Johan Kriek of United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) delivered a stark wake-up call to those still in denial about the state of demand in the manganese industry, from the Mn panel.
“I was recently in China and at one point, at 1pm on a normal day, I was the only car on the road. I saw about 1,000 cranes and only one was operating.”
Later, another delegate described a similar experience and also referred to the infamous empty apartment blocks around China.
“If the cranes aren’t on and the lights aren’t on, there’s no demand,” the source told Tapped In on the conference sidelines.