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Chris has 22 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 steel analysts in Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, Pittsburgh, Santiago and London and is also Head of Prices Development across all commodity groups.

Chris has presented and debated at renowned industry conferences, 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 Chartered Institute of Marketing-qualified, and has an MBA with distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK.

Articles from our industry expert


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


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


Excess supply looms in the US

Topic: Steel