March 2003

Chinese FeW producer plans capacity expansion

China's newest producer of ferro-tungsten, Ganzhou Jiangwu Ferro-Tungsten, expects to become the country's largest after raising annual capacity from 6,000 to 8,000 tonnes in August this year.

Ferro-silicon faces uncertain future, conference told

While ferro-silicon prices will continue rising in the short term, the industry's future is less certain and will be determined by a number of different factors, according to Claes Lundman, founder and md of Sweden's Sonaco Trading.

Tubacex profits rise despite Altx closure

Tubacex recorded sales of €282.68m in 2002, a drop of 1.4% in comparison with 2001. Net profits rose 5.18% to €16.3m. Tubacex stressed that the results were achieved despite the difficult market situation

SA Chrome to finalise acquisition of chrome deposit

SA Chrome is set to make an announcement on the acquisition of a chrome deposit currently owned by The Royal Bafokeng Nation.

Chelyabinsk reports increase in ferro-alloy output

In February, the Chelyabinsk Electro-Metallurgical Works in Russia boosted its overall ferro-alloy output to 45,200 tonnes, compared with 40,500 tonnes in February 2002.

Chinese ferro-moly prices rebound

Ferro-molybdenum offers out of China have jumped by more than $1 per kg over the last week or so as pressure continues to build from the rising raw materials cost in the domestic market.

Manganese market needs discipline, conference told

Discipline among suppliers of manganese ore is essential if the sector is to avoid the destruction of value seen in the chrome industry over recent years, MB's 4th Asian Ferro-Alloys Conference in Hong Kong was warned today.

CML heads for ferro-chrome project decision

Australian company Consolidated Minerals Ltd (CML) expects to make a final development decision on its proposed Pilbara ferro-chrome smelter project by June this year.

Haddington looks to lift tantalite production

Perth-based Haddington Resources produced 88,600 tonnes of tantalite in the six months ended December 2002 from its wholly-owned Bald Hill project in Western Australia.

Atlas goes for 3% strip price rise

Atlas Stainless Steel, a division of Slater Stainless Corp, said it will attempt to raise prices by about 3% on all plate, sheet and strip products