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Chris has 16 years' experience in the steel industry and joined CRU in April 2008 following a ten-year career at Tata Steel.

At Tata, Chris worked in technical mill-based roles and in commercial functions at both business unit and corporate level. Latterly, Chris moved to Tata Steel's Corporate Strategy department where he was responsible for the group's industry analysis and steel price forecasting.

In his current role at CRU, Chris leads CRU's team of semi-finished and finished steel analysts in Beijing, Mumbai, Pittsburgh, Santiago and London. Chris has presented and debated at renowned industry conferences, including those of CRU, the Shanghai Futures Exchange, Alacero (Latin American Steel Association), Aço Brazil (Brazil Steel Institute), provided expert witness testimony and has been quoted in the media, including Reuters and the BBC.

Chris has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics from the University of Durham, a postgraduate diploma in Industrial Sales & Marketing from Loughborough University, is CIM-qualified, and has an MBA with distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK.

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Watch: Market Roundup - Chinese price boost lacking momentum

In this brief webcast, Chris Houlden and Matt Watkins discuss CRU’s latest Global Steel Trade Service with a roundup of what is moving the international steel markets. ...

By Matthew Watkins & Chris Houlden 29 July 2019   
Topic: Steel

Webinar

China economic stimulus, Part I: How big a deal for metals?

Topics: Aluminium, Aluminium Raw Materials, Copper, Economics, Ferroalloys, Noble Alloys and Minor Metals, Steel, Steelmaking Raw Materials

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Excess supply looms in the US

Topic: Steel