Silicon pricing to increase over 2017
----Interview with Mohammed Chaal, Commercial Director at Ferroglobe PLCFerroglobe PLC is a global leader in the production of silicon metal, accounting for 14% of the global production capacity. The company uses state-of-the-art-technology in all its processes to provide the best products, which are critical ingredients in many industrial and consumer products. This business approach allows the company to be at the forefront of silicon-based alloys production, but also provide manganese, ferrosilicon alloys and silica fume among others.
Manatrade AG, insights and the future of the cobalt industry
----Interview with trading & product manager Sam Wang from Manatrade AGManatrade AG is located in Switzerland and was founded in 2006 and is the marketing and trading arm of Managem Group, which is the biggest private mining group in Morocco. Manatrade AG is in charge of the marketing and sales of all Managem’s mineral and hydrometallurgical products, such as: gold, silver, zinc concentrate, copper concentrate, lead concentrate, fluorspar, arsenic trioxide, zinc oxide, iron ore, nickel intermediate and cobalt metal.
Cost effective production processes are also key to bolstering Rare Earth development projects alongside higher spot market prices
----An interview with Dr. Gareth Hatch from Technology Metals Research LLC.
Structural balance and climate change will be two major challenges faced by the global aluminum industry in the coming few years
----Interview with Mr. Vladislav Soloviev, CEO of UC RusalRUSAL is a leading, global aluminium producer. The company’s main products are primary aluminium, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. RUSAL is a completely vertically intergrated aluminium company with assets right through the production process – from bauxite and nepheline ore mines to aluminium smelters and foil mills. This provides RUSAL with exceptional operational flexibility and enables it to control every stage of the manufacturing process and ensure the highest quality of products.
RUSAL operates in 19 countries on 5 continents. The company’s core smelting capacities are located in Siberia, thus benefiting from the access to the renewable and environmentally clean hydropower and the proximity to the thriving market of China.
With aluminium industry facing oversupply challenges, RUSAL optimizes its capacities through suspending the least efficient smelters and converting them into producers of value added products. At the same time RUSAL builds new highly effective smelters in Eastern Siberia in order to get ready to the demands of the balanced market when aluminium consumption creates enough room for existing capacities.
The access to rich bauxite deposits will enable RUSAL to meet growing production demands throughout the next 100 years.
RUSAL strives to achieve the leadership in efficiency and is already among the three most cost- effective aluminium producers in the world. The company’s in-house R&D, engineering and design capabilities enable it create and launch new technologies that help to streamline production and cut capital and operation costs.
A further critical strategic goal of the company is to diversify its business through creating and developing its own power generating capacities that upon completion are expected to satisfy at least 60% of the company’s demand for power. To pursue this goal RUSAL together with RusHydro is constructing a new Boguchanskaya hydropower station in the Krasnoyarsk region. RUSAL is also part of the joint venture to develop the Ekibastuz coal basin in Kazakhsta.
Chinese titanium sponge producers struggling at the breakeven point
----Interview with Wang Jixian, General Manager of Chaoyang Jinda Titanium Industry Co., Ltd.Located in Chaoyang, Liaoning province, Chaoyang Jinda Titanium Industry was established in 2006, and the subsidiary of Chaoyang Jinda Group Co. The company is an independent manufacturing company, holding a highly experienced management team with capabilities in titanium sponge production, with an annual capacity of 10,000 tonnes for the material. Jinda is one of the important titanium sponge suppliers with a reputation for high-quality products in China.
Chinese CRC prices likely to rebound further in the short-term
----Interview with Zheng Boyong, Sales Manager of Tianjin Huijin Industrial Co. LtdFounded in 1998, Tianjin Huijin Industrial Co,. Ltd is a big company involved in the steel trading business. It was registered in Konggang economic zone in 2012. The company trades CRC, full hard CRC, strip, HRC and coated products. In 2015, the company set up an office in Foshan, Guangdong province, which is one of major steel trading markets in China. Striving to achieve continuous innovation and development, the company is involved in selling, logistics, processing and distribution. It has a number of advantages, including sufficient capital, a plentiful source of materials, good management and services. The company cooperates with many of the big steel mills in China and is a first-class agent of HBIS.
Commitment to supplying high-quality metal products and expanding diversified sale channels
----Interview with Marina Karapetyan, chief commercial officer of WinMax-GroupWinMax-Group, located in Kiev, is one of major metal traders in Ukraine. The company trades a wide range of metal products, such as ferroalloys, base metals and so on, and has a good relationship with companies in China, India, Egypt, Russia, Brazil, etc.
