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MB DRI & PELLET: Imports, premiums hurt Mena competitiveness

An influx of steel imports and high pellet premiums are driving down competitiveness and margins for direct reduced iron (DRI) producers in the Middle East-North Africa (Mena) region, an Emirates Steel executive has said.

Pollution crackdown on mills cloud sentiment in iron ore market

Sentiment in the seaborne iron ore market was dampened by a crackdown on pollution in Shandong province, which left participants wondering if it was a harbinger of things to come elsewhere.

COMMENT: Urgently needed – new ideas for carbon debate

It is not difficult for speakers these days to gain supportive cheering and applause at a steel conference in Europe.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Will US demand collapse start global OCTG M&A surge?

Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the effects of low oil prices and the drop in demand for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) in the USA.

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MINING INDABA 2015 VIDEO: Guinea mines minister upbeat on investors

The crash in iron ore prices has driven many junior miners out of the market and seen some major new projects being put on hold.

Features & Columns

FEATURE: Who are China's top iron ore traders?

The seaborne iron ore market is currently undergoing the second major shift in dynamics the sector has seen in the past five years.

FEATURE: Who’s in and who’s out of West African iron ore?

The past 12 months have seen a fundamental realignment of West Africa’s iron ore sector.

FEATURE: China slowdown hits foreign investment in Africa mining

China’s slowing economy and tumbling commodity prices are set to reduce the already declining flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the African mining sector.

Steel First Outlook

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Will US demand collapse start global OCTG M&A surge?

Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the effects of low oil prices and the drop in demand for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) in the USA.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Japan's stainless sector benefits from distinct structure

Japan is the world's second-largest producer of stainless steel. Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the unique business structure that helps it to fend off foreign competition, particularly from China.


Interviews

INTERVIEW: Give us a chance, Essar Indonesia tells Japanese carmakers

Essar Indonesia, the country's largest private producer of cold rolled coil and hot dipped galvanized coil, says it is ready to supply steel to the local car manufacturing industry, currently dominated by Japanese marques.

INTERVIEW: LPN Plate Mill targets IPO after turnaround

Subhajit Roy Chowdhury, the ceo of Thailand’s LPN Plate Mill, talks of his plan to publicly list the company after a “successful turnaround”, and the joys and sorrows of being a rare steel business: a slab re-roller.