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Features

p.18

Cover story

Midrex Technologies president and CEO Stephen Montague stresses the importance of people, service and decarbonizing steel

Scrap

p.25

Strength in scrap demand returns

Rapidly growing momentum in US manufacturing reveals pent-up demand for steel and non-ferrous scrap

p.32

Getting a grip on India’s scrap

Demand for ferrous scrap in India grows ever stronger, but what are the nation’s plans for supply

Market spotlights: Tin and lead

p.36  An extraordinary spread squeeze

Tin market participants say they saw the big squeeze coming, but how will it normalize

p.38 Short supply hits US tin trading

Brian P. Helsel, president of the American Tin Trade Association, recalls a turbulent time for trading

p.41 Lead demand stays strong

The reliability, value and extensive recycling of lead-based batteries continues to create demand

Aluminium

p.45

Alf Barrios moves on

Alf Barrios reviews his legacy as chief executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium as he moves to Singapore to become chief commercial officer

Industrial minerals

p.49

Tight supply forecast

Lithium supply is set to be tight in 2021, despite a ramp-up in output

p.50

LFP battery resurgence alters price dynamics Changing preferences for lithium-ion battery chemistries in China have altered relative lithium prices

p.53

Graphite outlook

The flake graphite market looks set to come under pressure through 2021

p.55

Syrah Resources returns

Graphite company Syrah Resources plans to ramp up its flake output with a flexible approach to production

End-user spotlight: Aerospace

p.56

Business intelligence from satellite data expands

Satellites are expanding the client base for service providers to offer ever more accurate Earth imagery

Technology spotlight: DRI

p.59

The roles of DRI in decarbonization

Major suppliers of DRI production plants see their technologies playing a key role in decarbonizing steelmaking

News and analysis

p.8

Non-ferrous news review

A summary of recent key developments in the international non-ferrous industries

p.11

Steel news review

A round-up of important recent developments in the global iron and steel sectors

p.14

Base metals and steel analysis

Fastmarkets research analysts study the drivers of the base metals, steel and steel raw materials markets

Regulars

p.7

Comment

A powerful issue

p.63

Innovations

New developments in steel and metals technology, processes and products

p.64

End-user

Advances and market developments in applications

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