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A growing focus by consumers on Scope 3 carbon emissions is putting raw materials, such as bauxite and alumina, in the spotlight
China’s automotive output and sales dropped in April 2023 versus the prior month, with both largely subdued by general caution among consumers that had been fueled by the price wars in the automotive sector during the month
A wave of investment is washing across China for the construction of new copper smelting capacity, intensifying the competition to acquire raw materials to feed the rapidly growing number of furnaces, Fastmarkets heard on Thursday May 11
China’s post-pandemic recovery stimulus bolstered its rapid economic recovery which will likely have a positive impact on copper price forecasts in 2023
London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouse nickel stocks have reached their lowest point since 2007 on Wednesday May 3, following gradual withdrawals in recent weeks
Indonesia will stop providing licenses for new nickel pig iron (NPI) facilities and will assess the position of nickel matte due to concerns over nickel ore availability
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It’s been another extraordinary year for coal. Decreasing prices – after the record highs of 2022 – are spurring demand from the Asian countries that depend on coal to power their economic growth. Meanwhile the impact of covid and the energy crisis continue to play out among the key players in the Asian coal market; what will China and India’s increase in domestic coal production mean for Indonesia? How can the two biggest importers balance ambitious renewable targets with their burgeoning need for power? How will Europe’s energy strategy impact the Asian coal market? Is decarbonisation and the energy transition back in the spotlight after an 18-month hiatus? Coaltrans Asia addresses the key issues shaping the coal value chain. We’ll have industry leading experts, ministerial-level insights and high-level perspectives for coal producers, energy companies and key industries. Join us at the 28th edition of Asia’s biggest and longest-running coal event, offering an unparalleled opportunity in a fast-changing landscape to connect with industry leaders, forge relationships, and negotiate and trade in person.
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