February 2001

Export earnings set to drop for Indian bulk alloy producers

Indian ferro-alloy producers which have a large dependence on export markets are facing more tough times.

Ti prices rise steadily as scrap shortage continues

Titanium prices remain firm as a shortage of scrap continues to haunt the market.

Svyatogor tests Mn concs production

Urals Mining & Metals Co's Svyatogor plant is experimenting with recovering manganese from tailings produced by vanadium mining.

Japan forecasts downturn in special steel demand

Japan's special steel producers expected their output to dip by about 1.4% in the next fiscal year because of weaker home and export demand.

Fesil reports stable profits and FeSi prices

Norwegian silicon producer Fesil reported a pre-tax profit of Nkr30m for 2000 against Nkr29m in 1999. The average price for its ferro-silicon in Norwegian kroner was on the same level as in 1999, while silicon prices were 4% lower.

FeCr prices show slight rebound in China

Ferro-chrome prices out of China have steadied after threatening to plummet further below the 30 cent per lb level.

Chinese suppliers resist move to cut SiMn prices

Negotiations are now under way between Chinese suppliers and Japanese buyers for second-quarter shipments of silico-manganese and ferro-manganese.

Administrators seek buyer for UK special steelmaker [UPDATE]

Administrators have been appointed at Unsco Steels, the independent UK steelmaker based at Kiveton Park near Sheffield.

Administrators seek buyer for UK special steelmaker

Administrators have been appointed at Unsco Steel, the independent UK steelmaker based at Kiveton Park near Sheffield.

Sumitomo golf deal shows growing market for Ti

Just in time for spring, Sumitomo Metal Industries (SMI) has concluded deals with two sports equipment makers to supply its new titanium alloy for use in golf club heads.