INT'L FERRO-ALLOYS CONF: FeTi producers must decide whether to cut or invest – Metalliage

There are two ways for the west to approach the downturn in the ferro-titanium industry: cut production and staff, or invest in higher production levels and prepare to expand when markets improve.

That is according to Mohammad Rahbary, chairman of the board of Canada-based ferro-alloys producer Metalliage, speaking to Metal Bulletin on the sidelines of the 31st International Ferro-Alloys conference in Prague. Metalliage, he said, has chosen the latter course. “We’ve ramped up. It was a decision we made over the summer – do we slow down or do we increase…to bring down overheads?” Rahbary said. “We have invested significantly in quality assurance. We have new crushers and a new washing facility [for example] – these things will allow us to have a competitive advantage when the market does return.” But there is no way to know exactly when this will be, and in the meantime, producers must look for other ways...


Claire Hack

November 09, 2015

17:14 GMT