Inflation is cooling and so is the economy: Shapiro

The more I research our pandemic-era economics the more I realize that the old rules no longer seem to apply. We are living in VUCA times: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. Developing a strategy to cope with this takes a lot of patience and resilience.      Factors plaguing economic growth in 2020 and 2021 included supply […]

Changes to plastic and NF scrap specs: ISRI

The Board of Directors at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) plan to discuss changes to plastic and nonferrous scrap guidelines during their Summer Board Meeting in Washington, DC on Jul 14.    The changes in plastic specifications were approved by the ISRI Plastics Division on Jun 14 while the changes to nonferrous scrap guidelines […]

EU Al foil production trends flat in 2020: EAFA

European deliveries of aluminum foil totaled 930,700mt in 2020, slightly lower than 933,100mt in 2019, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Bruno Rea, president, EAFA, said in a statement on Tuesday that the foil sector is doing better than some other parts of the aluminum industry. He expects a steady recovery in 2021 […]

US imposes AD on Belgian, Italian CTL plates

The US Department of Commerce has levied a final antidumping duty (AD) on cut-to-length (CTL) steel plates from Belgium and Italy for the period of review (POR) from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019. Commerce indicated in a notification on Tuesday that exporters from both countries had sold CTL plates at below normal value […]

Choosing between inflation and recession: Shapiro

The current pressing economic conundrum is how to reduce inflation while avoiding a recession. What a choice. I don’t want inflation or a recession. The Federal Reserve is tightening money and raising interest rates while the economy slows, unemployment rises, and consumer spending goes down. This is a painful cure for inflation.     Piper Sandler, […]

Ann Joo projects stronger steel exports

Steel demand in Malaysia is expected to fluctuate throughout 2021 given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Malaysian steel producer Ann Joo. The steelmaker, however, forecasted a stronger market for exports in its earnings report for 2020. The company plans to continue focusing on exports to China and other Southeast Asian markets this […]

Mill Steel expands in West, Southeast US

Mill Steel has purchased the commercial assets of Los-Angeles-based Prassas Metal Products (PMP) and will take over the steel processing and supply for PMP customers in the Mid-South, Southeastern, and the Western US. The company said in a statement on Tuesday that the acquisition provided it with the opportunity to expand westward. Neither the transaction […]

Geely forms new EV outfit named Zeekr

Chinese carmaker Geely Auto Group has established a new company called Zeekr to meet the growing global electric vehicle (EV) demand. Zeekr will be based in China and will build new EV technology and solutions. The new company’s first vehicle is expected to be delivered in Q3 2021. Production will be undertaken by the parent […]

KGHM’s Cu output, sales rose in Jan-Feb

Polish miner KGHM’s copper production increased by 5.3pc to 119,700mt in January-February 2021, compared with 113,700mt in the same period last year. Sales during this period also increased by 1.2pc to 109,100mt from 107,700mt a year ago. In February, the company mined 58,000mt of copper, up by 5pc from 55,300mt in the same month last […]

US: East Coast, Houston dock prices decline

US East Coast and Houston dock collection prices for ferrous scrap trended down for the second successive week on softening exports and pricing, following gains made in February through early March. Dockside prices have declined by about $10/gt since Mar 16, based on dock location and prior price levels. Pricing for new orders of #1 […]