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Matthew Watkins is CRU's European flat Steel analyst and the Editor of the Global Steel Trade Service and Steel Plate Market Outlook. 

In the early 2000s he spent five years at CRU, initially working across commodities in the Consulting team and subsequently joining the Steel team as an analyst.

Following that he moved to Rio Tinto and worked there for over six years in a number of business development and marketing roles, focused primarily on products within the global iron and steel sector. After a period as a freelance metals and mining consultant he re-joined CRU in 2015.

Matthew holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Durham, and an MSc in Mineral Exploration from Imperial College, London.

Articles from our industry expert

Steel sheets

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Sheet demand will improve in 2024

CRU forecasts a stronger year for steel sheet demand in 2024 than in 2023 as growth continues in Asia and a recent period of contraction in the West ends.

26 October 2023   
Topic: Steel
Screenshot of discussion between Matthew Watkins and Shankhadeep Mukherjee

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Watch: Fire side chat - LPMO and SSMO

Topics: China, Steel

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Watch: Outlook for 2023 - Steel Sheet Market Q1

Topics: Stainless Steel, Steel