China’s August steel Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) hit its lowest level since 2015 at 44.9, due to a lower demand, higher production and rising inventories, according to China’s Steel Logistics Professional Committee (CSLPC) latest release. China’s inventories of five major finished steel products at warehouses in 20 major cities rose… Read more
As Europe’s leading producer of copper and alloy semi-manufactures and the world’s largest exporter, Germany’s fortunes rise and fall with the tide of business across the continent. But the first half of 2019 has not been kind, especially when compared to the more favourable market conditions that had prevailed in… Read more
LG Display has finished tests on domestically produced high-purity hydrogen fluoride and begun to apply domestic production to its process. The company has already added the new Korean products to its production lines for flagship panels such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED) panels. Samsung Display is also expected to… Read more
Roskill Director, Jack Bedder speaks to Andrew Scott of proactive on the outlook for cobalt. Although prices have fallen back and market sentiment is depressed, Jack forecasts significant demand growth over the next decade, with the market expected to roughly double in size.
Roskill analyst Oliver Heathman and associate Charles Cooper introduce Greenfield Battery Raw Material Projects for the 2020s report. The first of its kind, the study examines over 50 of what they describe as the top greenfield projects that could produce the key raw materials for the Electric Vehicle battery market.… Watch now
Our analyst Dr. Nils Backeberg discusses the outlook for the chromium market through to 2029. “Southern Africa hosts about 90% of the world’s chromite reserves and resources and accounts for approximately 60% of global chrome ore production.” “After several years of 5-10% annual growth in demand driven by stainless steel… Watch now
Rapid developments in the lithium industry have continued into 2018, as lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technologies consumed in a range of end-uses drive demand growth and new operations provide additional raw material supplies.
Graphite prices remain high as supply-side shortages combine with growing battery and electrode demand. High flake graphite prices spur new development outside of China Despite some downwards re-adjustment towards the end of 2018, graphite prices remain high, with February prices for 94-97%C fine, medium and large size flake still 17%,… Read more
World production of salt is expected to reach a new record of over 330Mt in 2019, surpassing the previous peak of around 325Mt in 2018 when output was stimulated by high consumption in the de-icing market following a cold winter in North America. Production only grew globally at an average… Read more
Fluorine is the most chemically reactive element and world fluorspar demand is dominated by the chemical industry. This dominance is expected to continue throughout the outlook period to 2029. All fluorochemicals are derived initially from the manufacture of hydrofluoric acid (HF), itself produced from acid-grade fluorspar (acidspar). The largest chemical… Read more
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