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George joined CRU in 2017 within the Nickel, Cobalt, Chrome and Molybdenum analysis team.

He is responsible for reporting on the cobalt and battery metal markets, including annual market outlooks, quarterly updates and monthly news services. George is also responsible for CRU’s long-term automotive and electric vehicle forecasts.

George began his career in commodities working in pricing analysis and forecasting in the sulphur industry, before moving into the minor metals trading sector and specialising in nickel-cobalt superalloys, alloying additions and rare earth elements. George has experience working with minor metals in the USA and the UK, and his scientific background has been a particular benefit in analysing minor metal end-use markets including the battery sector. George has a Masters in materials science from Oxford University.

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Buried treasure or damp squib? Undersea mining’s challenges and opportunities

Stronger commodity prices and a new United Nations regulatory framework have resulted in an increased enthusiasm for undersea mining over the past year.

By George Heppel 05 August 2019   
Topics: Copper, Nickel, Noble Alloys and Minor Metals, Technology Metals

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Lithium miners blink first in face of falling prices

Topics: Noble Alloys and Minor Metals, Technology Metals

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Global lithium demand to double by 2024

Topic: Technology Metals

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Watch our market roundup: Global cobalt prices rebound

Topics: Noble Alloys and Minor Metals, Technology Metals