COMMENT: Ten things we learned at the Metal Bulletin Ferro-Alloys & Minor Metals Conference

Metal Bulletin hosted its annual Asian Ferro-Alloys and Minor Metals conference in Hong Kong last week. Here are the ten things our reporters learned at the event.

1. A further drop is expected in China’s chrome ore and ferro-chrome imports in the next one or two months after domestic stainless steel mills sharply cut their high-carbon ferro-chrome purchase prices for April. 2. With China unlikely to reduce export tariffs on ferro-alloys, export enterprises continue to operate at low margins and remain competitive with low-priced smuggled goods. 3. Chinese molybdenum prices will see further slump on slack demand from the steel sector. Some analysts reckon the concentrate prices may drop to 1,400 yuan ($223) per mtu or lower in...


Linda Lin

Rena Gu

April 03, 2013

11:00 GMT