Metal Appreciation

Jonathan Ive concludes his introduction of the Apple Watch with a flourish, in a video featured on Apple’s site.


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Price volatility was the name of the game when it came to precious metals in 2014.

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Even though a relatively small portion of our intended metal buying audience purchases gold, silver, platinum or palladium for manufacturing, these precious metals made a big impact in 2014.


Recently, Lynas Corporation founder and chairman Nicholas Curtis signaled that he’s fed up with the down-in-the-dumps, low-price rare earth metal market (our cheeky and unfounded speculation) by announcing his departure from the company after 14 years (according to the West Australian’s reporting).

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As both Curtis and MetalMiner say goodbye to the REE market of 2014, we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap the year with a Best of Rare Earths selection.


40+ Countries have pitched in to build a giant stainless steel arch over Chernobyl’s melted reactor sarcophagus (and the 200+ tons of still-radioactive material buried underneath).

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The arch is officially called the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) and will soon be slid in place over the melted reactor.


There is much to be thankful for in 2014 but since this is a site dedicated to metals markets and metal price trends, we’ll stick to a narrow interpretation of the holiday.

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To begin, it goes without saying that buying organizations have much to be thankful for. Generally speaking, the commodity markets have fallen in 2014 and that means our buying audience should largely have paid less for their metals in 2014 than in 2013. Though metals producers generally don’t like falling commodities markets, the lower prices – particularly for energy-intensive producers – have meant cost advantages on the raw materials side.


MetalMiner doesn’t mess around when it comes to knowing the ABCs of metals buying for manufacturers. And these top research papers and reports should prove it.

Before September comes into full swing, let our team of analysts – including Lisa Reisman, Stuart Burns, Pierre Mitchell, and Raul de Frutos – refresh you on the first half of 2014.


My esteemed colleague Jeff recently pined for the day when MetalMiner can provide some ‘peaceful minerals’ coverage, as opposed to ‘conflict minerals.’

While we all hope for such a day, it will come at likely the same time as peace in the Middle East, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, pigs flying, or Burger King buying Tim Hortons (oh wait, that last one did happen!).


Until then, we have to focus on the so-called conflict minerals, or 3TG – tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold – and how they’ve really screwed with supply chain managers and compliance officers all over the US. As our readers should know by now, the upheaval is due to a Dodd-Frank regulation that led to an SEC rule demanding public US companies audit their supply chains and report whether those supply chains are conflict-free.

Here are the 6 articles from the first half of 2014 you shouldn’t have missed when it comes to conflict minerals compliance.


Michael Farmer is known as Mr. Copper for a reason.

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The 1922 description of Ryerson Inc.’s Chicago metals processing and distribution plant in the first part of this series no longer holds true for anyone walking through the campus these days, as I did myself just last week. The central building on the northeast corner of 16th and Rockwell is still much the same. But, when peeking […]