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Features
Page18
Cover story
Three experienced mining leaders give valuable insights into decision-making and seizing opportunities during a global crisis

Service centers
Page 24
Service re-evaluated
The commercial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have obliged the US service center sector to adapt means of doing business

Steel
Page 30
Infrastructure impact on Chinese steel demand
Analysing the likely impact on steel demand of China’s new infrastructure investments

Battery raw materials
Page 34
Hit by a triple whammy
Battery raw material prices have been impacted by several major market drivers, so what is the outlook for them now?

Page 36
Energy storage boom
Demand for batteries for energy storage is expected to soar in Europe over the next ten years

Industrial minerals
Page 38
Covid-19 halts chromite price slide
The Covid-19 pandemic reversed a long-term fall in chromite prices while supply dried up

Page 39
A silent market
Evolving market dynamics in foundry-grade chromite have reshaped trading patterns between South Africa and China

Ferro-alloys
Page 40
Global demand remains subdued for ferro-alloys
Fastmarkets research summarizes the main trends and outlook for key ferro-alloy markets

Page 42
Manganese and more
While India’s manganese miners were affected by Covid-19 restrictions, long-term demand growth from the steel industry continues to attract investment

Minor metals
Page 44
Minor metals and 5G roll-out
The shock to minor metal consumption caused by the challenges of Covid-19 may be partly offset by the promise of demand from 5G

Spotlights
Page 46
End-user spotlight: Aerospace
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on air travel, and by extension the aerospace supply chain, has been brutal

Page 50
Technology spotlight: Supply chain management
Companies throughout the steel and metal supply chains continue to
advance the digitalization of their operations

News and analysis
Page 8
Non-ferrous news review
A summary of recent key developments in the international non-ferrous industries

Page 10
Steel news review
A round-up of important recent developments in the global iron and steel sectors

Page 14
Base metals and steel analysis
Fastmarkets MB research analysts study the drivers of the base metals, steel and steel raw materials markets

Regulars
Page 7
Comment
Fuzzy fundamentals

Page 53
Innovations
New developments in steel and metals technology, processes and products

Page 54
End-user
Advances and market developments in applications

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