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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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CRU将于2019年12月3日举办一年一度的北京客户研讨会,我们诚挚地邀请您和您的同事参加. 本次研讨会免费为客户提供。研讨会地点:北京市东城区建国门内大街9号北京国际饭店主楼二层彩虹厅. ...

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