Shanghai Meiyan: Integrating production with trade to resist risks in magnesium ingot market
----Interview with Zhang Junchao, general manager of Shanghai Meiyan Metal Materials Co., Ltd.Shanghai Meiyan Metal Materials Co., Ltd. is not only an international and diversified manufacturing company, but also a business service provider. The company focuses on the R&D of technologies used to produce new materials, technical services, trading of metal materials as well as the investment. Technical services provided by the company include the R&D of light alloy materials, introduction and promotion of application technologies, integrated solutions to new material projects and related financial services. Trades which the company is engaged in include the imp & exp of high-end metal materials as well as alloys. Fields in which the company makes investments include business, logistics, supply chain, property, project and financing.
China rare earth comprehensive recycling industry: reform is on the way
----Interview with Xiong Yongde, General Manager of Ganzhou Rare Earth Youli Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd
Chinese lead prices expected to keep firm in H1 2017
----Interview with Lu Qiang, General Manager Assistant of Jiyuan Wanyang Smelting Group Co., Ltd and General Manager of Shanghai Trade CompanyWith registered capital of RMB280 million and total assets of RMB6 billion, Jiyuan Wanyang Smelting Group Co., Ltd was founded in 1995. The company has a staff of around 3,500 at present. ‘Wanyang’ brand lead ingot became delivery brand on Shanghai Gold Exchange and won famous trademark in Henan province. ‘Wanyang’ brand silver became the delivery brand on Shanghai Future Exchange, Shanghai Gold Exchange, and Tianjin Precious Metals Exchange.
With a cautiously optimistic attitude towards the market prospects, it is risky to build excessive HRC stocks
----Interview with Huang Wenquan, Manager of Thai Chonburi Thaiswasdi Co., Ltd.Founded in 1984, Chonburi Thaiswasdi Co., Ltd. majors in steel trading and processing, with an annual trading volume of around 30,000 tonnes. The company has earnt a favourable reputation in the steel industry by adhering to the “Consumer first, reputation first” business philosophy. It has built long-term cooperation with several state-owned and famous enterprises, enabling it to make some significant achievements within the processing and distribution industry.
The promising global market creates opportunity for bauxite mining growth in Sierra Leone
----Interview with Basudeb Datta, Operations Director of Sierra Mineral Holdings Limited
Black horse in global tin industry: Grim prospects for Burma tin ore development
----Interview with Bao Yanshang, Chairman of Wa State Yuanmu Mining Co., Ltd.Located in Wa State, Burma, Wa State Yuanmu Mining Co. Ltd. was founded in 1990s and is one of the first companies which are engaged in the development of tin ore. The company has 30 employees, including 8 senior engineering and technical staff, with fixed assets of 35 million yuan and after-tax annual sales income of 2.6 million yuan.
Chen Zhiping: Chinese domestic non-grain oriented electrical steel prices likely to go up further at the year end
----Interview with Chen Zhiping, General Manager of Foshan Shunge Steel Trading Co., Ltd.Located in Foshan, Guangdong province, Foshan Shunge Steel Trading Co., Ltd. was founded in 2008. It is a service company dealing with the business of steel trading, processing and distribution. The company is mainly engaged in non-grain oriented electrical steel, grain oriented electrical steel, cold rolled deep drawing steel coil, galvanized steel coil, electro-galvanized steel coil, PPGI coil, hot rolled and pickling steel coil etc.
Antai Zirconium: a competitive force in zirconium silicate industry
----Interview with Zhang Jingxiong, general manager of Zhangzhou Antai Zirconium Development Co., Ltd.Zhangzhou Antai Zirconium Development Co., Ltd., founded in August 30th, 2002, is located in Banli industrial zone, Changtai County, Zhangzhou city, Fujian Province, with a total area of about 150 acres for production and office, including plants with more than 4,000 square meters of large-scale steel structure warehouse and 2,500 square meters of 6 layer integrated office building. Zhangzhou Antai is one of the major zirconium silicate producers in China with an annual capacity of 60,000 tons.
Chinese silicon metal price expected to increase further in a short term
----Interview with Elaine Yang, General Manager of Hunan Sunrising International Co., Ltd.Hunan Sunrising International Co., Ltd. is an industrial and trading company which was reorganized from a large state-owned trading enterprise, named China Hunan Arts and Crafts Import/Export Corporation. We have accumulated rich experiences, best resources, and inherited the excellent tradition from the state-owned company. The modern and professional enterprise has formed a perfect service system integrated by product design, manufacture and domestic & foreign trade. Our company takes markets as guidance and factories as dependence. We have set several independent departments under our group, one for non-ferrous metals（silicon metal、mg ingot、mn metal), one for chemical products, one for canned foods and commodities, and one for arts & crafts etc. All of our products comply with international quality standards and have been greatly appreciated by a variety of markets throughout the world, such as European, North and South America, Mid-east, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and African countries & regions.
