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  • April 2021

    Total EU car sales jump by 87% in March

    19 April 2021

    Sales of passenger cars in the EU rocketed by 87.30% year-on-year in March 2021, the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said on Friday April 16.

  • IN FIGURES: China's finished steel output rises 23% in Q1

    19 April 2021

    China’s crude steel, hot metal and finished steel production all rose sharply year on year in March and the first quarter of 2021, according to data released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday April 16.

  • Syrah Resources returns

    14 April 2021

    Graphite company Syrah Resources plans to ramp up its flake output with a flexible approach to production, chief executive officer Shaun Verner told Jon Stibbs in late-February

  • Graphite outlook

    14 April 2021

    The flake graphite market, especially for fines, looks set to come under pressure through 2021 while increasing supply outweighs the growth of demand, Jon Stibbs and Sybil Pan report.

  • LFP battery resurgence alters price dynamics

    14 April 2021

    Changing preferences for lithium-ion battery chemistries in China have altered relative lithium prices, Susan Zou and Carrie Shi report.

  • Tight supply forecast

    14 April 2021

    Lithium supply is set to be tight in 2021, despite a ramp-up in output, William Adams reports.

  • Download the April 2021 issue of MMM

    14 April 2021

    Welcome to the April 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we look at how lithium is getting hot again after a long price slump amid expected supply shortage issues, as well as the multiple pressure points that could hit the global graphite market.

  • China sends environmental teams to 8 provinces in anti-pollution campaign

    08 April 2021

    China will send inspection teams to eight provinces and regions as part of its efforts to fight pollution, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on Tuesday April 6. The eight provinces include Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hunan, Guangxi and Yunnan.

  • China’s caustic calcined magnesia producers raise offers on tight supplies

    08 April 2021

    Strict enforcement of environmental regulations in China's Liaoning province production hub has led to supply tightness and higher offer prices for caustic calcined magnesia (CCM), sources said this week.

  • March 2021

    RHI Magnesita invests in German capacity

    31 March 2021

    Refractory maker RHI Magnesita will invest €23 million ($27 million) at its Urmitz site in Germany over the next two years. This investment, announced on March 24, underlines RHI’s bullish outlook on refractories in 2021.

  • Suez Canal remains blocked, stiff freight rate hikes expected

    26 March 2021

    Global freight markets have been plunged into further chaos this week with the continuing blockage of the Suez Canal now accompanied by rumors of fresh freight rate hikes around the world, sources told Fastmarkets.

  • Falling Turkish lira has yet to boost mineral exports

    24 March 2021

    The value of the Turkish currency dropped sharply after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 21 announced the sacking of a third governor of the country’s central bank in less than two years, in a development which could make Turkish mineral exports more competitive.

  • IN FIGURES: China’s refractory raw materials exports in January-February 2021

    24 March 2021

    A summary of China’s refractory raw materials exports for the first two months of 2021

  • Suez Canal blockage adds further problems for global freight market

    24 March 2021

    A major blockage of the Suez Canal by a large container ship, leading to a vessel traffic jam, is adding to disruption in the global bulk freight markets.

  • Complex logistics hurdles affecting China's seaborne bulk shipping routes

    22 March 2021

    High demand for bulk vessel space for mineral raw materials exported from China is driving costs for this transport option higher, with market participants reporting an array of factors that are affecting trading conditions and delivery timelines.

  • China sea-freight costs still high as minerals, metals sellers struggle to find vessel space

    16 March 2021

    Logistics for shipping material out of China continues to be a major concern for sellers of minerals and metals, with container freight rates firm at high levels and carriers giving priority to lighter cargoes.

  • Download the March 2021 issue of MMM

    11 March 2021

    Welcome to the March 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we take stock of the latest developments in oilfield mineral markets, the outlook for steel tube and pipe and the US President Joe Biden administration's take on that country's supply chains.

  • Biden’s initiatives set to boost US supply chains

    11 March 2021

    The change in direction on the part of the new United States administration with a greater focus on domestic manufacturing and local supply chains will benefit established and developing industrial minerals as well as metals sectors, including steel, rare earths, graphite and lithium, Davide Ghilotti and Mark Shenk report.

  • Oilfield minerals see recovery in demand

    11 March 2021

    Low oil prices and consequently much-reduced rig activity depressed demand for oilfield minerals last year, but the industry is staging a recovery in 2021, reports William Clarke

  • OCTG markets show glimmers of recovery

    11 March 2021

    The international impacts of the Covid-19 global pandemic in 2020 were severe, but Fastmarkets’ tube and pipe research team* detect the early signs of market recovery during 2021 and forecast better years ahead.

  • Inka Guixà: ‘The family is at the service of the company and not the other way around’

    11 March 2021

    In her early career, La Farga CEO Inka Guixà had not considered working for the business founded by her father and grandfather, but in her late-20s she accepted an invitation to join the company and assist in its expansion. She recounts her route to the top of the business and discusses the outlook for copper with Andrea Hotter.

  • China’s magnesia market exhibits mixed moves, but optimism remains

    11 March 2021

    China’s magnesia market gave a mixed performance this past week, with both lower and higher offers emerging. Some producers insisted on higher offers in lieu of mining restrictions and increased production costs, while others reduced prices to stimulate sales and improve cash flow.

  • AT A GLANCE: RHI Magnesita revenues hit in ‘challenging’ 2020

    08 March 2021

    Refractories maker RHI Magnesita forecasts rising demand in 2021, after a “challenging year,” it said in a financial statement published on Monday March 8.

  • AT A GLANCE: Vesuvius sales fall as global steel, vehicle production slow

    04 March 2021

    UK-registered refractory producer Vesuvius reported a sharp drop in demand for its products in 2020, driven by a slowdown in global economic activity in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • World crude steel output up 5% in January 2021

    01 March 2021

    Global crude steel output increased by 4.8% year on year to 162.9 million tonnes in January 2021, the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) said on February 26, marking the third monthly consecutive increase.

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