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Aug 11, 2017, 04:30 ET CRU: Egypt Looks to Capitalise on its Low Phosphate Rock Cost Base

Egyptian phosphate rock miners achieve some of the lowest production costs in the 200 Mt/y industry, allowing them to continue exports in a...


Aug 11, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Graphite Electrode Prices Have Risen Sharply due to Supply Tightness in China

Graphite electrode prices have risen sharply recently, impacting both the steel and aluminium industries. CRU believe that the rise in prices are...


Aug 04, 2017, 04:30 ET CRU: Is Solar Power Cheaper Than Coal

It is increasingly stated that renewable power generation costs are now lower than costs of traditional fossil fuel generation; furthermore, that...


Aug 04, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: One Belt One Road, But Two Commodity Outlooks

China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is described as the single biggest initiative since the opening up of China to foreign investment. In...


Jul 28, 2017, 04:30 ET Ryan Cochrane Joins CRU to Oversee Lead, Zinc and Precious Metals Research

CRU announces that Ryan Cochrane, ex Wood Mackenzie head of gold mine costs, has joined to oversee research for Lead, Zinc and Precious...


Jul 28, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: China Clamps Down on Scrap Importers

CRU understands that the Chinese government has moved to limit imports of Category 7 scrap types. CRU's Beijing analysts conducted a market...


Jul 27, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: New Sulphur Supply From Qatar and Iran is Some Way Off

Both Iran and Qatar have announced significant expansions in gas production from the shared field South Pars/North Field, in the Arabian...


Jul 26, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: US UAN Exports Take Market Share

Major investments in the US by CF Industries and OCI have added 3.1 million tonnes of UAN capacity. This has allowed the US to reduce its...


Jul 18, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Can the Lead Mine Project Pipeline Step Up

After several years of surplus, the refined lead market is moving into deficit this year, driven largely by shortfalls in primary raw material...


Jul 12, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Chinese Ferrochrome Smelters Receive Signal to Raise Production

New investments in fertilizer projects in Nigeria are adding substantial production capacity to the West Africa region. However, CRU forecasts...


Jul 11, 2017, 04:30 ET Record Audience Expected in Wuhan to Learn About the Next Era of FTTH Demand at CRU's World Optical Fibre & Cable Conference

CRU's World Optical Fibre & Cable conference has experienced incredible growth since its launch in 2015. This year the conference, which is...


Jul 11, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Is 2017 a Turning Point for West African Fertilizer Demand

New investments in fertilizer projects in Nigeria are adding substantial production capacity to the West Africa region. However, CRU forecasts...


Jul 07, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Trump's 232 Investigation Turns to Aluminium

Aluminium industry leaders gathered at the US Department of Commerce on 22 June 2017 to present their testimony. There is great uncertainty...


Jul 06, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Hires Top ex-CF Industries Fertilizer Analyst

CRU is delighted to announce that Doug Hoadley, ex-Director of Agribusiness Analysis at CF Industries, has joined its Fertilizer business unit as...


Jun 30, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Events: Regional Government Heads and International Industry Leaders to Gather in Accra to Discuss Opportunities for West African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Trade

The West Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference is being organised by CRU Events and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership...


Jun 27, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Section 232 Will Squeeze EAF Margins

Action on steel imports to the USA will increase scrap prices and hurt EAF-based margins elsewhere in the world. The USA is a key supplier and...


Jun 16, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Alloy Surcharges Set to Collapse

A sharp drop in the European Q3 ferrochrome benchmark settlement, combined with weaker nickel prices, will act as a drag on surcharges in both the...


Jun 14, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Who Will Claim the Copperbelt

The explosion in EW mine production in the DRC over the past decade has helped the country to claim the title of Africa's top copper producer,...


Jun 09, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Chinese Exports of Ferrous Scrap Will not Last

Chinese exports of scrap have occurred recently because it was marginally profitable to do so and there was material available following the...


Jun 08, 2017, 04:15 ET CRU Insight: Section 232 Investigation Will Increase Steel Prices

While much remains unknown about the current Section 232 national security investigation on steel imports, we have set our expectations. This...


Jun 08, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Aiming for the Sky in Uttar Pradesh

After the failure of the private sector to implement its bold policy of revamping three mothballed urea plants, the Indian government has decided...


Jun 07, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Import Penetration of Iron Ore Into China

China has announced that a national carbon emission trading scheme will be established in 2017. Is this a game changer or will it have little...


Jun 02, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: China's Carbon Emission Trading Scheme and Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowance Allocation Policy

China has announced that a national carbon emission trading scheme will be established in 2017. Is this a game changer or will it have little...


May 31, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: Coal Mining Cost Inflation to Resume

Extremely high and volatile metallurgical coal prices since mid-2016 have, after 3-4 years of scrutiny on cost reduction, shifted the focus of the...


May 26, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Insight: A Granular Analysis of China's Housing Market

Residential real estate is a key driver of the Chinese economic outlook and, particularly, the outlook for metals demand. China is a large,...