As the leading company of this field in China, Hunan Sunrising International always insists on the principles of high quality products, high quality service and win-win relationships value. We are looking forward to enlarging business scope with our current customers and establishing long-term mutual beneficial relationships with more new clients worldwide in the near future.
Shindong Resources: Try to supply safe and stable tungsten concentrate
----Interview with Jaeyeong Ahn, Director of Shindong Resources Co., Ltd1.Company Name : Shindong Resources Co., Ltd.
2.Representative : Kim Yong Gu
3.Established Date : May 16, 2013
4.Address : Seongam Bldg 3F, 710 Eonju Ro, Gangnam Gu, Seoul, Korea.
Completed Exploration Activities for Sautbay Tungsten Development Project
Included exploration drilling, metallurgical test and marketing study
Completed Technical Report for project corporate with consulting company RPM
(RungePincockMinarco) include economic evaluation.
6.Total Estimated Investment for the project for exploration.
8 Million USD for project operation. (It could be variable by the exchange rate with Korean won and US Dollar)
T.I.C.: the global trade association for tantalum and niobium
----interview with Roland Chavasse, Director at the Tantalum-Niobium International Study CentreAn international, non-profit association founded in 1974 under Belgian law.
Around 90 member companies from 25 countries involved with all aspects of the tantalum and niobium industry supply chain (mining, trading, processing, metal fabrication, capacitor manufacturing, recycling, other end-users such as medical, aerospace...)
Managed by an Executive Committee representing all segments of the industry.
Supply and demand determines market prices and alumina prices in H2 may see no significant improvement
----the general manager of Lingchuang Zhonghe International Trading Co., Ltd.Liulin Senze Coal & Aluminum Group is a large private enterprise established by the young entrepreneur Liu Jinping, also the legal representative of the company. With coverage of 58,000 square meters, more than 1,700 staff and 650 technicians, the company has fixed assets of RMB890 million and has achieved annual sales of RMB350 million and annual profits and taxes of more than RMB35 million.
Heo Jung Woon: Focus on the research and development of ferrotungsten to win consumers by high-quality products
----Interview with Heo Jung Woon , CEO of Woltech KoreaIntroduction: Woltech Korea was established in 2014. It is the first ferrotungsten plant in South Korea which focuses on ferrotungsten production by electro-aluminothermic process.
Tin market to improve in 2016 supported by tight supply for raw material
----Interview with Huang Xueyou, General Manager of Nanshan TinAs a company about recycling economy and comprehensive utilization of renewable resources in Nankang, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Nanshan Tin Co., Ltd. (Nanshan Tin) is a large private company, integrated with metallurgy, processing, energy safety, environmental protection and trading. With the floor space of 85,000 square meters and the covered area of 28,000 square meters, the company was invested RMB500 million in total, including over RMB40 million in environmentally protective facilities. Using tin as raw material, Nanshan Tin’s annual capacity for refined tin reaches 10,000t and annual production value is over RMB1 billion, paying more than RMB30 million of taxes per year.
Stefan Sefraoui: African Tantalum ore market faces tight supply and prices to increase in Q2
----Interview with Stefan Sefraoui, Director of CF Tantalum LtdCF Tantalum Ltd “CFT” which stand for Conflict Free Tantalum was incorporated in Rwanda to work hand on hand with our USA Company S&B Inter Inc.to supply 3T’s to our EPZ Processing Plant in Tanzania.CFT has over 16 years’ experience trading and processing wide range of minerals in Africa ranging from Gold, Bauxite to Tantalum Ore. Our head Office is in NYC – USA, while our Africa base is both Rabat, Morocco and Kigali, Rwanda.
Copper prices likely to fluctuate narrowly at low levels in Q1 on dim demand
----Interview with Ge Wenyu, Deputy General Manager at Eastern Copper Co., Ltd.Shandong Jinsheng Nonferrous Metal Group Co., Ltd was established in 1993. Eastern Copper Co., Ltd, Linyi East China Nonferrous Metal Co., Ltd and so on are subsidiaries of Jinsheng Group, which is engaged in copper scrap recycling, refining, processing. Meanwhile, the group also focuses on logistics, financial investment, information technology and so on. The group has 860 employees. The company’s Yimeng brand was registered in Shanghai Futures Exchange in 2014, and the company became the first private enterprise with high-purity copper in China.
Chinese bauxite grade is deteriorating and Turkish diasporic bauxite moves into China
----Interview with Mr. Mehmet, Managing Partner of CIM Madencilik Sanayi Ve Tic A.S.CIM Mining was established in 2015 with partnership of Alize Group and Graphite Mining. Both groups are the leaders in the their sectors. By combining power of both companies, CIM Mining focuses on bauxite production in Turkey. We are using the production expertise of 25 years that Graphite Mining has in this business.