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European Aluminum Industry Faces Existential Threats

European Aluminum Industry Faces Existential Threats EU and chipping containers

The European aluminum manufacturing industry is under attack from two short- and medium-term threats, both of which have the potential to significantly impact aluminum consumers across the region. Threat #1: Potential Russian Aluminum Ban, Aluminum Manufacturing Shortage The first threat is the widely debated possibility of the EU banning Russian aluminum. While the UK has […]

Will Electric Cars Benefit or Threaten Europe’s Aluminum Industry?

Will Electric Cars Benefit or Threaten Europe’s Aluminum Industry?

Are electric cars going to benefit or threaten Europe’s aluminum industry? At first, it might appear a stupid question. However, it is also one that aluminum industry news sources continue to ask. The average European EV contained 283kgs of aluminum in 2022 compared to 169kgs for ICE vehicles. That is according to a study by […]

CBAM Update: How the USA and EU are Collaborating to Curb Chinese Steel Imports

CBAM Update: How the USA and EU are Collaborating to Curb Chinese Steel Imports

This month saw the launch of the EU’s CBAM policy, a much-needed abbreviation for Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. Officials designed the trade policy to put a fair price on the carbon emitted during the production of carbon-intensive goods entering the European Union. They also hope it will encourage cleaner industrial production in non-EU countries. The policy […]

Extraordinary Freight Rate Rebound Sparks Hope Amid Lingering Global Logistics Capacity Woes

Extraordinary Freight Rate Rebound Sparks Hope Amid Lingering Global Logistics Capacity Woes Import Logistics

Buyers who depend on imports for semi-finished materials or finished components will undoubtedly cheer the recent fall in freight rates. Indeed, global logistics costs peaked in late 2022. Now, buyers will soon see relief from the historic highs of the COVID-induced ocean freight-feeding frenzy. Indeed, few will shed a tear to learn that many shipping […]

Is China’s Undeniable Slowdown Leading It and Metal Prices into Deflation?

Is China’s Undeniable Slowdown Leading It and Metal Prices into Deflation? Screenshot 2023-08-25 at 3.51.44 PM

Many speculate that China’s slowdown will not only undermine metal prices but also put China at risk of experiencing a Japan-style decade of deflation. A recent Financial Times article suggests that China has tried various measures to stimulate economic growth. Examples include cutting lending rates, mortgage rates, business taxes, stock-trading fees, and admission costs at […]

LME Quotation Anxieties Cause Aluminum Buyers Lose Sleep

LME Quotation Anxieties Cause Aluminum Buyers Lose Sleep Stuttgart, Germany - 03-28-2022: Smartphone with website of Brit

MetalMiner actively posts on a variety of metals and market developments. However, we prefer to discuss topics that our clients bring to us, especially those that keep buyers awake at night. One such topic that has been recurring over recent months is the anxiety surrounding the LME aluminum quotation. Specifically, there has been a lot […]

Collusion or Cooperation? Container Shipping Lines’ Secret Strategy to Sustain Rates Amid Capacity Surge

Collusion or Cooperation? Container Shipping Lines’ Secret Strategy to Sustain Rates Amid Capacity Surge container ship in import export and business logistic.By crane ,

In recent years, market analysts, considerably widened the parameters they track to assess growth in countries, regions, and globally as far as container shipping goes. In this case, “analysts” includes more than just economists as there is currently a wider community conducting such evaluations.   Unlike the past, these individuals now track all kinds of […]

Is India the U.S.’s New China?

Is India the U.S.’s New China? dasfsaf

In a recent interview, Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator at the Financial Times, explored the growing relationship between the U.S. and India. The article primarily targets a British audience, but still playfully mock the Brits’ obsession with the “special relationship” between the UK and US. Most people acknowledge that this relationship originated during the […]

Copper, Priced for Recession

Copper, Priced for Recession copper prices. copper market forecast.

At least that’s what the Financial Times reported Goldman Sachs saying this week with regard to the price of copper. The bank also revised its forecast for the average copper price to $8,698 per metric ton, down from $9,750. According to a NASDAQ post, copper prices touched a six-month low this week as speculators increased short […]

Soaring Surges to Brutal Reversals: What Lies Ahead for Lithium Prices?

Soaring Surges to Brutal Reversals: What Lies Ahead for Lithium Prices? battery-2

A recent Reuters post detailed how a super-charged two-year rally, which saw Chinese spot lithium carbonate prices rise by tenfold, went into brutal reverse over the first part of this year. Indeed, the lithium spot price slumped by 70% between November and its low point in April. The move leaves many analysts asking: what does the […]

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