land. China Armco maintains customers throughout China which includes the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries in the PRC. Raw materials are acquired from a global group of suppliers located diverse countries, including, but not limited to, India, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey and the Philippines. China Armco's product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore and steel billet. The recycling facility is expected to be capable of recycling one million metric tons of scrap metal per year which will position the Company as one of the 10 largest recyclers of scrap metal in China. China Armco estimates the recycled metal market in China as 70 million metric tons. For more information about China Armco, please visit http://www.armcometals.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, China Armco Metals, Inc., is hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements (as defined in such act). Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding our revenues and production related to our scrap metal recycling operations and the extent of government imposed energy restrictions and resulting blackouts and impact on our recycling operations.

In addition, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations:

We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the following, including, but not limited to, any expectations with respect to the Company's revenues and operations, institution of governmental regulations relating to our businesses and the international economic climate, and the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosure contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

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