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CHINA INSIGHT: Steel margins are crushed

The economic signals from China continue to point at lacklustre growth, forcing the government to step up stimulus measures.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Drawn tube prices set to hold firm to end of year

Prices for drawn tubing products in North America and Europe are expected to hold up for the rest of the year, according to Steel First sister organisation Metal Bulletin Research (MBR).

COMMENT: China’s coking coal import data paints bleak picture

China’s coking coal import figures for May 2015 would have made a few jaws drop, as the volume fell to its lowest monthly level since early 2009, when the country was still a net exporter of metallurgical coal.

INTERVIEW: Marcegaglia rethinks structure to drive future growth

Italian pipemaker Marcegaglia is redefining its group organisation to give the company a platform for growth, chairman and ceo Antonio Marcegaglia said in an exclusive interview with Steel First.

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VIDEO: Steel margins still reviving in 2015, MBR says

Steel and raw materials prices have been converging on a fast-paced downward trend, yet margins are reviving, Metal Bulletin Research’s chief analyst Alistair Ramsay told Steel First.

Features & Columns

MAN OF STEEL: Finally, the end is nigh...

There are many good reasons to be optimistic about the direction prices might take in the near future.

MB AFRICAN IRON: African possibilities trump talk of iron ore woes

Growing steel demand in Africa dominated talks at Metal Bulletin’s first African Iron & Steel Conference, while low raw materials prices weighed on the short-term outlook for the continent’s iron ore sector.

HIGHLIGHTS: Africa focus, coking coal market shift, Ilva trouble...

Editor Vera Blei looks at the main news covered by Steel First over the past week.

Steel First Outlook

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Drawn tube prices set to hold firm to end of year

Prices for drawn tubing products in North America and Europe are expected to hold up for the rest of the year, according to Steel First sister organisation Metal Bulletin Research (MBR).

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Will Zimbabwe’s chrome industry ever live up to its potential?

This week Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) looks at the impact of policy decisions in Zimbabwe on the global chrome market.


Interviews

INTERVIEW: Ferrous scrap will remain a ‘people’-type commodity

In this second segment of a two-part interview, USA-based scrap trader Nathan Fruchter talks about some of the biggest changes the global scrap market has seen over the past 20 years.

INTERVIEW: US West Coast scrap deals to Turkey ‘not a good signal’

Veteran scrap trader Nathan Fruchter shares with Steel First some insights gained over 30 years in the global ferrous scrap market, and underlines the “human element” that sets it apart from the rest of the steel industry.