April 2020

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

Fastmarkets reviews the latest 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.

GLOBAL MANGANESE SNAPSHOT: Buyers’ supply concerns on South African lockdown sends ore prices soaring

Key data from the pricing sessions in Asia, Europe and the United States for the week ending Friday April 3.

BATTERY RAW MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 03/04: Dampened consumer electronics demand weighs on cobalt tetroxide

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

PRICING NOTICE: China Mn, Cr ore port inventory publication postponed on Qingming Festival

Fastmarkets' publication of its China manganese and chrome ore port inventory assessments will be postponed to Tuesday April 7 due to the Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Festival in China.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from April 2

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Thursday April 2 that are worth another look.

Practical difficulties will outweigh logistical rules, instructions - SA producers

Minor metals and ores and alloys producers that rely on shipping routes out of South Africa are warning that practical barriers to producing and transporting material outweigh any technical green light to export, amid conflicting instructions from the country’s authorities.

FREE WEBINAR: Impact of coronavirus on steel supply chain, near-term market trends

Join Fastmarkets’ free webinar on how the steel supply chain in Asia has responded to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, and what the next moves could be for the steel industry and its upstream raw materials.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from April 1

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Wednesday April 1 that are worth another look.

Covid-19 impact on Chinese Mn ore demand reflected in February data

Chinese manganese ore demand dropped by 11% month on month in February, according to the latest data from the International Manganese Institute (IMnI).

Key takeaways from the latest Ferro-Alloys Market Tracker

The latest forecasts from Fastmarkets’ team of analysts are ready to view.