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Magazine Issue: April 2018


Gareth Penny ‘Things are looking pretty interesting going forward’
A rich vein of mining business runs through Gareth Penny’s career – first in diamonds and now in metals as chairman of Russian mining major Norilsk Nickel. A South African, he talks with Andrea Hotter about his years at De Beers, mining business strategy, and priorities at Norilsk

Trending

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Aluminium

    Risks for prices still favoring the downside

MARKET ANALYSIS

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Lead

    Temporarily under pressure

MARKET ANALYSIS

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Tin

    Bulls capitulated

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Zinc

    More signs of vulnerability

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Steel

    US flat steel price gains on section 232 may be limited

MARKET ANALYSIS

From the Editor

COMMENT

  • Challenging Times

    These are challenging times for steel and metal markets, causing many businesses in their supply chains to reassess their strategies at both the input and output ends of their operations to find the best solutions and exploit unexpected opportunities.

Features

END-USER

  • Stainless steel waste boxes ready for Sellafield

    Two firms, Darchem Engineering in Stockton-on-Tees and Metalcraft in Cambridgeshire, both in the UK have finished manufacturing the first batch of highly engineered stainless steel containers designed to store hazardous material from Sellafield nuclear power station.

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INNOVATIONS

INNOVATIONS

INNOVATION

END-USER SPOTLIGHT: AEROSPACE

  • Materials in flight

    While the replacement of metals by composites in aerospace has captured much attention in recent years, the aluminium and other light-metal industries are far from idle in developing new lighter alloys and technologies for the sector. Gregory DL Morris reviews recent progress

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT: SCRAP EQUIPMENT

  • Scrap – sorted

    The demands placed on every link in the steel and metal scrap supply chains are increasing. The volumes and complexity of materials entering the industry are growing. And the quality requirements of scrap buyers are rising. Here is a selection of technologies recently developed that respond to those trends

MARKET SPOTLIGHT:TIN

  • Tin’s turnaround

    At the end of 2017 the price of tin dropped to its lowest level of the year, but then staged a strong recovery. Duncan Moore looks at the outlook for tin this year

MARKET SPOTLIGHT:NICKEL

  • Demand for batteries

    The attractiveness of nickel to investors has increased at the prospect of the proportion of its use in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries being substantially increased – from a 1:1:1 nickel-cobalt-manganese ratio initially used, to an 8:1:1 ratio.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT: NICKEL

  • Nickel drivers

    The long-term outlook for nickel looks bright, but has the market run too far ahead on optimistic expectations? Richard Barrett asks experts on the nickel market for their opinions

DRI AND PELLET

  • Encouraging outlook for Indian DRI production

    Long-term steel production targets, gas consumption, environmental regulations, captive mining and stockpiles of iron ore fines are among the factors at play in India’s markets for iron units. Kunal Bose surveys the scene

SCRAP

  • Volatile times for US non-ferrous scrap

    Many factors are affecting the international non-ferrous scrap markets and transport issues are impacting the US domestic markets. Myra Pinkham examines the consequences for material availability

SCRAP

  • Global impacts of Section 232

    Ferrous markets globally have been reacting to President Trump’s announcement that imports of steel into the United States would incur tariffs of 25%. Metal Bulletin’s international team of ferrous scrap reporters* explains the recent impact on key markets of his decision about Section 232

SCRAP

SCRAP

  • US steel scrap challenges

    The US ferrous scrap market appears to be in the midst of a banner year in 2018 but higher prices and better demand have ushered in new challenges. Some players in the market are starting to worry about a bubble, reports Mei Ling Toh

PROFILE

  • South African at heart

    Although Penny’s passion for mining was deepened via his godfather’s links with De Beers, the native South African was naturally drawn to the sector, given its importance as the fundamental basis of the country’s economy.


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