Best Of MetalMiner 2011 – Natural Disasters' Role In Metal Supply and Demand

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Source: questgarden.com

The headline says it all — so many producers and suppliers are at the whim of Mother Nature when it comes to running their business. 2011 was certainly no exception:

1. The Japanese Earthquake and Preliminary Impact on Global Metals Markets

The horrendous tsunami ruined many lives and livelihoods, and gave the world a nuclear scare. Japan’s auto and tech industries are still getting back on track…

2. Australian Floods Hit Coal Exports as Rising Prices Compound China’s Cost Woes

Floods down under are always a danger to the coal and iron ore export markets.

3. Thailand’s Floods Felt Around the World, Disrupting Global Manufacturing

The most recent disaster rippled through the electronics industry, among others.

–Taras Berezowsky

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