An LME Week unlike any other

Evoking memories of LME Weeks past, Hassan Butt ponders how negotiations initiated, deals done and other discussions that usually take place during the annual gathering of the global metals industry and trade in London will fare in a year of business conducted digitally.

The annual LME Week gathering has long been an eagerly anticipated event in the metals calendar - an occasion when metal traders and producers from around the world descend on London to talk business, prices and more.
The event has had its fair share of challenges over the years. The nationalization of copper companies in Chile in the 1970s brought demonstrations to the doorstep of the LME dinner. The dealings of Sumitomo Corp’s Yasuo Hamanaka in copper overshadowed proceedings in the mid-1990s. And the coincidence of last year’s meeting with a period of Extinction Rebellion protests in London generated concerns about a potential source of disruption for visitors to the United Kingdom’s capital city.

LME Week’s resilience as a premier forum for networking for the metals sector has remained strong for decades, but this year of course has presented a challenge of a very different and unforeseen kind....


Hassan Butt

October 14, 2020

06:00 GMT