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  • Supply constraints support European silicon carbide prices MMM May 2022

    Multiple market drivers are supporting silicon carbide prices. Read More

  • Dependence on magnesia supply from China grows MMM May 2022

    Challenges to magnesia supply have increased global dependence on China and are encouraging the recycling of refractory materials. Read More

  • Soda ash market to remain tight for years MMM May 2022

    Global efforts to reduce carbon emissions are affecting the outlook for soda ash production in the years ahead. Read More

  • Durban floods exacerbate tight andalusite supply MMM May 2022

    Continuing challenges to production and transportation of andalusite in South Africa are exacerbating an already tight market, reports Janie Davies. Read More

  • Opportunity knocks for lithium traders MMM April 2022

    Growing demand and a surge in prices are making the lithium market environment increasingly attractive for commodity traders. Read More

  • ‘Our business case is about protecting capital,’ Flack Global Metals CEO says MMM April 2022

    The chief executive officer of Flack Global Metals, Jeremy Flack, is a vocal proponent of using futures and options for price risk management in the steel supply chain. He told Richard Barrett about the strategy behind FGM’s complementary mix of physical steel supply and financial services, how he entered and has prospered in the steel business, and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Read More

  • Argentina encourages new lithium projects to serve high demand MMM April 2022

    A bullish long-term outlook for lithium has resource-rich Argentina looking to incentivize bringing more projects into the country over the next three years to meet soaring global demand for the battery raw material. Cristina Belda, Davide Ghilotti and Justin Yang report. Read More

  • Multiple factors lead to graphite electrode price surge MMM April 2022

    The prices for electrodes made from synthetic graphite have been rising strongly since Fastmarkets began to assess the market in mid-January 2022. Read More

  • Chromite sector lags behind dominant chrome ore prices MMM March 2022

    Prices for foundry and chemical grade chromite have been slow to respond to the boom so far this year in the metallurgical market. Read More

  • Some buyers turning to Chain because of global fluorspar acidspar price rises MMM March 2022

    Fluorspar acidspar consumers in Europe and the United States have started to make more inquiries with Chinese sellers, driven by rising global prices, a potential supply issue from Canada, and relatively stable Chinese prices. Read More

  • Market imbalances persist in rare earths sector MMM March 2022

    Supply problems and an over-reliance on China continue to challenge the rising demand for rising rare earths. Read More

  • Download the March 2022 issue of MMM MMM March 2022

    Welcome to the March 2022 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we bring you the latest updates on fluorspar, chrome, antimony and rare earths market dynamics. Read More

  • Download the February 2022 issue of MMM MMM February 2022

    Welcome to the February 2022 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we investigate the evolution of lithium prices and the fundamentals affecting the bauxite and alumina markets. Read More

  • Bauxite prices firm but alumina shows mixed fortunes MMM February 2022

    Supply risk has put a brake on the declining price of brown fused alumina (BFA) although white fused alumina (WFA) prices were still down. Read More

  • Supply concerns for bauxite, fused alumina in China MMM February 2022

    The winter shutdown in China did not stop the fall in fused alumina prices over the past two months, but another interruption to operations created by the Winter Olympics in February could last until the middle of March. While bauxite prices held mostly stable in the period despite operational closures, the supply crisis is not over. Read More

  • Can lithium carbonate’s premium over hydroxide persist in 2022? MMM February 2022

    The price differential between lithium hydroxide, which is usually the more expensive material, and lithium carbonate reversed in 2021. Davide Ghilotti, Zihao Li and Susan Zou give the reasons for that change, and consider what the effects of the likely supply-demand fundamentals for the two materials may have this year. Read More

  • Danieli's Gianpietro Benedetti on the future of steelmaking MMM February 2022

    Danieli Group chairman Gianpietro Benedetti has six decades of global experience in steel production and innovative technologies for the industry. He discussed with Richard Barrett trends in steelmaking, green steel production and some of the key technologies available to achieve them. Read More

  • Magnesia price support expected to continue MMM January 2022

    Magnesia producers outside of China saw good demand in 2021 and ramped up production while market participants have seen several factors supporting prices early in 2022. Read More

