March 2020

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from March 30

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Monday March 30 that are worth another look.

South Africa’s lockdown casts uncertainty into seaborne manganese ore market

A nationwide shutdown in South Africa means local manganese ore miners have not been able to produce nor ship material since midnight on Thursday March 26, causing liquidity to dry up for low-grade material over the latest pricing session, market sources told Fastmarkets.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from March 27

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Friday March 27 that are worth another look.

GLOBAL MANGANESE SNAPSHOT: Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa sends portside ore prices in China rocketing

Key data from the pricing sessions in Asia, Europe and the United States for the week ending Friday March 27.

SOUTH AFRICA LOCKDOWN: How Covid-19 is affecting ores & alloys supply

Fastmarkets reviews the week’s developments in South African ores and alloys supply following the lockdown order from President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday March 23 amid the spread of Covid-19.

Manganese ore miner Tshipi declares force majeure in South Africa

Miner Tshipi e Ntle has declared force majeure on manganese shipments after South Africa imposed a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

BATTERY RAW MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 27/03: Raw material supply concerns stem cobalt sulfate downturn

An overview of the battery raw materials markets and their price moves from the past week.

Chinese portside manganese ore market in stasis after South Africa Covid-19 lockdown

The Chinese domestic portside manganese ore market has fallen into stasis this week with many ore traders refraining from making offers following the news that all miners in South Africa were required to shut down operations from Thursday March 26.

NEWSBREAK: Assmang declares force majeure in South Africa

Miner Assmang has declared force majeure on manganese shipments after South Africa imposed a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Fastmarkets understands.

NEWSBREAK: UMK declares force majeure amid South Africa lockdown

United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) has declared force majeure on manganese shipments after South Africa imposed a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Fastmarkets understands.