Indian government has sought inputs from the steel industry for usage of LD slag in the next two weeks as it has been accumulating over the years and posing a problem. LD slag a by product of a steel making process, is not used in India unlike the blast furnace slag which is being commercially…Details
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Import share, as a proportion of apparent finished steel consumption, in the EU, has been on an upward trend for several years. However, this largely remained below 20 percent, prior to 2018. The US government’s application of Section 232 tariffs, from March 2018, disrupted international trade flows. This caused concern amongst many steelmakers, in the…Details
The Fastmarkets MB 65% Fe Brazil-origin iron ore fines index, first published in January 2014, was launched with a six-month published price history. This data, dating to August 2013, was calculated internally prior to the index’s launch. Due to a technical issue, the data series found in Price Book and Fastmarkets’ Excel Add-In only extended…Details
Tata Steel may look at commercial mining as a business opportunity, drawing on its expertise in the exploration and production of coal and iron ore for more than a century. The company is exploring the possibility of entering the merchant mining space and bidding for mines when they are put up for auction. Mr Koushik…Details
US flat product steelmakers are bucking the seasonal price trend, by pressing for a rise in local values, despite the summer lull in activity. Domestic suppliers, in an attempt to stave off the threat of further losses, introduced a series of list price hikes, during the July/August period. Local mills had little option but to…Details
Turkish steel billet prices have gone down over the past week in line with falling scrap values and limited demand for the material, sources said on Thursday August 29. Fastmarkets’ weekly price assessment for steel billet, import, cfr main port Turkey, was $395-405 per tonne on Thursday, down from last week’s $410-415 per tonne cfr.…Details
Reuters reported that Nippon Steel Corp aims to raise product prices and boost productivity by streamlining its manufacturing structure to help shore up faltering earnings. Nippon Steel EVP Mr Katsuhiro Miyamoto told Reuters in an interview “Steel demand is weakening this quarter, especially overseas and is expected to deteriorate later this year. Demand for flat…Details
Physical iron ore prices retreat slightly on Thursday August 29 while market participants await confirmation of production restrictions in China. Fastmarkets iron ore indices 62% Fe fines, cfr Qingdao: $81.47 per tonne, down $0.98 per tonne. 62% Fe Pilbara Blend Fines, cfr Qingdao: $81.85 per tonne, down $0.98 per tonne. 62% Fe low-alumina fines, cfr…Details
Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report that rising input costs and an inability to pass on higher costs to customers is pressuring the profitability of Asian steel producers, and has as a result revised its outlook for the sector to negative. Chris Park, an Associate Managing Director in Moody’s Corporate Finance Group, said…Details
The volume of capital investments in the metal industry and the manufacture of metal wares in January-June grew by 38.3% YoY, to 12.34 billion UAH. In Q2 the investments dynamics improved considerably – 48.3% from 27.6%. According to the State Statistics Service, investments in mining increased by 42.9% YoY, to 30.9 billion UAH. In Q1…Details
In June Russia imported 76 thousand tons of chromium ore and concentrate, down by 16.8% MoM and by 12.2% YoY. Deliveries from Kazakhstan decreased by 10%, from South Africa by 58% and from Turkey by 56%, to 70, 2 and 4 thousand tons respectively. In 6 months the imports of chromium ore totaled 486.1 thousand…Details
TALCO Gold, a joint venture created by the Tajik state aluminum company TALCO and Chinese Tibet Huayu Mining, announced that it would start developing the mercury-antimony deposit Konchoch in March 2020. TALCO received the license back in 2015. The joint venture plans to extract some 15 thousand tons of antimony per year and produce 6…Details
In January-June the Industrial and Metallurgical Holding received 46.4 billion rubles of consolidated revenue, up by 8% YoY. Gross profit decreased by 11% mostly due to the growth of expenses on raw materials. Operational profit decreased by 39%. Net profit amounted to 4.5 billion rubles, up by 116% YoY. EBITDA LTM stood at 17.3 billion…Details