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EU AD probe into Chinese HDG will intensify competition in export markets

Author:Linda LinDate:20 January 2017

The European Commission’s announcement of an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Chinese origin hot-dipped galvanised (HDG) coil in December is already impacting trade flows.

How high carbon wire rod prices avoided sharp volatility

Author:Leanne CassDate:20 January 2017

Keeping up with European long products markets may have felt like a rollercoaster ride for many this past year, and indeed price volatility in 2016 was the highest it has been since the Global Financial Crisis

Ammonia prices heavily influenced by Black Sea developments

Author:Jennifer Willis-JonesDate:18 January 2017

CRU's Fertilizer Week has strengthened its product portfolio and now offers seven Short-Term Price Forecasts covering all nutrients, with ammonia and NPKs added in November 2016.

Eight months until normal operations can resume after a fire at NSSMC’s Oita plate mill

Author:Dawn BrooksDate:16 January 2017

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (NSSMC) has had to close the plate mill at their Oita site in Japan after experiencing a fire on the 5th January

Implications of Indonesia’s Decision to Relax the Nickel Ore Export Ban

Author:Lucent NicholsonDate:16 January 2017

After many months of uncertainty, the Indonesian government has announced an easing of the nickel ore ban, which was introduced back in 2014. We believe that the announcement has the following implications

Downward pressure on Chinese export prices and margins

Author:Nick EdströmDate:22 December 2016

As Asian steel traders and buyers have stressed to CRU, Chinese price rises have not been driven by surging Asian demand, despite the continuing strength of apparent steel demand growth in some regional economies.

Cobalt’s future in Chinese EVs

Author:Edward SpencerDate:20 December 2016

CRU estimates that the Electric Vehicle (EV) sector will consume around 4% of the world’s refined cobalt units in 2016. Whilst the industry remains in its infancy it is expected to drive much of the demand growth for refined cobalt units – in the form of battery grade cobalt sulphate.

The emergence of Malaysia as a major hub for manganese ferroalloy production

Author:Jorn de LindeDate:20 December 2016

By end-2017, the Samalju Industrial Park in Sarawak will be host to as much as 290,000 t/y of silico-manganese (SiMn) and 260,000 t/y of high-carbon ferromanganese (HC FeMn) capacity.

Aluminium rollers shifting product portfolios to remain competitive

Author:Caroline AlglaveDate:09 December 2016

Like in any industry, making the best use of the existing resources is essential, but beyond that, how does an individual producer of aluminium rolled products gain competitiveness?

Electric vehicles, positive micro trend for copper but no game changer within a decade

Author:Matthew WonnacottDate:08 December 2016

As part of CRU ongoing medium and long-term copper demand work, and using consistent company-wide assumptions, CRU is regularly modelling the potential for copper demand from emerging sectors including from electric vehicles.

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