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John joined CRU in September 1989 as a Senior Consultant in the Aluminium team, having previously been an Economist with P&O Shipping in the UK. In 1994, he became Research Manager of the Steel team, and was promoted to Steel Group Manager in 2003.

John was responsible for regular analysis work and forging business relations with metals and mining companies around the world. He also worked on many consultancy assignments in the ferrous and non-ferrous area. In 2000, John was responsible for developing the CRU steel price index, which has now become a leading global benchmark for steel pricing.

After spending ten years researching the metals industry, in 2004, John was appointed Business Development Manager in China, responsible for CRU affairs. He has been located in Beijing since April 2004, when he opened a CRU Chinese Representative office. John has now gained extensive experience in China, and has continued to enhance CRU relations with all leading Chinese steel and non-ferrous companies, industry associations and government departments, as well as managing and contributing to various local projects in metals and mining related areas.

John is learning Mandarin and currently manages a growing Beijing office of 20 Chinese full-time nationals, plus a network of local part-time industry experts. John holds an MA in Economics and Politics from York University, and is a member of the Institute of Freight Forwarders.

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Made in China 2025

In this CRU spotlight, John Johnson, Country Manager, CRU China, introduces China’s “Made in China 2025” strategy (MiC2025), and how it may impact the commodities followed...

By John Johnson 12 September 2017