Download the January 2021 issue of MMM

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Welcome to the January 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we include an analysis on the soaring freight costs out of China, the uncertain outlook for chromite, a tightening of magnesia supply and a focus on so-called ‘fake’ graphite.

The November-December issue – which you can still download  at this link   – included a focus section on lithium and its supply chain’s fundamental changes as the battery market grows; the recycling of strategic battery metals and a deep dive recyclability of steel and aluminium packaging and its effects on the overall industry.

In this January issue, meanwhile, you will be pleased to find:

  • Freight rate hikes squeeze traders: The recent surge in container freight costs and limited cargo space are disrupting flows and crushing traders’ profits, writes Davide Ghilotti.
  • Stricter controls ease magnesia oversupply in China: Tighter controls on mining activity in China's Liaoning province and strict environmental regulations have eased the oversupply of magnesia in the country, stirring up an optimistic price outlook for 2021, reports Carrie Shi
  • The perils and merits of fake graphite: "Fake flake" graphite sold as genuine material has increasingly been reported, especially as large flake sizes. Jon Stibbs and Sybil Pan spoke with market sources to gauge this material’s impact on the market and its uses when sold correctly.
  • Chromite market's uncertain footing: Multiple push and pull factors continue to affect supply and demand, with chromite market participants struggling to see beyond the immediate term, Davide Ghilotti reports.

Also available to you is a downloadable PDF of the full magazine issue.

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