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The metals and mining market is going through a period of fundamental change. The industry is racing to meet decarbonization targets; all while supply chains are being tested to their limits. New mill capacity is coming online while others are closing. The ongoing war in Ukraine and other market forces have created unprecedented price volatility and imbalances in supply and demand.

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Fastmarkets will discontinue its lithium contract price assessments, effective October 2024.

Singapore-based lithium-ion battery recycling company Green Li-ion has launched its first commercial-scale installation to produce battery-grade cathode and anode materials from black mass and cathode powder – the first of its kind in North America

This development has led to a tightening market supply and bullish sentiment among traders, despite the immediate aftermath not showing a price hike

The global decarbonization drive is turning electrical steel into one of China’s key ferrous products, with electrical steel exports surging in recent years, sources told Fastmarkets

Fastmarkets has corrected the pricing rationale for MB-AL-0302 aluminium 6063 extrusion billet premium, ddp North Germany (Ruhr region), $/tonne, which was published incorrectly on Friday April 19. No prices were corrected.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will work with relevant parties to regulate crude steel production, with a focus on energy saving and reducing carbon emissions. It will also release guidance on crude steel output for different steel mills later this year after a national investigation on steel capacity

The low-carbon aluminium differential in the US made its first move on Friday April 5 since Fastmarkets launched it five months ago.

Fastmarkets proposes to amend the specifications of five of its steel products assessments and billet index originating from the Black Sea basin.

Fastmarkets launched a suite of CIF India aluminium scrap prices on Wednesday April 17.

Brazil’s aluminium industry is further enhancing its sustainability by boosting renewable energy use and recycling, while mitigating risk from high-carbon imports