July 2018

HOTTER ON METALS: What if copper faced China trade action?

The commodities most affected so far by the trade spat between China and the United states are soybeans, steel and aluminium - but what if the list were extended in China to cover copper, namely concentrates and scrap?

HOTTER ON METALS: LME targets copper volumes growth with implied pricing

The London Metal Exchange is to roll out implied pricing across its key base metals contracts from the end of July in a bid to capture growth in copper volumes from Asia, and particularly from China.

HOTTER ON METALS: Grasberg deal a win-win for all parties

After years of negotiations, the future ownership of the Grasberg copper and gold mine has finally been determined, and it’s a win-win outcome.

HOTTER ON METALS: Glencore, the subpoena and US sanctions

The tentacles of US sanctions may be starting to reach further afield, special correspondent Andrea Hotter muses in the latest Hotter on Metals column.


In his final column for Metal Bulletin, Lord Copper looks over the events that have shaped the metals industry during his tenure and considers and what might be in store over the coming years.

HOTTER ON METALS: Big Oil making seismic shift into world of EVs

BP plc is to buy Chargemaster, the UK’s largest charging company for electric vehicles (EVs), in the latest move by oil and gas companies to tap into the electromobility revolution.