  • Uncertainty about China’s magnesia market drivers encourages caution MMM January 2022

    Most market participants are adopting a cautious attitude to the magnesia market in 2022, with uncertainties about China’s industrial policies, power cuts and electricity costs, as well as magnesia industry consolidation and environmental rules, overshadowing the entire magnesia sector. Read More

  • Tight China supply likely to support graphite flake price MMM January 2022

    Graphite flake prices bounced back in 2021 due to evolving market dynamics amid global logistics issues, China’s power crunch and its environmental inspections. These factors look likely to continue to drive the graphite flake market into 2022, report Sybil Pan and Jon Stibbs. Read More

  • Learning from leaders MMM January 2022

    The cover profiles published in Metal Market Magazine provide real-life examples of good business leadership, management and strategy given by leaders with extensive practical experience of running international companies. Read More

  • Download the January 2022 issue of MMM MMM January 2022

    Welcome to the January 2022 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we take an in-depth look at current bottlenecks in graphite supply and the drivers in China and abroad supporting the magnesia markets. Read More

  • Download the November-December 2021 issue of MMM MMM November - December 2021

    Welcome to the November-December 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we look back at the rally experienced across the main battery raw materials this year and where the near- and long-term bottlenecks are likely to arise. Read More

  • Power shortages raise uncertainties in China MMM October 2021

    Power shortages in China raise questions about their effects on the energy-intensive parts of the production of battery raw materials and components. Susan Zou and Sybil Pan outline recent trends Read More

  • Primobius advances technology for lithium-ion battery recycling MMM November - December 2021

    A joint venture between Australia’s Neometals Ltd and Germany’s SMS group, Primobius has completed its demonstration plant in Germany and plans are advancing rapidly to proceed with commercial recycling in 2022, reports Richard Barrett. Read More

  • Untangling multiple drivers of battery material markets MMM November - December 2021

    The choice of battery chemistries, supply chain disruptions and consumer demand are a few of many factors with roles to play in the fortunes of battery raw materials markets this year. Fastmarkets expert analysts William Adams and Amy Bennett summarize the drivers at play and the outlook for lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite in global battery production Read More

  • Quirk boasts Freeport's culture, innovation, AI, embrace of agile way of working MMM November - December 2021

    Kathleen Quirk, the president and chief financial officer of US copper producer Freeport-McMoRan, stresses teamwork and the strength of her colleagues in discussing her career with Andrea Hotter. Read More

  • Automakers navigate challenging times MMM October 2021

    Automotive manufacturers have faced a bumpy ride since the beginning of 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting production and demand, while its effects on the supply chain have created shortages of materials and components. Myra Pinkham unpacks the trends and outlines the road ahead. Read More

  • Building sources of rare earths supply MMM October 2021

    With rare earth prices climbing on fresh demand from the new-energy sector and the potential for future Chinese supply constraints, governments outside China are supporting new sources of supply, William Clarke reports. Read More

  • Demand for mineral sands booms MMM October 2021

    Demand for mineral sands is booming at the same time that supply is constrained. William Clarke outlines the outlook for the short- and long-term supply-demand balance for the titanium dioxide feedstock sector. Read More

  • INTERVIEW: ‘I wake up every day to keep our company competitive’ - Vareha-Walsh MMM October 2021

    As the director of sales, global supply chain and trade compliance at Indium Corp as well as chair of the Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA), Donna Vareha-Walsh has a global view of markets for minor metals. She outlined big plans for the MMTA and described her path to success with Cristina Belda. Read More

  • Download the October 2021 issue of MMM MMM October 2021

    Welcome to the October 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we track the ongoing rally in mineral sands and the fundamentals driving rare earths supply projects outside China. Read More

  • China’s bauxite and fused alumina exports climb MMM September 2021

    Chinese exports of refractory-grade bauxite increased by 51.58% year on year in the first seven months of 2021, while shipments of white and brown fused alumina (WFA, BFA) rose by 52.37% and 26.34% respectively over the same period. Read More

  • Amorphous graphite price spread widens MMM September 2021

    China’s amorphous graphite price has widened downward over the past month on mixed market sentiment brought about by slow downstream demand in China but stronger demand in seaborne markets. Read More

