Economic Outlook: Chinese economy ends 2020 strongly

The Chinese government has just released a range of economic data for the end of 2020. GDP in Q4 beat consensus estimates and was up 6.5% y-on-y, bringing average growth for the year to 2.3%. That represents the slowest increase in the Chinese economy for 40 years; but put more… Read more

CBMM Ferroniobium, Araxã, Brazil.

Niobium: China’s ferroniobium prices flat in Q1 2021

Citic Metal, CBMM’s exclusive distributor in China for ferroniobium (FeNb), has set its quarterly price for the January-March period at RMB205,000-225,000/t (US$31,783-34,884/t), unchanged from the previous quarter. Roskill View Brazil’s CBMM is the world largest FeNb producer and the de facto price setter. Global FeNb demand dropped in 2020, although… Read more

Steel Alloys: China hits new all-time high steel production in 2020

Preliminary numbers released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed that the country’s crude steel production exceeded the billion tonnes mark in 2020, an all-time high. At approximately 1.05Bnt, the y-o-y increase would be 5.2%. In December alone, crude steel production reached 91.25Mt, a 7.7% y-o-y increase. Roskill View… Read more

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