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13 February 2017

Is China to blame for the collapse of the US aluminium smelting industry?

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Is China to blame for the collapse of the US aluminium smelting industry?

The sharp price decline in the LME aluminium price in late 2015 forced substantial output cuts in the US. Following the 1 Mt output cuts and subseq...

24 March 2017

Peruvian floods hit mine and smelter production

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Peruvian floods hit mine and smelter production

An extremely unusual "coastal El Nino" event has resulted in very heavy rainfall across much of Peru over the past six weeks. This has caused wides...

21 November 2016

Strong China boosts world nickel demand: rationale and risks

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Strong China boosts world nickel demand: rationale and risks

Chinese stainless melt production has accelerated in 2016. This is due to the ramp up of 6Mt/a of new melt shop capacity as well as a stimulus-driv...

28 July 2016

Will Guinea be to bauxite what the Pilbara is to Iron Ore?

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Will Guinea be to bauxite what the Pilbara is to Iron Ore?

The global seaborne bauxite market needs a handful of projects to meet incremental demand requirements by 2030. Global seaborne bauxite demand is f...

27 September 2016

Will the lifting of sanctions benefit Iran's iron ore industry?

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Will the lifting of sanctions benefit Iran's iron ore industry?

We estimate average cash costs for Iranian iron ore concentrate exports of US$50.50/tonne (FOB vessel), which is approximately breakeven at 2016 pr...

19 January 2017

What drives Chinese flat steel demand?

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What drives Chinese flat steel demand?

China's flat steel production is now vulnerable to downside risks. Increasing demand in manufacturing is unlikely to offset the long-term decline o...

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