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December, 8th 2019

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China Steel Intelligence

Issue 44 06 Dec 2019

CSI: Construction and infrastructure will drive China in 2020

After a strong 2019, China’s steel sector is due to slow down in 2020. Demand however is still expected to grow slightly as construction will remain robust, and infrastructure investment should pick up. The slowing Chinese economy is expected to drag down Chinese steel demand in the medium term ...

Issue 43 04 Nov 2019

CSI: China faces structural pressures

China’s steel markets fell but then steadied in October. That is giving the market a useful moment to catch its breath and look at what is to come. With the Chinese economy slowing, Beijing refusing outright stimulus and developers looking at their cashflow, how concerned should the steel sector ...

Issue 42 03 Oct 2019

CSI: China’s parades delay oversupply a few more weeks

Steel markets had a short panic in early September as production restrictions were looser than expected. These were then tightened ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October to ensure blue skies.

With economic sentiment souring and steel demand expected ...

Issue 41 04 Sep 2019

CSI: China faces H2 slowdown

After a strong H1, Chinese steel demand slumped in July and mills are now curtailing production as margins are squeezed. This has precipitated a sharp decline in iron ore and steel prices. But does this imply a collapse in H2, or will the seasonal recovery in October prevail? In this ...