March 2020

South African miners hold emergency meetings amid coronavirus lockdown

Mining companies in South Africa are in emergency meetings after the country’s president ordered a three-week lockdown amid the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCov).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from March 23

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Monday March 23 that are worth another look.

BREAKING: South Africa to shut all mines, furnaces as country enters 21-day shutdown

South Africa will enter a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday March 26 and ordered the country’s metals and mining operations to be placed on care and maintenance.

Five ways the coronavirus is affecting the minors, ores and alloys markets

The spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outside China has brought with it logistical restrictions, a reconsideration of raw material requirements and concerns over possible disruptions to supply in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus-linked supply concerns drive seaborne manganese ore prices up

Seaborne prices for low- and high-grade manganese ore in China rose in the week to Friday March 20 after buying interest increased on concerns over possible supply disruptions amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in countries outside of China.

Covid-19: A message from Fastmarkets CEO Raju Daswani

Fastmarkets will continue to provide the price data, news and analytics you rely on in these turbulent times.

African ore, alloy supply risk fears grow amid spread of coronavirus

Ores and alloys markets participants, while still largely occupied with the effects of a slump in demand from China, are becoming nervous about the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on metal and alloy-producing countries.

BATTERY RAW MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 20/03: Cobalt sulfate prices continue to slide amid weak demand, restocking

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

GLOBAL MANGANESE SNAPSHOT: China seaborne ore price rises on concerns over impact of coronavirus on supplies

Key data from the pricing sessions in Asia, Europe and the United States for the week ending Friday March 20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from March 18

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Wednesday March 18 that are worth another look.