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Ben joined CRU in September 2019 as lead analyst for metallurgical coal mining cost research, based in Sydney. He has responsibility for CRU's Metallurgical Coal Cost Model and also contributes to research within the broader steel raw materials team.

Ben has 16 years’ experience in market strategy, industry analysis, and macroeconomics gained across mining, metals and the public sector. Prior to joining CRU, Ben led Market Strategy and Industry Analysis teams for eight years at Rio Tinto in Singapore and London, and covered copper, copper by-products, metallurgical and thermal coal and diamonds. Prior to this, Ben was the Group Economist at Tata Steel for four years, based in London. Ben spent the first four years of his career as a macroeconomist at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics and Honours degree of Economics at Monash University.

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Australia Mining and Metals Briefings

CRU is holding our exclusive Australia Mining and Metals Briefings in February and we would be delighted if you and your colleagues can join us. The briefings are free to...

By Alex Tonks, Paul Wiggers de Vries, Ben Carstein, Andrew Gadd, Ryan Smith & Harry Fisher 10-13 February 2020   
Topics: Coal, Copper, Nickel, Steel, Steelmaking Raw Materials, Technology Metals