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Market Research
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
Market Research : 17 April, 2015
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
Market Research : 11 November, 2014
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
World steel prices predicted to rise over the next three years
Market Research : 10 January, 2014
2013 is expected to be the low point in the latest steel price cycle, according to MEPS. A steady economic recovery is anticipated over the next five years. Steel demand growth is predicted as economic activity expands.
Modest nickel price increases anticipated for the near term
Market Research : 08 December, 2013
Nickel prices are forecast to rise in the short term despite LME stocks being at record levels, having recently broken through the 250,000 tonne mark for the first time.
Steel prices set to rise annually to 2016
Market Research : 17 October, 2013
MEPS forecasts a recovery in its global steel price over the next three years. In the company's latest long term forecast, it predicts that 2013 will be the low point in this cycle. Consumption should begin to pick up in 2014 as the economic climate improves. Nevertheless, there are a number of difficulties to overcome.
Bumpy ride ahead for European steel sector?
Market Research : 15 August, 2013
The European steel sector has endured a very tough time over the past year, mirroring the situation in the wider economy. Steel prices were approximately 10% lower in the first seven months of 2013, compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Mill margins have been continuously squeezed. MEPS’ assessment for the price of iron ore fines (Fe 64%, FOB - Brazil) has declined by only 2% in the same period.
Weak demand growth unsettles price sentiment in emerging steel markets
Market Research : 30 July, 2013
Challenging business conditions persist in the Russian Federation. Domestic steelmakers have begun to lobby the government for stricter anti-dumping measures to combat the threat from rising import tonnage. Stockists remain cautious over the strength of underlying consumption in August, citing the subdued construction season. The recovery in shipments to tube fabricators, OEMs and mechanical engineering companies has also been weaker than expected.
Steadily rising annual steel prices likely in EU over next three years
Market Research : 22 July, 2013
In a new report from MEPS entitled EU Steel Price Forecasts to 2017 the authors contend that annual average steel prices in the region will improve next year and for the following two years.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
Market Research : 24 June, 2013
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigation of the last three years’ events, this report consolidates market data from 2010 to 2012 and provides forecasts for 2013 to 2018.
Stainless mills consider changes to alloy surcharge format
Market Research : 03 June, 2013
LME nickel stocks, in late May, stood at an all-time high of almost 180,000 tonnes. This is 26% above the total of 142,000 tonnes at the beginning of this year. Furthermore, it is double the figure recorded at the beginning of 2012.
North European steel prices under downward pressure again
Market Research : 28 May, 2013
European flat products prices have come under downward pressure during the past month. Selling values in central and southern parts of the region have recorded significant reductions. However, as is often the case, there is a time lag between movement in transaction figures in the Nordic region and those in the rest of Europe. Some supply chain participants in Sweden and Norway have reported no change, as yet. However, the weakening of their currencies means that, in effect, selling values have slipped in Euro terms
China should link new steelmaking capacity additions with plant closures
Market Research : 14 May, 2013
The Chinese steel sector has entered a period of slower growth. Annual double digit percentage increases in steelmaking will not be repeated in the future. Last year’s rate of expansion was 3.2 percent. MEPS reports that an average figure of 5 percent is likely, at best, during the rest of this decade.
Eco Materials Adviser features in sustainable design module in Autodesk Inventor CAD software
Market Research : 28 March, 2011
Autodesk has introduced a new tool for sustainable design within its Autodesk Inventor 2012 software. The result of a strategic partnership between Granta and Autodesk, Eco Materials Adviser will help designers to estimate a product
New software helps coatings and restricted substance decisions
Market Research : 07 March, 2011
Granta Design has announced extensions to its GRANTA MI software that help Product Designers, Materials & Process experts, and Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) professionals to make vital decisions on coatings and surface treatment. The new capabilities, developed in collaboration with Rowan Technology Group, focus on the complex compliance, regulatory, and risk factors relating to restricted substances.
Global Engineered Plastics Market 'to Exceed 20 Million Metric Tons by 2015'
Market Research : 10 January, 2011
Global Engineered Plastics Market to Exceed 20 Million Metric Tons by 2015, , according to a new report by Global Industry Analysts.
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