  • Steel output cuts and freight rates hit demand for Chinese magnesia MMM September 2021

    Demand for Chinese magnesia is expected to weaken, due to the country's steel production curbs in the second half of 2021, while logistics delays and rising freight fees increase in interest in material from other origins. Read More

  • Andalusite supplies tighten amid high demand and freight delays MMM September 2021

    Tightness in the availability of andalusite, caused by logistical issues affecting delivery schedules on key shipping routes, is being exacerbated by strong demand from the downstream refractories sector. Read More

  • Download the September 2021 issue of MMM MMM September 2021

    Welcome to the September 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we look at the performance and outlook of the main refractory mineral raw materials. Read More

  • Download the July-August 2021 issue of MMM MMM July-August 2021

    Welcome to the July-August 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we investigate the strong market fundamentals driving titanium dioxide this year, and the evolution of supply and demand in non-metallurgical chromite. Read More

  • Global economic recovery spurs TiO2 market growth MMM July-August 2021

    Growing demand for the multiple products that depend on titanium dioxide for their manufacture is driving rising output and revenue for its producers, but that is also raising questions about the future supplies of the feedstock materials they need, as William Clarke reports. Read More

  • China foundry chromite market sees possible demand shift on chrome ore rally MMM July-August 2021

    China’s metallurgical chrome market rally in June-July triggered a boost for foundry chromite at the end of July. This could prompt a demand shift from domestic screened material to South African foundry chromite. Sybil Pan and Siyi Liu report. Read More

  • Global chromite market seeks new balance MMM July-August 2021

    The non-metallurgical chromite market has been dogged so far in 2021 by the long-tail effects of oversupply built up from previous years and insufficient demand rallies, but recent developments may speed up the sector’s recovery, as Davide Ghilotti reports. Read More

  • Thembelani Gantsho: a passion for mining MMM July-August 2021

    The chief executive officer of Kudumane Manganese Resources, Thembelani Gantsho, is passionate about the opportunities for South African mining. He spoke with Janie Davies about his first-hand experience of funding and operating a new mine, and the outlook for the nation’s mining industry. Read More

  • China’s acidspar import deficit grows MMM June 2021

    China’s exports of acidspar have diminished while the domestic downstream market has been in overdrive, confirming China’s position as a net importer of acidspar for 2021. Read More

  • Rare earths revisited MMM June 2021

    Not for the first time, governments are focusing attention on supplies of rare earths as a vital resource for many areas of industry and technology. William Clarke reviews key international rare-earth supply chains and plans as the materials take center stage in a rush for new energy minerals Read More

  • Looking for answers on carbon reduction MMM June 2021

    The steel and metals industries stress that their products are key to enabling solutions to address global environmental priorities. Myra Pinkham gathers international views on progress in ‘green’ transformation and asks what today’s environmental goals imply for industrial production and future demand Read More

  • INTERVIEW: ‘We will be seeking a good balance between capital- and knowledge-intensive materials’ - TV Narendran MMM June 2021

    With responsibilities across Tata Steel’s diverse international portfolio of steelmaking assets, chief executive officer and managing director TV Narendran has a wide-ranging view of, and experience in, the global steel industry. He told Kunal Bose about the company’s strategy to thrive in a changing world for major steel producers Read More

  • Download the June 2021 issue of MMM MMM June 2021

    Welcome to the June 2021 issue of Metal Market Magazine, where we take an in-depth look into the supply chain and markets of rare earths and the evolution in global fluorspar supply and demand. Read More

  • The changing shape of soda ash production MMM May 2021

    Marked by environmental regulation, differing cost bases and key producers restructuring their business models, the soda ash production landscape is taking a new shape. Read More

  • Silicon carbide shines MMM May 2021

    Silicon carbide demand is expected to grow as its value in components increasingly needed for power electronics is recognized, reports Cristina Belda. Read More

  • INTERVIEW: ‘Resources are limited, recycling is unlimited' - GEM's Kaihua Xu MMM May 2021

    GEM chairman Kaihua Xu has worked on building a path for recycling in China since the mid-1990s - he recalls the key steps and discusses the growth and outlook for one of China’s leading recycling businesses. Read More

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